Marilyn “Jean” Gustafson, 89, of Warren, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence in Warren, PA.
Born on March 7, 1931 in Warren, PA, she was the daughter of the late Rodney and Wilma Emerson Zwald. Jean was a 1949 graduate of Warren High School and continued to be active with planning class reunions. She was employed for many years with the former National Forge Credit Union. Jean enjoyed painting with oils and pastels and loved to read and go boating. She enjoyed going dancing every weekend. She even sponsored the Multiple Sclerosis walk at The Rouse Home.
Jean is survived by her three children – Susan Kiser and her children, Kellie Carlson (Jeff), and Wendy Franks (Phillip); Rick Gustafson and his wife Diane, and their children – Kristen Frick (Joe), Ashley Geary (Mike), Nikki Hollabaugh (Justin); David Gustafson and his wife, Theresa and their children – Jill Fitzgerald (Jesse), Eric Gustafson (Lyndsey), Michael Gustafson (Angela), Sarah Fisher (Eric); granddaughter – Jodi Garrison Jones (Steve); 24 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters – Mary Carol Cartney of Titusville, PA, and Nancy Lyon of Warren, PA; and many nieces and nephews. Jean is also survived by her good friend and dancing partner, Dick Bertch of Warren, PA.
In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. “Gus” Gustafson, whom she married on June 18, 1949 in Warren, PA, and who died on March 29, 2008; her daughter – Marcia Gustafson Garrison, who died on September 8, 2002; an infant granddaughter who died at birth; granddaughter – Julie Kiser Stewart; and son-in-law – John Richard Kiser.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East St., Warren, PA, on Friday, December 11, 2020, from 5-7pm. Please be aware of CDC guidelines and State mandates regarding social distancing and wearing of masks. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Marcus Briggs, retired minister, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to place a memorial may do so to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA, 15233, or to Hospice of Warren County, www.hospiceofwarrencounty.org, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA, 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.
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