Edward J. Cunningham, 81, former Ashland resident, passed away Monday, April 26th, at the Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center. Born at the former Green Point Hospital, New York City, January 29, 1940, he was the son of the late Edward and Micalina Casoria Cunningham. He attended Grover Cleveland High School, Bronx New York, and was employed 21 years as a police officer for the Butler Township Police Department until his retirement. Ed and his wife, Barbara, were owner operators of the former Breakfast Nook Restaurant, Ashland, until its closing. A very strong believer in the Bible, Ed became a Layman Minister in 1987, teaching the inmates of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Facil1ty in Frackville. Preceding him in death was his wife Barbara “Bonnie” Cunningham, passing February 28, 1998, and sons, Troy, passing September 22, 1994 and Gary Cunningham passing July 5, 2011.
Son: Edward R. Cunningham, Falls Church, VA.
Daughter: Lisa wife of Paul Cheddar, Conway S.C
Daughter: Sandy wife of David Wiley, Girardville
Son: William Allsop, and husband Michael Shades, Frackville
Daughter: Jeannine wife of Frank Gaffney, Ashland
Daughter In-Law: Paula Cunningham
Brother: Robert Cunningham and his wife Elaine, Farmingville, Long Island
Brother: Michael Nunziata, and his wife Roseanne, Hicksville, N.Y.
Sister: Miriam Jung, Blue Point, Long Island
Grandchildren: Justin Cunningham, Christopher Cunningham, Melissa Pedimonti, Shane Dalley, David Wiley, Connor Cunningham, Adam Cunningham, Jayden Gaffney, Zackary Gaffney, and Chase Miller, five Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews
First wife: Elizabeth Klemo, Conway, S.C.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service, May 3rd, at 1 PM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland, PA. Officiating will be Rev. Jack Murray, pastor of the St. Clair-Wade Methodist Church, St. Clair. Interment will be in the New St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. A visitation will begin at 11 AM until service. Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.
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