Dee worked for IDOT for 65 years and was very proud of the Illinois Department of Transportation Service Award she received when she retired. She was an avid doll collector featuring a wide variety from Betty Boop to Frank Sinatra to John Wayne. Dee was a faithful fan of NCIS and Blue Bloods and her music of choice was the amazing voice of Jim Nabors. She also enjoyed listening to David Schumacher, known as “Farmer Dave”, every morning at 5 a.m. on the radio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph F. and Emily, nee Hoffarth, Cunningham; her brother, Justice Joseph Cunningham; and her sister, Mary Boyle; her brother-in-law, William Boyle; and sister-in-law, Mary Cunningham.
Surviving are three nieces and one nephew, Dolores “Dolo” Boyle, Carolyn (Roy) Lantry, Dr. J. Thomas “Tom” (Dr. Rebecca) Cunningham, and Da-Niel Cunningham;
five great-nieces and great-nephews, Brian (Amanda) Lantry, Sean Cunningham, Sarah (Nick) Hayden, Kate (Andrew) Cunningham-Murgia, and Shayne Meeker;
two great-great-nephews, Robert Hayden and Jaxon Lantry;
a great-great-niece, Callie Hayden;
and a very special friend who was like a niece to her, Kaye Suryk.
Dee’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Home Instead and Hospice workers with a special thank you to the two CNA’s that took loving care of her every need. Additional thanks go to the many IDOT employees who gave her rides to and from work for all 65 years, especially Tina Cain.
Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Chapel at the Esquiline Apartment Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Chapel at the Esquiline Apartment Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Allen Maes OMI and Fr. Thomas Singer OMI concelebrating.
Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.