Bernice Cullinan
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Sunday
17
March

Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019
James W. Cannan Funeral Home, Inc.
3155 Orchard Park Road
Orchard Park, New York, United States
Monday
18
March

Mass

11:00 am
Monday, March 18, 2019
St. Martin Of Tours
1140 Abbott Road
Buffalo, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

HOLY CROSS CEMETERY
2900 South Park Ave.
Lackawanna,, New York, United States

Obituary of Bernice M. Cullinan

Cullinan, Bernice M. (new Downey)

of West Newton, MA, formerly of Buffalo, NY, died peacefully on March 10, 2019. She was 97. Dee was born in the Old First Ward to Helen and George Downey on October 23, 1921. The third of five children, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Jack (Marge), sister and best friend, Helen (Bob Farley), Butch, and Fran (Ellen). She was educated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and South Park High School and continued on to secretarial school after graduating. She worked as a bookkeeper until her marriage in 1950 to the late Thomas J. Cullinan. Tom and Bernice settled on Cushing Place and raised eight children - Helen (Daniel Szvoren) of Hamburg, NY, Thomas (Mary) of Albany, NY, Mary (John Simons) of Pittsburgh, PA, JoAnn of West Newton, MA, Carol of West Seneca, NY, Eileen (Stephen Paiz) of Boston, MA, Judy of Miami, FL, and Sheila (Ned) Stanton of Needham, MA. After all her children were in school, Bernice returned to work as a secretary for the Buffalo City Schools. She ended her career at St. Ann's School on the East Side of Buffalo, where she made many lifelong friends. She was deeply committed to the school's mission of community and church. Bernice retired to the Scandinavian Living Center in Newton, MA, where she was an active and beloved member of the community. She enjoyed travel, outings, games of chance, and her beloved Red Sox. A gracious daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend. Bernice had a knack for making everyone feel special. Her children fondly remember all the trips to Allegheny, ice skating in the yard, summers at the cottage, and homework in the kitchen. Loving Gram to Elizabeth, Maggie, Kate, John, Tommy, Sarah, Johnny, Maddie, Erika, Tia, Charlie, and NIkki. Great Gram to Kennedy, Connor, Isabel, and Joseph. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday from 4-8PM at the JAMES W. CANNAN FUNERAL HOME INC. (Southtowns Chapel) 3155 Orchard Park Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday March 18th at 11:00AM at St. Martin of Tours Church (Please assemble at church) Flowers gratefully declined, memorials in Bernice's name may be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation, online at parkinson.org. Online condoloces at www.CANNANFH.com

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