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Louise R. Gustafson, 91, of Rockford, passed away on December 24, 2016. She was born July 31, 1925, in Rockford, the daughter of Arthur W. and Amy (Lundberg) Carlson. She was a graduate of East High School and Augustana College. Louise married Paul A. Gustafson October 11, 1947; he preceded her in death, as did her sister, Margaret Ogren. Louise and Paul served as Lutheran missionaries in Tanzania at Magamba Secondary School. She was a caseworker at Illinois Public Aid, a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Women of the ELCA, Rockford Lutheran Choral Union, Mary Martha Circle, a founding member of Bach Chamber Choir and Camerata Emanon, and a volunteer at PA Peterson.
She was loved by her children, Brian (Judy) Gustafson, Jane (Michael Dahl) Gustafson, Todd (Julie) Gustafson, and Lisa (Paul) Cascia; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4700 Augustana Drive, Rockford. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University.

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  1. Matt McCoy

    To Brian, Todd, Jane, Lisa and family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. I sure have some wonderful memories of my Aunt Lou and being at her home. She will be missed dearly. What a legacy you have left.

  2. Jeanne Moyer

    Brian, Jane, Todd & Lisa......My thoughts and prayers are with you & your families as you mourn your mom's passing. She was my "right hand lady" when I managed the gift shop at the PA Peterson Home. What wit and charm she possessed along with a sharp mind. I feel blessed to have known her. In Peace & Sympathy........

  3. Kristin Paulsgrove

    So many wonderful memories of your family and ours, held together by the bond between our mothers. The two of them are now watching over us! My prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  4. Perky, Noel and Amy

    Sooo sorry -- Aunt Lou will certainly be missed by many. She is now in her forever home singing with the angels and Uncle Paul ! Love ðŸ'•

  5. Bob and Linda Guthrie

    Todd and Julie, our sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your family.

  6. arleta Juliano

    I worked with your Mom years ago at Public Aid and always admired her. She was such a "Lady". She did her job well and treated her clients with respect. So sorry for your loss.

  7. June Ericsson

    Lou was one of my closest college friends and a member of a close-knit group who kept in touch for many years later, often gathering for reunions at the college or elsewhere. Lou dubbed us "The Augie Ladies, 1947," and I cherished those friendships above all others. Lou was a wonderful woman, and I have many happy memories of her. My condolences to all of you, her family. You will be in my prayers. From Frederick, MD. June

  8. Debby Levine Felty

    Brian, Jane and the rest of Lou's Family: my sincere condolences on learning that your mom passed away on Christmas Eve. She was so much fun to be around when I was growing up. And I loved hearing stories about Lou and my mom at Augustana College.

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