Esteri "Ester" Gustavson

February 18, 1918 - August 3, 2017

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Esteri (nee Ritvanen) Gustavson, 99, of Closter NJ, formerly of Cresskill, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening, August 3, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  She was predeceased by her husband Paul of 69 years, loving mother to Paul Gustavson, Jr., and his wife Elisabeth of Danville, New Hampshire, Larry Gustavson and his wife Charlotte of Dover, New Jersey, and Ruth (Gustavson) Pochini and her husband Steven of Closter, New Jersey, dear grandmother to nine grandchildren, Susan, Lisa, Jon, Andy, Adam, Peter, Joe, Dan and Kate, and “Mummu” to fifteen great-grandchildren.


Esteri was born in Finland, the second youngest of twelve children, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 20.  She passed her strong Finnish heritage to her children and grandchildren.  Esteri had a passion for gardening.  She loved to share her many talents in baking, sewing and knitting, and was an active parishioner of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tenafly, NJ.


The family will receive their relatives and friends at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont, NJ on Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 4-8 PM.  Funeral Service will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Knickerbocker Rd., Tenafly, NJ at 10 AM.  Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus and Century Roads, Paramus, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Hospice, C/O Foundation Office, 176 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Knickerbocker Rd., Tenafly, NJ 07670.