DENISE ELAINE GUSTAFSON, 53 LEAF RIVER - Denise Elaine Gustafson, 53, of Leaf River died March 25, 2013, in her home. She was born June 1, 1959, in Rockford, daughter of George and Betty (Taylor) Outzen. Graduate of Harlem High School. United in marriage to Shane Gustafson on June 20, 1980, in Rockford. Denise enjoyed reading and working in her garden. She loved animals, rescuing several cats and dogs. Her dogs, Wrigley and Max were her favorites. She worked at Rockford Products for 31 years, and was most recently employed at Forest City Gear. She is survived by her husband, Shane; siblings, Jo Ann (Daniel) Kittle of Winnebago, Sandra Triplett of Machesney Park, Chris (Cindy) Outzen of Williamsport, PA, Deborah Milsaps and Timothy (Diana) Outzen, both of Machesney Park; special nephew, Andy Milsaps; special great-niece, Victoria Milsaps; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; mother-in-law, Marilyn Gustafson of Belvidere; brothers-in-law, Clifford (Renee) Gustafson of Rockford, Gary (Sandy) Gustafson and Dennis (Julie) Gustafson, both of Belvidere. Preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Timothy and Tommy Gustafson and Danny Triplett; and father- in-law, Bernard Gustafson. A Celebration of Denise's Life at noon Friday, March 29, at Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford. Pastor Gordy Smith will officiate. Visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.graceFH.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013