Richfield Springs, NY-Linda Marie Kurkowski Cunningham, formerly of Richfield Springs, NY, currently residing in Jonesborough, TN, left this world, on her own terms on November 2, 2016, with her loving husband, Tim, and her children by her side. She was born in Cooperstown, NY, on December 10, 1952, the daughter of James and Barbara Kurkowski, and attended school at Richfield Springs Central School. Linda was married to Timothy J. Cunningham on July 10, 1976, and recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. Linda took great pride in her marriage, children, friends and extended TN family, Joan and "Harold" Sam Humphreys. She had a talent for arts and crafts and was an active genealogist, tracing her family lineage back to the Mayflower. Her late father, James Kurkowski, peaked her interest in the family history years ago, as they would talk for hours on end, sharing stories of the family. She was also predeceased by her favorite uncle, Fred Kurkowski.
Linda lived from New York to Alaska, and everywhere in between, with Tim and their children and later enjoyed trips in their RV. She loved the spiritual side of nature and took delight in the antics of the animals around her. She truly enjoyed life! Surviving alongside her husband, are her three children, Jerry (Amy) Cunningham, of Brewster, MA, Michelle (Emilie) Cunningham-Joost, of Hope Valley, RI, and Jeffrey (Tracy) Cunningham, of Herkimer, NY; her mother, Barbara Webster Kurkowski, of Richfield Springs, NY; and siblings, Donna (Pete) Brykailo, Jimmer (Jeannie) Kurkowski, Patsy (Dan) Beebe and Scott (Renee) Kurkowski; six grandchildren, Michael Cunningham, Shawn Eddy-Joost, Megan Eddy-Joost, Brianna Eddy-Joost, Jasmine Beach Cunningham and Reeve Cunningham; along with many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to thank the extraordinary care given by the "entire" staff of the JCMC Regional Cancer Center, especially Vickie and Jennifer. In keeping with Linda's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Burial will take place 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs, NY. In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider a donation to the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer Center or a local children's charity of your choice. Local graveside services are entrusted into the caring guidance of Daniel J. Enea Funeral and Cremation Care, 5860 State Route 5, between Herkimer and Little Falls (508-5250). Please offer online condolences.