Joan Elizabeth Gustavson
June 2, 1942 to Dec 4, 2013
(wife of Michael Gustavson longtime KAPO Member)
The daughter of Orrin and Bernice (Westlund) Knutson, she was born in Minneapolis, Minn. and graduated 1960 from Edina-Morningside High School, Edina, Minn. She attended University of Arizona and University of Stockholm, Sweden, where she spent her junior year. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in education and later earned an MA degree in counseling at San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.
Having lived in Minnesota all of her formative years, she and two of her Tri Delta sorority sisters accepted teaching positions in Garden Grove, Calif., living at the beach and teaching there for four years. She subsequently was drawn to northern California and spent the remainder of her teaching career in Monterey, Calif. There, in 1970, she met her future husband, Michael Gustavson, who was in Monterey attending the Naval Postgraduate School. Joan remained in the Monterey/Carmel area, while Michael relocated in the early 1970s to Manchester, Wash. In 1995 they reunited and were married July 21, 1996, making their home in Southworth, Wash.
Throughout her life, Joan was involved in a variety of activities, most recently with her past church Elim Lutheran of Port Orchard, P.E.O. (Chapter HD), CASA of Kitsap County and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). While she was a world traveler, Joan loved her frequent car trips throughout the west, exploring out of the way nooks and crannies. She always marveled at the vast and varied qualities of each state. She was an “outdoor girl” who loved taking walks and hikes. Her early years in competitive swimming greatly added to her love of being in and near the water.
She is survived by her husband, Michael; sister, Mary Senio (Paul) of Bellevue; their daughters, Tara Freedman (Tom) and Laura Blair (David); sister-in-law, Karla Waterman (Gary) of Bainbridge Island; and their sons, Andrew (Linda), Charles (Robin) and J.B. and six grandnephews and Mike’s daughter Kaaren (T.J.) and their two children, Lexi and Kaleb.
Please join us in celebrating the memory of her life Saturday, 2 p.m., Jan. 11th at Elim Lutheran Church, 5911 Hillcrest Dr., Port Orchard. A recorded video of her memorial service will be available online at http://www.rill.com. If desired, memorials may be made to Elim Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 456, Manchester, WA 98353.