Lester Harold Gosselink

Lester Harold Gosselink


Lester Harold Gosselink, the son of Edward and Gertrude Ver Steegh Gosselink, was

born March 30, 1942 at his home in New Sharon, Iowa. At the age of 80 years, on April

13, 2022, Lester passed away in his sleep at Montezuma Specialty Care, in Montezuma,

Iowa, where he had lived since leaving New Sharon.

The youngest of eight children, Lester was part of a loving family. He was surrounded

by nieces and nephews as he grew up, and his family was very important to him. He

enjoyed the gatherings – whether it was everyone home for Christmas, weekly visits to

his sisters and home-cooked meals, or the annual Memorial Day picnic at Edmundson

Park. He could always be counted on to play games of all kinds from baseball and yard

darts to Wahoo and Pitch, and he loved to laugh. In his years at Montezuma, he

continued to enjoy activities and often found himself being the winner; he even became a

bowler with the Wii. He loved sitting outside, swinging in a porch swing and watching

the cars go by.

Over the years, Lester held various jobs. He worked at the New Sharon Bowling Alley,

worked for both Junior Nash and Dale Stephens trucking operations, spent time at

Vermeer, and mowed yards. He was ready to help someone if he could.

Lester was a member of the Park Church of Christ in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he attended

until his move to Montezuma. He was a kind and gentle soul and had a big heart. He

recently talked about praying, and to the end, he found great comfort in singing hymns;

on a recent visit he wanted to sing “Jesus Loves Me”, “Trust and Obey” and “Amazing

Grace”. He is no longer living alone – his Spirit is home with God.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Donald (in infancy), his brother

Harold, his brother Russell, his brother Robert, and his sister Donna DeJong. He is

survived by his sister Ruby DeYoung of Union Mills, his sister Marilyn and her husband

Wendell Schultz of Fremont, and sister-in-law Norma Gosselink of Grinnell, as well as

many nephews and nieces.

A graveside service, with his ashes, will be held at Friends Cemetery in New Sharon,

Iowa, on Saturday afternoon, June 4. Watch for future details of Lester’s celebration of

life as the day draws near. Holland-Coble Funeral Home of New Sharon is in charge of





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