Mary Cunningham

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Mary Margaret Cunningham, nee Keeley, 87, of Belleville, IL, born March 15, 1931, in East St. Louis, IL, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at her residence at the Esquiline Apartment Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Mary worked at Stix, Baer & Fuller in the art department after high school and until she was married and became a homemaker. She was active in her children’s activities, having served as Cub Scout den mother, and using her love of sewing and painting, she often served as costume seamstress and crafter. She was very proud of her children and supportive of all family. Always supportive in her husband’s career, Justice Joseph was once introduced as “the man who came with Mary Cunningham.”  After her husband’s retirement, they loved to travel extensively, especially with their children and grandchildren. Mary loved the theatre and her most recent trip was to see “Hamilton” in Chicago. As a devout Catholic, she was happy to attend Mass at the Shrine and enjoyed serving as a lector when able.  She was a past member of the St. Clair County Women’s Club.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Justice Joseph F. Cunningham, whom she married on June 20, 1953 and who died July 13, 2008; three sons in infancy, Robert, Edward, and William; her parents, William F. and Da-Niel, nee Sullivan, Keeley; one brother, William F. Keeley, Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Dr. Margaret Sullivan; a sister-in-law, Mary (William) Boyle; and a nephew, Edward Huster.

Surviving are a son, Dr. J. Thomas “Tom” (Dr. Rebecca) Cunningham of Fort Worth, TX;
a daughter, Da-Niel Cunningham of St. Louis, MO;
two grandchildren, Sean Cunningham and Kate Cunningham-Murgia (Andrew);
a step-grandson, Shayne Meeker;
a sister, Da-Niel (Richard) Harding;
two sisters-in-law, Carol Keeley and Dolores Ann Cunningham;
nieces and nephews, Marianne (Kevin) McMahon, Dolores Jean “Dolo”  Boyle,
Carolyn (Roy) Lantry, William F. III (Patti) Keeley,
and Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Keeley-Krummrich (Kurt);
and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Poor Clare Monastery, Belleville, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Friday, August 24, 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., Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Chapel at the Esquiline Apartment Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Ferraioli, O.M.I. officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL


3 Comments on Mary Cunningham

Maria fleshren said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2018 at 9:54 PM

I had the honor of knowing Miss Mary and it was always a pleasure to see her. I am so sorry for your loss Cunningham family. Know that she is entertains those angels in heaven as much as she entertained we here on earth.

  • Port st joe
  • Fl
Jerry and Jill Garvey said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2018 at 8:05 PM

DaNiel, Tom and DaNiel, We want to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of you mother and sister, respectively. Mary Margaret and I shared a close relationship from afar and talked every few months for the past 10 years or so She was such a pleasure to talk to, although I mostly listened. She was treasure trove of family lore that she knew more of since she was older. I loved talking to her and will miss her, as I know you will even more..

  • Carmel
  • Indiana
Kristin Frazier and Gregory Smith said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2018 at 10:01 PM

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL

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