Elizabeth Mae Cunningham


Elizabeth M. Cunningham, age 93, of Willmar, passed away Tuesday morning, April 12, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Atwater and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Quilters.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Mae (Mattison) Cunningham was born on the farm south of Grove City on November 26, 1928, to Nick & Jennie (Jacobson) Mattison.  She was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Grove City.  She attended Grove City school, graduated from high school in May of 1946 and then worked in Minneapolis at Western Union for three years.

On May 28, 1950, she married Oliver Cunningham.  They lived on a farm southwest of Atwater until 1996 when they moved to Kandiyohi.  She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was active in the ladies aide organization, sang in the choir, lead church choir, helped with Sunday school music and assisted with the altar guild.  Elizabeth was an active member of the Kandiyohi County Dairy Association for several years.

She is survived by twelve children, Connie (Doug) Paine of San Diego CA, Kim (Dean) Pelzer of St Augusta, Kate (Jonathan) Libby of Santa Cruz CA, Charles (Carol) Cunningham of Atwater, Margaret (Rick) Stang of Sartell, Martin (Michelle) Cunningham of Princeton, John (Laura) Cunningham of Atwater, Janet (Ritchie) Johnson of Kerkhoven, Elizabeth (Jan) Larson of Buffalo, Helen (Barry) Haggarty of Bloomington IL, Jane Hershstein of Fairhaven, and Sarah (Paul) Anderson of Plymouth as well as  21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver; daughter, Eleanore; son-in-law, Mordechai Hershstein; her parents; one brother and three sisters.

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