Wilma Gust

July 15, 1933-Dec. 28, 2017

Wilma Jean Gust, 84,

Minot, formerly of Up-

ham, died Thursday, De-

cember 28, 2017 at her

home in Somerset Court.

Wilma was born July

15, 1933 at Bottineau,

North Dakota, the

daughter of Martin and

Ruth (Myles) Thom. She

grew up in the rural Kra-

mer area and attended

schools in Bottineau and

Kramer, graduating from

Kramer High School. She

continued her education

at Minot State College,

where she received her

standard teaching certifi-

cate. Wilma taught at a

country school near Up-

ham. While teaching

there, she met Virgil Kitz-

man and they were united

in marriage at Zion Luth-

eran Church, Kramer, in

1952. They made their

home on a farm west of

Upham, where they raised

their four children. They

operated the family farm

and ranch until Virgil

died in 1984.

Wilma married Alfred

Entzel at Bethlehem Luth-

eran Church, rural Up-

ham in 1985 and they

moved to Minot. He died

in 1989. She continued to

live in Minot, working at

the Diet Center and UND

Center for Family Medi-

cine. In 2001, she married

Donald Gust at St. Mark’s

Lutheran Church, Minot.

Wilma was a faithful

servant of God, trusting

and placing her hope in

Jesus her Savior, and

knowing one day she

would be in heaven – her

eternal home. She was

baptized and confirmed in

the Christian faith. She

was an active member of

Bethlehem Lutheran

Church, Upham, and later

St. Mark’s Lutheran

Church, Minot. Wilma

taught many young chil-

dren about God’s love for

them throughout the

years. She was also very

involved with the Luth-

eran Women’s Missionary

League, holding local and

state offices. Wilma was a

seamstress, gardener,

painter, and long time

member of the Little Deep

Club. Her children,

grandchildren, and great

grandchildren brought her

much love, joy, and pride

until the very end.

Her loving family in-

cludes: husband, Donald

Gust, Minot; children:

John (Wanda) Kitzman,

Upham, Jean (Danny)

Brandt, Kramer, Carol

(Timothy) Debele, Kra-

mer, and Emily (Terry)

Lafrentz, Sioux Falls,

South Dakota; grandchil-

dren: Shawn (Melodie),

Shannon, Jessica, Joseph

(Heather), Lucas, Beth,

Brett, Kate; great

grandchildren: Wyatt

(Kyleen), Chance, Skyler,

Grace, Cailyn, Jacob; step-

children: Sheila, Tracy,

Colleen (Randy) and fami-

ly, Monte (deceased); si-

blings: Marvin (Harriet)

Thom, Bottineau, Darlyne

Froseth, Bottineau, Leila

(Lester) Johnson, Bot-

tineau, and Mark Thom,

Kramer; sister-in-law, Lila

Thompson, Minot; several

nieces, nephews, cousins,

and her Visiting Angels,

Shamonique and Christi-


Wilma was preceded in

death by her parents and

her husbands, Virgil and


Public Prayer Service:

Thursday, January 4,

2018, 7:00PM at St.

Mark’s Lutheran Church,

Minot, with a visitation to

be held at the church on

Thursday from 5:00-


Funeral service: Friday,

January 5, 2018, at

11:00AM in Bethlehem

Lutheran Church, rural


Interment: Bethlehem

Lutheran Cemetery, rural


Memorials are pre-

ferred to LWML mite


Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at www.thomasfamily