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POLLY ANN STONE GUSTAFSON, 88 ROCKFORD - Polly Ann Stone Gustafson, 88, a lifelong Rockford resident, died peacefully at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in P.A. Peterson Center for Health. Polly was born September 23, 1925, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of Marshall Gustavus and Maude (Rose) Stone. Polly spent many memory-filled summers at Lake Delavan at the cottage built by her grandfather. She attended Walker School, Roosevelt Junior High, and graduated from West High in 1943, and later from the University of Iowa. She also attended Rockford College and was active in their Alumni group. Polly married Bob Gustafson in 1945. She supported him as he founded the Rockford Marlins and coached football and swimming. She worked at Springbrook Swim Club, Rockford School District 205 as a Title 1 paraprofessional, and Mutual of Omaha as a secretary. Polly participated in the Welsh School PTA and after retiring, she volunteered at West View and Washington Schools. Polly also logged many hours as a volunteer at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Polly had a love of genealogy. She compiled and wrote histories for her descendants. Her great-grandfather, Gustavus Stone, one of Beloit's pioneer manufacturers, was credited in the development of the Appleby Twine Binder. His father, Dr. Jonathan Stone, was one of the first settlers of Belvidere, coming there from Massachusetts in 1839. Joseph Goodrich, owner of Milton House, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, was her great-great-great uncle. Many of her ancestors have been traced back to the founding of America and before and include distant-uncle, Caleb Carr, the first governor of Rhode Island. Polly loved her children and grandchildren and was never happier than when she cooked for them. "Oh, you can have another bite!" she would often say. Polly is survived by her daughters, Linda Dengler Ruhl (John), Liz Gerske (Scott), Lisa Cooper (John), and Polly Heaslip (Brian); 10 grandchildren, Robert Dengler, Katharine Dengler Hatwich (Josh), Jeff, Andrew, and Rebecca Gerske, Sarah and Ryan Cooper, Matt, Laura and Maggie Heaslip; and great-grandchildren, Corinne and Brock Dengler and Fiona and Otto Hatwich. She is also survived by her brother, Marshall "Bud" Stone and niece, Suzy Stone. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Jenna. Polly's family would like to thank the staff of P.A. Peterson for all their love, care, and attention. At Polly's request, there will be no visitation and the graveside service will be family only. Memorials honoring Polly may be sent to Milton House, 18 S. Janesville Street, Milton, WI 53563. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. Condolences may be sent to family members or expressed online at olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from July 26 to July 27, 2014
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