Peggy Lee Newton

Peggy Lee Newton, age 70, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN after a short illness.

Peggy was born in 1948 in Grand Rapids, MN. Graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1967, Peggy worked at the Grand Itasca Hospital in many different departments for 42 years. After leaving the hospital, she worked for Elder Circle before staying home with her fur family. She always said that her “therapist” lived in the barn. Lola, Ben, Ozzbott, and Ivana have lost a true animal champion.

Peggy was preceded in death by her sons, Marty and Scott Ritter; previous husband, Vincent Gallinatti; sister, Mary Lee (Newton) Anderson; parents, LeRoy and June Newton; and brother, Richard L. Newton.

Peggy is survived by her current and longest standing husband, Ted Gustafson; sister, Beth (James Scott) Newton; stepchildren, Ryan Gustafson and Heather Gustafson; step-grandchildren, Aura, Tor, and Hallie; nieces, Kari L. (Jason) Hoerler, Patty L. Newton, and nephew, Danny L. Newton; and great niece, Miranda Goulet and her family.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Mary Immaculate Church in Coleraine, MN followed by the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. Fr. Joseph Sobolik will officiate. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN at a later date.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit