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John Rusinko
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1917
Lopez
Sullivan County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 17, 1998
Rochester
Monroe County
New York, USA

My dad.

He was the youngest of 10 children born to Andrew and Mary Rusinko.

My dad was not an educated man in the formal sense, but he knew the value of hard work, how to get things done and he possessed more common sense than anyone I have ever come across. His mother died when he was 6 and he was raised by several older sisters, primarily his oldest sister Anna even though she was still a teenager herself when their mother died. He dropped out of school in the 8th or 9th grade in order to help around the farm where he was born. This would have been during the great depression and things were tough all around.

He served in the Army during WWII as a heavy equipment mechanic. Like many of his generation, he never talked much about his experiences during the war. How I wish I had the foresight to ask him more when I had the chance. I do know his units were in North Africa, Italy and France during the fighting in those areas.

He married Elizabeth Vidumski on April 6th, 1942 while on leave from the Army.

After the war, he found work at Ward LaFrance Truck Corp. in Elmira Heights, NY and for a time commuted from Lopez to the ‘Heights' before moving up to Pine City, NY and eventually to Elmira, NY. His career at WLF was interrupted for a time when he went to work at cross town rival, American LaFrance during a strike at WLF and again when he took a job at Sears. But he always came back to his first love, WLF.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Rusinko (1876 - 1948)
  Mary Petlock Rusinko (1876 - 1923)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Vidumski Rusinko (1921 - 1989)*
 
 Children:
  John Donald Rusinko (1946 - 2010)*
  Jerome Michael Rusinko (1952 - 1952)*
  Cheryl Ann Rusinko (1953 - 1953)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph William Rusinko (1899 - 1975)*
  Andrew Rusinko (1902 - 1966)*
  Anna Rusinko Hometchko (1906 - 1999)*
  Susan Rusinko Zim (1910 - 1970)*
  George Rusinko (1912 - 1913)*
  Helen R Rusinko Fabiny (1912 - 1997)*
  John Rusinko (1917 - 1998)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Mary's Church of the Maternity Cemetery
Wyoming
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: JR
Record added: Aug 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20849240
John Rusinko
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I just stopped by today.
- JR
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014
I remember dad. I remember.
- JR
 Added: Jul. 17, 2013
You would have been 95 today.
- JR
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
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