Margaret "Peg" Kavulla Gustin passed away in Helena, where funeral services were held Jan. 22. She would have been 84 on Jan. 31.
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Born and raised in the Flathead Valley, she received training in the cadet nurse program in Bozeman and Great Falls following graduation from Flathead County High School.
She met and married Andy Kavulla of Great Falls in 1946. After Andy's death in 1965, she returned to college and received an elementary education degree from the College of Great Falls and a master's degree from Eastern Montana College. She taught in the Ennis and Bozeman schools (third grade at Hawthorne) and was working toward her doctorate when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985.
She married Kenneth Gustin that same year. He passed away two years later.
She lived in Missoula, Wisconsin, and Helena after retiring from teaching in Bozeman. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and was working with projects at Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena right up until her death.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; children, Dave, Dick, and infant Andra Sue; and a grandson, Mike Kavulla.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Tammy Kavulla in Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been set up at Shodair Children's Hospital, 2755 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT 59601.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 25, 2011