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Judge Patrica Oney

  • On March 3, 2020
  • 13 Comments

Judge Patricia Oney, age 77, of Oxford, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020. Born on May 30, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Katherine and Herbert Shanes. Beloved wife to Dr. Rodney Oney for 50 years. Loving mother to Patrick (Jamie) Oney. Cherished grandmother to Lucas, Colin, and Dylan Oney. Loving sister to Robert Shanes.

Judge Oney began practicing law in 1975. In 1993, she became Butler County Area I Court Judge. In 1999, she became Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge: where she proudly served before retiring. Judge Oney was known for her fairness, determination, sense of humor, and overall fearlessness. She enjoyed spending time with her family on her farm near Oxford, Ohio, and she will be remembered by many.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to the World Wildlife Fund, support.worldwildlife.org.

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13 Comments

David Brun
  • Mar 4 2020
Patrick, I am so saddened to hear about the death of Patricia. I pray that you and Rod are holding up in these circumstances. I only wish that I had visited Rod and Pat more when they were staying in Middletown. God bless you, your family, and Rod.
Cindy Frost
  • Mar 5 2020
Dr. Oney, I was your patient for many years and you are a blessing to anyone who knows you! I'm so sorry to hear of Your loss! I pray for you and your family and I pray the Lord give you strength! God bless you! Cindy Frost
Mary E Kuenzig
  • Mar 6 2020
We will dearly miss you in Butler County, Judge Patricia Oney. Your wit and your wisdom will always be remembered here. Our deepest sympathies to your family. (My all-time favorite story from Pat was about her experiences sky diving many years ago.... And, she was a great auctioneer for our fundraising efforts!) Mary E Kuenzig, President Altrusa International of Hamilton OH, Inc.
Eric McGuire
  • Mar 6 2020
Patrick and Doc Oney. I’m so sorry to hear about Pat. Lots of great memories were made on the Farm in Oxford.
Jennifer (Lykins) Baker
  • Mar 7 2020
Doctor Oney, I was a patient of yours for many years, before your retirement. I am so sorry to hear this. Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Donald Moser
  • Mar 9 2020
To the family of Judge Oney. She took my dad's position on the bench when he retired, Judge John Moser. Still at the old Butler County Courthouse, early during her term I would walk in her office saying, "Hi Dad" and ask her for advice, joking with her that was my habit before she replaced my dad. I was a newer attorney at the time. Oh her laugh. Her considerate decisions, listening well to the arguments of attorneys, and such a wonderful sense of humor.
Mark Hardig
  • Mar 9 2020
Godspeed, Judge Oney. You were a great judge and better yet, a great person.
Hanna Haddad, Esq
  • Mar 9 2020
My deepest sympathies on Judge Oney' passing. I had the privilege of practicing briefly in her court.
Christopher Snyder
  • Mar 9 2020
I am sorry for your loss. We loved Judge Oney. Her pretrial conferences were classic. She would have attorneys sitting around her chambers talking about all kinds of things before we ever got down to the business of the case. She loved to talk and share stories! She was a tough but fair judge and a very kind person. We miss her.
Barbara Schneider Carter
  • Mar 9 2020
Judge Oney was a true trailblazer for women attorneys and judges in Butler County. She will be fondly remembered.
Heather Cady
  • Mar 9 2020
Judge Oney was a great lady with an unforgettable laugh. I loved working and learning from her. She will be missed! Thoughts and prayers for all her family and friends. Rest In Peace Judge!
Drew G. Engel
  • Mar 10 2020
To the family, loved ones and friends of Judge Patricia Oney: I was deeply saddened to read of Judge Oney's passing; she was a thoughtful, deliberative legal mind, and a really kind person, with a wonderful sense of humor. She was, as many described her, a great judge, carefully taking in all that was presented before her. Her decisions were well reasoned, cautious, judicious, and sometimes cutting edge; above all, they were always fair and impartial. She was at the forefront of raising the bar to accept persons from both genders to the bench and in practice, and a pioneer and role model for many. Judge Oney dispensed not only wisdom from the bench, but also plenty of practical advice for the rest of us in the Butler County Bar (I recall her advising us to always prepare for the worst, and how she got through the fire in her law offices). We might've disagreed on a ruling here or there, but no matter - I always had respect for her and her decisions and rationale. Even my clients (often in difficult positions) described her as "tough but fair". A number of less than savory characters in her court, speaking in coarse tone or utterance could never disturb her honor or the dignity of the chair she sat in; she was unflappable, the consummate professional, and the ultimate umpire (if I might say). When I heard of her retiring a number of years ago, I thought to myself, "That's a shame..We needed to have more like Judge Oney sitting the bench." Certainly, she paved the way for others... Judge Oney spoke now and again of her family, and how much she cared for them all; she spoke of them and her farm, with a little glint in her eyes.. I hadn't seen Judge Oney in many years, since before I left to go work overseas..but I'll never forget her encouragement, and her wishing me well. I learned a lot from her.. And yeah, that wonderful laugh, I'll never forget it.. I'm sure we all have wonderful memories of her, and we'll have to lean on those a bit in this time of sadness..we'll have to recall those as we remember the passing of one of the good ones. Peace be to you, Judge Oney, and all who stood before and beside you in court and life. Peace be to your family, loved ones and friends as well.
Renea Pausch
  • Mar 25 2020
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