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Born: Feb 14, 1929

Date of Passing: May 14, 2021

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Barbara passed away peacefully with her family at her side, at Deer Lodge Centre on May 14, 2021.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 69 years, Thomas Gunner Gustafson; Janis (Darryl) Baptist, Peter (Carol) Gustafson, Lynn (David) Findlay; daughter-in-law Susan; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Born February 14, 1929 in the city of Port Arthur, Ontario to Edwin Clawson Greaves and Emily Frances Greaves (Guise Bagley). Predeceased by her parents and siblings, Ruby (Arthur) Thompson, Edwin (Aune) Greaves, Eva (Thomas) Feetham, Joe (Dorothy) Greaves; son David Gustafson, grandson Tyler Findlay, great-grandson Jordan Schappert, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Barbara was very active in her church from her early years in Port Arthur. She continued with her volunteering through several moves with Tom's work from Gilliam, Winnipeg, Montreal, Thunder Bay and back to Winnipeg. She was an influential community member wherever she lived. She was involved in Girls' Auxillary, Altar Guild, Church Vestry, Cub Leader, Brownie and Girl Guide Leader. Mom served with the Royal Purple, taking the seat as Honored Royal Lady three times. She loved contributing to Thelma Wynne projects and other worthy fundraisers. Barbara participated in many sports throughout her life which she later enjoyed watching. Mom especially enjoyed travelling to her children's grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's activities sometimes even across several provinces. She always had several hobbies and crafts on the go. Barbara would say the best part of her life was the times she spent with her family on many camping trips and gatherings. She would say she was very blessed to have such great friends from many walks of life and to all of them she was grateful.
Barbara's gracious way touched people's hearts wherever she was. She dedicated her life to helping others, a surrogate mother and mentor as she guided others through difficult times. Barbara will be missed and fondly remembered by her family and all who had the privilege to meet her.
Barbara's family would like to thank all the staff on Tower 5 at Deer Lodge Centre for their compassion and caring hands during mom's stay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, www.heartand or to the Arthritis Society,
In accordance with Barbara's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held soon. Once Covid restrictions are lifted, the family will hold a Memorial Service for Barbara at a later date.
The family invite you to share memories of Barbara by signing the online book of condolences at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Met Barbara around 50 years ago when they moved to Gillam. We became dear friends and stayed close through the years. She was there for me through some rough times, our families were entwined I will surely miss her. My sympathy goes out to all the family. I share your sorrow and look forward to meeting her again in her forever home. Hilda - Posted by: Hilda Price (Dear friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • I met Barbara 40 years ago, thru the Masonic ladies nights. She was an elegant lady I met with occasionally over the years. Later, 2 years ago, met her again at Devonshire House. Still elegant! We enjoyed sharing dinner and conversation in the Hen House. We all miss her and send condolences to her family. - Posted by: Marg Ashcroft (friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • My condolences to you and your family. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. - Posted by: Julia Hall (Lynn's friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • My condolences to you and your family. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. - Posted by: Julia Hall (Lynn's friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • We always enjoyed our visits with you & Tom. Rest in Peace. Lloyd Johnson, Kelowna - Posted by: Lloyd Johnson (cousin of Tom Gustafson) on: May 22, 2021

  • We are sad to hear that dear Barbara has passed away, but rejoice that she is safe in the arms of our Lord, To know Barbara was to love her and be loved by her. We have so many memories of our St. George‚Äôs times together that we will always treasure. Our love and condolences are with her family and especially her life partner Tom. Rest In Peace dear friend. Aileen and Graham. - Posted by: Aileen and Graham Chaplin (Friends) on: May 22, 2021

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