Eleanor L. Gustafson, 94, of Lakewood, N.Y., passed away at 7:04 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24, 2013) in WCA Hospital.
A lifelong area resident she was born Dec. 2, 1918, in Jamestown, N.Y., a daughter of the late John and Annie Gidlof Loydahl.
She was a 1936 graduate of Jamestown High School. Elly later took many classes at Jamestown Community College with art be-ing her favorite. She read widely, consuming thousands of books. In her last years she developed a passion for puzzle books and became an expert at many kinds. She also com-pleted the Sunday New York Times crossword puz-zle every week for most of her life. She was also a consummate seamstress and prolific artist.
Elly's first job after graduating from high school was in the front office at Dahlstrom Manufacturing. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Gustafson in 1941. She was co-owner of the former Fashion Fabrics store in Lakewood for 30 years.
Elly loved all animals, gardening and was an avid birder. In their rural home with an extensive orchard, she and Jack raised berries, vegetables and ornamen-tals. Elly grew and preserved vast quantities of food for her large family. She and her late husband raised and showed Afghan hounds, winning many ribbons. They were members of the local American Kennel Club and attended many meetings with their dogs.
She was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church, the national and local Audubon societies, and was an active volunteer for the Lakewood Library. She was recog-nized as the longest member of the Lakewood Women's Club in May and was active in their Garden Group that decorated Lake-wood with flowering plants.
The couple traveled to Sweden, Hawaii and Alaska, and Elly courageously participated in several local customs wherever she went. They were members of the area International Relations Group. Another highlight of her life was a number of friends, many from elemen-tary school, who were lifetime social, recreational and travel companions for them.
She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother. Elly loved to prepare Sun-day dinners for her ever-expanding family, and did so up until the last week of her life. Her great-grandchildren called her "Grandma Grandma" and loved to visit her. Her fami-ly has been blessed to have her in our midst for so many years and she will be sorely missed by the many who knew and loved her.
Surviving are two sons: Todd (Anne Wieland) Gus-tafson of Homer, Alaska, Terry (Sherrie) Gustafson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters: Ann (Philip) Gustafson Parks of West Ellicott, and Judy Gustafson of Jamestown, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren: Hadley Gus-tafson of Carrboro, N.C., Hilary (Mattias) Gustafson Schaefer of Heidelberg, Germany, Christopher Gus-tafson, Andrew Gustafson and Elizabeth (Damon) Kupper, all of Portland, Ore., Tabatha Faulkner and Owen (Amber) Cimo, both of Jamestown, Amber (Matthew) Sandy of Buffalo, N.Y., Oliver Seger of Hawaii, Morgan Seger and Joshua (Rachelle Bollman) Ernewein of Hutto, Texas, and Ryan Tjohn of Phoenix, Ariz.; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hender-son Gustafson, whom she married March 29, 1941, and who died Aug. 25, 2004; a daughter, Kay Gustafson; a sister, Irene Danielson; a grandson, Nicholas A. Parks, who died Aug. 12, 2012; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at the YWCA Lake Lodge on Ter-race Avenue, Lakewood, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lakewood Memorial Library, the Chautauqua County Humane Society, or to the local Audubon Nature Center.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Eleanor at www.lindfuneralhome. com.