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Sister Ellen Cunningham

Formerly Sister Michael Aquinas

Sister Ellen was born on June 20, 1940 and died on January 29, 2020.


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Sister Ellen was a native of the Chicago area. She passed away on January 29, 2020, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She was 79 years old and had been a Sister of Providence for 61 years.

Sister Ellen, formerly Sister Michael Aquinas, entered the Congregation in 1959. She professed first vows in 1962 and final vows in 1967.

Sister Ellen ministered as a teacher at Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as Saint John High School in Loogootee, Indiana, and also ministered as a professor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, teaching mathematics.

Sister Ellen said she loved fireworks and outdoor concerts. She also enjoyed being near lakes or the ocean.

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Sister Ellen Cunningham (formerly Sister Michael Aquinas)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Teacher, Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne (1964-66); Teacher, St. John, Loogootee (1966-67); Assistant Professor in Math, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1974-82); Associate Professor/Department Chair, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1983-1992); Professor, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1992-2012); Adjunct Professor/Volunteer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2012-2019).

In Illinois: Computer Programming, McCord and Associates, Chicago (1982-83).


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