Ellen H. (Hennelly) Cagney

1930 - 2021


Ellen Hennelly Cagney of Fountain Hills, Arizona, 90, passed away on April 1, 2021.

Ellen was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 20th, 1930.  She and her brother, Jim Hennelly, grew up in Chicago and attended St. Hilary School. Ellen attended St. Scholastica High School where she was a member of the “Phisdenfirs”.  She graduated from Mundelein College with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics.

She married Bert Cagney in 1951. They raised their three children in Chicago and were married for 69 years.  Ellen taught Home Economics at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois.  After leaving Chicago, Ellen spent her winters in Fountain Hills, Arizona, and her summers in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.

Ellen loved books, puzzles, sewing, gardening, traveling, and playing Bridge, where she earned several Masters Points.  She was an incredible host and a good friend to many, and she retained her fierce wit and impeccable fashion sense for her entire 90 years.  Ellen volunteered as a docent at the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills for over a decade.  Her family was always her first priority and she was a wonderful Mother and extraordinary “Granny.”

She is survived by her three children Betsy Cagney Waller (Mike), Terry Cagney Theisen (Fred), and James Cagney (Kim).  She had 8 beloved grandchildren, James (Jennifer), Nick, Jessie (Austin), Laura (Edwin), Kevin, Chris (Rochelle), Becky, and Brian.  She had four great grandchildren, Autumn, Luna, Finn and Jordan.

Services are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum of Fountain Hills or the Frank B. Koller Memorial Library in Manitowish Waters.

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Julie Fritz Kurasek

April 6, 2021 7:30 AM

I will always be grateful to Mrs. Cagney for inspiring me throughout my high school years. I learned so many practical skills as well as life skills from her. She was a true mentor and lovely person.
Julie Fritz Kurasek

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