Edward Cunningham

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Edward A. “Eddie” Cunningham, 70, of Belleville, IL, born July 12, 1948, in St. Louis, MO, died Friday, May 3, 2019, at Collinsville Rehab and Healthcare Center, Collinsville, IL.

Eddie graduated from school in St. Louis and moved to Belleville to live with his sister, Betty and brother-in-law, Ken in 1971. He was one of the first residents at S.A.V.E. in Freeburg, where he worked for more than 30 years prior to retiring in May, 2017.  He resided at the Turkey Hill S.A.V.E. site for more than 20 years.

Eddie enjoyed participating in Special Olympics and was the winner of many gold, silver, and bronze medals.  His favorite two sports to participate in were bowling and the softball throw. He enjoyed all sports and his favorite team was the St. Louis Cardinals. He attended many games and especially enjoyed the Cardinal victory parade in 2011 with his niece, Diane.

Eddie was so lucky to have “his Michelle” as his girlfriend for 25 years.  They were a special couple known for their kindness and love by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Elizabeth, nee Williams, Cunningham; a brother, James Theodore (Anne) Cunningham; and a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” J. (Kenneth) McCarron.

Surviving are three nephews, Michael (Wendy) McCarron, David (Lynn) McCarron, and James (Lori) Cunningham;
three nieces, Diane McCarron, Eileen Adams, and Kathleen (Jerry) Williams;
his special lady, Michelle Buchheit;
and 13 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was also a great-great-uncle to eight.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAVE or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Chaplain Thomas Nadelin officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


8 Comments on Edward Cunningham

Wes Bell said : Guest Report May 08, 2019 at 11:27 PM

Our prayers reach out to the family. We fondly remember Betty and her love for Edward. The Vernon Bell family.

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois
Crystal Robinson-Garth said : Guest Report May 08, 2019 at 10:01 AM

Our prayers and condolences go out to our beautiful friend Diane McCarron and your family on the loss of your beloved Uncle Eddie. While I never met him in person, I heard many great stories about him regularly and will miss that. God bless you all.

  • Waldorf
  • MD
Joyce Ann Beason said : Guest Report May 08, 2019 at 1:38 AM

Diane I'm so sorry for your loss he was lucky to have a great niece like you. You gave him a lot of love and you cared for him as best you could.

  • Dupo
  • IL - Illinois
Bill & Pat Daly said : Guest Report May 07, 2019 at 11:55 PM

Our blessings and condolences to the family

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Kenyetta Gaines said : Guest Report May 07, 2019 at 9:12 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Eddie's family. Eddie was loved by all who came in contact with him. He was so special to us at Lebanon Terrace. Even though we didn't get to see him often after he left us, he was constantly talked about and remembered. Eddie will truly be missed!

  • Lebanon
  • Il.
Pamela Miller said : Guest Report May 07, 2019 at 8:01 PM

Dear Diane and Family, Sending you my deepest condolences and prayers. Pam & Ben

  • Glen Burnie
  • MD
Carla Huelsmann said : Guest Report May 07, 2019 at 7:59 PM

Sending my prayers and thoughts to your family. Eddie will be truly missed by his family and friends. I have heard many great things about Eddie. Diane and family I send my hugs and prayers. Rejoicing in heavenly kingdom Eddie

  • Saint Petersburg
  • Florida
Myrna McFarland said : Guest Report May 07, 2019 at 7:59 PM

Dearest. Ones, I’m so sorry for your loss....Eddie AKA the JOY giver.! I remember the day Eddie was born and what fun Betty and I had taking Eddie and my niece Connie for walks in their strollers❤️Eddie had a love and kindness that brought JOY to all who were blessed to know him. I treasure my precious memories.❤️Big hugs to all of you.... I’m hugging you in my heart right now❤️I love you?

  • Moore
  • Ok.

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