Myrtle Gustafson, age 87, of Winthrop passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the BeeHive Homes in Excelsior.
Funeral service will be Saturday, February 25th, 2017, at 1:00 P.M. at Faith United Church in Winthrop with interment in The Winthrop Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:30 A.M. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday, February 25th.
Memorials will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research.
Myrtle Elizabeth Gustafson was born on November 19, 1929, in Cornish Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Algot and Della (Isenberg) Nelson. Myrtle was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, at Clear Lake Methodist Church, Cornish Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. Myrtle received her education at country school in rural Lafayette and was a graduate of the Winthrop High School.
On May 21, 1950, Myrtle was united in marriage to Donald Gustafson, of Winthrop, at Clear Lake Methodist Church in Cornish Township. After their marriage, the couple resided in Winthrop. She was employed at the Winthrop State Bank as a Teller for 27 ½ years, retiring in 1993. Myrtle and Donald were blessed with five children. They shared 16 years of marriage until Donald passed away on July 5, 1966.
Myrtle was a member of the Methodist/Faith United Church in Winthrop, the Ladies Aid, and was a Pianist, Church Treasurer for 20 years and Church Caretaker for 35 years, for both churches.
Myrtle was an avid walker, and enjoyed sewing, gardening, puzzles, crocheting, bowling, word find books, having coffee with the ladies and spending time with friends. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When she needed assistance with her daily care, Myrtle became a resident of The Pines in Hutchinson and later the BeeHive Homes in Excelsior, and passed away there on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the age of 87 years. Blessed be her memory.
Myrtle is survived by her:
Children, Jeanette Armstrong and her husband, Jim of Hanapepe, HI,
Steven Gustafson and his wife, Patty of Mankato, MN,
Renee Uliana and her husband, Joseph of Hanapepe, HI,
Gail Anderson and her husband, Curt of Chanhassen, MN, and
Jane Gustafson of Long Prairie, MN;
Grandchildren, Aaron and Kelly (wife) Armstrong, Austin and Jimena (wife) Armstrong; Joseph Gustafson, and Hayley Uliana;
Great-Grandchildren, Avery Armstrong and Aria Armstrong;
Brother, Vincent Nelson of CO;
Sisters-In-Law, Karen Nelson of CA, Joanne Gustafson of Hutchinson, MN, Marion Frazier of Chicago, IL, and Joyce Gustafson of SC;
Brother-In-Law, Bert Gustafson of Winthrop, MN;
And much loved Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her Parents, Algot and Della Nelson; Husband, Donald Gustafson; Brothers, Virgil Nelson and Victor Nelson; Parents-In-Law, Roy and Ruth Gustafson; and Sisters-In-Law, Elaine Nelson, Bernadine Gustafson, and Marilyn Ruud; Brothers-In-Law, Orall Gustafson, Wayne Gustafson, Bob Ruud and Dick Frazier.
Jerise (Jeri) Nelson says
Dear Jane – Kali shared the news of your mom’s passing with us at our Covenant Group this evening. So sorry to hear this. Your mom must have a been a wonderful lady because it takes good people to raise good kids and you, my dear, are of the best kids I know. God bless you, Janie. You are in my heart and in my prayers.
Dana Melius says
Myrtle represented to me what was grand about Winthrop. She was smart, pleasant and from all accounts, a great mom. She worked for three decades as one of those faces and dedicated employees, particularly during a male-dominated industry of ownership and management, but like so many of her generation was the glue which held things together. I was still young when her husband, Donald, died. She was in my mind often, just thinking how the couple was married only16 years. I admired her independence and ongoing dedication to her family. And her children were symbolic of her goodness. My thoughts are with all of you. Peace.
Kay Ferris says
The Schroeppel kids have wonderful memories of Myrtle and all of the Gustafson kids. Just the mention of Myrtle’s name brings back lots of memories of being out in the back yard and seeing all of you kids. One always wonders what happens to people who were once near and dear. It was great to see where all of you kids ended up. Myrtle was always there for mom and dad and her caring and loving ways are so appreciated to this day. God bless all of you!
Kay Schroeppel Ferris