The Life of Steve John O'Neil

Steve John O'Neil, 63, of Kutztown, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 19, 2022, in his home.  He was the husband of Cindy A. (Peters) O'Neil, whom he married September 15, 1984.  Born in West Reading, Steve was a son of the late John S. and Fern M. (Zimmerman) O'Neil.  Steve was a member of Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny, where he was a past Church Board President; served on several committees within the church, and was a dedicated and active member.

Steve was a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, Class of 1977.  Steve was president of his class, and a three varsity sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball and baseball.  Steve went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, State College, in 1981.

Steve was employed by The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Wastewater Management, over 35 years.  

Steve was a passionate coach for Kutztown Girls Soccer Club; Kutztown High School Girls Soccer; and Hamburg High School Girls Soccer.  He was also an active member of Kutztown Optimist Club.  Steve also enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia.

In addition to his wife of 38 years, Cindy, Steve is survived by his children, a daughter, Casey L. O'Neil Haas, wife of Nathaniel K. Haas, Kutztown; a son, Madison A. O'Neil, husband of Megan E. Blair, Vejle, Denmark.  Other survivors include siblings:  Andy S., husband of Cindy J. (Parks) O'Neil, Kutztown; Michael P. "Mick," husband of Jenn (Swenson) O'Neil, Kutztown. In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by three sisters: Christine P. "Peggy" (O'Neil) Miller, Suzanne M. O'Neil, and Kathy J. (O'Neil) Helbert.

A funeral service to honor and celebrate Steve's life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Zion's Union Church, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, with The Reverend Jeffrey J. Butz, officiating.  Interment in Zion Maxatawny Union Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the church.

The family suggests contributions be considered to Zion's Union Church, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, PA 19530; or Kutztown Optimist Club Foundation, PO Box 123, Kutztown, PA  19530-0123.

Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at

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I'll never forget our talks we've shared over the years at family gatherings. Steve enjoyed discussing baseball and family. He'd ask how I was doing and about my life. I'll miss him dearly. 

Posted by Mandy M on 06/21/2022

True Optimist

Steve lived every word of the Optimist Creed, I will miss him very much.

Posted by Dan S on 06/23/2022

Life friend

wonderful person to be around with be it community , family or sports.  One of a kind!!!


Posted by rob g on 06/23/2022

Will miss you Steve.

Uncle Steve will surely be missed. I have so many memories of Steve throughout the years. He was always helpful to me with advice, opinions, etc. As a kid, and later to the other kids, I can always remember him saying he would "box your ears" if you were misbehaving!! I shouldn't have my ears many times over, if he would have actually done so!! I can remember going to one of his soccer games in Reading, and afterwards he asked where his candy bar was. We said we didn't know, but really we ate it!! Me, acting like I knew everything, told him "there is a store nearby that sells candy, I can tell you how to get there". Well, after making him drive the wrong way on a one way street, we miraculously made it to the store and he was able to get his candy bar!! He was always kind to me and would actually listen when I had an issue. He was also very helpful with my Mother, (his Sister), taking her to numerous appointments at Hershey Medical Center, and other things, when she had been going through some very tough times before she passed. Steve had gone through so much throughout his life, but never "gave up". It is so unfortunate that he passed the way he did. And WAY TOO SOON!!!!!!!! He is no longer suffering or in any pain, so that is one good thing. And I'm sure he was greeted by all other family members and his friends that have already passed.
Rest in Peace, 'Til we meet again. See you on the other side.

Posted by Corey O on 06/23/2022