Leona Gustin


Leona Gustin, passed away on February 28, 2022, on her 90th birthday, at CHI St. Alexius, Bismarck.


Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 am on Friday, March 4th, 2022, at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck.  Burial will take place, at a later date this summer, at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Flasher.  A livestream of the service will be available on the Church of Corpus Christi website.


Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, with a Rosary/prayer service at 7:00 pm at Bismarck Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the Mass on Friday.


Leona was born on February 28, 1932 to Lawrence and Gertrude (Hartman) Kahl in Grant County.  She graduated from the 8th grade at Selfridge.  As a teenager, she was crowned Miss Shields and then Miss Grant County at the Grant County Fair.  Dad said that was where he met his queen and knew that someday he would marry her. A few years later, she married the love of her life, Paul Gustin on October 10, 1949 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Flasher.


They lived on the Gustin family farm near Flasher for 42 years, where they raised their 11 children.  She was a member of St. Lawrence Christian Mothers and taught CCD for 11 years.  Mom spent those 42 years, along with Paul, milking cows, raising chickens, pigs and working in the field as well as gardening.  Her large garden provided her family with abundant produce, in which she spent many hours filling the pantry shelves with homemade preserves.  She was best known for her delicious homemade bread, buns, donuts, kuchen, pumpkin pockets and desserts to keep her family fed and happy.  To this day, her kids still enjoy her delicious recipes.



In 1991, they moved to Bismarck where they lived for the remainder of their lives. They spent countless hours playing cards, visiting relatives, enjoying their grandkids and were faithful members of their church community.  Mom and Dad were blessed to spend 68 years together.


She is survived by their 11 children, Gary, Weatherford, Texas; Duane, Raton, New Mexico; Vernon (Rose), Trinidad, Colorado; Virginia (Albert) Dolajak, Bismarck; Brenda (Miles) Miller, Raleigh; Greg  (Kayln), Loveland, Colorado; Mike, Arvada, Colorado; Mark (Suszie), Calhan, Colorado; Marie (Joe) Jangula, Bismarck; Rita (Dewey) Schulz, Mandan; Becky (Ron) Ness, Bismarck; 30 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren with number 35 on the way; Leona’s sisters, Beverly (Harvey) Vilhauer, Montana; Delores LaDuke, Montana; Marlys (Clint) Barth, Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents, Gertrude and Lawrence; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence (Lorraine); Buddy (Lorraine); and Fred Kahl; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence (Arnie) Metzger, Bernice (Pete) Manolovitz, and granddaughter Sophie Ness.


In lieu of flowers, Mom requested that donations be made in Leona and Paul’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.


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Our Sincere Condolences to all the families of Leona, May you be at Peace knowing your Mother, Grandmother,Great Grandmother may be at Peace along side her husband. Enjoying Eternal Life with their Lord and Savior.Prayers of comfort are with you all.

So sorry to hear about our dear Aunt Leona. I love this picture of her…it shows her personality so well…always smiling and so very upbeat. She will be missed. Hugs to all of you.
Love Patty (Kahl) Gustin

I remember Aunt Leona from when I was such a young girl. I loved to visit their farm and hang out with my cousins. My Aunt was always so kind and gracious. She was beautiful, too. I won’t forget the wonderful Gustin family. All my love.

Dear Virginia and family of Leona,
Please know of our heartfelt sympathies and prayers for ALL of you during this difficult time! What a BEAUTIFUL legacy your mother (& father) left for all who knew them. Your mother’s beautiful heart will be remembered along with her devout and unwavering faith. A true GIFT!! May she be reunited now with your father and our Heavenly Father for all eternity! God bless you all!! Deacon Wayne & Valerie Jundt