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Bernidene June Gustafson - 90

6/7/1926 - 4/2/2017

Macomb formerly of Tennessee, Illinois

Bernidene June Gustafson age 90 passed away Sunday, April 3, 2017 at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born June 8, 1926 in Bowen, Illinois, to Dillon and Naomi Marsh Cook.  She was first united in marriage to Ray Fish, then in 1949 she was united in marriage to Frederick Gustafson.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 7 Daughters: Raelee Johnson, Arkansas, Donna Pugh, Florida, Darlene (Jack) Sturken, Indiana, Ann Hiland, Bowen, Illinois, Lynn Gustafson, Macomb, Illinois, Kay (Steve) Macejak, Florida, Penny (John) Swanson, Tennessee, Illinois, 10 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren.
Bernidene was preceded in death by her husband Frederick Gustafson, 1 Infant Son,  1 Granddaughter: Dawn McEwan, 1 Great Granddaughter: Brandie Howard, 4 Sisters: Ada Anderson, Jenny Cook, Olive Johnson, Ida Franklin, 4 Brothers: Homer Cook, Jeffery Cook, Ernest Cook and Tom Cook.
Bernidene spent most of her life on the farm west of Tennessee.  She loved gardening and crafting.  She had been employed at Western Illinois University building services for 20 years.  She Taught Cake decoration at Carl Sandburg, College and the Y.M.C.A. for many years along with making many brides and grooms wedding cakes.  After her retirement from W.I.U. she helped take care of many people at there homes.  Bernidene was never one to sit still for very long, which was something that she has passed down to her daughters.  She was a member of the Tennessee and Colchester Household Science Club, Ladies Auxiliary Club, Red Hat Society.  She had attended both the Hillsgrove united Methodist Church and the Tennessee United Methodist Church.  Bernidene and Gus were the happiest when family got together and enjoyed playing cards with them and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Memorials are to Hillgrove United Methodist Church or Colchester United Methodist Church.


5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home


11:00 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home


  • Donna Danielson

    on 04/03/17

    I'm so sorry Bernidene was a wonderful woman I loved her to pieces she will be greatly missed heaven has gained another beautiful angel
  • David McEwan

    on 04/03/17

    We will miss you, Grandma Gustafson. Love, David, Shelia and Maggie McEwan
  • Susan Schade RN

    on 04/04/17

    Only new her a short while. she was such a joy to take care of. Prayers and thoughts to you all.
  • Lynn and Cindy Cavett

    on 04/04/17

    Our deepest sympathy.
  • Dianne & Dwight Haines

    on 04/04/17

    Our prayers are with all the family. Bernidene was a friend to many. She will be greatly missed by many, us included. She would do about anything for you. What a loyal friend. Be comforted that she is in a much better place with no pain and suffering. Did she take a skunk with her? LOL! Love to all!
  • Nicole Rollins (Lozier)

    on 04/05/17

    Sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady. She will be missed but not forgotten. I claimed her a my grandmaRip grandma Bernidene.

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