THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Genevieve (Gen) Gustafson, 89, passed away on Sunday, June 16 after a brief battle with cancer, at Rennes Health Care-East in Peshtigo.
She was born on a farm on Oct. 5, 1923 in Frairmont, Neb. and was raised there. The former Genevieve Maxine Laschanzky, she was the oldest of three children of the late LaVerna Morris and William Laschanzky.
At a USO canteen near Fairmont she met her husband, Kenneth Gustafson during his transition from military service during World War II. The couple lived in Kansas City, Kan. for a while before moving to his hometown of Marinette, where they owned and operated Gustafson Jewelry for over 30 years. She worked for many years at Kmart in Menominee before retiring.
She loved dancing, old movies, cards (as one of the Four Queens plus Elroy), road trips, her beloved red Dodge Daytona Shelby Z, casino trips and the Packers. She especially loved quarterbacks Favre, Rodgers and wide receiver Donald Driver. She had a deep appreciation of the beauty in nature, music of almost every type, art and architecture. She was also a consummate craftswoman, painting, drawing and sewing many of her childrens clothes and Halloween costumes. Her open-heartedness, generosity, warmth and quirky sense of humor will be missed.
She is survived by three daughters, Anita (Terrance) Gallentine of River Falls and Gina (Roger) Gardner and Sheila Gustafson, both of Marinette; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Darrell (Jody) Laschanzky of Centennial, Colo. and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, LaVonne Ebert of Omaha, Neb.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Condolences can be directed to the family or through Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette.
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