June 09, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
June 09, 2019
- 7:00 PM
June 10, 2019
- 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior
June 11, 2019
- 11:00 AM
Judith Ann (Hunter) Gustafson, 77, died Thursday, June 6, 2019 in her home surrounded by family under Hospice care.
Judith was born October 17, 1941 to Charles and Hattie (Knotek) Hunter on the family farm North of Milton, ND. She spent her first years in Milton and in 1950 moved with the family to Lebam, WA. She attended school there until she was in the 10th grade and then returned with her family to Milton. She graduated from Milton high school and worked for a time at the Red River National Bank in Grand Forks.
Judith was united in marriage, June 4, 1960, to Warren Gustafson. They lived in California until 1973 where all four of their children were born. While in California, Judith worked at the Bank of Hong Kong in Sacramento. They returned to Milton and Judith worked with Warren in his plumbing shop and also owned the Milton Café. Later, she worked for Cavalier County Senior Services and following that she was employed as a communications technician at Cavalier Air Station. Judith later returned to school and obtained a para-legal degree. She then worked as a Victim Advocate in the court system. In 2003, Judith was involved in an accident that caused severe injuries and was unable to continue to work. Judith moved to Fargo in 2005 and brought her mother there with her. Her mother continued to live with her until, because of her declining health, she moved to Rosewood on Broadway. Judith visited her there on an almost daily basis until Hattie’s death.
Judith’s main focus was her family and any family occasion was her greatest joy. She also loved to cook and entertain. She loved the ocean, lakes and rivers and always missed being near water. She enjoyed art, music in any form, writing, and reading. She wrote poetry, short stories and worked on and dreamed of having a novel published.
Judith was a member of the Milton Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and bible school, sang with the choir and was a council member. After moving to Fargo, she joined Hope Lutheran Church. In Milton she was active in community organizations including PTA, little theatre groups and served several terms on the Milton School board. She was an avid supporter of her children and grandchildren’s activities.
Judith was preceded in death by her husband Warren, her father Charles, mother Hattie, her sister Kathleen Sundlie and her sister Mary Ingulsrud. Preceding her also were four brothers in law, one sister in law, one niece and one great niece.
Judith is survived by her children, daughter Ginny (Kelly) Coles, Fargo, son Greg (Janette), Pelican Rapids, MN, son Doug (Sherry), Grand Rapids, MN., and daughter Tina (Norman) Martineau, Fargo, her 13 grandchildren: Courtney (Barry) Kuhnke, Nic (Ashley) Coles, Zack (Cully Little) Coles, Jordan (Sarah) Coles, Brett (Frances) Gustafson, Brooke (Paul Bakke) Gustafson, Andrew (Ashley) Gustafson, Emily (Zack) Schaefer, Isaac Gustafson, Hunter Martineau, Hayden Martineau, Hyatt Martineau, Hannah Martineau and fourteen great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by two sisters, Charlotte Soli, Langdon, ND, and LuAnn (Gerald) Hipsher, Paris, KY, two brothers, Chuck (Linda), Sun City West, AZ and Robert (Arlene), Dilworth, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
The visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 9, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 10, at Hope Lutheran Church- North Campus, with a visitation one hour prior. Burial at the Fjalla Cemetery, Milton, ND at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 11.
Prefer any donations be directed to Fjalla Church, Hospice of the Red River Valley, American Diabetes Assn., or American Heart Assn.