Marie E. Gustafson passed away on May 12, 2017, at the age of 76. She was born on June 16, 1940, in The Dalles, Ore., the daughter of Oscar Gustafson and Ardis Kelly Gustafson.
She attended St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles, through her elementary and first two years of high school and completed her high school education at The Dalles High School. Marie continued her education at Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Eugene, Ore. Following her graduation she secured her first job at St. Vincent Hospital which was then located at NW Westover in North Portland, Ore. Her nursing career at St Vincent Hospital spanned 40 years. A career that began as a floor nurse in pediatrics and concluded as assistant to Dr. Peter Fuchs as they introduced the first Epidemiology Program on the west coast. Infection Control/Epidemiology was initiated for the purpose of looking at the infection rate in the hospital and changing policies and/or procedures to reduce and/or eliminate infections.
After retirement, Marie became a full time volunteer of Center for Peace West, a Medjugorje information center for the promotion and pilgrimages to the apparition site in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marie has made over 30 trips to Medjugorje, many as a leader of pilgrimages taking groups to the apparition site. Marie has also been an active member and volunteer at St. Cecilia’s Church.
Marie is survived by her siblings Ed (Barbara), Alice Anne, Steve, and Bill (Kathy); eight nieces and nephews, Scott, Leanne, Chris, Stephanie (Nate), Adam (Natalie), Laura (Jeff), Josh (Brandi), and Emily; and three great-nieces, Maddy, Kathryn, and Rebecca. Her love for her faith and her family was the heart and soul of her life. Our world is a sadder place without her, yet richer because of her.
Funeral services will be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 5105 SW Franklin Ave., Beaverton, Ore., on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. A reception hosted by the St. Gerard Guild will be held in the Parish Center following the celebration of Mass. Burial will be in The Dalles, Ore., on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Gerard Guild at St. Cecilia Catholic Church; Center of Peace West, PO Box 486, Beaverton, Ore. 97075; Maryville Nursing Home, 14645 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton, Ore. 97007
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