Joseph Cunningham, 77, active in St. Elizabeth Seton Church

Joseph W. Cunningham, 77, of Ridgefield; husband of Mrs. Deanna (Allen) Cunningham, passed away at Danbury Hospital on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Joseph was born on September 28, 1937 in Yonkers, NY. He was the son of the late Robert and Irene (Budrock) Cunningham.

A Ridgefield resident for the past 41 years coming from Kent, NY, Joseph worked as a Marketing Manager for Nestle and he also held marketing and management positions for other corporations.

He was a member of the Carmel, NY Jaycees and also a member of Founders Hall, Ridgefield. He had served as both a Cub Master and Scout Master for local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops in Ridgefield.

Joseph was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Church of Ridgefield since its beginning as a parish; he also served as Eucharistic Minister there.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Joseph is survived by his children: two sons, Michael Cunningham and his wife Annette of Manchester, CT and Robert Cunningham of Ridgefield, CT and a daughter, Lisa (Cunningham) Nelson and her husband Keith of Methuen, MA.

In addition to his wife and children, Joseph is survived by a sister, Mary Anne Orloff of Chesterfield, VA and two grandchildren; Brendan and Mikayla Cunningham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church; 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield.

Interment will be private; there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Founders Hall; 193 Danbury Road; Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.