Maxine Elaine Cunningham was born on Friday, September 16, 1927 in Avonmore, Pa., the youngest child of John and Elbe Jones. She passed away on Sunday morning, September 8 , 2019, just 8 days shy of her 92nd birthday.
Maxine is survived by her daughter Susan Cunningham-Sperlik and her husband, Steve, of Hannahstown, Pa., her sons Tim Cunningham and his wife, Melanie, of Medina, Ohio and Mark Cunningham and his wife, Jeanne of Foresthill, California. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Lauren Testa (Luke) of Washington DC, Ashley Testa and her husband, Luke Self, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Collin Cunningham of Kent, Ohio and Casey Cunningham of Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Matthew E. Cunningham Jr. who passed away in 2001, her brother, John Jones and her sisters, Elsie Greene, Nellie Young, Pauline Andritz, Harriet Barbieri and Janet Edder. A lifelong resident of Avonmore and a 1946 graduate of Avonmore High School. Maxine was member of the First Presbyterian Church of Avonmore and its Ladies Auxiliary. She was active on the Avonmore Library Board and the Golden Opportunities Association, providing college scholarships to worthy local students
Maxine was very instrumental in the formation of the Avonmore Community Association over 50 years ago and helped to create and manage the Avonmore Harvest Festival celebration for many years.
After graduating high school, she was Avonmore’s telephone switchboard operator, then became the operator at Federal Laboratories in Saltsburg, Pa., where she soon became the assistant to the Human Resource Director and worked at that position for over 30 years until she retired in 1988. Following her retirement, she stayed busy traveling with her husband Ted, caring for her family and volunteering with various community organizations, like the Avonmore Food Bank.
“Frit” was always an avid Pirates and Steeler fan, who loved socializing with her good friends, “Rosebud”, “Babs” and Lena. Over the years, she did it all. She rode the train from Avonmore to Pittsburgh to see Sinatra, drank Cokes at Chuck’s and worked the Pizza Stand at the Festivals and Carnivals. She enjoyed “Louieburgers”. She attended a million meetings and dished a million pot-luck dinners. Through it all, she maintained her health and dignity. She always tried to set a good example at everything she ever did and she accomplished that.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Kelly L. Corridoni Funeral Home LTD, 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore, Pa. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church of Avonmore with Reverend Larry Armstrong, officiating. Interment is private.