Patrick Cunningham, age 73, died December 7, 2017 at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 9th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Isanti Union Cemetery.
Patrick Eugene Cunningham was born June 4, 1944 in Minneapolis to Joseph and Beverly Cunningham.
Graduate of DeLaSalle High School, and University of Minnesota Alum.
Married Marcia Jean Brown in 1966. Patrick joined the St Louis Park Police Department and served for 31 years, achieving the rank of Sargent. He said of police work, “You see a lot of sad things, but you also see people rise to the occasion. It is a privilege to have a role in these moments of pain and courage.” In 1973, Marcia and Pat packed up their two boys, Joe and Casey, and moved to an old farmstead in rural Isanti, MN. Filled with the openness and beauty of rural life, their family grew with three more boys: Joshua, Dan, and Ryan. They opened their home to many young people who needed support as they transitioned into adulthood; this generosity was returned as their family grew with the addition of their daughter Sammi.
Under his father’s guidance Patrick achieved Eagle Scout. As a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, he was a member the Knights of Columbus, youth group director, Eucharistic Minister, and Parish Pastoral Council. Patrick was a beloved storyteller.
Patrick, age 73, formerly of Isanti, passed away peacefully the morning of Dec. 7th at Catholic Elder Care in Minneapolis. Patrick was preceded in death by his father Joseph, his brother Joey, and his son Ryan.
Patrick is survived by wife Marcia of 51 years, and their sons Joe, Casey (Mishele), Joshua (Shannon), Dan (Leah), and daughter Sammi (Derek). 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; his mother Beverly, his siblings Bob (Dianne), Margaret (Paul), Jim (Kathy), David, Terry (John), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Nancy Lechner-Stehr says
My prayers and sympathy are with all the family. Pat was such a special man. I have many fond memories of him.
I am sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral, but I will be there in spirit.