Passing of Phyllis E. Gustafson
We offer our sincere condolences to David Hill and his family on the death of his mother-in-law, Phyllis E. Gustafson.
Phyllis E. Gustafson, nee Weedlum, age 91, died Friday, July 6, of complications due to lung cancer. She was born in Axtell, Nebraska on Jan. 28, 1916, to Walter Weedlum and Lillian, nee Carlson. She began her education in a one- room schoolhouse a mile across the fields from the family farm east of Axtell, and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church. Axtell and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Axtell. Later, Phyllis completed nurses training at Immanuel Deaconess Institute in Omaha, NE and after working at Minden Hospital, completed her B.S. degree in history and secondary education at Greeley State Teacher's College, Colorado. She began a nursing education program at Fairview Park Hospital, Cleveland, OH, wrote the first nursing practice manual and was the on-duty director of the hospital the evening of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. She was married to Milton V. Gustafson on June 30, 1942, shortly after his ordination into the ministry of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. Together they served: St. Peter Lutheran in Newport, RI, St. Paul Lutheran in Arlington, MA, First Lutheran in DeKalb, IL and Immanuel Lutheran in Salina, KS. They retired to Maple Park, IL and were members of Bethany Lutheran Church, Batavia, where Milton was the visitation pastor for several years before his death in 1988. Phyllis was a lifelong learner and loved history, traveling, reading and family activities. For the past five years until the time of her death, Phyllis was a resident of the Holmstad Covenant Residential Community in Batavia, IL. She leaves behind a daughter, Diane G. Hill (David K. II); a son, M. Brent (Joyce Butler); and a grandson, David K. Hill III. Visitation will be Monday, July 23, 4 to 8 p.m., and a Memorial Service on Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m., with a luncheon to follow, both at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 South Lincoln Street, Batavia, IL, 630-879-3444. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the World Hunger Appeal through Bethany Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.
Published in the Chicago Tribune from 7/15/2007 - 7/17/2007