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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Annie Cusella

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Annie was a wonderful friend, confidant and sister to Mary. Mary’s co-workers have dedicated this tribute to Annie Cusella in honor of her life and the memories we all shared.

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Antoinette “Annie” T. Cusella, 60, of Avon, passed away Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Cleveland Clinic following a prolonged battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born October 3, 1949 in Buffalo, NY and was raised in Lorain. She had been a resident of Avon since 1992. Annie was a 1967 graduate of Lorain High School and she received her Associates Degree from Lorain County Community College. She was employed as an administrative assistant at Squires-Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland for 20 years. Annie enjoyed fellowshipping at both Christian Heritage Assembly of God Church in Avon and at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Lorain. She was a member of the Marian Guild at St. Anthony’s and she was involved with the ovarian cancer support community. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her mother, Ann Cusella (nee Ciarlo) of Avon; one sister, Mary Seller (Mark) of Danville, CA; one brother, Louis Cusella (Teri) of Dayton; and five nieces and nephews, Brandon, Whitney and Tyler Seller and Alyse and Tony Cusella.

She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Cusella in 1994.

Last updated on: 12/02/2010


Mary; Know that I are share in your sorrow and lift you up in prayer. May you feel God’s comfort and grace all around you. Be filled with the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:1-3

Nancy Gibbs – 12/09/2010

Giving, in its many capacities, is an expression of love toward one another. Love allows us to look for areas that we can show the greatest impact of our care and concern for another person. This act of giving financially to an organization that you are so passionate about is an expression of my love and concern for you and your dear sister, Annie. You know how much she has blessed me by the grace and dignity which she battled the disease that eventually over took her. I am inspired by her courage and I am inspired by your passion and strength as you stood beside her every step of the way. God has been and is your source of strength now and always. “God is the strength of my heart.” Psalm 73:26 May God reveal His expression of love and care now and always by simple acts of kindness through your faith journey. Your heart is huge for God and this is our expression of faith and love right back at ya!


Cindy White – 12/13/2010

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal” was on an Irish headstone. My fondest memories of Annie include her big beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes, her sincere warmth and kindness, her incredible courage but most of all her enormous love for you and your family and the indelible bond you all shared. It is my hope that eventually your pain will fade and those many joyful memories will put that same big beautiful smile on your face always.

Linda Policarpio – 12/17/2010

Even though I never had the chance to meet Annie, I feel her presence will continue to shine through you and your kids. She truly sounds like a phenomenal woman. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Roxanne Holm – 12/17/2010

One brief meeting in person and one brief SKYPE conversation with Annie left memorable impressions. A great smile and energy! I see so much of each you in each other’s photos and together you were an impressive “sister act”.

Your advocacy for Annie was an amazing tour de force to observe, the mutual love so tremendous! Treasure your Memories and find comfort in your Faith.

Jean Lemberger – 12/17/2010


Your sister Annie was such a beautiful person with such a zest for life. When I met her she positively glowed; it was difficult to process that whe was going through so much because she did not show it. How lucky she was to have had you for a sister – to fight for her as you did until the very end.

Though she went too soon, I am so very happy you had each other.


Mimi Reed – 12/22/2010

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Sukey Sukey – 12/20/2011

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Morrie Morrie – 01/24/2012

We now have all of our family ptoohs framed and displayed, and I am excited to say a few words about our experience with Kate. Because I am lucky enough to know her as a friend, I knew our photo session would be fun. And it was! But I was not at all prepared for how beautifully she would document our family. I was brought to tears when first viewing our ptoohs. Kate captured the beauty and unique personalities of our two girls in a way I had always yearned for but couldn’t do myself. And I can’t get over the love that is so evident in our family ptoohs. Kate is truly special. The way she uses natural light is amazing. And shooting inside our home (her idea) is such a unique concept but makes so much sense. We just love the ptoohs on our bed, with the girls in their little red chair, and with my Anna holding her monkey. Thank you Kate, for capturing those special moments in ptoohs we will cherish forever!Much love,Maggie Bengston

Kimberley Kimberley – 03/29/2012