Penny Gustoff

  • Born: January 3, 1963
  • Died: March 5, 2016
  • Location: Riverside, Iowa

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2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Penny K. Gustoff, 53, of Riverside, died Saturday, March 5, 2016, at her home of natural causes.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will be after 4pm until services and following the services. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Penny's memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @

Penny Kay Mildred Rudish was born January 3, 1963, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Peter L. and Zona G. (Ropeson) Rudish. She was united in marriage to Steve B. Gustoff Sr. on July 20, 1980, in Cedar Rapids. She has resided in Riverside for over 20 years and for the past 18 years worked for Rockwell Collins at their Coralville location.

Her family includes her four children, Shavell Martin (Nick), Wendy Bauwens (Jon), Steve Gustoff Jr. (Elayne), and Larry Gustoff; one granddaughter, Nova Martin; and seven siblings, Janice Schuch (Gary), Jackie Svoboda (Joe), Peter Rudish Jr. (Joyce), Connie Lucker (Steve), Johnny Rudish (Patti), Michael Rudish (Tracey) and Andrea Stick (Kelly); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Steve in 2004.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our deepest sympathy to her children and all of the family.

Posted by Chad & Lisa Sroka - Iowa city, IA - Friend   March 10, 2016

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know we don't get to see much of each other, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time!

Posted by Amy Gustoff - Ames, IA - Family   March 10, 2016

Recently Penny had been out at Waubeek, IA to see a classmate's band and people were able to catch up with her there; she looked as beautiful as ever. We are all in shock and saddened by her passing. She will be remembered with great affection.

Posted by Susan Wurster - Cedar Falls, IA - Classmate   March 10, 2016


To Penny's family,
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Penny's passing. She will always be a special thought in our Springville school experiance. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rudish family and her children. May she rest in peace til we all meet again.
Gods Peace and Love, Jurine Moore, a former H Ec teacher,
and Mashall, a classmate

Posted by Jurine Borton Moore - Marion, IA - Teacher   March 10, 2016

To Penny, may you rest in peace and always keep smiling. To the Gustoff family, my deepest sympathy. You will remain in my prayers and thoughts. Always.

Posted by Michelle Anderton - Riverside, IA - Coworker   March 10, 2016


I am sorry to here of Penny's passing. You will be in my thoughts prays.

Posted by Susan Heintz - Blairstown, IA - Friend   March 10, 2016


We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you.

Posted by Randy Stick & JoAnne Stick - Apple Valley, MN - Family   March 09, 2016


Sorry to hear of Penny's passing. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

Posted by nancy k marsh - cedar rapids, IA - Coworker   March 09, 2016

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. Penny was a good friend and a very special person. I loved her stories about you kids. She was always so very proud of you all. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lynn Fett - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   March 09, 2016

So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a hard working women and enjoyed her time with her children and adored her granddaughter. She will be missed. Prayers to all of you.

Posted by Janet Rodgers - coralville, IA - Coworker   March 09, 2016

My condolences to the family of Penny. I met her just over a month ago and we were talking about every day in some way by text or on phone or on Facebook. She was a very unique and friendly person that could make you smile.
Rest in peace Penny. I know you are that little extra gust of wind in the breeze. To the family. When there is a slight blur in a Photo or something moved without reason. That's Penny letting you know she is watching over you.

Posted by Melvin Taber - Sweet Springs, MO - Friend   March 08, 2016

To the family my heart breaks for you and hope in this time you can hold your heads high and celebrate life you guys were so blessed to have her as a mother and my thoughts and prayers are with you all I apologize I cannot be there for the services but would love to be able to pay my respects when I get back in town be strong and keep your heads high you all have been friends of mine for a long time and if anyone needs any help with anything let us know

Posted by larry jones - iowa city, IA - Friend   March 08, 2016

Rest in peace friend.

Posted by Linda McKinstry Dickinson - Raleigh, NC - Classmate   March 08, 2016

Penny was a awesome lady. Such a hard worker and loved her job. Went to her many times when she was a auditor with questions and she always had a answer. Recently she moved to the warehouse and when she worked overtime in the mornings she always worked by me she would be on station 12 and me on 13. I am just in shock as many of us are that she is gone. I breaks my heart. I am so sorry she was taken way too soon. She will be greatly missed. Lisa Russo

Posted by Lisa Russo - Cedar Rapids, IA - Coworker   March 08, 2016

I worked with Penny for many years at Rockwell in Coralville. She was a dedicated worker and a good person I can call my friend. She talked about her kids often. She was so excited when Shevel got pregnant with Nova and bragged about her all the time. Prayers go out to the entire family.

