c. mae gustafson, 92 ROCKFORD - C. Mae Gustafson, 92, of Rockford, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in P. A. Peterson Center for Health. She was born May 26, 1921, in Rockford, the daughter of Oscar and Florence (Redin) Floody. Attended Rockford public schools, Rockford College, and Northwestern University, graduating from the affiliated Evanston Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She married Burnell A. Gustafson Oct. 18, 1943, in Rockford; he predeceased her Feb. 24, 1999. Mae worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital and SwedishAmerican Medical Center. She was a loving wife, devoted mother of four children, and caring grandmother whose family was the focal point of her life. In addition to her family, she loved music and participated in many musical events and choirs of the churches she attended, including Bethesda Covenant, First Presbyterian Church of Delray, Fla., and the Congregational Church of Avon, Conn. While in Connecticut she was a regular soloist at her church and other organizations, and chairman of the FAVARH Thrift Shop in 1973. Throughout her life, Mae maintained a sustaining interest in her nursing profession and spent thousands of hours volunteering for the University of Connecticut while living in Avon, Conn., Rockford Memorial Hospital from 1959 to 1970, and from 1987 to 2005 at SwedishAmerican Medical Center. She has received a number of awards recognizing her services. Mae was also active in a number of civic programs. She served for many years as secretary and director of the Children's Convalescent Home, now the Goldie Floberg Home. She was a lifetime member of the Rockford Women's Club, where she was a charter member of the Senior Citizens' Center, and a member of Forest Hills Country Club. She is survived by her children, Patricia (James) Carlson of Wilmette, Ill., Lynn Gustafson of Janesville, Wis., Bradley (Carrie) Gustafson of Washington, D.C., and Barbara (Dennis) O'Brien of Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Leota Floody. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State St., with Rev. Dave Lindfors officiating. Private family burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Bethesda Covenant Church, SwedishAmerican Medical Center, or Autism Speaks. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2013