Joan E. Cunningham

June 30, 1930May 19, 2019

Joan Elizabeth Cunningham (Joni / Aunt Joanne as she was fondly known), was taken to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 19, 2019. Joni was born June 30, 1930 to Lyle and Lois Lukens of Beloit, Kansas. She was 1 of 4 sisters, a farm gal since birth. Her early farm skills, including driving a tractor, gave her the strong, yet kind and gentle determination she carried with her throughout her life. Her spirit was humble, her prayers were powerful, her hospitality immeasurable, and her smile was infectious.

Joni’s bright, sweet, cheerful demeanor was still reflected in her later years, when her cognitive abilities were diminished. Yet most importantly of all, if you had the pleasure of knowing Joni, you would know how zealous she was for the Lord; how dedicated she was to her husband Karl; how much she loved her children; and how well she cared for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Karl; sister, Jean Widrig; her four children; Linda Joseph (Doug), Doug Cunningham (Kim), Diane Deffenbaugh (Paul), and Karen Cunningham. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Christine Buchanan and Charlene Myers. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Melissa (Kent), Leslie (Chase), Danielle (Isaac), Kelsey, Sam, and Kurt, as well as her great grandchildren, Logan, Landon, Lawson, Savannah, Weston and several wonderful nephews and nieces.

Visitors will be received Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 pm at College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3217 College Avenue in Beaver Falls and from 9:00-10:00 am on Saturday, June 1, 2019. A memorial service will be held at the church on June 1 at 10:15 am.

Special thanks is extended to Dr. Lorraine Hutchings, her staff and Kindred Hospice for the care provided to Joni during this season of her life.

Arrangements are being personalized by the Saul-Gabauer Funeral Home, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beaver County Christian School (Beaver Falls, PA 15010).


  • Visitation Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 1, 2019


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Nancy Myers

May 31, 2019

Dearest Uncle and Cousins,

Aunt Jo was a beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to Heaven and now closer to God. She was loved by and a blessing to everyone she came in contact with. I will never forget her bright face, beautiful smile, huge heart and contagious laugh. I am honored and blessed to have been a part of her life. I will never forget her and will pray for her as she prayed for us.

Prayerfully and with love,
Niece/Cousin Nancy Myers

Betty Treese

May 30, 2019

Dear Karl, Linda, Diane, Karen & Doug,
My heart is heavy as I just came to know of your dear wife and mother passing on to glory. She was highly esteemed in my eyes. I have so many fond memories of seeking out the haven of your home as a college student, being greeted warmly by Joni's cheery smile and soothing words when needed. You were right in saying that her hospitality was "immeasurable" and to me at the time seemingly effortless. Only later, as I tried to follow her example by filling our home with innumerable college students and others, did I learn how much effort it really took for her and your entire family. Thanks for the sacrifices you all made.
Grieving with you,
Betty (Baum) Treese

Barbara Wells (Weir)

May 23, 2019

Dear Diane and all Cunningham Family,

Our family is wishing you some sweet time to remember and praise God for your dear Mother (and all her other wonderful titles)

We send our prayers and love, in Jesus name. I am so glad this world is not my home and I will enjoy seeing all the wonderful reunions (and shared coffee)“when we all get to Heaven”

Grateful for you,

John, Barbara (Weir), Ian and Grace Wells

Chaplain Jimmy Fong

May 22, 2019


I'm so so sorry to hear the loss of your beloved mom. You've been by her side every step of the way and a blessing to all in your family.

My wish for you at this point in time is to find rest as much as possible before this thing called "grief" will take you for a roller coaster ride with all sorts of twists and turns. Hold on to your family, friends and God for they are right by your side.

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Chaplain Jimmy Fong