Mary Leona Gustafson was born Oct. 29, 1926, on a farm near Tekamah, NE, to John E. and Ethel C. Modlin. She passed away Wed., Mar. 27, 2013, at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland after a short hospital stay, at the age of 86 years.
Mary received her education at Rural District 47 Hilltop School.
Mary married Clifford R Gustafson on Mar. 16, 1946. Mary and Clifford farmed several different farm sites within Burt County. In 1956, Mary and Clifford moved to Craig, NE and operated Craig Farm Supply. In 1965, they opened Gustafson’s & Sons Plumbing, which they ran jointly until Clifford’s passing in 1994. Mary was active in the Craig community, and taught Sunday school for many years.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clifford; sisters, Elizabeth Modlin, Velma Loghry and Alta Foulk; brothers, Clifford, Bill, Johnny, and Derrel Modlin.
Mary is survived by three sons, Darwin (Dawn) Gustafson of Montgomery, LA, Kevin Gustafson of Craig, NE, Ricky (Diane) Gustafson of Collinsville, OK; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be Tues. April 2, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland, with Rev. Richard J. Tiggelaar, Officiating.
Visitation will be Tues., 1:00 – 2:00 pm at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland.
The casket bearers will be Austin Gustafson, Jason Jorgensen, Donnie Modlin, Mark Johnson.
Honorary casket bearers are Carl Jackson, Jim Nicholsen, Steve Nicholsen and Dennis Hosler.
Burial will be at the Craig Cemetery, Craig, NE.
Memorials may be directed to the family.