Ruth Elizabeth Gustafson

September 17, 1924 - January 11, 2021

Ruth Elizabeth Gustafson, 96, of Geneva, IL., formerly of South Holland, IL., passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at her son’s home in Elgin, IL.  Ruth was born on September 17, 1924, in Chicago, IL., the daughter of Peter and Karin (nee. Brodin) Bihl.  She was united in marriage to Carl R. Gustafson on June 27, 1953 in Chicago, IL.

Ruth was a ninety-year member of the International Organization of Good Templars (IOGT).  She served as a camp counselor for many years at Good Templar Park and held many offices in the IOGT. She was an elementary school teacher fourteen years. For two summers she worked at Yellowstone National Park (1949 & 1950). In the summer of 1951, she spent ten weeks touring Europe. She visited the British Isles, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. While in Rome, she toured St. Peter’s Cathedral and even had an audience with the Pope (Pious the XII). She served on numerous committees, sang in the choir and was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of South Holland, Il., until she moved to Geneva, Il. in 2007 where she became a member of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, IL.

Ruth is survived by her son, Carl (Pam) Gustafson; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Gustafson; three nieces, Gail Bacon, Lynda Jaros and Susan Cocetti; and two nephews, Eric Bihl and Peter Bihl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Carl Roy Gustafson; and her one brother, Carl Bihl.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. on April 10, 2021 at New Covenant Bible Church, 4N780 S Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175.  A memorial service will immediately follow at 2:00 P.M. also at the church.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please RSVP by March 31, 2021 if you plan on attending the memorial service. Please call: 847-845-2640

 Interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Blue Island at a later date.  Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL. 60134. 

Guest Book

  • Mark Meyer So sorry to lose Aunt Ruth. She lived a long, full life. She will be remembered in our hearts. Our condolences and prayers to Carl, Pam and family. Peace!
  • Daniel Bihl Swift Ruth is in my thoughts and I grieve with son Carl and family. I know what it is to lose a mother and it saddens one's heart. But her long life has left you with so many happy remembrances.
  • Lee Meeder I am so fortunate to have known Ruth. I don’t think she ever stopped learning. So many of our conversations included her saying,”You know, I was reading something the other day about this...”. And I still benefit from the travel advice she gave me before my first trip to Europe in 1978- if you roll up your clothes, you’ll have more room in your suitcase.