Nicholas Marko Rusinovich, 76, a lifetime resident of Clatsop County, died Aug. 23, 2004, at his home in Svensen. He had been cared for under the watchful eye of his family with assistance from Hospice since February.
Mr. Rusinovich was born at home in Clifton Mar. 22, 1928 to Visko Rusinovich and Elizabetha Gizdavich. He attended school in Clifton beforebecoming a commercial fisherman.
At age 14, the waters of the Columbia River became the place of self-employment for Mr. Rusinovich's gillnetting. Each summer, for more than 40 years, he returned to Alaska for the annual run of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay. In the early 1980s, he sold his Alaska boat and permit to concentrate on fishing the Columbia River. During off seasons, he could be found working for the Bradwood Sawmill and Bumble Bee shipyards or hunting ducks. As the salmon seasons became scarcer on the river, so did Mr. Rusinovich's fishing presence. He retired in the early 1990s.
Mr. Rusinovich married Agnus McEnulty Feb. 12, 1949 in Astoria. She survives, residing in Svensen.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Rusinovich is survived by one sister, Katie Skipper of Seaside; two daughters and one son-in-law, Elaine Rusinovich and Shirley and Rick Pass, all of Svensen; one son and two daughters-in-law, Vince and Katie Rusinovich and Sherry Rusinovich, all of Svensen; seven grandchildren, Dominic, Nicole, Ryan, Chase and Nikki Rusinovich and Michael and Brad Pass; a brother-in-law, Walt McEnulty; one niece Toni Gula; a nephew, Danny Skipper, and numerous other nieces and nephews. His sister Antoinette and his oldest son Nickie preceded him in death.
A private family service was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Astoria.
Memorials may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice or the Columbia River Gillnetter quarterly newsletter in care of Pentilla's Chapel By the Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA. 97631.
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