Shirley Jeanette Rustowicz (nee Bartlemes)
Died: Feb 29, 2016
Shirley Jeanette Rustowicz (nee Bartlemes)

RUSTOWICZ - Shirley Jeanette (nee Bartlemes)

Shirley J. (nee Bartlemes) Rustowicz, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Kaisertown home on Monday, February 29, 2016 after a long and couregous battle with cancer.  She never lost her spunk, sense of humor or her faith.

Shirley was born on February 13, 1935 in Buffalo New York the daughter of the late William Stacey Bartlemes and the late Margaret (nee Izydorczak) Bartlemes.

She was an advid gardner and loved her flower gardens. She was always so proud to received the "Buffalo in Bloom" recognition sign for her effoets. She was a secretary in the billing department for Wildroots Haircare products and tonics.  She will be remembered for her extraordinairy skills as a dedicated homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was proud of her home and enjoyed interior decorating, especially updating her home.  She loved musicals, especially the Sound of Music. She was a big fan of her namesake Shirley Temple. A favorite pasttime of Shirley's was buying items for her family on QVC.  She was dedicated to her children and her grandchildren, who all had an inmeasurable love for their grandmother.

In addition to being predeceased by her parents, she is also predeceased by her brother Billy Bartlemes. Devoted wife of 58 years to Florian "Lou" Rustowicz. Devoted mother of Cheryl (Greg) Pratt, Darlene (John) DiMarco, Gary Rustowicz, Holly (John) Wasik, Colleen (Stephen) Kay and Joy (Todd) McCormack. Cherished grandmother of Amanda and Johnny DiMarco, Robert and Preston Pratt, Trey Kay, Brianna Wasik, Madelyn and Liam McCormack. Fond sister of Carol (the late Ron) Pratt and sister-in-law of Edward (Mary) Rustowicz and Sister Mary Louis Rustowicz, CSSF. Shirley is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many devoted friends.

The Rustowicz family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday 4:00 - 8:00 pm at the Kevin M. Mason Funeral Home, Inc. 154 Weimar Street Buffalo NY (at the corner of Casimir Street). Please assemble at the St. Gabriel's Church, 5271 Clinton Street Elma NY on Thursday at 9:30 am  for the celebration of Shirley's Funeral Mass. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery, 3064 Upper Mountain Road Sanborn NY 14132.  Please note: there will not be a funeral procession to the cemetery, if attending the graveside service, meet at the main gate of the cemetery at 11:00 am.  The Rustowicz family cordially invites everyone to join them for brunch at the Polish Villa 11 at 1:00 pm on Thursday. (please note: brunch is scheduled at 1:00 pm since the interment is in Sanborn NY and the family will need time to arrive at the Polish Villa.)
The Polish Villa 11 is located at 1085 Harlem Road, corner of Harlem Road and Clinton Street.

Kindly consider sharing a favorite memory and/or sharing a story of Shirley. All messages will be placed in the Rustowicz Family Book of Memories.

Arrangements entrusted to the Kevin M. Mason Funeral Home, 154 Weimar Street Buffalo New York 14206. (716) 362-0199 Fax: (716) 462-5355  email:

Andy Wierzba
March 5th, 2016 3:03 am
Dear Lou, Cheryl, Holly; & Joy: I knew you the best of the family. I still remember your wife/mother going to mass @ St. Bernard's; it didn't seem long ago. I don't know if you realize it, but in late January, John Harris lost his wife. She was in a car accident a long time ago. She went to many Drs., but they tried their best. She struggled through her many injuries for a long time. 3 weeks ago, I found out (from his parent) that she died in late January. He too, is going through a difficult time now.
Andy Wierzba
March 4th, 2016 10:39 pm
Dear Lou & family, Sorry to hear of your wife & mother's passing. I know what it's like to have a loved one die of cancer, since I had many relatives that died from this deadly disease (not many survive). I hope a cure is found very soon. Take care
Jeannot Kabanga
March 3rd, 2016 9:23 am
Hello Holly, My condoleances for the lost of your dear mother, it is with deep sadness that I learned about it. May God almithy comfort, strength and fortify your family, receive God peace that the world cannot provide to remain with you and your family forever. On behalf of my family, again, my condoleances. Sincerely, Jeannot Kabanga
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