MARQUETTE, Mich. - Shirley A. Gustafson, 76, of Negaunee, went to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, November 10, 2012 at her home, in the presence of her family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice.
She was born April 13, 1936, in Chatham, Michigan to the late John and Ellen (Ihamaki) Ylinen. She attended Negaunee Elementary Schools and Rock River Township Schools, graduating from Eben High School in 1954.
Shirley married Rowland D. Gustafson of Ishpeming on September 3, 1955, and he preceded her in death in 2004.
She retired from Pathways in 1995 after 25 years of service. Shirley also worked at St. Mary's Hospital and Northern Michigan University.
Shirley was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee, Elizabeth's Circle, Peninsula Art Appreciation Council Board of Directors, and was Queen Mother of the Hematite Honey's Red Hat Society. She served as President of the Upper Peninsula Health Information Management Association, the Michigan HIMA and American HIMA. She also served as Executive Secretary of the Alger-Marquette Community Mental Health Board and Marquette Community Theater.
Shirley enjoyed life to the fullest. She was devoted to her grandchildren, concerts and theater productions, her Red Hat friends, the Retirees Group and the Pathways Retirees.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Gregg and Scott (Catherine) Gustafson; daughters, Kathryn (Danny) Nelson and Kirstyn (James) Noll; 6 grandchildren, Rachel, Rylee, Michael and Holly Gustafson, Jessica and Jennifer Nelson; sister, Evelyn Keskimaki; brother, Howard Ylinen; brother-in-law, Paul (Nancy) Gustafson; special friends, Jonathan Smetters and Jane Cotterman; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rowland; parents; sisters, Lillian Fosmoe and Ruth Maki; and brothers, Leslie Ylinen and Floyd Ylinen.
A luncheon in celebration of Shirley's life will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 1-4 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to UP Home Health & Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at UP Home Health and Hospice for they are God's Angels on Earth and Pastors Steve and Marcia Solberg.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneralhome.com