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Arleen E. (Gustafson) Gustafson

Born: Sat., Jan. 1, 1921
Died: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Thu., Jan. 17, 2019
Location: Melrose Cemetery

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Arleen E. Gustafson, 98 of Weymouth and formerly of Brockton, died peacefully after a brief illness. 

Arleen was born to David S. and Esther (Anderson) Gustafson on New Year’s Day, 1921, the third child in the family. She was a graduate of Brockton High School and a member of the former Swedish Congregational Church. 

For many years, Arleen was an on-the-road salesperson for Rust Craft Greeting Cards covering all of New England. When she left that position she went on to be a card salesperson at Balsam’s in Brockton well into her 80s. Many customers of the card shop often stopped her whenever she was out shopping or in restaurants. She was known as “the card lady” as she loved helping customers pick out the right cards. 

From the time of her birth through 2004, she lived in the house in which she grew up in on Tribou Street in the old Swedish neighborhood of Campello. She was very proud of her Swedish heritage and loved anything Swedish – especially the cookies. She moved from there to other apartments in the ensuing years, until failing health necessitated her move to The Windrose at Weymouth. 

Arleen was a kind and gentle lady, and very loyal to her friends giving them transportation to appointments or a pleasure ride around the Brockton area. She enjoyed poetry and had a very strong love for cats having many as companions over the years. She also loved little children and babies always stopping to talk to them wherever she was. 

Her older brother Lawrence, who predeceased her in 2017, served in World War II as an aviator, flew B-47s in the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and later became a private pilot in the state of Texas. She is also predeceased by an infant sister, Bernice J., who passed in April of 1919. 

She is survived by two nieces and two nephews: Linda Gustafson of Walnut Springs, TX; Lawrence K. Gustafson, Jr. and wife Cindy of Taos, NM; Jill Gustafson Hoswell and husband Rusty of Aurora, CO and Jon Gustafson of San Marcos, TX along with several grandnieces and grandnephews. Arleen was affectionately called “GayGay” by them. 

A graveside service is planned at Melrose Cemetery in Brockton on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Arrangements are being made by the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 647 Main Street, Brockton, MA.



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Betty (Perkins) Gilson
   Posted Wed January 16, 2019
Arleen was a dear friend of my mother Ethel Perkins Knight. They worked together for many years at Davidsons Card Store in Brockton and continued their friendship until my mother's death in 2005. I kept in touch with Arleen for several years after that. We always traded stories about Larry's family and her "adopted" Brockton family and my growing family. She was a kind and loving soul, always thinking of others. May you have happy memories to share.

Jean A. O'Neil
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
Arleen was my neighbor two houses away on Tribou St. 1934 -1953. She was very kind to me throughout my childhood and youth. I moved in Brockton, then near Boston for work reasons, losing contact. What a pleasant surprise in later life to meet Arleen again on a shopping trip to Westgate Mall Balsams. I would look forward to repeat encounters with her. She radiated joy and kindness. She will be remembered with a smile. Sincerely, Jean O'Neil