Constance Gustafson

Born: Saturday, June 29, 1940
Passed: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Constance J. "Connie" Gustafson, 77, of Kirkland, Illinois, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
Born June 29, 1940, in Rochelle, the daughter of Melvin "Red" and Alice (Worden) Parrish, Connie married Roger Carl Gustafson on March 3, 1962, at Esmond United Methodist Church.
She was a member the last graduating class, 1958, at Kirkland High School. Connie shared her talents with several organizations, including being a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, corn detasseling crew leader for DeKalb Ag, office worker for Hintzsche Grain & Fertilizer in Kirkland, member of DeKalb Lamb & Wool Producers, and treasurer of Fiber Co-Op. Connie loved all animals and was a good amateur veterinarian.
Connie loved to sew, and created, with ease, clothing for her children and grandchildren and beautifully refinished furniture for her family and friends. Between participating with the farm work in each season, she gardened and her beautiful yard was a stop on the county garden walk in 2006.
She is survived by her husband; her children, Michael James of Genoa and Roger Charles (Sandy) of Kirkland; grandchildren, Dan (Melyssa) Gustafson of Kingston and Taylor (Paul) Maciaszek of Marengo; great-grandchildren, Ryder, Rayce and Roczyn; and several cousins.
No services will be held, at Constance's request. Interment of cremated remains will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Constance Gustafson Memorial Fund, addressed to the Gustafson Family in care of Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 South Fifth St., Kirkland, IL 60146. Memorials will go to Kirkland Fire Rescue, Kirkland Historical Society, Hiawatha FFA and The Barn on Baseline animal shelter.

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