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Eileen Cunningham

May 10, 1922 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 99)

Obituary

Marian Eileen Cunningham, age 99, of rural Sumner, Illinois, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 27, 2022, in the presence of her daughters. She was born on May 10, 1922 in Petty Township, Illinois, the daughter of Joy Wagner and Veva Lathrop Wagner. She wed Joseph Cooper Cunningham on January 2, 1945 in Tacoma, Washington, and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2015.
 
Eileen taught school for 24 years, primarily in Lawrence County. She was a nursing home administrator at Mattoon Manor in Mattoon, Illinois and Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, Illinois. She and her husband, Cooper, were owner/operators of Mattoon, Oblong, Grayville and Albion nursing homes. She was actively involved in the weekly publication of The Sumner Press, which she was also an owner/co-publisher. She was an active member of the Sumner Congregational Christian Church throughout her lifetime. She and Cooper were charter members of the Sumner Saddle Club, and they were a driving force in the Red Hills Old Settlers Association for over 20 years.
 
Preceding Eileen in death were her husband of 70 years, Joseph Cooper Cunningham; her dear parents, Joy Wagner and Veva Lathrop Wagner; two brothers, Kenneth Wagner and Robert Wagner; one sister- in- law, Christine Wagner; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth O Bell.
 
Survivors include: two daughters, Jenny (Dan) Pargin of rural Sumner and Cinda (Steve) Bell of rural Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Sarah (Cale) Griesemer, Seth (Katheryn) Pargin, Cooper (Beverly) Bell, and Mary-Grace (Seth) Carlson; nine great-grandchildren, Ryann Griesemer, Jack Griesemer, Avi Pargin, Liam Pargin, Norah Pargin, Joseph Bell, Kenny Bell, Cunningham Carlson, and Richmond Carlson; two sisters- in- law, Jean Wagner and Ruth Simms; as well as several nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sivert-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Sumner, Illinois. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Sumner City Cemetery.

Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 5, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sivert-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home
509 South Christy - P.O. Box 64
Sumner, IL

Funeral Service
Saturday
March 5, 2022

11:00 AM
Sivert-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home
509 South Christy - P.O. Box 64
Sumner, IL

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