Heather D. Gustafson

March 25, 1980 - May 23, 2016
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Heather D. Gustafson, 36, of Belvidere, IL, passed away peacefully, Monday morning, May 23, 2016. Heather was born March 25, 1980 in Belvidere, IL, daughter of Danne and Kathy (Marshall) Gustafson. She graduated from Belvidere High School, Class of 1998. She had the soul of a gypsy and the spirit of a fairy. Heather was employed at the Dari-Ripple throughout high school, she went on to become everyone’s favorite bartender at The Backstop. Heather was a great pool player and was on the women’s pool league in Belvidere. She enjoyed music, being outdoors, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Raiders. Heather’s sunny disposition and incredible sense of humor will always inspire everyone she knew. She had a contagious smile that always lit up the room. Heather was always helping people in their time of need, her compassion for others will live on in everyone’s hearts. She loved to spend quality time with her friends and family. Heather befriended numerous people from all backgrounds. The incredible love and support from Heather’s friends is deeply appreciated by her family. She kept a beautiful home filled with fairies, her favorite figurines. She was a fun-loving free spirit with a heart of gold. Heather has earned her fairy wings.

Heather is loved and missed by her parents; sisters, Katrina (Damien Hunter) Marshall, Jennifer (Matthew) Moran, Julie Gustafson and Amy Heller; nieces and nephew, Raven (Branden Lucas) Ross, Dominic Moran, Ava Hunter, Callie Moran and Ivy Hunter; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends.

A visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Heather’s family is requesting casual attire be worn, To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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Service Information

Date: Friday, May 27, 2016

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel


218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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A visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family


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Born: March 25, 1980
Died: May 23, 2016

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Casandra (Rogers) Goldsmith and Family posted on 5/28/16

Very sad to hear of your passing. You are free from pain and may you now rest in peace.


Hazel (Marshall) Rasmussen posted on 5/25/16

Just met Heather last summer (July) at our "Marshall cousin reunion". What a sweet and lovely person she was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family, especially you, Kathy, and her friends. Cherish the wonderful memories. Love you, Hazel (Marshall) Rasmussen


Susan Chapman posted on 5/25/16

So sorry to hear about Heather. She is a friend of our son Brian. Can't imagine loosing a child, my heart breaks for you and your family. I hope all your happy ❤ memories of Heather helps you in your sadness. Again so sorry.


Melissa Young posted on 5/25/16

My heart goes out to the many who are feeling the loss of Heather. She was a beautiful woman with a smile that truly did light up the room. She is always with us all, and we will see eachother again. Until that time, I hope you all find comfort in the memory of the many happy times shared.


Jim & Renee Kirchner posted on 5/25/16

Danne, Kathy, Trina, Julie & Jen, our heartfelt sympathies to you all. I usually say that the Angels have wrapped you and Heather in their loving wings but in this case I'll go with the Fairies! May you all and Heather be wrapped in the wings of love and peace and always remember the good times!


Teresa Brooks posted on 5/25/16

My Heartfelt sympathies to Heather's Family, Heather you were a spirit like no other, I knew you well enough to consider you my friend, meeting you was like I had known you my entire life. You had a calm friendly way about you making anyone feel at ease, You always asked about how I was doing and of course that million dollar smile that would light an entire city. My Sister and I didn't make it over to your house to see you, we wanted to on your Birthday but they already had to call out Belvidere's finest for crowd control, lol. You told me not to wait to long, Im sorry time got away from us and we waited to long, your now flying high with the Angels. I won't be able to make it to your visitation this friday, My daughter needs me right now so that's where I need to be, knowing you would understand. The Gathering this Friday will be huge, because you were loved by so many and each one of them if able will turn out to show there LOVE to your family and you will be looking down from above with that beautiful smile, Im sorry you won't see me but you will feel my heart as it is sad that I won't be able to see you other than pictures but I will never ever forget your inner beauty and kindness. Im thankful you feel no pain now, you battled the nasty disease with dignity, can't say I would be as strong. Love you Heather Always.. Teresa


Kay Boudreau posted on 5/25/16

No matter what pain you have suffered you have always had that beautiful loving smile on your face. You will always be so loved an remain our hearts and souls forever. Love you ♡


Heather MacKusick posted on 5/25/16

"Little Heather", Many years have passed since our days of laughter and shenanigans, but your carefree spirit was one that I've always loved. I'm so thankful for the memories we made and will treasure them always. Love, "Big Heather"


Toni Altamore posted on 5/25/16

Love you, Heather


Harold and shawn nelson posted on 5/25/16

We didnt know her as well , we are sorry for your loss. Keep your chins up. Remember the good times


Aunt Nancy posted on 5/25/16

I'll miss you.


Christine Brei posted on 5/26/16

i'll never forget that day you walked into The BDR (Belv. Newspaper). You were such a pleasure, always ready to help anyone who was falling behind. You always had that smile and never complained..I knew I had met someone who was very special. I have loved her since that day, wish God would have made more people like you, the world would be a much happier place, Rest in peace. I will never forget you Heather!!!


Bonnie Verhagen posted on 5/28/16

Kathy and Family, So sorry for your loss. When you lose such a close family member it almost seems unbearable some days. Always remember the good times you had. Your in my thoughts and prayers.


