Catherine Gustafson


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Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 6:03 pm
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Catherine F. Gustafson, 81, of Cambridge, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge. The Rev. John Burns will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation for Catherine will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Catherine Gustafson Memorial Fund.
Catherine was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Geneseo, the daughter of Theophil and Julia Claeys Cauwels. She was united in marriage to John R. Gustafson Jan. 8, 1971, in Rock Island.
Catherine worked as a dietary supervisor for 26 years at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cambridge. Catherine enjoyed spending time with family, fishing in Bagley, Wis., and visits to Texas for the winter with friends.
Survivors include her husband, John; three stepsons (and spouses), Kevin (Kristi) Gustafson, Moline, Lonnie Gustafson, Austin, Texas, and Marty (Lucy) Gustafson, Sterling, Ill.; one stepdaughter (and spouse), Penny (Michael) Hayes, Erie; 10 stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother (and spouse), Robert (Mary Ellen) Cauwels, Geneseo; sister, Elsie DeClercq, Geneseo; and several nieces and nephews.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Clara Verbeck and Irene Flake.
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