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October 18, 2013

Bill Gosselink

Pella — William George (Bill) Gosselink, 96, of Pella, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in the Long Term Care Unit at the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella.

Bill, the youngest of ten children, was born on February 22, 1917, to John and Helena (Vander Beek) Gosselink. Bill’s Grandfather Gosselink came to America from the Netherlands and was among the original settlers of Pella in 1847. Bill’s mother also later emigrated from the Netherlands, and the Dutch language was always spoken at home when Bill was growing up. He never learned English until starting school.

Bill’s boyhood days were spent on the family farm near Pella. He was the first member of his family to attend college, Central College, and proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II, most of the time in the Philippine Islands. Upon his return to the United States, Bill resumed his career at the Rolscreen Company in Pella where he was manager of the Folding Door Department.

On September 14, 1939, Bill was united in marriage with Ardella Freda Grandia at the country home of her parents, William F. and Dena Eva (Vander Linden) Grandia. To this union four children were born: Jerry Dean, Gloria Ruth, Gregory William and Mark Wayne.

Bill and Ardella always enjoyed traveling with family and friends; fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota; Major League Baseball games in Minneapolis and Chicago; and sightseeing trips around the country. Bill retired in 1982 from Pella Corporation after 40 years of service, and following his retirement they were able to visit Israel and the Holy Land, as well as parts of Europe, and ultimately visited all 50 states. They continued living in their home, 1409 West First Street, until 1991 when they moved into the Pella Manor and enjoyed spending the winters in Arizona.

Bill enjoyed golfing, walking, and was an excellent woodworker in his free time. He made numerous birdhouses, dollhouses, and hundreds of toy cars that were given to under-privileged children in Honduras.

He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him and will fondly be remembered by his four children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. They are:

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