Sarah posted on 5/27/16

May you rest in paradise Heather thank you for all the memories and for always being so kind to everyone you meet. My prayers are with Heather's family and friends


Paula & Andy Wallendal posted on 5/27/16

Unable to make it to Belvidere for the visitation. We are so lucky to have had Heather in our family. Her smile, compassion, and spirit will live in our hearts.


Sherry Carlisle posted on 5/27/16

Heather was a beautiful person with a beautiful heart. She always greeted you with a big smile and a hug. Luv ya Heather!


Tamikia Haywood posted on 5/27/16

Heather u will be definitely loved & will be missed by the CLASS OF 1998 & the ppl that u came in contact with every 1 LOVES & MISSES U I will NEVER 4-GET that u help me out on my homework!!!! when I was @ the library & u made sure that I got ALL of my homework was done u took ur day out of ur time 2 help me U R always in our HEARTS 4-ever u will NEVER be 4-gotten I LOVE & MISS U so very much GOD will always take care of u U R resting in UR SAVIOUR ARMS LOVE "MEK" "MEK" or "T" & LOVE "S"


Emil posted on 5/27/16

Such a sweet girl gone much too soon. God must've needed a loving caring person with a great smile. RIP Heather. Thoughts, prayers & condolences go out to her family & friends.


Sherri & Bill Short posted on 5/26/16

Love and blessings to all of you.


Diane Cregeen posted on 5/26/16

Heather you will be missed by so many including myself. I had the privvilege of calling you one of my best friends that I will hold deap in my heart forever. Fly high my friend. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family and friends. I love you girl!!


Russ and Sue lungstrom posted on 5/25/16

RIP ! you sweet sweet girl !


Carolyn Taylor posted on 5/25/16

R.I.P Heather


Carolyn Taylor posted on 5/25/16

I played on the women's pool league that's how we met and also as a bartender Heather always had a smile on her face and a caring heart she had also been at our home several times swimming and hanging out I will deeply miss you dear friend I take comfort in the thought you are no longer suffering with this wicked disease and may you always remain forever young. We love you Heather when you left you took a piece off all who loved with you.


Shana White posted on 5/24/16

Heather was such a sweet person, always ready with a hug and a warm smile. I think I will miss that the most. My deepest sympathies to her family, may she forever fly amongst the stars!!


Denise (Pulliam) Trickler posted on 5/24/16

So many are heartbroken over your passing , but your legacy will help so many more. I want send my sincere condolences to family and friends.


kimberley acevedo posted on 5/24/16

Thoughts and prayers to all of her family


sherrie Roush posted on 5/24/16

Sorry for your loss. Prayers. Love John and Sherrie


Jennifer Beck posted on 5/24/16

I am gonna miss this lady so much, especially that beautiful smile. My prayers continue to go out to the family and friends grieving over the loss of this beautiful soul. Rest in Peace Heather I love you very much.


Samantha posted on 5/24/16

My thoughts and prayers are with Heather's family and friends.


Betty Velasco posted on 5/24/16

Heaven has a new angel and i know she is watching all of her family and friends. You will be truly missed. Love you always my sweet friend.


Dani posted on 5/24/16

Your strength, courage, and love for life will forever leave footprints on my soul. There will never be an obstacle in life that I will not be able to overcome, because what you have shown me. I will forever be a better person for being loved by you!


Dana Baker posted on 5/24/16

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.


The Goldsmith Family posted on 5/24/16

Sorry to hear of Heather's passing. May she rest in peace.


Candy Jones posted on 5/24/16

Heather was everyone's best friend... She was so happy to help do anything for youand will sadly be missed and remember by everyone who knew her... Prayers to the family and all her friends hurting like I am


Lorel Nilsen posted on 5/25/16

Heather and I loved to admire our multiple rings! She was simply the best. God bless her family.


Jesse and Tricia posted on 5/25/16

Love and miss u


Sheila ( Sarah Moss's Mom) posted on 5/25/16

Good friend of my daughter. Prayers for your family. So very sorry.


Colleen O'Donoghue posted on 5/25/16

Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


Maria Medina posted on 5/25/16

Katrina, our deepest condolences to you and your family! Heather always was so sweet and her inviting smile something I will never forget. Prayers and sweet memories of Heather.


Melissa Dayton posted on 5/24/16

I worked with Heather at the Dari Ripple many many years ago. She was so sweet, fun, and always the most positive, upbeat person. I ran into her last year while with my mom at OSF, and even while getting treatment was her beautiful self, giving me both a huge hug and an even bigger smile. My sincere condolences to all the wonderful people who will miss this beautiful soul.


Holly Gosinski posted on 5/24/16

Heather was just one of the sweetest, friendliest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I met her when I moved to Belvidere and am so glad that I got to meet such a great individual. She was so fun to be around, non judgemental and truely one in a million. My deepest sympathies to her family and all that loved her. She will be missed by so many.


Jana Loofboro posted on 5/24/16

I have fond memories of my childhood with Heather. We were very close all through elementary school. She was such a wonderful person with an amazing smile. She always made me laugh. Heather was loved by many and will be missed. Prayers for her family during this time.


Kim boardman posted on 5/24/16

Rest in peace baby girl!