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GEANNEMARIE CUNNINGHAM, ACTIVE IN CHURCH
JUNE 4, 1920 -- NOV. 9, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for GeanneMarie Cunningham was offered today in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Eggertsville. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Cunningham of Amherst died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, where she had been since Sunday. She was 84.

Born GeanneMarie Murphy in Cleveland, she attended Ursuline College and moved here in 1959.

She was active at St. Benedict's Church, serving as a Eucharistic minister and president of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was diocesan president of the Ladies of Charity for three years and received the St. Christopher Award from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in 1974 for her work with youth.

Mrs. Cunningham attended daily Mass and dressed her eight children in blue and white until they were 5 years old in honor of Mary. She volunteered at the Ladies of Charity store in Buffalo and at the St. Vincent de Paul store in Clearwater, Fla., where she spent her winters from 1985 to 2002. She also sang in nursing homes.

Her husband of 54 years, Richard A., died in 1996. A son, Robert D., an Amherst detective lieutenant, died in 1995.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas of Sherwood, Ark., Raymond "Cash" of Williamsville and Patrick of Kenmore; four daughters, Therese Reinagel of the Town of Tonawanda, Marie Kendall of Palm Harbor, Fla., Carol Robinson of St. Joseph, Mo., and Anne Awald of Amherst; 23 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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