Rushka dies after long illness
By Frank Flegel
REGINA - Rev. Gordon Rushka died Sept. 6 after a long illness. He was 80.
Rushka was born on the family homestead south of Churbridge, Sask., the oldest in a family of three boys. After his early education he attended St. Joseph College, Yorkton, then St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton. He was ordained in 1959 and immediately began parish work at St. Cecilia's Parish, Regina. His entire vocation was spent as parish priest in the Regina archdiocese.
“He was always a good boy,” said his younger brother Arthur. “I was the rebel in the family but he always listened to his mother and did as he was asked.”
He delayed entering the seminary for two years while his mother was ill, said Arthur. “Our mother always said she wanted one of her boys to be a priest and it turned out to be Gordon. I remember he had been a priest for several years when he told us that he really enjoyed being priest. He really liked his job.”
Rushka had retired from active priesthood and lived in Regina's Martha House. He was a frequent visitor to the chapel of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy during his retirement years.