2017-07-13 / Obituaries

Patricia ‘Patsy’ Gustafson


Patricia Gustafson Patricia Gustafson Patricia “Patsy” Gustafson, 62, of Brevort, passed away early Sunday morning, July 2, 2017, in the emergency room at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, after suffering an apparent heart attack at home.

She was born February 13, 1955, to William and Anna (nee Schlehuber) Bentgen in St. Ignace.

Mrs. Gustafson was a graduate of LaSalle High School in St. Ignace.

She married Richard Gustafson in 1988, at the Cut River Bridge.

Mrs. Gustafson was retired from Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, where she was employed in the housekeeping department for more than 20 years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Moran.

Mrs. Gustafson loved to quilt, and she also made candles. She helped build the home she and her husband were living in by reading books on construction, including plumbing, electrical work, and building, all before the Internet was available. If problems arose, she would find a solution, family members said.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; a son and his family, Matt and Lisa McNamee of Elk Grove, California; three daughters and their families, Corinne and Dave Moody of Moore, Oklahoma, Megan and Neil Owen of Seattle, Washington, and Kelly McNamee of Colby, Kansas; a stepson and his family, Greg and Patrice Gustafson of Traverse City, and eight grandchildren.

She is also survived by two brothers and their families, Bill and Emily Bentgen of Cross Junction, Virginia, and Barney and Christy Bentgen of Dexter; a sister and her family, Louanne Frawley of Bakersfield, California, and Brevort Lake, and a brother-in-law and his family, Jack Luepnitz of Brevort Lake.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gustafson was preceded in death by a son, Danny McNamee, who died in 1985, a sister, Mimi Luepnitz, who died June 6, 2017; a brotherin law, Tom Frawley, who died in 2010, and a stepson, Corey Gustafson, who died in 2010.

Graveside services were held Friday, July 7, at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Moran with Father Frank Ricca officiating. A gathering was held at the Bentgen family cottage on Brevort Lake following the services.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children, with envelopes available at Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace, who assisted the family with arrangements.

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