WESTFIELD - Kathlene (Bidwell) Cusimano, 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 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. 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 fish-ing and had won several fishing tournaments. However, what brought Kath-lene 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.; and her son, Aaron T. Cusimano of Kernersville, N.C. Kathlene was the proud grandmother of Megan, Michael and Morgan Gerdy, and Kura and Laura Cusimano. She was blessed with two great-grandsons: Tage Tuzzo and Damion Bryant. She is further survived by her brother, John Bidwell of Tonawanda, N.Y.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mary (Del-la Penna) Bidwell; and by her sister, Mary Lou Erick-son.
Friends may call at the MASON FUNERAL HOME, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., on Thursday, June 20, 2013. from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral services there at 1 p.m. The Rev. Wm. Leslie officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale St., Westfield, NY 14787; or to American Cancer Society's Musekamp Family Hope Lodge, 2806 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206.
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