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Obituary: Jean Quashnick, Hammond

Jean Quashnick
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Martha Jean Quashnick, the matriarch of a family devoted to the commercial fishing industry, died Sept. 12 in Astoria. She was 81.

Quashnick was born Dec. 8, 1937, to Russell and Cecil Smith in Costa Mesa, Calif. The family moved to Astoria, where she attended Astoria schools and graduated in 1955. Later that year, she married Richard Quashnick. This month, they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Each year, the couple headed north of Kenai, Alaska, to participate in the salmon season. They ran a fish market for several years in Warrenton. Her children and many other family members have been active in the fishing industry; her son, Rick, and his late wife, Donna, were featured in Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

Quashnick was active in the Deep Sea Fishermen’s Benefit Fund, which provides financial help to fishers and their families in times of need, and she loved gardening, puzzles, cooking and playing bingo.

Quashnick is survived by her husband, Dick; sons Rick of Astoria, Doug of Portland and David of Astoria; daughters Cindi Newell of Astoria and Suzi Heater of Warrenton; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St., Astoria, followed by lunch in the parish hall.

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