Ann Elvie Gustafson, age 90, died on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.

Elvie was born on October 23, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Johan Sundberg and Frida (Astrom) Sundberg..

As a teenager, Elvie worked at the Erie Neighborhood House, devoted to social work and child welfare and founded by Reformer Jane Addams, in Chicago. Elvie graduated from North Park College in Chicago.

In 1953, she married Merlin Gustafson. She met Merlin at the Swedish Covenant Church she attended. He was teaching at North Park College. Merlin Gustafson went on to teach political science at Kansas State University from 1960 to 1991.

While living in Manhattan, Kansas, Elvie worked at Pawnee Mental Health Services, a social service agency, from 1980 to 1990. The relief of economic poverty by political means was one of Elvie’s guiding concerns. She expressed this concern in her professional work and in her work with various churches. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church from the mid-1970s until 2005.

Survivors include her brother, Rudy Sundberg of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her two children, Berit Carrasco of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Peter Gustafson of Glendale, Arizona; she has five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and third great-grandchild is due any day.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 21st, at the Walsburg Lutheran Church, northeast of Leonardville, Kansas, with Reverends Keith Wiens and Kevin Larson officiating. Burial will follow in the Walsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 20th, at the Yorgensen Meloan Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran World Relief and/or the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen Meloan Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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