|Birth: ||Jun. 27, 1991|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2007|
Age 15 passed away Monday, June 11, 2007 at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Late of Romeoville.
A student at Romeoville High School and member of the National Junior Honor Society. Teresa was very active in area sports including Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading and R.H.S. Softball.
She is survived by her loving parents, Patrick and Theresa Cunningham. Beloved sister of Lois (Robert) Doyle, Elizabeth Cunningham and Sean Cunningham. Cherished granddaughter of Ruben and Lois Alanis. Fond aunt of Hannah Cunningham-Doyle. Also survived by many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Henry and Patricia Cunningham.
Visitation Friday, 3-9 p.m. at the ANDERSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 606 Townhall Dr. in Romeoville. Funeral Saturday, June 16, 2007 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville.
ANDERSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL
THE BUGLE JUNE 24, 2009 By Laura Katauskas Staff Writer
Volunteer Park field honors 15-year-old player
As one of the girls who became a member of Romeoville's first girl's softball team, the Panthers, it was only fitting that Diamond 3 in Volunteer Park be named after Teresa Lynn Cunningham, II, who lost her battle with cystic fibrosis in 2007. Striving to do something positive to remember their daughter, the family contacted the village about naming a softball field after her, a place where she loved to be, showing a passion for athletics and softball that began at an early age. Cunningham started in the Romeoville Recreation Department's Tiny Tots Sports program; joined Cheerleading as a Honey Bee in 1995 at age 5. She then started playing T-ball on the Romeoville Cubs and the following year became a member of the Panthers. By middle school, she continued to be involved in sports and played softball for A. Vito Martinez, where she was not only a star athlete, but a star student, landing herself on the "A" honor roll. Right by her side was her family, coaching games throughout the community. Residents since 1985, the family was always involved in Romeoville sports, having their older children Lois and Elizabeth, and Sean partake in events since 1989. "Rather than have flowers on the side of the road, we wanted to do something positive that recognized her," said dad Patrick Cunningham. "This was really nice. She had a love and passion for softball. We are proud of our little Teresa." In 1995, Teresa Cunningham was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system that eventually clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas, stopping natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. Despite her disease, she didn't.
"Rather than have flowers on the side of the road, we wanted to do something positive that recognized her.This was really nice. She had a love and passion for softball."
Patrick Cunningham, dad let her hold back. She wanted to play and she continued for as long and as hard as she could. She was a starting pitcher for the Panthers and won four tournaments and even played a traveling league through the South West Suburban League for two years. Cunningham played softball until the summer of 2005 when she was hospitalized for five months with her family by her side. In January 2007, she became dramatically ill and was put on a list for a lung transplant. She dies on June 11. "Day in and day out we deal with the negatives and forget the positives in people who inspire us. Today it is with great honor and privilege that Mayor John Noak and village officials dedicate Diamond 3 as the new Teresa Lynn Cunningham II softball field," Kelly Rajzer, Director of Parks and Recreation said at the dedication. Allison Cunningham, a player for the Romeoville Revolution, and Teresa's cousin, was the first to play a softball game on the newly-named field.
Photos by Laura Katauskas
Mayor John Noak and Trustee Brian Clancy unveil the new sign commemorating Baseball Diamond 3 as the Teresa L. Cunningham Field in memory of the 15-year-old who died of cystic fibrosis.
The Cunningham family was proud to stand in front of the softball field that now bears the name of their "little Teresa." Members of her softball team also came out to the dedication to honor her memory.
Maintained by: Rita Botkin Bomher
Originally Created by: Paula Berry Nelson
Record added: Jun 13, 2007
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