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Elisabeth H. Gustafson

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Gustafson, Elisabeth H. (nee Hardin), a 44 year resident of Western Springs, passed away suddenly November 11, 2012. Mrs. Gustafson will long be remembered for her 27 year teaching career at LaGrange Highlands School. She was a pioneer of her time, working a fulltime job while raising four children. She relished her role as a teacher who could inspire her students to learn, believe, and soar in their own capabilities. Her students remember her because she made them her focal point and they continued their contact with her beyond their elementary education. She blurred the lines between family and friends, inviting both to accompany her as she explored and expanded her life experiences with "field trips". Remarkably attuned to individuals and their interests, Elisabeth attracted many to investigate their own potential as, together, they discovered photography, literature, horticulture, and the architecture of Frank Uoyd Wright. She was an adventurous and courageous traveler, immersing herself in foreign cultures after her retirement. She had a nurturing soul, not only for people, but for all living things. She reveled in the power of music and seldom missed concerts in which her friends played. She enjoyed devoting time and serving her church. Born in Chicago, Mrs. Gustafson was a graduate of Beloit College, Beloit Wisconsin and a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Elisabeth was a loving mother to John Gustafson, Beth Gustafson, Jean (Tim) O'Sullivan, and Anne Cannavino. She was the proud grandmother to Kristen and Sarah Cannavino and to Matthew, Jack, and Meghan O'Sullivan. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Hardin. A service of remembrance will be held Friday, November 30th at 4:00 pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1902 W. 59th Street, LaGrange, IL 60525. Reception to follow until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church or Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL 60558.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2012
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