There will be a private family burial at Oak Hill Cemetery following the funeral. Friends are invited to the Cherokee V.F.W. for a time of food and fellowship following the burial. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com. Memorials may be sent to Hearts United for Animals, 73418 638th Avenue, Auburn, NE., 68305
Ramona Schlinz Cunningham was born on July 7, 1915 in rural Holstein, to Arthur and Bertha (Ihms) Schlinz. She was raised on a farm with several brothers and sisters and later moved to Cherokee, where she married James C. Cunningham. She and Jim proudly raised and educated their six sons in Cherokee where she lived until 1993 when she moved to Omaha, Neb. to live with her son, Mark. She was active, alert, involved and productive until her last week when she had prepared the Easter dinner including salads, desserts, main dish and baked goods.
Ramona was a proud, lifelong homemaker who excelled in every aspect homemaking, including cooking, baking, candies, desserts, sewing, stitching, needlepoint, crafts, gardening and nearly every task requiring creativity. She consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and a determined attitude which resulted in the accomplishment of a great number of activities in a day's time. Ramona was known as a perfectionist who set high expectations for herself and her loved ones. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm, high energy level and commitment to family and extended family. Ramona was the center of activity in her family and one who saw to it that there was an abundance of gifts, food, and love for everyone at each family gathering. Her laughter could be heard down the block, especially playing games and she was always at her best when with her family.
The value of education was instilled in her sons and she was a model for setting goals and accomplishing those goals through unmatched stamina and strength over 96 years. She saw to it that each of her sons accepted Christ and became members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church as she herself had done. Ramona was a member of the church for over sixty years and was also a member of Church Circle and Ladies Division of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ramona is preceded in death by her parents and later by her husband, James C. Cunningham in 1980. She is preceded in death by her brothers Hugo (Florence) of Cushing, Alvin (Ann, Lydia) of Hanover, Harlan (Esther) of Danbury and Lloyd of Holstein. Sisters were Milda Boock Johnson of Holstein, Malinda Fell of Cherokee and Cleo (Art) Jepsen of Sioux City. She is also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Sandy (Charles) Cunningham of Cedar Rapids and grandson, James Charles Cunningham of Maryland.
She is survived by sons Vernon (Sherryl) of Cherokee, Roger (Deane) of Yorba Linda, Calif., J. Charles Cunningham (Carol) of Cedar Rapids, Douglas (Barbara) of Urbandale, Gary (partner, Ken Bennett) of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark of Omaha, Neb., nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.