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Kristina Lynn O'Neal

April 1, 1969 — April 25, 2024

Battle Creek

Kristina Lynn “Kris” O’Neal, age 55 of Battle Creek unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2024.  

Kristina was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 1, 1969, the loving daughter of Ronald and Barbara (Honeywell) Chaple.  She lovingly served as an elementary school teacher for more than 22 years.  Kris previously taught at the Deerwood Elementary School in Kissimmee, Florida and was currently a third-grade teacher with the Lakeview Public School District at the Westlake Elementary School in Battle Creek.  

Kris’ true passion in life was teaching her elementary children, and she had an incredible Love for each of them. She also Loved her Saturday Facetimes with her granddaughter, Katherine and truly looked forward to seeing her each week.  Kris also enjoyed all types of crafting, puzzles and traveling.

Kris is survived by her children, Kyle (Abby) O’Neal and Kayleigh (Devin) Bartnikowski; her grandchildren, Katherine O’Neal and Simon Bartnikowski; her loving companion, Karen Cochensparger; her parents, Ron and Barbara Chaple; her brother, Richard (Karen) Chaple; her nephews & niece, Austin Chaple, Forrest (Jessica) Chaple and Brooklynn Chaple; and her best friend, Louise Steuer. 

The family will receive friends 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30th at the Bedford Bible Church, 21964 N. Bedford Rd. Battle Creek, MI 49017 where services to celebrate her life will be held at 4:30 p.m.  The service will be Livestreamed and may be viewed at  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Westlake Elementary School (C/O Shelly Lamb), 1184 S. 24th St., Battle Creek, MI 49015.  Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.   Personal messages for the family and favorite memories of Kris may be placed here  at

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