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GUSTAFSON Funeral services for Mary Elaine Gustafson, 90, who died December 26, 2010, will be held Friday at 12:30 PM from the graveside in Jacksonville National Cemetery with Fr. Michael Moore of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church officiating. Mrs. Gustafson was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania and a resident of Jacksonville, Florida since the 1950's. She had retired from J. C. Penney's after 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, the late Russell Owen Gustafson; Her parents, Theodore and Mari Kirpan; brother, Paul Kirpan; sister, Anna Kuch, and dear friend, George Smith. As the wife of a Navy Chief she enjoyed traveling, boating, and many other activities including visiting with friends and family. She loved gardening, reading and cooking. Her true love was her puppies she always spoiled her dogs. Survivors include 2 sisters, Olga Connie Maul of Westminster, CA, and Helen Svec of Perryopolis, PA., cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Very special to them was Scott and Megan Gustafson who called them Papa Chief and Grandma Mary. A special Thank You to: Myrt Smith, Pat Jones and Elaine Mullen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Jacksonville Humane Society (A no kill shelter), 8464 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32216, or Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements under the care of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4747 Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 (904)355-9545 Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 11, 2011
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