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Lorraine Elizabeth Gustafson

October 1, 1931 September 22, 2015
Lorraine Elizabeth Gustafson
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Obituary for Lorraine Elizabeth Gustafson

Lorraine Elizabeth Gustafson, a long time resident of Milford, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family after battling pneumonia and chronic disease of bronchiectasis on September 22, 2015 at the age of 83.
 
Born on October 1, 1931 in Baraga, Michigan, the daughter of Otto James Lundin and Nettle Marie Holmes Lundin, Lorraine grew up on a riverfront farm in Baraga until she was seven years old. Her family then moved to a hilltop home closer to downtown. After graduating Baraga High School in 1949, Lorraine attended St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Marquette, Michigan, and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. 
 
After college, Lorraine held many nursing jobs across the country. She worked as a surgical nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital, Passavant Hospital in Chicago, Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, and Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando. Lorraine worked as an office nurse with Dr E. E. Erickson, MD in Ishpeming, Michigan and with Dr N. N. Krieger MD in Milford, Michigan. She held a job as an industrial nurse with Fisher Body and Pontiac Motors in Pontiac and General Motors Proving Ground in Milford.  Also in Milford, Lorraine worked at West Hickory Haven Nursing Home.  She also worked as a home health care nurse with Livingston Home Health Care in Brighton.  Lorraine’s last position was working with the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she worked from 1988 until her retirement in 1997. Even after retirement, Lorraine always stayed in touch with her nursing friends. 
 
In 1956 Lorraine and James Wayne Gustafson got married. Together they raised four children in Milford, Michigan. Lorraine was a loving mother and grandmother and always put family first. She was always seen at her children and grandchildren’s functions including playing the piano to accompany her grandchildren in their solo and ensemble district and state instrumental competitions. Lorraine loved being a part of family trips and traveled overseas to visit extended relatives. Lorraine enjoyed knitting, and would knit afghans and quilts as gifts for family members. 
 
 
Lorraine was an active member of the Milford Presbyterian Church and several other churches in the area.  As a member of the Brightmoor Tabernacle Church, she recommitted her life to Jesus and was baptized and became involved in evangelistic activities with Women’s Aglow Ministry. At the Presbyterian church she played the piano and organ, was a member of the church choir, accompanist for choral groups and solo ensembles, and helped with church activities.  Lorraine served as the President of the Presbyterian Woman’s Association, and was a church school teacher. Lorraine had other leadership roles through out the community.  She was a leader of a Girl Scout Troop and was the Vice President of the Jaycettes.
 
 
Lorraine was especially proud of her Swedish heritage.  She enjoyed making pasties, baking pies made from the apples and pears in her yard, cooking Swedish dishes, homemade bread - especially Swedish rye bread, canning fruit and spending time in her flower garden. 
 
 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Nettle Lundin, a sister, Dorothy (Clarence) Heinonen, and grandson, Owen Anderson.
She is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Mike) Andrud, Cathy (fiance Ron Moretto) Anderson, Nena (Tom) Evans; her son, Eric Gustafson; grandchildren, Travis, Rachel, Nathan and Daniel Andrud, Alaura Anderson, Charlotte and Violet Evans, Nolan and Arika Gustafson; brother, Arthur (the late Joyce) Lundin and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the Lorraine Gustafson Scholarship Fund, c/o Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty Street, Milford, MI, 48381. The scholarships will be awarded to Milford High School graduating seniors who plan to study nursing in college.


A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Sunday, September 27, at 5PM. Friends may gather from 4PM until the time of service. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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Visitation

Sunday

27

Sep

4:00 PM 9/27/2015 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 9/27/2015 5:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

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Sunday

27

Sep

5:00 PM 9/27/2015 5:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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