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Ronelva Lynne (Cloud) Gustafson


December 6, 2021

Ronelva Lynne (Cloud) Gustafson

July 2, 1961 ~ November 24, 2021 (age 60)


Ronelva Lynne (Cloud) Gustafson, "Nezho-Equay", 60 years old, of Old Agency, Minnesota was called home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 24th, 2021.

She was the oldest child of Leona (Cloud) and James Cloud, Jr. Ronnie was raised in Old Agency by her grandparents Florence and James Cloud, Sr. She attended Walker Hackensack High School, graduating in 1979. She graduated Macalester College shortly thereafter in May 1986 with a B.A. Degree. It was during her time in St. Paul she met James Gustafson whom she would later marry on May 30, 1987. She had one child from that union, Grant James Gustafson. Ronnie was widowed on March 29, 2005 and lost her son Grant in July 2020. She valued her family greatly. Her three grandbabies Trishell, Talise and Grant II were her heart, and she would do and did everything for them. They spent a great deal of time together. Ronnie also loved to sing and could be heard singing in the house and traveled around to karaoke to share her gift and love of music. Her rendition of Amazing Grace could bring tears to your eyes. Ronnie's laughter would make her dimples deeper and light up her eyes, but you did not want to get her fired up because when she got heated you best get out of her way.

As much as family was important to Ronnie, her God was a huge part of her life, she even had a vanity plate with His name, Yahweh; she loved her Lord. She could be counted on to pray for someone in their trials. Ronnie's work history was in the helping field. She worked as a social worker for Leech Lake Child Welfare for many years and for the last three years she was a workforce navigator with the Beltrami County Employment Services.

Family that Ronnie joins again are her son; Grant Gustafson, her husband; James Gustafson, her father; James Cloud, Jr., grandparents; Florence and James Cloud, Sr. and her brother; Colin Cloud.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her mother; Leona "Cookie" Cloud, grandchildren; Trishell and Talise Gustafson-Reese and Grant Gustafson II, brothers; Merrill Cloud, Scott Whitebird and Kevin LaDeaux (childhood friend), sisters; Traci (Rick) Cloud, Colleen Gullickson and Dorothea (Randy) Cloud, uncles; Mel Hunt and Stanley Chief, nieces; DeAnne, Trista, Kendra, and Kayla Cloud, Victoria and Veronica Ogema, Adrianna and Princess White, Dream and Dez Fairbanks and Samiya Whitebird, nephews; Damion Gullickson, Jr., Donovan Cloud, Sr., Evan Cloud, Scotty, Savion and Savino Whitebird, Marcellus Ogema, Carl Fairbanks, Raidyn Reynolds, Tyshawn Burley-Cloud, Sincere Gullickson and Donovan Cloud, Jr., special cousins; Dale Tatro, Allen Hiatt and Bonnie Jenkins, her brothers and sisters in Christ, all her other relatives, beloved friends and co-workers.

Until we meet again ~ Gigawaabamin

A graveside burial for Ronnie is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11th, 2021 at St. John's Episcopal Cemetery at Onigum, MN with a celebration of Ronnie's life to be held in the spring. Pallbearers for Ronnie will be Rick Parkhurst, Simon White III, Gary White, Vincent Roy, Dave Utke. Honorary Pallbearers are Scott Whitebird, Simone Fairbanks, Eric Algers, Faith Reese, Trishell Gustafson-Reese, Talise Gustafson-Reese, Grant Gustafson II, Stanley Chief, Mel Hunt, Naomi Paulson, Pam St. Pierre, Linda Utke, Jessie Utke, Chelsea Utke, Joey Kingbird, Nancy Kingbird, Randy White Jr. Dale Tatro, Allen Hyatt, Bonnie Jenkins, nieces and nephews, her grief support group, co-workers, all her relations and brothers and sisters in the Lord. Her officiants will be Father George Ross and Father Bill Butcher Jr.

Ronnie's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at


Graveside Service


December 11, 2021

1:00 PM

St John's Episcopal Cemetery


Onigum, MN 56484


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