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Vivian Mae (Rumburg) O'Neill
July 31, 1933 ~ August 8, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Vivian Mae (Rumburg) O'Neill of Wooster, passed away on August 8, 2023, lovingly comforted by her daughter, Erin, and sister-in-law, Carol Rumburg, while under hospice care at Autumnwood Nursing Home in Rittman, Ohio after a long decline.
Vivian was born to Paul and Gertrude (Friedt) Rumburg in Wadsworth, Ohio on July 31, 1933. She graduated as Valedictorian from Seville High School in 1951, and attended Muskingum College to fulfill prerequisites for Akron General Hospital School of Medical Technology, graduating in June of 1954. Interestingly, when she was 16, she fell 18' when the rung on the ladder to the haymow broke as she was doing chores, resulting in a severely fractured hip and pelvis. She spent 3 months in traction in the "old" Wadsworth Hospital, and while there, developed an interest in the medical professions that had been so instrumental to her recovery. She became determined, at that time, to have a career as a lab technician.
On September 11, 1954, she married William H. O'Neill, Jr. They spent 46 years together until Bill's passing on Feb. 19, 2001. She then became a loving companion to Jim Wagner, who had lost his beloved wife the same year Bill died. Erin introduced them at the Hospice Memorial Service. Jim was instrumental in assisting Vivian in her early years of dementia until his passing in 2009.
Vivian had worked in the office at Koppes Clay Products in Seville as a teen. After receiving her Lab Technician certificate, she worked in Dr. Stewart's office (Rittman) until 1960, at which time she became a full-time mother (the best!). When Erin was in third grade, Vivian was hired at the Wooster Clinic part-time in the lab. Over the 32 years she worked there, she became full time, then Manager of the laboratory. She enjoyed "her patients" so much. She and Erin enjoyed the years they simultaneously worked at the Clinic.
Vivian is survived by her daughter, Erin O'Neill of Seville; brother and sister-in-law, Glenn and Sue Rumburg, sister-in-law Carol Rumburg and 6 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Vic Plessinger; brother, Calvin Rumburg and nephew, Brian Rumburg.
Many thanks to the caregivers at Shady Lawn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where mom resided nearly 10 years, the staff of Autumnwood who became endeared to her the 2months she was with them, and the caregivers at Bella Care Hospice who assisted in her care the last days.
Services will be held Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m., at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9282 Acme Road, Seville, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Family and friends are invited to return to the church for lunch after the graveside service at Mound Hill Cemetery in Seville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be designated to the Jerusalem Ev. Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Murray Funeral Home in Creston is handling arrangements.