Helen (Papa) Cusimano of 190 Linwood Ave., Jamestown, N.Y., passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, July 13, 2014.
A lifelong area resident and a graduate of Jamestown High School, she was born Sept. 15, 1916, in Jamestown, N.Y., the daughter of the late Benedict and Rose DeFrancisco Papa. She was married to Fred J. Cusimano on July 31, 1941.
Before her retirement, she was employed by the Crescent Tool Company for more than 20 years and in later years worked part-time at the Clar-Vi Shoppe, staying close to the fashions she loved to shop for her entire life.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cared dearly for her family. One of the highlights of her life was being at Kennedy's Inaugural Ball in 1960, letting her girlish excitement push Frank Sinatra's bodyguards aside in an attempt to get close to him.
She is survived by two sons: Robert (Susan) Cusimano of Cooper City, Fla., and Richard (Mary) Cusimano of Virginia Beach, Va.; her daughter-in-law, Carol Cusimano of Akron, Ohio; seven grandchildren: Fred John (Susan) Cusimano of Birmingham, Mich., Christopher (Christine) Cusimano of Akron, Ohio, Karen (Eric) Peterson of Akron, Ohio., Richard (Cynthia) Cusimano of Suwanee, Ga., Steven (Julie) Cusimano of Riverside, Conn., Jessica Cusimano of Washington, D.C., and Jeremy (Emily) Cusimano of Arlington, Va.; 14 great- grandchildren: Samuel Cusimano, Scott Cusimano, Charles Cusimano and Colin Cusimano of Birmingham, Mich., Chloe Cusimano, Salvatore Cusimano, Trilby Cusimano and Sloan Peterson of Akron, Ohio, Hunter Cusimano and Tyler Cusimano of Riverside, Conn., Olivia Cusimano and Caroline Cusimano of Suwanee, Ga., Charles Cusimano and Oliver Cusimano of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Anthony Papa (Gayle) of Claremont, Calif.; and a sister, Jenny Cosenza of Jamestown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Cusimano who died Feb. 6, 2006; a sister, Angeline Papa Conti Jackson, who died Nov. 12, 2008; a brother, Angelo Papa, who died Dec. 11, 2010; a son, Fred Cusimano of Akron, Ohio who died March 11, 2004; and a grandson, Mark Cusimano of Akron, Ohio, who died Aug. 31,1994.
Friends will be received Sunday, July 20 from 4-7 p.m. at Lind Funeral Home, where a Christian Wake service will be led at 6:45 p.m. Sunday.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, at St. James Catholic Church.
The Rev Darrell G. Duffy, pastor, will be celebrant.
Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery next to her husband of 65 years.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Helen at www.lindfuneralhome.com.