OBITUARY

Dorothy F Gustafson

October 26, 1925March 12, 2018
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Dorothy Gustafson, 92 of Machesney Park, IL died at 6:45 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018, at River Bluff Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with the effects of a stroke she suffered in November of 2016. Born October 26, 1925 in Rockford, the daughter of Henry and Almeda (Thompson) Price. Dorothy was a lifetime resident of the Rockford area, and married Dale L. Gustafson on August 23, 1942 in St. Louis Mo. Dorothy worked at many positions throughout her lifetime, eventually retiring from Forest Hills Lanes in 1995. Dorothy was happiest when surrounded by family. She loved to cook and had a passion for camping at their “summer homes” initially in Lodi, Wi., then later in Portage Wi. Dorothy loved music and was always ready to dance. Even after being confined to a wheel chair, she would always move and sway to the music whenever she was around it.

Survivors include, sons Bruce Gustafson of Hayward Wi., Douglas (Edna) Gustafson of Loves Park, Il., Richard (Janet) Gustafson of Lisle Il., Bradley (Teresa) Gustafson of Machesney Park, Il., and daughter Andrea (Joseph) Gennrich of Garland Tx.: 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years; one daughter; both parents; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 19 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

  • FAMILY

  • Henry Price, Father
  • Almeda (Thompson) Price, Mother
  • Dale L. Gustafson, Husband
  • Bruce Gustafson, Son
  • Douglas (Edna) Gustafson, Son
  • Richard (Janet) Gustafson, Son
  • Bradley (Teresa) Gustafson, Son
  • Andrea (Joseph) Gennrich, Daughter
  • Also survived by 15 Grandchildren; 14 Great-Grandchildren; and 5 Great-Great Grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years; one daughter; both parents; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 19, 2018
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Lou Bauscher

March 14, 2018

Dorothy was like a mother to me when I was a teenager and after I got married. We had good times together bowling, card club, dancing and most of all camping at our summer home at Lodi Wi. We would sit around the campfire with our husbands telling stories and laughing so hard we would cry. I will miss her. May she rest in peace.

Jhess E

March 13, 2018

My condolences to the family. May the "God of all comfort" comfort you during this difficult time. (2 Cor 1:3)

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Biography

To Dorothy F Gustafson, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Dorothy, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Dorothy really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       Her parents were Henry and Almeda (Thompson) Price. Dorothy was raised in Rockford, Illinois. Even as a child, Dorothy had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Dorothy was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Dorothy managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Dorothy was raised with 2 brothers and 1 sister.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Dorothy very easy to approach. On August 23, 1942 Dorothy exchanged wedding vows with Dale L. Gustafson in St. Louis, Missouri. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Dorothy related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Dorothy was blessed with six children, sons Bruce, Douglas, Richard, Bradley and daughter Andrea and one daughter who has since passed away. Dorothy had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Dorothy's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Dorothy had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Dorothy was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Dorothy liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Dorothy was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Dorothy's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Dorothy as an excellent problem solver. She worked at many positions throughout her lifetime, eventually retiring from Forest Hills Lanes in 1995.

      Dorothy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Dorothy liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were when she was surrounded by her family. She loved to cook and had a passion for camping at their “summer homes” initially in Lodi, Wi., then later in Portage Wi. Dorothy loved music and was always ready to dance. Even after being confined to a wheel chair, she would always move and sway to the music whenever she was around it. Dorothy was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Dorothy just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included camping at their “summer homes” initially in Lodi, Wi., then later in Portage Wi.

      Dorothy believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in retiring from Forest Hills Lanes in 1995, Dorothy took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Dorothy remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in cooking and had a passion for camping at their “summer homes” initially in Lodi, Wi., then later in Portage Wi. Dorothy loved music and was always ready to dance. Even in retirement, Dorothy continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Dorothy passed away on March 12, 2018 at River Bluff Nursing Home in Rockford, Illinois after a lengthy battle with the effects of a stroke she suffered in November of 2016. She is survived by, sons Bruce Gustafson, Douglas (Edna) Gustafson, Richard (Janet) Gustafson, Bradley (Teresa) Gustafson and daughter Andrea (Joseph) Gennrich; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. Dorothy was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      Dorothy brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Dorothy F Gustafson lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.