Barbara C. GUSTAFSON(1940 - 2013)

Barbara C. (Pastula) Gustafson, 72 of Waterford, formerly of Manchester, beloved wife of Ronald A. Gustafson, passed away Friday, (December 13, 2013) with her family at her side at Lawrence & Memorial Hospitals New London. Barbara was born in Manchester, December 25, 1940 to Bernice (Rubacha) Pastula of Waterford and the late Anthony Pastula and lived in Manchester for most of her life before moving to Waterford in 2011. Barbara worked for many years as a secretary for the Manchester Oil Co., was a waitress for several years at the former Willie's Steak House Manchester and also, was a triage nurse for the Glastonbury Elementary School Systems. Her family life was always her main concern, she cared at home for her elderly mother and spent quality time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a lifetime member of St. John The Baptist PNC Church. In addition to her husband and mother, Barbara is survived by a son, Ronald M. Gustafson, his wife, Karen and their son, Josef of Waterford, a daughter, Robin Dousis, her husband, Leonidas and their daughters, Jamilee and Ashley of Waterford, three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Alivia, Isabella and her aunt Georgieanna LaFranchise of Manchester. Calling hours will be held Monday, December 16, 2013 at Watkins Funeral Home 142 East Center St. Manchester from 10:30 am to 12 pm follow by a funeral service at 12 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. John PNC Cemetery, Manchester. Memorial contributions in Barbara's name may be made to a . To leave a message of condolence please visit

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Watkins Funeral Home
142 East Center Street  Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 646-5310

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 15, 2013