Janis Evelyn Ruslink, 94, of Jamestown, NY, died Thursday August 25, 2022 at UPMC Chautauqua.
Janis was born in Jamestown, NY on January 10, 1928 to the late David A. and Gertrude Carlson.
She graduated from Rahway High School in Rahway, NJ in 1944. She later graduated from Packard Secretarial School in New York. She worked as a secretary, first in Manhattan, until returning to Jamestown in 1952, then to Falconer Central School. She married Philip Ruslink in 1955 at First Covenant Church in Jamestown. They were married for 63 years, until Philip died in 2018.
Janis was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, where she was an elder, a longtime member of the Chancel Choir, past president of the Women’s Association, and a member of Circle 4. She was also a longtime member of the Mozart Club and has sung in the Mozart Chorus. Janis joined the Jamestown YWCA in 1952 upon her return to Jamestown and remained active in various ways throughout her life.
Janis is survived by her three daughters: Paula (John) Bidwell of Kenmore, NY, Judy (Paul) Bentley of Jamestown, NY, and Susan (Greg) Kellogg of Lakewood. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Susan (Tyler) Gustafson of Lakewood, NY, Adam (Mary) Bidwell of Gahanna, Ohio, Ian Kellogg of Jamestown, NY, Jennifer Bentley of Washington, DC, Sarah Bidwell of Buffalo, NY, and Drew Kellogg of Columbus, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren: Emerson Bidwell and Ezra Gustafson.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Gretchen Humphries; and one brother, D. Bret Carlson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 1 at 1 p.m. in Bellinger Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, Jamestown. Reverend Robert J. Hagel will officiate. Interment will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lind Funeral Home and Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Room after the funeral.
Memorials may be made at First Presbyterian Church, 509 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown, NY or YWCA Jamestown, 401 North Main Street, Jamestown, NY.
Memories and condolences can be shared at www.lindfuneralhome.com.