Veronica "Ronnie" Cunningham

CALABASH, N.C. - Veronica "Ronnie" Cunningham, 75, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at home after a four-year battle with cancer. For the week prior, she received the consoling services of her family and the Lower Cape Fear Hospice personnel.

Ronnie is survived by her husband of 39 years, Frank Cunningham; her daughters, Sandra Hanrahan, of Bangor, Pa., Sheryl Cunningham, of Supply, N.C., and Susan Sutton, of Calabash, N.C.; as well as grandchildren, Spring Shank and April Cunningham, of Pennsylvania, and Shane Sutton, of Calabash, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Logan Cunningham and Marshall Shank, of Pennsylvania. She also is survived by her sister, Joan O'Brien, in Dublin, Ireland, where Ronnie was born and lived until she was 16 years old before coming to the United States.

Ronnie worked for 20 years as an accountant at Warner-Lambert in Morris Plains. She changed careers and found her calling as a substance abuse counselor. She was a marketer and a director of Family Education program for College Hill Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa. She also was a counselor for High Focus Treatment Center in Sparta. After moving to Calabash, N.C., in 2004, Ronnie was director of Wilmington Treatment Center's Drug and Alcohol Outpatient program in Wilmington and Shallotte, N.C. Since October 2011, she had been the founder and director of A New Day Treatment Center in Shallotte, N.C.

Ronnie was a grateful friend of Bill Wilson for the past 35 years. Her surprise 75th birthday party in May 2013 was a testament to her lifelong accomplishments and her positive influence on so many people.

There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter in Bolivia, N.C.


Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 27, 2013