Maryann Cunningham (nee Wilenta), 70, of Stuart, Florida, beloved wife of John Cunningham, the third eldest child and second daughter of Victor and Josephine Wilenta, died peacefully at her home in Toms River, NJ on July 2, 2023.

Surviving are her loving husband, John E. Cunningham, a step-daughter, Sherry Walsh and her husband Gregory, two brothers, Michael and Victor and two sisters, Victoria Piombino and Joanne Heir. She is predeceased by a cherished sister, Patricia Boylan. A great joy in her life were her grandchildren, Sean, Kevin and Sara.

Maryann was born in Jersey City, NJ on January 20, 1953, and was raised on Minnie Place in Secaucus, NJ, along with her beloved siblings. She was a dedicated history teacher at Secaucus High School for 27 years and committed herself to the success of her students as class advisor, counselor and mentor. Maryann loved to travel, and spent many summer months in Europe, particularly Italy, in her earlier years. She was loving, passionate, generous, full of spirit, had impeccable style and enjoyed the finer things in life, and selflessly shared what she had with others.

Maryann adored her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, whom she cared for and loved as her own. She will be sorely missed, but her spirit and passion for life will continue to inspire and encourage for years to come.

The funeral mass will be offered at Immaculate Conception RC Church; 1219 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, NJ on Thursday, July 6th, 2023 beginning at 10:45am. There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to the funeral mass. Anyone who is attending the funeral is asked to gather directly at the church, no later than 10:30am.

Visitation will be held at the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, 533 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030, on Wednesday, July 5th, 2023 beginning at 4 PM and concluding at 8 PM. Parking available in rear of memorial home, off Sixth Street.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Maryann’s memory to the American Liver Foundation,


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