WINTHROP–Myrtle Gustafson, age 87, of Winthrop passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the BeeHive Homes in Excelsior.
Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Faith United Church in Winthrop with Kali Christensen officiating. Interment in the Winthrop Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials will be donated to Alzheimer s Research.
Myrtle Elizabeth Gustafson was born on Nov. 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 27-1/2 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.
Myrtle is survived by her children, Jeanette Armstrong and her husband, Jim of Hanapepe, HI, Steven Gustafson and his wife, Patty of Mankato, Renee Uliana and her husband, Joseph of Hanapepe, HI, Gail Anderson and her husband, Curt of Chanhassen, and Jane Gustafson of Long Prairie; 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, Marion Frazier of Chicago, IL, and Joyce Gustafson of SC; brother-in-law, Bert Gustafson of Winthrop; 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.
Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com Please click on obituaries and guest book.