Florence “Flo” Gustad

NEW ULM – Florence “Flo” Gustad, 74, of New Ulm, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 4 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm.

To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to www.mvfh.org.

Flo is survived by her husband, Merton Gustad of New Ulm; daughter, Stacey (Ryan) Saetveit of Maple Grove; sons, Mark (Shannon) Gustad of Shakopee, Joel Gustad (Trudy Shelton) of North Mankato; grandchildren, Joey, Adam, and Jack Saetveit, Allison, Emily, and Riley Gustad, Zoey Shelton-Gustad, Calista Kiecker; sister, Elaine (Frank) Lindell of Cold Spring; brother, Richard (Norma) Eiler of Bird Island; sisters-in-law, Vivian Eiler of Olivia, Beverly (Donald) Erickson of Bloomington; brothers-in-law, Roger Lippert of Willmar, Ordell (Jeannie) Gustad of Mission Hill, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bob Eiler; sister, Dorothy Lippert; and sister-in-law, Lucille Eiler.

Florence Mae Eiler was born on June 4, 1939 in Bird Island to John and Mathilda (Piepiorke) Eiler. She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Bird Island in 1957. After school, Flo worked for eight years at the 1st National Bank of Minneapolis and the 1st Security Bank of St. Paul, where she met Merton Gustad. They were united in marriage on April 20, 1968 in Bird Island. Flo had a passion for designing floral arrangements and utilized her talents at various places in New Ulm including the New Ulm Greenhouse/Holiday Growers for three years, Randall’s for thirteen years, and Cash Wise for four years. Flo also enjoyed interior decorating, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, shopping, and playing cards in a card club with Merton. Flo was a social person that was always willing to help those in crisis. She taught CCD, volunteered throughout the community, and was a mentor to many. Flo loved her husband and children, but she found the most delight in spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm and spent many years as the treasurer for the CCW.


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