Gustafson, Ester Louisa

GUSTAFSON – A pioneer Brooks resident, Ester Louisa Gustafson died on June 20, 1985 just two weeks before her 100th birthday at the Diekinsfield Extended Care Facility in Edmonton.  She was born at TrollHattan, Sweden on July 9, 1885 and immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old to Jamestown, New York. She married Morris Cler on June 19, 1905 in Jamestown  and later moved to Coudesport, Pennsylvania. She came to Canada in 1910 to homestead at Rearville north of the Red Deer River and later purchased land in the Patricia district where her husband farmed but she remained in Brooks where she worked as a housekeeper for Dr. C.E. Anderson for a while and later operated a dairy. She later became involved in the retail business and built  a warehouse and store on the home premises and also dealt  in real estate. When settlement started in the area later  known as Scandia she  assisted the Scandinavian settlers interpreting for them with local dealers.  Mrs. Gustafson was active in various causes including the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Institute for the Blind and with refugee groups during the war receiving several honors and recognition. She also served two terms on the Brooks town council. Surviving are five children. a son, William of  Sudbury, Ontario: four daughters, Vivian Hanson of Carbon. Lillian Sharp of Edmonton, Ellenora Johnson  and Goldie Hughes of Brooks; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and  a sister, Gunhild Malmberg in Sweden. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 26 at 2  p.m. in Smith Memorial Chapel with Pastor K.O. Grambo officiating. Interment followed in the Brooks  Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Steven  Stone, Michael Hughes, George Hughes, Mark Clint,  Brookes Hanson and  Raymond Juska. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.