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Carol Shevlin, champion bowler, held a doubles record that stood for 16 years
Oct. 7, 1930 -- Feb. 17, 2009

Carol Shevlin of Amherst, a champion bowler who set a world doubles record that stood for 16 years, died Tuesday in in ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. She was 78.

With her longtime bowling partner, Rose Colletti, Miss Shevlin rolled a record 1,401 game in 1961 in the Buffalo City Tournament at Airport Center Lanes, bettering the old record by 89 pins.

She won numerous honors during more than 30 years as a competitive bowler. She was City All-Events Champion in 1961 and 1965, New York Match Game Champ for six seasons, State All-Events champ in 1968 and champion of the Buffalo Bowling Council Kickoff in 1967.

She was a member of five Buffalo Women's Bowling Association tournament teams and six Classic Leagues champion teams. She won the National 900 Club Inter-City Trophy.

Her highest league average was 200. On seven occasions, she posted scores of more than 700 in three-game sets, including a 715 when she set the doubles record. Although she never bowled a 300 game, she had high games of 280, 279, 277, 276 and 270.

A bowling instructor for 10 years and a member of the Professional Women's Bowling Association for five years, she coordinated a free bowling clinic for more than 15,000 participants in 1968 with the Erie County Parks & Recreation Department, area bowling proprietors and The Buffalo Evening News. She also made several television appearances.

In addition to being a member of the Buffalo Bowling Hall of Fame, she was inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame. She played second base on a champion neighborhood softball team coached by Dick "The Destroyer" Beyers that featured an all-female infield.

Born in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bennett High School and worked as a supervisor for the Erie County Parks & Recreation Department.

She was an avid golfer, an accomplished woodcarver and an organist. She also traveled extensively and wrote poetry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville.

[ANDERSON]

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