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Irene Carlson Gustafson and Max Gustafson

Irene, the first child of Grace and Oscar Carlson, was born September 7, 1921, at Madrid. She graduated from Luther High School in 1939. On January 5, 1945, Irene was married to Max Gustafson. Max, the son of Axel and Mary Gustafson, graduated from Kelley High School. Max's father, Axel, was born in Sweden, April 6, 1888, and passed away November 7, 1967. His parents were Albin and Caroline Gustafson. Max's mother, Mary, was born in Woodward on March 21, 1891, and passed away February 21, 1970. She was the daughter of Anton Anderson and Anna Louise Swanson Anderson.

Max was a mechanic for the Chrysler dealership from 1939 until he entered the service. He spent 51 months serving his country, and upon his discharge, he again was employed by Chrysler until 1970, when he became a mechanic for the Ford dealership until 1981. Max joined the Perry Fire Department in 1955, and was chief for eleven years. He is still active in the Fire Department. Both he and Irene are retired.

They are the parents of one son, Dean Kaye, born May 9, 1946. Dean graduated from Perry High School and the University of Iowa, in 1969. He received his Masters Degree from Loyola University, and is a teacher for the Chicago school system.

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