OLEAN - Zella Mae Sherwood Cunningham, 102, of 1505 W. Henley St., and Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2014) at Zephyrhills Hospital in Florida.
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Mrs. Cunningham was born Dec. 8, 1911, in Olean and was a daughter of Charles Burdette and Alice Mae Perry Sherwood. She married Karl Schnell, who predeceased her. On Oct. 12, 1969, in Allegany, she married D. Vincent Connor, who predeceased her on March 20, 1987. On Nov. 26, 1989, in Allegany, she married Chuck Grady, who predeceased her on April 22, 2001. On Oct. 26, 2003, at the First Baptist Church of Olean, she married Melburn A. Cunningham, who survives.
Zella was a graduate of Shinglehouse (Pa.) High School. She attended the West Brook Academy.
Zella worked for the City of Olean Water Department. She was a deputy of the Family Court of Cattaraugus County.
Zella was a member of the HomeCare & Hospice Guild's Lutheran Club, a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Christian Women's Group in Bradford. She was the oldest member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Allegany. Zella and her husband, Mel, both attended St. John's Church and the First Baptist Church of Olean regularly.
Along with her loving husband, Zella is survived by a son, James C. Schnell of Olean; a grandson, Daniel Schnell; a granddaughter, Linda Schnell; two great-grandchildren, Lily and Michael Schnell; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with her first three husbands, Zella was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Evans.
Friends will be received Monday (Jan. 27, 2014) at the First Baptist Church in Olean from 10 a.m. to noon, at which time a funeral service will be held. Both ministers from both churches will co-officiate. Burial will be at the Allegany Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 36 N. Fourth St., Allegany, NY 14706; the First Baptist Church of Olean, 133 S. Union St., Olean, NY 14760; or the HomeCare & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 25, 2014