Cunningham, Kerry Elizabeth, a 10 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Baltimore, MD, Kerry was 58 when she died. She worked as Vice President, Head of Risk Management for Cetera Financial Group. Previously, Kerry served as chief counsel for the NASD's Chicago District Office and as special counsel and branch chief of enforcement in the Los Angeles office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. She was chair of the FINRA District 2 Committee, served on the board of directors for the National Society of Compliance Professionals, and was a subcommittee member for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, among other actions with various professional groups. Kerry was a graduate of Loyola Law School, University of California, San Diego, and Louisville High School. She is survived by Mother, Elizabeth Cunningham of Oak Brook, IL, Son, Jim (Tricia) Feffer of Indio, CA, Granddaughter, Emily Feffer of Indio, CA, Brother, Skip Cunningham of Santa Clarita, CA, Sister, Kristin Panek of Downers Grove, IL. Preceded in death by: Father, Francis J. Cunningham Jr. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance. A reception will immediately follow in Rice Chapel's Lighthouse Reception Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Kerry’s family. Her sense of humor will be missed. May God give you the strength to continue during this difficult time.

  2. I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I remember Kerry fondly and will miss her. Kris and Mrs. Cunningham, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  3. My condolences to Kerry’s Family. I worked with Kerry for many years at ING and then Cetera and loved her sense of humor and had tremendous respect for her knowledge. She will be missed. My prayers are with you.

  4. I knew Kerry through our participaton with FSI, having served together on the compliance council. I was immediately drawn to her amazing legal mind, wonderful sense of humor, and her great attitude about finding a way to get through whatever challenge faced us as a group. I valued Kerry as a mentor and a friend. I will miss her greatly. I will remember her laughing as she often did, and keep that in my heart from here on.

  5. Kerry was a well respected individual, who’s knowledge and guidance she gladly shared. She will be missed deeply and remembered fondly. My thoughts and prayers to Kerry’s family.

  6. I spoke and worked with Kerry at NSCP Conferences. She was dedicated, intellegent and very easy with which to work. I will miss her incites not only at NCSP meetings but FSI roundtables as well. Rest in peace, Kerry.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kerry’s family. We will miss her as a neighbor and friend.

  8. My condolences to Kerry’s family. I had the great fortune to work with Kerry through FSI and was always amazed by her knowledge and her wit. God Bless.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kerry’s family. Kerry was a kind, thoughtful, and intelligent person who was always quick with a laugh. No matter how busy she was, every time we talked she made a point to ask about my daughters. She will be missed.

  10. We are so very sorry for your loss. Kerry was such a sweet, kind and fun person. We always enjoyed being with her. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mark, Marcy and Family

  11. We are deeply saddened by your loss. The Cunninghams are in our thoughts. We pray that the fond memories of your family’s shared love will soon bring comfort to us all. Sim, Elizabeth and Family

  12. It was my pleasure to work for Kerry my last couple years at ING before my retirement. She was easy to work for and I always enjoyed her work ethic, her patience and understanding and, especially, her sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and her co-workers.

  13. We were so glad to reconnect with Kerry at Kara’s wedding. I still have great memories of the Business Womens’ Exchange in Chicago, where I got to know her well…and the funny hat New Year’s Party. She was quick to laugh, quick with a joke and had an amazingly sharp mind. Our prayers are with Kris and Betty and Jimmy and the whole family. RIP, Kerry. You are loved.

  14. For 36 years I have been proud to call Kerry my friend, whose keen mind and kindess have been a boon to all she touched. I will always remember her joy at sharing a new receipe with family and friends, her competitive spirit whether playing Scrabble or softball, and a willingness to help anyone who asked. We enjoyed our silly pranks and the times we travelled, but she mostly enjoyed her family. With much to be proud of, both personally and professionally, her son and family topped the list. I will not say goodbye to my friend as she lives on in our hearts. I will say “Slainte” until we meet again.

  15. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Kerry, I worked at ING with her for 8 years, and had alot of encounter with her, specially when she would Volunteer in alot of our Community events. she will be missed.

  16. I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Kerry over the past 5+ years. She served most of that time on the Compliance Council of the Financial Services Institute where I work. Kerry was always generous with her time, wisdom and support. I was proud to call her my friend. — Dave Bellaire

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook