Janet Marcella Gustafson, 87, of Kimball, died Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at her residence.
Janet Marcella (Leukuma) Gustafson, the daughter of Hjalmer and Greta (Tormanen) Leukuma, was born Jan. 12, 1934, in French Lake Township, Wright County, Minnesota.
She grew up in the Knapp/Big Swan area, attended Big Swan School, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1951.
Janet moved to Minneapolis where she was employed by Vincent Brass & Copper, and as a secretary for A.L. Stanchfield Incorporated for several years.
Janet was united in marriage to Kenneth Gustafson at the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church in rural Cokato Sept. 20, 1957.
Together, they made their home in Dassel until 1991, when they moved to their country home in rural Kimball.
She had been employed for seasonal work at the Northland Canning Company, and later Faribault Foods. She had also been employed for awhile at J.D. Industries in Dassel.
Janet loved her family deeply, and cherished the times that they would visit and spend time together for holidays and special events.
She enjoyed attending family picnics, watching the birds, playing marbles, garage sales, and going to bingo at the American Legion in Kingston. She will be missed by her friends and family.
She is survived by her children, Tim (Kelly) Gustafson of Cokato, Mike (Christina) Gustafson of Kimball, Brenda Lee (Brian Good) of Hutchinson, and Jamie (Dorrie) Gustafson of Dassel; son-in-law, Mike Holmquist of Cokato; grandchildren Jeff Holmquist, Brent (Laura) Holmquist, Kris Lee, Rebecca (Scott) Niemela, Kathryn Gustafson, Dan Gustafson, Megan Gustafson, MaKayla Gustafson, MacKenzie Gustafson, Nicholas Gustafson, Madaline Gustafson, Emma Gustafson, Ethan Gustafson, Noah Gustafson, Jaxon Gustafson, and Brandon (Kristen) Mathews; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ray Leukuma, of the Twin Cities; and sisters-in-law Joyce Johnson of Hutchinson, and Margene Vap of Oklahoma. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; parents; Hjalmer and Greta Leukuma; an infant son; and a daughter, Belinda Holmquist; along with 15 siblings.
A funeral service took place Monday, July 19 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with the Rev. Holly Holt-Woehl officiating. The interment took place at the Lake Arvilla Cemetery following the service.
A visitation took place Monday morning at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.