On Sunday, July 7, 2019, Albert M. Rusko Jr., known as "Junior" by almost all who knew him, passed away at his home. He left this world peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.
Junior was born June 30, 1928, in Uniontown, to Christine Rusko Salvatore and Albert M. Rusko Sr.
Despite having a challenging childhood, Junior grew into a kind, funny and extraordinarily generous man whose humor and zest for life touched all who knew him. He was the very definition of a self-made man, who excelled at sports, in business, and in life. When younger, Junior was a gifted softball player and a bowler who was so good that he once bowled a three game score of 681. At the age of 40, he took up the game of golf, and quickly became proficient in that sport as well. To the amazement of his family, Junior shot eight holes-in-one over the course of his golf "career".
In business, he transformed a small vending business from a single pinball machine to a multi-faceted vending operation serving multiple locations.
Junior's greatest achievement, and the one of which he was most proud, was his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Rusko, whom he called his "angel". Betty and Junior were the perfect pair in life, and complimented each other in every possible way. He was unwaveringly devoted to Betty, and she to him.
He is also survived by his brother Paul and his spouse Barbara; his brothers-in-law John Anthony and his spouse Ann, Robert Anthony and his spouse Sally; and his sister-in-law Mary Sanfilippo and her spouse Joseph.
Junior was fiercely dedicated to his children and grandchildren, and loved them all dearly. He is survived by his daughter Linda Rusko Smith, her spouse Andrew, and their children Allison Smith Stechschulte, and her spouse Paul, Andrea Smith Lemasters and her spouse Steven, and their son David; his daughter Lauri Rusko Derryberry and her spouse Donald; his daughter Lisa and her spouse Amy Rech, and their children Kimberly Angellone and her spouse Erin, Robert Rech and his spouse Jacqueline, and their children Evander and Elara, and Kurt Rech; and his son David and his spouse Kimberly, and their children Kallista Rusko Dennis and her spouse Matthew, Tiffany Rusko Landman and her spouse Joshua, David, Ryan and Madison.
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at HAKY FUNERAL HOME, 603 N. Gallatin Avenue Ext. Prayers of Transfer will be said at 9:15 a.m. Thursday July 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Old Walnut Hill, Uniontown. Interment will follow at Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks all those who can to contribute any donation of their choosing to the Brain Trauma Foundation or to a charity of their choosing.