Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Charlotte Cunningham Finkel (1912-1996)
Charlotte Cunningham, 83, member of an early-day Saratoga family, died Jan. 17 of complications from a hip injury suffered when she fell on the ice at her home in Southbury, Conn.
Cunningham, who took her maiden name in 1979 after the death of her husband, J. Manfred Finkel, was the daughter of Charles and Eva Cunningham, whose families came to Saratoga in the late 1800s. Eva Cunningham's father, J.M. Lipscombe, maintained an orchard at the present site of Saratoga High School. Charles Cunningham's father, E.M. Cunningham, had an orchard on Saratoga Ave.
Charlotte Cunningham attended Saratoga Grammar School and graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1930 because there was no high school in Saratoga. After she left Saratoga in the early 1930s to live in the East, she maintained close ties with Saratoga and was a frequent visitor here.
She had an abiding interest in local history and assisted her aunt, the late Florence Cunningham, in compiling material for the book Saratoga's First Hundred Years. She maintained her membership in the Saratoga Historical Foundation and was instrumental in establishing local historical societies when she lived in New York State.
She is survived by a stepson, Jack Taylor of New York City, and by several cousins.
A memorial service will be scheduled later at Saratoga Federated Church, followed by inurnment at Madronia Cemetery.
(Saratoga News 1-31-1996)