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January 8, 2016 – February 17, 2024

of Buffalo, New York, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024.  She was the beloved daughter of Brendan and Mary (Farrell) Cullinane, sister of Kevin Dennis, and granddaughter of Leta (late Kevin) Cullinane and Jeane (late Dennis) Farrell.  Ella is survived by her aunts and uncles, including Alfredo and Jeanie Farrell, Katharine and Vincent Bair, Michael and Christina Farrell, Sean Cullinane, Matthew and Allison Cullinane, and Kathleen and Colin Wells.  She is also survived by her cousins Benjamin, Brady, and Lilliana Farrell, Declan Bair, Rory and Rosalie Farrell, Caroline, Gerard, Charles, and Julia Cullinane, and Brendan, Molly, Tess, Leo, and Edward Wells, as well as numerous great uncles and aunts, relatives, and loving nurses.

Ella gracefully lived with Miller-Dieker Syndrome, a rare gene deletion syndrome.  She was a proud student of the CHC Learning Center in Amherst, New York, where she enjoyed art projects, showing off her painted fingernails after “spa” days with her nurses, and using her foot switch to communicate with her friends and the world.

Her presence, gentleness, and quiet strength were remarkable and will be missed by many.  Ella was a special girl who spread immeasurable joy to everyone she encountered.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Joseph’s University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo on Saturday, February 24th, at 10:00 AM followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the CHC Learning Center, 1085 Eggert Rd., Amherst, New York 14226 (


  • Judie Posted February 20, 2024 1:45 pm

    God bless this precious angel who now watches over us all ❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Estrella Dela Cruz Posted February 20, 2024 2:39 pm

    For Ella,
    “For I know the plans I have for you
    Declares the Lord
    “Plans to prosper you and
    Not to harm you,
    Plans to give you
    Hope and a Future”
    jeremiah 29:11
    May your soul rest in peace
    and be a guardian Angel
    to your loved ones

  • Yaritza Martinez Posted February 20, 2024 3:28 pm

    Bella hermosa,

    Heaven has gain an Extraordinary Angel 😇 May you and your heart rest in peace 🙏 you have left many of us here on earth with an emptiness in our heart but to just know you are now Resting with our Heavenly Father it gives us peace 💪🏽♥️ We love you miss Ella. Yatziel (classmate), yaritza (mom) , Joe (dad)

  • Jess Newcomb Posted February 20, 2024 3:59 pm

    Oh, sweet Ella, you are so missed. Your life on this earth was truly a gift and a joy.

  • Shelley Pyc Posted February 20, 2024 4:35 pm

    Miss Ella will be missed by many. She had a bright spirit. The light she shared in life is still shining in the world and in the lives she touched. Prayers for her wonderful family who’s hearts are broken, but enriched by her love.

  • Doug & Cathy Turton Posted February 20, 2024 8:00 pm

    Sweet Angel – we were blessed to have known you and had the opportunity to love you. Our hearts ache for the void left by your absence. So grateful for the years of love & light you shared through your beautiful smile and spirit. You are all close to our hearts and being remembered in our prayers. Forever connected by that Invisible String, we love you, Ella. May you forever be at peace.

  • Jeffrey Posted February 21, 2024 6:11 am

    Ella, fly now with Kevin, as an angel! You were a perfect child of God, now returned to Heaven. Love and prayers to all!

  • Renee Bunk Posted February 21, 2024 9:45 am

    Ella was absolutely extrodianary! CHC was blessed to have her friendship and sweet presence at school. Personally, I will miss her gentle smile as well as her perfectly timed eyerolls. I was watched her work diligently to use her communication device to make choices and participate in school activities. She was absolutley spectacular and will continue to be in my memories. Such a privilige to have known her. God bless you Ella!

  • Joe Cox Posted February 21, 2024 2:20 pm

    Ella is in God’s arms now feeling the familiar love she felt here on earth from her family, extended family, and caregivers at the CHC Learning Center. May God heal the hearts of those who gave theirs to Ella. May you feel solace in the love you gave because no greater gift can one give.

  • Debbie Heckmann Posted February 21, 2024 3:14 pm

    Ella was a beautiful soul I was blessed to have in my class. I will miss her terrible. Ella sweet angel rest in peace.

  • Jeanne Latter Posted February 21, 2024 3:48 pm

    So sorry to hear about little Ella, and it’s obvious she’ll be sorely missed having brought so much joy to so many! Want to express my condolences to all the Culllinane Family and will pray for this precious Soul and trust that she is happy in the arms of The Lord. May she rest in peace! Much love, Jeanne

  • Michael Szalach Posted February 21, 2024 4:15 pm

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Although I did not have the privilege of meeting Ella, I have heard many heartwarming stories about how she touched the lives of those around her. She is truly a miracle. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all. -Michael Szalach and the CHC Board of Directors

  • Caroline Cullinane Posted February 22, 2024 2:09 pm

    I remember the day she was born the cutest baby ever to be made in the universe! Ella was the best and cutest girl ever! I loved seeing her awesome new dresses and her nails with her favorite colors, and not to mention her gorgeous hair and hair styles! her smile always made made me happy and I loved seeing her at the beach. I have always loved her with my whole heart and always will forever. I will always remember my beautiful cousin Ella.

  • Sophia Smith-Chillis Posted February 23, 2024 12:41 pm

    Ella Bella, thank you for allowing me to experience your beautiful light while you were here, it was truly an honor to be your teacher. You brought so much personality to CHC! I will miss you dearly. Our classroom will not be the same without you. We love you Ella.

  • Greg Morrison Posted February 23, 2024 2:49 pm

    My condolences to the entire family. Wishing you all the love and care during this time.

  • Geraldine O’Boyle Posted February 26, 2024 10:50 am

    She’s is living in joy we are praying for those she left behind.
    Much, much love,
    Pat and Gerri O’Boyle

  • Maureen Dixon Posted February 28, 2024 5:01 am

    Sorry to hear about Ella’s passing. Wishing your entire family, peace in the days ahead.. it was a gift to meet her at HH. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Maureen, HH-RT

  • David Dugan Posted February 29, 2024 3:18 pm

    Dear Brendan & Mary:
    God bless your Ella. God’s taking GREAT care of her, forever. Faith. Sincerely yours, Dave

  • Andrew Curtin Posted March 1, 2024 12:10 pm

    Sending love and support from Eye St. and your Gonzaga family. Ella sounds like she was- and remains- a blessing and light from God. May the angels lead her to paradise!

  • Allison Cullinane Posted March 3, 2024 10:49 pm

    Ella- I was blessed to have you as a niece. I learned so much from you and am so glad my kids had you as a cousin. We will never stop loving you and praying for you! It’s hard to believe you are gone- not sure when that will sink in. Help us along the way. Love you girl!!

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