Obituaries

Shirley Somerville-Gustavison

October 25, 1919 - January 10, 2019

Shirley Somerville-Gustavison

Obituary

Belvidere, IL

Shirley Somerville-Gustavison, 99, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by family, January 10, 2019, in Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Shirley was born on October 25, 1919, in Belvidere, IL the daughter of Burdette “Bud” and Mildred (Charter) Buker. She graduated from Belvidere High School, attended beauty school in Rockford and operated a beauty salon out of her home for many years. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was in her 50’s and left a wonderful Christian legacy to four generations of believers: herself, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley then made her spiritual home at First Free Evangelical Church in Rockford. One of Shirley’s proudest accomplishments was being a caregiver to her husband and her mom in the years preceding their death.

She is loved and missed by her children, Gary (Susan) Somerville, Dee (Les) Reid; 6 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, Wayne Somerville and her second husband, Wayne Gustavison; parents; and siblings, Charles Buker, Richard Buker and Barbara Bennett.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61114. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Memorials to be made to the family for the benefit of Fairhaven Nursing Home. The family would especially like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful nursing and support staff at Fairhaven Nursing Home and Northern Illinois Hospice. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

Service Schedule

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fairhaven Christian Retirement Home

(815) 877-1441

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. prior to service.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
11:00 am

Fairhaven Christian Retirement Home

(815) 877-1441

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61114.

Belvidere Cemetery

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Gary, Sue, Dee & Les,
You were so blessed to have her in your lives for so long. What a beautiful woman she was. I enjoyed working along side of her at Marge Graves Hair Salon . We shared a lot of laughter. Unable to attend today but know I am there in spirit. Our sympathy.
Dr. Kent & Marilyn Hess

Dr. Kent & Marlyn Hess 2019-01-16T12:18:44

Dear Sue and Gary. So sorry to read of Shirley’s passing, but I know she is resting in peace with her Savior. She was a wonderful family friend and we always had some good stories to share. She used to talk about my aunt and her riding my Aunt Helens pony. She’d always smile.

God bless you,
Lesley Stambaugh

Lesley Stambaugh 2019-01-15T21:42:54

Hi Gary and Dee. I have been keeping updated about your Mom through my cousin Lesley Stambaugh. I also realized that your Mom and my Mom were childhood friends. And Shirley would sleep over either at the funeral home or next door in the red house. I visited your Mom when I would visit Lesley. Your parents and mine had a good time. Blessing, sjm

Stuart J. Mattson 2019-01-14T17:52:19

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Mother and Grandmother, Shirley. May the many memories bring you comfort.

Chris & Mary Ila Esser 2019-01-14T14:38:23

Sorry to see your mother passed but she lived a good life. Friends of my parents Ward and Dorothy Davis I would go with my mother to your home on Union or Maple? She is now resting and keeping an eye on her children and their children.

Dave Davis 2019-01-13T09:22:32

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