Wallingford Funeral Home
809 North Main Street Ext.
Wallingford, CT 06492


Elis Gustafson

November 27, 1931 - November 22, 2012

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Elis Victor “Swede” Gustafson, 80 of Naples Florida, passed away peacefully at his Wallingford, CT, residence on Thursday, November 22, 2012. He was the husband of 58 years to Nancy Ottaviano Gustafson.

He was born in East Haven, November 27, 1931, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Gustafson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a sergeant in the tank division during the Korean War. He had been employed as a Master Mechanic at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in North Haven for 36 years until his retirement in 1988, after which he worked for Hobson & Motzer in Wallingford for an additional nine years. Elis grew up in the Momauguin section of East Haven and spent time during his early years at the East Haven Marina where he acquired a passion for swimming, boating and fishing. His love of the ocean resulted in his becoming a member of the swim team at the East Haven High School. Elis was a member of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford and taught Sunday School there for many years.

In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his son, Gary Gustafson and his spouse George of East Haven; his daughter, Andrea Scott and her husband, Douglas of Stonington; his granddaughter, Erika Scott; his brother-in-law who was like a son to him, Robert Ottaviano and his wife Elaine; and several nieces and nephews. Elis was predeceased by his sister, Rose Onofrio; and his brother, Eric Gustafson.

A private funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. The family respectfully requests to have no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Home Care, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451. Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford.