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Jan. 14, 1932 - Sep. 20, 2013
Joan G. Gustafson, 81, of North Port, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Tidewell Hospice House, Sarasota. Joan was born in Rutland, VT on January 14, 1932 and was the oldest of three children of the late Walter L. and Blanche (Morgan) Gustafson. She was raised in Bristol, CT where she graduated from Bristol High School in 1950. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State College with a degree in art education and went on to obtain her Master's degree from the University of Connecticut. She taught art in the Bristol schools and then went to Southington, CT school system where she retired. She had a passion for art and teaching and passed her artistic abilities to her granddaughters. Joan enjoyed traveling, golf, opera, and theater. She has resided in Florida since 2004. She leaves her beloved daughter, Nancy Gavette Scanlon of Farmington, CT; two loving granddaughters, Stephanie Scanlon Divito and her husband, Dustin, of Manchester, CT, and Kristin Michelle Scanlon of Newington, CT; three great grandchildren, Kyle, Samantha, and Joseph; a brother and sister in law, Donald and Ann Gustafson of Goshen, CT; several nieces and nephews; her longtime companion, Warren Shane of North Port, FL; and her former husband and Nancy's father, Richard C. Gavette of Hampton, NH, and Venice, FL. She was predeceased by a sister, Janet McMahon. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 11 AM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, CT. Burial will follow in West Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service between 9 and 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice House, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Please visit Joan's memorial web-page at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2013
Funk Funeral Home
35 Bellevue Avenue Bristol, CT 06010