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Jeanne Gustafson

Jeanne (Paul) Gustafson, beloved matriarch of her large family, died peacefully on October 12, 2021, at the age of 99 at her home in Helena, MT surrounded by family. She was born in Edgeley, ND to Donald and Florence (Petrie) Paul on August 29, 1922, the oldest of five children.

Jeanne attended college at NDSU for two years, then left school to marry Arthur Gustafson. During their 60+ marriage, they raised seven children together while living in Grand Forks, ND. Jeanne devoted many years to her family. Besides being a loving wife and attentive mother, Jeanne was a talented seamstress, expert bridge player, and excellent cook.

When her youngest child started school, Jeanne returned to college at UND. She earned a degree in elementary education, then went on the earn her master’s degree. She was on the dean’s list every semester and graduated with honors. Jeanne taught for 15 years before retiring, first at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Grand Forks and then at St. Joseph Catholic School in Mandan. Primarily a first-grade teacher, Jeanne could proudly say that every child she taught learned how to read.

Jeanne and Arthur lived in Escondido, CA for many years after retirement before they relocated to Helena, MT. In retirement, Jeanne began quilting. Over the next 30 year, she designed, and hand quilted more than a hundred stunning quilts that are cherished by her family, including more than four dozen crib quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; four siblings; husband; son, John and his wife Jeanne; grandson, Stephen. She is survived by six children, Paul (Ann), Mark (Judi), Lane Devereux (Michael), James (LuAnne), Janet Weisgram (David), and Robert (Lynn). Jeanne has 19 surviving grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass for Jeanne will be held at Our Lady of the Valley on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 11:00 A.M., interment will take place in Manda, ND at a later date.

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