Newbury, MA — Henry Russell "Rusty" Iwanowicz, 68, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013, at his home in Newbury. Rusty was born on September 3, 1944, to Henry Joseph and Jane Iwanowicz in Watertown, N.Y., and was the oldest of seven children. He was raised in Saugus, Mass. An Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, receiving the Ad Altare Dei emblem, he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Mass., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in fisheries biology in 1970.
Rusty served in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War as an ammunition foreman. During his deployment, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with two Bronze Stars), and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. After the war, he met his beautiful bride, Maryellen Walsh, in December of 1970, whom he married in 1972. Maryellen and Rusty were united in marriage for 40 years.
Rusty served a 33-year career with the State of Massachusetts Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as a fish and wildlife biologist. After his retirement, he worked as a carpenter for Fecteau Construction for five years. Throughout his life, Rusty was active in the community coaching both hockey and baseball. He was a taxidermist and a talented, award-winning woodworker. Rusty and Maryellen were active sports enthusiasts enjoying skiing, tennis, swimming, and golf. With friends, Rusty will be remembered as a laid-back, avid outdoorsman who everyone enjoyed to be around.
Rusty is survived by his wife, Maryellen; sons, Luke (Deborah Cartwright) and grandchildren, Alexander and Amelia, and Dan (Kate Quill); sisters, Mary Jayne, Kathleen, Julianne, Lee, and Thresa; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dog, Ben. Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Shelley Rukas.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may attend a short prayer service led by Rusty’s cousin, Deacon Michael Iwanowicz, at 4 p.m., followed by a visitation until 8 p.m., on Friday, July 19, at the Twomey, LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport. To leave condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.