Martin James Cunningham of Wilkes-Barre passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at his residence in League City, Texas, at the age of 98.
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He was born Oct. 19, 1914, in Wilkes-Barre, to Martin and Priscilla Cunningham.
Martin served in the U.S. Navy as a first class officer and served in World War II and the Korean conflict.
He worked 30 years on the Penn Central Railroad until it went out of business. Martin also worked for Indian Head Sanitation until he retired.
Martin was part of the Hanover Township division of the Notre Dame Club and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; brother, James; sisters, Elizabeth and Margret; and children, Patricia, Martin and Joseph.
He is survived by his grandchildren, Colleen Wechsler and husband, Mike; Joseph Cunningham and fiancee, Becky, with whom he lived and who cared for him during his last two years; Megan Manganaro and husband, Tony; Mark Meginess and wife, Eva; Ruthanne Koonrad and husband, Randy, and Michael Cunningham and wife, Sue; and great-grandchildren, Derek and Katie Toole, Sara and Kayla Koonrad, Andi and Kelli Meginess, Ashley and Alec Wechsler and Logan Cunningham, Miley Cunningham and soon-to-be Baby Boy Cunningham!.
Martin spent the last two years of his life living with his family in League City, Texas. He spent many days catching up on his Westerns, watching Notre Dame football and sharing lots of candy with his great-grandson, Logan.
A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 East Walker, League City, Texas, with the Rev. Howard Drabek officiating under the direction of Crowder Funeral Home, 281-332-2727.
Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Maple Hill Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, under the direction of Desederio Funeral Home, Mountain Top, 570-474-9800.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 6, 2013