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Nov. 22, 1944 – Feb. 10, 2014

Mary Ann Kustich, of the Town of Tonawanda, a widely known area realtor for more than 40 years and past president of the Buffalo-Niagara Association of Realtors, died Monday in St. John Baptist/Hospice Buffalo after a battle with lung cancer. She was 69.

A Buffalo native, she graduated from Riverside High School and the New York State Nursing School in Buffalo.

Known for her energy and enthusiasm, she always wore red, white and blue in honor of her country and proudly flew the American flag, even on her car.

Mrs. Kustich, who worked for Western New York Metro Roberts Realty, got her real estate license in 1970, obtained her broker’s license in 1972 and earned her Graduate Realtor Institute designation in 2004. She was the creator and author of the “Blue Book” for the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors. She conceived the idea for publication of an alphabetical index listing of every street in 39 areas and was responsible for the initiation and completion of the Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors Champion Map Book.

She was chairwoman of the board’s first computer committee, joining Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse for the first computerized multiple listing system.

She was a charter member of the Western New York Real Estate Information Service board of managers and wrote the operating and membership agreements. She was chairwoman of more than 80 committees and served on more than 100 committees. She served multiple terms as director, president, vice president and secretary/treasurer, and was named realtor of the year in 1994.

Mrs. Kustich earned numerous other awards, including the lifetime achievement award, the Millionaire Sales and Gold Presidential Sales awards. She received the first Buffalo Award given by the Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors for outstanding service and dedication for being the creator and founder of the annual agents day and trade show.

She was a lifetime member of the Realtors Political Action Committee. She was president of the Riverside and New York State Jaycees, and was active in the Republican Women’s Club.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Donald; a daughter, Mary Sanders; a son, John; two sisters, Sharon Gaik and Cindy Adams; a brother, Edward Cudmore; and three grandchildren.

Services will be will be private.