Posted by Stacey Visek - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   March 08, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Paul & Dianne Brady - Maquoketa, IA - Friend   March 08, 2016

I was saddened to learn of the passing of your Mom. She was always full of smiles. And her passion for her kids and her cars was well known to all. My prayers go out to you all Steve, Larry, Shavelle, and Wendy. <3>

Posted by Amanda Yoder (Kugley) - Oxford, IA - Friend   March 08, 2016

My prayers are with Penny's family at this difficult time. Share the good memories you all have. Love one another. Know that time will lessen the pain you feel right now. Feel comfort that you now have a special Angel watching over you.

Posted by Shelley Cone - oxford, IA - Acquaintance   March 08, 2016


We are very sorry for your loss. Please know thoughts and prayers and hugs are coming your way..... Darcy, Davis Holland and Robbye and Kirstie Ron

Posted by Darcy Holland - Dakota City, IA - Family   March 08, 2016

My heart goes out to Penny's family with her loss! God bless you all. You never know how much time you have so make the best of what time you have. Penny was a fun and loving woman and will be missed!

Posted by Renee Jamison - Springville, IA - Friend   March 08, 2016

I'm so so sorry to the family and all who knew her! I worked with her at Rockwell and there was not a day went by that she didn't greet me with a smile!! Will miss those smiles and the laughter she brought to us all!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

Posted by Connie - North English, IA - Coworker   March 08, 2016

I am so deeply sorry to hear about Penny. My parents Dorance and Vivian Sheely were very good friends with Pete and Zona and when we were younger we would go over to their house and play. We always had a fun time. Whenever I would run into Penny after we were grown she would always have a beautiful smile on her face and a light in her eyes. She will be missed.

May she rest in eternal peace,
Becky (Sheely) Neuhaus

Posted by Becky Neuhaus - Swisher, IA - Friend   March 08, 2016

I met the Rudish family in 1968. They were all great people..Andie and Penny were 2 little skinny girls who road our school bus' Became friends with Penny and Andie years later thru my brother Stacey and his wife Cheryl. Penny was super fun to be around, and the nicest person you could meet, as is the rest of her family. This is so shocking, She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace..

Posted by stephen garringer - marion, IA - Friend   March 07, 2016


You were loved by many and will be deeply missed. RIP Penny. Hugs Gerry

Posted by Gerry McDonald - Brighton, IA - Friend   March 07, 2016

Stevie, Larry, Shovel, Wendy,and family,please know we are so sorry. It's so hard to loose someone you love, because it leaves such a hole in your heart. I hope the memories will help fill in some of that hole. Your mom did her every best she could to love, teach, and care for you. We are sorry we won't be back for the visitation, but we will be there in spirit. May God be with you in comfort and strength. Love Aunt Jan and Uncle Gary

Posted by Gary & Jan Schuch - Central City, IA - Sister   March 07, 2016

Chavelle, Steve, Wendy and family,

I am so sorry to hear the news about your mom. She was a huge asset to Rockwell and will be missed there, I'm sure. All of you are too young to be without parents. You have my deepest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts.

Take care!

Posted by Terri Sinn - Cedar Rapids, IA - Coworker   March 07, 2016

Penny Gustoff, you leave this world loved as a daughter, sibling, mother, grandmother, aunt, and cousin. You will be missed dearly. All prayers and thoughts to the Gustoff Children & Rudish Family, Scott & Nancy Schuch

Posted by Scott & Nancy Schuch - Nashville, TN - Family   March 07, 2016

We are so sorry to miss the service for Penny. We are happy we got to share Thanksgiving brunch with Penny at the Iowa River Power Co, and see it through her eyes. We never saw her without that welcoming smile and shared laughter just as that picture you chose showed.

Sending love and condolences for all of you.
Jim and Karen Pregon

Posted by Jim and Karen Pregon - Coralville, IA - Friend   March 07, 2016

Deepest Sympathy for your loss, we went to school together, she'll be trully missed.

Posted by Penny Hudson-Avila - Sterling, IL - Classmate   March 07, 2016

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