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Ellen Pusateri started her bowling career in Chicago in 1930. She moved to Indiana and then the Washington, D.C. area in 1952. She became a director of the Washington, D.C. Area Women's Bowling Association in 1967.
Ellen, who was a certified YABA coach for 25 years, was known as “Mrs. P." to her bowlers. She continued to work with the children after she gave up coaching. In fact, as the kids became adults, many of them would come up to her when she was bowling in the same league and ask if she remembered them—which, of course, she did. She would see to it that her youth participated in the Vir-Mar District City and state toumaments.
As a WDCAWBA director, Ellen worked on all committees. During her first year on the board, she was a participant in the bidding in San Antonio, Tex., for the WIBC Championship Tournament. Ways and Means was her favorite. She worked on the city and state toumaments as well as 10 local PBA events.
Ellen is the mother of five boys and one girl. Her children are still active in bowling, and her son, Chuck, continues to take her to her Wednesday league. Her daughter, Sandy, was the Virginia State president of the American Junior Bowling Congress.
Ellen was never a high-average bowler, but her love for the game has never left her: Today, she stands at the foul line and releases her ball.
Ellen Pusateri's service and dedication to the sport of bowling has spanned over 60 years, including 29 on the WDCAWBA board. Her reward is a spot in the Washington, D.C. Area Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame.