WESTFIELD - Kathlene (Bidwell) Cusimano, age 71, of Kernersville, N.C., formerly of Jamestown, N.Y., died Monday, June 17, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Westfield, N.Y., with her family by her side
Kathlene was born on Sept. 12, 1941, in Jamestown, N.Y., the daughter of the late George and Beatrice (Lindquist) Bidwell.
A Chautauqua County resident most all her life, Kathlene graduated from high school in Buffalo and returned to Jamestown where she enjoyed many years of employment at both Manor Oak SNF and the Lutheran Home. She had also been a housekeeper for several Jamestown area families.
Kathlene (Bidwell) Cusimano
She and her husband Richard moved to North Carolina about 13 years ago. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Kernersville. Kathlene was an avid garage sale attendee. She would hunt for hours for that "special treasure." She enjoyed boating and fishing and had won several fishing tournaments.
However, what brought Kathlene the most joy was her family. Family meant everything to her, and she enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving dinner for all of them. She was well known by family and friends for her Christmas cookies.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard J. Cusimano, whom she married on June 15, 1968, in Jamestown; her two daughters, Tara M. Calder of Mason, Ohio and Alecia (Jeff) Gerdy of Westfield, N.Y.; her son, Aaron T. Cusimano of Kernersville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Megan, Michael and Morgan Gerdy and Kura and Laura Cusimano; two great-grandsons, Tage Tuzzo and Damion Bryant; and her brother, John Bidwell of Tonawanda, N.Y.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother Mary, (Della Penna) Bidwell; and by her sister, Mary Lou Erickson.
Friends may call at the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., on Thursday, June 20 from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral services there at 1 p.m. Rev. Wm. Leslie officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 N. Gale St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787 or to American Cancer Society's Musekamp Family Hope Lodge, 2806 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206.