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Evelyn C. Ruestow, 78, a 51-year resident of Elma and a volunteer for the elderly for more than 40 years, died Sept. 13, 2001, in Buffalo General Hospital.

Born Evelyn Machin in Buffalo, she was a high school graduate of the city school system. During World War II, she worked on the airplane assembly lines at Curtiss-Wright at both the Elmwood Avenue and Genesee Street plants.

Mrs. Ruestow was a founding member of the Women's Guild of the Niagara Lutheran Home. She held many elected positions and was always ready to help the organization promote the well-being of the home's residents. She helped co-found the hospitality cart at the home, from which residents could obtain personal items to make their lives more pleasant, and sewed countless lap robes and blankets to provide comfort to the residents.

She was a member of Town Line Lutheran Church, Alden.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Edward F.; three sons, Gerald E. of Unadilla, Douglas L. of Elma and Brian A. of Orchard Park; and five grandchildren.

Services were held Sept. 15 in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, Elma. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

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