Grace A (Pusich) Russo

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  • "My heartfelt condolences to the family. Always cherish the..."
    - Rita
  • "Grace you will be missed !"
    - Nancy Landingham
  • "Gracie used to carry me around while my parents ate dinner..."
    - Terri Robbins
  • "Please accept my condolences. I have found comfort in God's..."
    - Lori
  • "What wonderful memories of cozy times at Mike's Place. Very..."
    - Warren Wiley
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Grace A. Russo, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Anchorage, Alaska on July, 28th. She was born April 21, 1922, the third child of Mike and Anna Pusich's seven children. She was raised in Douglas, Alaska and upon graduation from Douglas High School, attended Business School in Washington State for a year, then returned to Juneau and worked at the First National Bank. A few years later, while working at her Father's restaurant, "Mike's Place", she met the Love of her life, Guy Russo. They were married in 1944 and the first of three sons was born in 1947. She continued to work at Mike's Place until 1968 when Guy's airline career required a transfer to Anchorage.
They had many good friends in Anchorage, but she always missed her home town of Douglas, with all her friends and relatives on both sides of the Channel. She always said Douglas was her home! A real Douglas girl with lots and lots of crazy, AMAZING stories of her life in Douglas.
Before and after Guy's Retirement, they traveled to many different places, enjoying each other and life. She often said, "A Retired Husband is a Wife's Full Time Job!" After Guy's passing, she continued living in their home in Anchorage, but always looked forward to her annual birthday trip to Las Vegas, accompanied by her three sons. Often, many of her grandkids, nieces and nephews would surprise her, and join the birthday celebration in Vegas. Even though she grew up on Gastineau Channel, she never learned to swim; but, that never stopped her from her from getting on a boat. She enjoyed and loved to talk about her many fishing trips down into Doty's Cove.
She is survived by her three sons, Larry (Mary), Guy, Jr., (Belinda) and Louie. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and her two brothers, Larry and Louie Pusich, and also many nieces and nephews.
Details regarding Gracie's "Celebration of Life" will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 10 to Sept. 9, 2016