Married: Virginia


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Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 6, 2004

Russell and Virginia Brink recently celebrated 60 years [of marriage] on Jan. 12. Virginia was born in Washington, D.C. and Russell was born in Trenton, N.J.

They met and married in McLean, Va. on Jan. 12, 1944. Virginia Worked for the government in the executive office of the president. Russell worked for the government in research engineering for the federal Highway Administration. He joined the Navy and served his country from 1944 to 1946. Virginia retired in 1946 and Russell retired in 1974.

They started to come to the Adirondacks in 1959 camping every summer on Hatch Island on Lower Saranac. Then in 1969 they purchased their property on Kiwassa Lake. They decided to rent the house for five years. Russell said that, when his co-workers asked him what he did on his vacation, he said that they had gone to their home in Saranac Lake and worked on the buildings. I guess to some people that doesn't sound like much of a vacation. Then in 1980 the Brinks moved to their Kiwassa Lake home permanently. For 14 years they would go to Florida during the winter.

They did not have a party to celebrate this 60-year event on Jan. 12. Everyone was together for Christmas, but with all the excitement of the holidays and other upsets they have decided to recognize this landmark anniversary later in the year when the weather is better for traveling.

Russell and Virginia have two children, Linda Clough of West Hartford, Conn. and Larry Brink of Bloomingdale; four grandchildren: Brandon and Megan Clough and Andrew and Emily Brink; and three precious great-grandchildren: Fletcher, 7, Emerson, 4 and Casey, 2.