Helen Behrens Gustafson passed away May 10, 2013 peacefully at her home in Raleigh. Helen was born June 29, 1922 in Deshler, OH to Grover Cleveland and Mary Schnabele Behrens. She was raised in Belmore, OH and graduated from Leipsic High School in 1939 and from Bowling Green State University in 1944, with a Bachelors Degree in Education.
Helen taught school in the Toledo Public School System until she married and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1952. In Raleigh, she taught at Myrtle Underwood Elementary School until she left to raise her family. She loved teaching and continued teaching in numerous part time jobs for many years.
Helen was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for 60 years serving in many roles. She volunteered, taught, and helped with women’s groups at the church. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority while at Bowling Green and was a founding member of the Raleigh Gamma Phi Beta Alumni Chapter.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles Edward “Gus” Gustafson and sister Ardell Johnston, Destin, FL.
She is survived by her sons, Dean Edward (Gail) Gustafson, Huntsville, Alabama, Neil Charles (Sharon) Gustafson, and Kent Allen (Colleen) Gustafson of Raleigh; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and a sister, Esther (Walter) Baker, Perrysburg, OH.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607) or the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 200 Oceangate, Suite 830, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Condolences may be made online at www.BrownWynne.com