Eileen Cunningham Russell
Eileen Cunningham Russell, born Nov. 18, 1927, has passed away Nov. 18, after a courageous, four-year battle with cancer while surrounded by family at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Born on Pleasant Street in Thompsonville, Eileen was the eldest of five children belonging to Edward and Eileen Cunningham. As the eldest, she helped care for her four younger siblings, Joan Payne (deceased), Edward Cunningham (deceased), Rita Hartley, and Joseph Cunningham (deceased). Graduating during the end of World War II, just as Europe declared victory, Eileen set out on a job hunt before finding passion as a realtor and making it her life’s career.
Eileen was predeceased by her husbands, Frederick Feinberg and Peter Russell and leaves behind three sons, Stephen (Stacey), Tim (Beth), and Peter (Ellen); and her adored grandchildren, Alexandra, Ethan, Michael, Jared, Eileen, and Riley.
A longtime resident of Enfield, Eileen focused her passion for volunteering through various organizations over the years. She was president of the Women’s Club of Enfield and Women’s Club of Connecticut, becoming an active participant in their efforts to bring hospice to Connecticut and aid the Special Olympics. She worked and served on the board of the Enfield VNA organizing talks and events for those seeking healthcare.
In addition to her charity work, Eileen was a world-class traveler. She globe-trotted with her beloved husband Peter visiting places like Hong Kong, Thailand, and so much more. Eileen will be sorely missed by friends and family and leaves behind a charitable legacy that we all aspire to.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Eileen’s name be made to: CT Hospice, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, or the Enfield VNA or to better continue her legacy, please volunteer at your local charities and organizations.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at St. Jeanne Jugan Parish (Holy Family Church) in Enfield. Burial services will be private. Please wear a mask and social distance at service.