Barbara A. Cunningham, age 76, of New Philadelphia (Oldtown Valley), passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Riverside Manor, Newcomerstown from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.
Born February 24, 1942, in Stone Creek, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Nola Lieser Sargeant. Barbara graduated from Stone Creek High School as valedictorian in 1960. She married Howard E. Cunningham on April 18, 1964; the couple reared two children and shared forty-seven years of marriage prior to Howard’s passing on December 24, 2011. Barbara was a homemaker – a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was an active member of Grace Community Church, Stone Creek, where she was formerly choir director. Barbara very much enjoyed music and playing the piano. She liked to travel, and, in her younger days, enjoyed going bowling. Additionally, Barbara was a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians, as well as Ohio State.
Survivors include her children, Connie (Bill) McClain and Thomas (Marcy) Cunningham, both of New Philadelphia; her grandchildren, Joshua, Jared and Alexis Cunningham, and Douglas (Sarah) and Brittany McClain; and her great-grandson, Elijah McClain.
A funeral service will be held Monday, October 22, at 11 a.m. in Grace Community Church, with Pastor Paul Houdashelt officiating. Burial will be in Stone Creek Cemetery. Following the committal, there will be a lunch at the church. Family and friends are invited to call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory, Dover, on Sunday, October 21, 2 – 4 p.m., and at the church on Monday, 10 – 11 a.m. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of Barbara, please visit the obituaries link on the funeral home’s website.
The family suggests that contributions in Barbara’s memory be made to Grace Community Church, 229 Jefferson St., Stone Creek, Ohio 43840, or, to Compassionate Care Hospice, 300 North Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Ste. 103, Akron, Ohio 44333.