Carolyn Ann Gustafson, passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014. A native of Erie, she was the daughter of the late John Edwin and Viola Rastatter Gustafson.
She is survived by her brother, David John Gustafson, several cousins, and many friends.
Following graduation from Villa Maria Academy, Carolyn attended the former Spencer Hospital School of Nursing, in Meadville, Pa., from which she received her nursing diploma. In addition, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villa Maria College, and a Master's Degree from the University of Akron. She also did post-graduate at Kent State University.
Carolyn retired in 2001 as the Director of Nursing from the Summit County (Ohio) Health Department, after twenty-five years of service. Most of her nursing career was spent in Public Health Nursing. She obtained certification in Advanced Nursing Administration from the American Nurses Association. She was a role model and leader in her field, and was frequently called upon to lead professional groups, and to speak at seminars. Several articles which she authored were published in professional journals.
Having served on many professional boards at the national, state and local levels, Carolyn was honored by numerous awards in her profession. In 1998, she was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Gannon University. She held memberships in the American Public Health Association, American School Health Association, Ohio Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Ohio Public Health Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Upon retirement, Carolyn relocated from her home in Stow, Ohio to Erie, where she became involved in many activities. Her love of swimming was continued at the Glenwood YMCA. An avid reader, she was a participant in two book clubs. Continuing her professional contributions, she volunteered to administer flu shots through the Erie Center on Health and Aging (now Lifeworks). She also volunteered at Emmaus Soup Kitchen. She joined the Welcome Club of Erie, and was also a member of the Mercy Red Hats. As a member of St. George Church, Carolyn served as a Eucharistic Minister, both at masses and to the homebound and nursing homes. She was also a participant in bible study groups at St. George's.
Carolyn enjoyed traveling and had many trips, professionally and personally, to both domestic and international sites. She had a flair for entertaining and decorating.
Friends and family may call on Monday at St. George Church, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com
Entombment will be private. in Calvary Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, 359 East 9th St., Erie, PA 16503.
Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc. - Erie
2502 Sassafras St. Erie, PA 16502
814 454 0156
Published in the Erie Times-News from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014