Eleanor, “Ellie” (nee Hanousek)
Peacefully entered the Kingdom of Heaven on June 22, 2021. She was preceded by her parents Eugene and Dorothy, her loving husband of 42 years, Gerald “Jerry” Cunniff, sisters-in-law Kathleen Louis, and Jeanne (Roger) Kuchera; brother in law, John (Lois) Cunniff.
She is survived by children Gerald Jr. (Beth), Molly (Tom Klein) Berg, William (Kari), and Margaret. Brother Richard (Kathy) Hanousek; brother-in-law Mike Louis; 7 beautiful grandchildren, Brianna, Peter, Maggie, Sam, Sarah, Paige, and Maddie.
Ellie was a life-long devout Catholic and a member of Lumen Christi Catholic Church. On January 14th, 1997, she was blessed to be a recipient of a heart transplant. That gift allowed her 24 additional years to spend with family and friends. Many thanks to the staff and care team at The Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital who made this gift of life possible. She also had great appreciation for the staff who cared for her these past years at Carondelet Village.
Mass of Christian Burial, 10am Tuesday at Lumen Christi Catholic Community (2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul). Visitation will be one hour prior. Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated for Carondelet Village (525 Fairview Ave. S. St. Paul) or the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in c/o of Ellie Cunniff (800 E 28th St., Minneapolis).