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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On March 23, 2015 @ 8:44 am In Obituary | 2 Comments


Isabelle O’Neill Lisa (“Izzy”), of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.


Izzy was born on March 12, 1934, in Philadelphia, PA, to Thomas O’Neill and

Margaret Hayes O’Neill. She attended Camden Catholic High School (Class of

1952). In 1950, she met her classmate and future husband, Donald J. Lisa, at

a soda shop in Camden, NJ.

Izzy and Don were married on June 15, 1957, in Annapolis, MD, one week

after Don’s graduation from the United States Naval Academy. They enjoyed

nearly 58 years of loving devotion to each other, and had two children, Richard

(born 3/27/58) and Steven (born 9/12/59). Izzy was dedicated to her husband,

children and Catholic faith, and her greatest joy was creating a happy and

wholesome family environment.

Izzy and Don were based in many “ports” during the years Don served as a

Naval Aviator. Izzy raised the boys during Don’s times away on cruise. After

their Navy life, Izzy continued her devoted homemaking role while Don attended

law school and then began his career as a patent attorney. Don and Izzy

settled in Short Hills, NJ, then Glenview, IL, before moving to Phoenix, Arizona

in 1978.

After her boys were raised, Izzy furthered her education and skills as a talented

artist and photographer. She attended community colleges and Arizona State

University, where she excelled as a student of the arts. Izzy also served as the

Office Administrator for Don’s law firm and as an Officer of Don’s mergers and

acquisitions business. She has been recognized Who’s Who in America and

Who’s Who in American Women , and also by Scottsdale Magazine as one of

the most successful women in Phoenix.

Izzy was active in charitable endeavors and served as a Catholic catechist.

She lived her life dedicated to others. She had a great sense of humour and

loved her dogs, Mario and Mia.


Izzy is survived by her husband, Donald (Phoenix, Arizona), children Richard

(and his wife Vicki, Algonquin, IL) and Steven (and his wife Laurie, Paradise

Valley, AZ), and five grandchildren Anthony (and his wife Bridget, Scottsdale,

AZ), Kristen (Austin, TX), Michelle (and her husband Dan, Portland, OR),

Brittany (Des Moines, IA), and Caitlin (Chicago, IL), and her brother Vince

(Tampa, FL) and sister Rita (Gastonia, NC).

She is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Margaret, and her siblings

George, Paul, Rick, Jane and Veronica.


Visitation is Wednesday, March 25, 2015: from 8:30 to 9:45 AM, at the Whitney

& Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85018,

phone number 602-840-5600. The Funeral Mass will follow immediately

thereafter at 10:30 AM, at St Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd,

Phoenix, AZ, 85018. The burial will be the following day, March 26, 2015, at

10:30 AM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave

Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Condolences for the family of “LISA, ISABELLE O’NEILL “IZZY””

Condolence from Arleen & Tom on March 24th, 2015 1:26 pm

Don, Rick, Steve and Families,

We were all so very sorry to hear of Izzy’s passing. May Our Lord give you strength during this very difficult time.
Our love and prayers are with you always. Izzy, we love you. Rest in the arms of Jesus until we meet again.
Love, Arleen, Tom and Family

Condolence from Cindy & Tom Brown on March 24th, 2015 2:20 pm

Having only met Mrs. Lisa once at the happy event of Michelle and Dan’s wedding, we nevertheless share in the sadness of your loss of your gracious and devoted Mother and Grandmother.

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