Aline Elizabeth Rusnak, 87

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 19:00

Aline Elizabeth Rusnak died Jan. 1, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 87.

A funeral mass was held January 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla with father Scott Garrett officiating. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery sometime in late spring.

Rusnak was born Nov. 23, 1926, in Louisville, Colo. She graduated high school, married and the family eventually moved to Alaska in September 1964. The family lived for 15 years in Nunaka Valley before Rusnak moved to Wasilla. She worked for 25 years at National Bank of Alaska and retired in 2001.

Rusnak was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla. She collected bells and loved her peonies. She loved to be outside gardening in the sun.

Her family wrote, “Mom loved all animals and our house was known as ‘The Rusnak Menagerie’ growing up. She was tough. Mom was a survivor; life was not always easy for her. Four of her six children and one grandchild preceded her in death.

“Still, she was able to be a loving and caring human being and a devoted mother. Mom loved going to church and was active in their prayer chain. No matter what else was going on, mom always had a quip and a hug to make you smile. She is greatly missed.”

She is survived by her son, James M. Rusnak of Wasilla; daughter, Theresa Rusnak Rainey of Eagle River; grandchildren, Chad Rusnak of Portland, Ore., Elizabeth A. Weyant of Anchorage, Stephanie Humphreys and Terry Warden of Wasilla; great-grandchildren, Trinity, Jasmyne, Autumn, Brooke and Floyd Humphreys of Wasilla.

The family asks that donations be made to Sacred Heart Church, 1201 Bogard Road, Wasilla, Alaska, 99654; Clare House, a501(c)3, 563-4545, or at, reference: Aline E. Rusnak; AWAIC, a501(c)3, at or text AWAIC to 41444, reference: Aline E. Rusnak.

Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Witzleben Chapel in Anchorage. To share words of comfort with the family, visit

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