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Sister Christine (Alice) Cunningham, 99, Of Nyack

Sister Christine (Alice) Cunningham
Sister Christine (Alice) Cunningham Photo Credit: Tea Zagorscak

NYACK, N.Y. -- Sister Christine (Alice) Cunningham, 99, of Nyack, died Oct. 7.

She was born July 26, 1917, in New York City, to Alice Kelly and Owen Cunningham.

Her Baptism name was Alice. She entered the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine Dec. 8, 1936, and professed perpetual vows Sept. 18, 1943.

She attended St. Michael’s High School in New York City and later earned a BA in education from Fordham University.

Her ministry assignments included five years at Madonna House on Cherry Street in New York City, one year in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., seven years at Ave Maria House in the Bronx and nine years in Langley, S.C. While living in Langley, she ministered at Our Lady of Peace Parish in North Augusta, Ga. Her final mission assignments were from 1962-85 at St. Augustine School in the Bronx and 1985-93 at St. Ignatius School in Manhattan. In each of these locations, she taught first-grade classes and frequently served as a catechist for the public school children.

She also was very active with troops of Girl Scouts and Brownies, particularly in Langley and North Augusta.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Helen Vito, Leona Vitolo, Rita Foran and Thomas Cunningham.

In addition to the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine, she is survived by her sister, Josephine Walis; many nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews; and very faithful friend, Sr. Georgette Lawton, RSHM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann’s Church, 16 Jefferson St., Nyack followed by burial at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont.

Arrangements were carried out by Hannemann’s Funeral Home, 88 S. Broadway, Nyack.

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