Garden Chapel

Gilbert Van Donselaar

July 4, 2012
Oskaloosa, Iowa

10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 7, 2012
Covenant Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Starting at noon Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Cary Christian Center
The Gideons

Black Oak Cemetery
Pella, Iowa

In Memory Of

Gilbert Van Donselaar
Pella, Iowa
(Age 96)

October 30, 1915 - July 4, 2012

Gilbert Van Donselaar was born on October 30, 1915, to John and Nellie (Wanders) Van Donselaar near Prairie City, Iowa. He attended country school near Leighton, Iowa, graduating from the eighth grade. He made profession of faith at the Leighton Christian Reformed Church.

On February 27, 1941, Gilbert was united in marriage with Cornelia Groenenboom at her parents' home near Oskaloosa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Marge, Shirley, Robert, and Peggy. They moved to a farm southeast of Pella where he lived and farmed for sixty-eight years. Cornelia died on March 1, 2001 shortly after celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Gilbert continued living and helping on the farm for another eight years. He was living at the Oskaloosa Care Center when he went to be with his Lord on July 4, 2012, at the age of ninety-six.

Gilbert and Cornelia spent many years traveling across the country and spent nineteen winters in Cary, Mississippi, volunteering with the Luke Society. He was also active in the Gideons, served as an elder in the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella, and was a charter member of the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella. 

Those left to cherish his memory are: his four children and their spouses: Marge and Marvin Van Haaften of Pella, Shirley and Ronald De Bruin of Pella, Robert and Kathleen Van Donselaar of Pella, and Peggy and Dale Bergman of Lamont, Michigan; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-five great-grandchildren. Of his original family Gilbert leaves one brother, Carl Van Donselaar of Pella; one sister Mildred Van Maanen of Pella; and one sister-in-law Rena Van Donselaar of Oskaloosa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Louis in infancy, Albert Van Donselaar of Oskaloosa, Lewis (Jennie) Van Donselaar of Oskaloosa; and a grandson Daniel De Bruin of Pella.

Gilbert will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He had a deep love for the Lord and a great enthusiasm for life.

Gilbert's family:
Marge and Marv Van Haaften
            Brenda and Doug Vos
            Brian and Jana Van Haaften
                        Tiffany and Reece
            Melissa and Dan Sneller
                        Amber and Kyle

Shirley and Ron De Bruin
            Tom and Michelle De Bruin
                        Mark and John
            Jerry and Pam De Bruin
                        Joshua, Kristen and Kara
            Steve and Kim De Bruin
                        Greg, Andrew, and Nicole
            Sheryl and Jackson Landham
                        Klaire, Ava and Lorelai
            The late Daniel De Bruin

Robert and Kathleen Van Donselaar
            Julie and Curt Hooger
                        Holden, Sydney and Madeline
           Amy and Chris Stoltzfus
                        Nickalas, Jonathan, Anneka and Nathaniel
            Craig Van Donselaar

Dale and Peggy Bergman
            Kimberly and David Veltman
            Laura and Eric Fynaardt
            Jeffrey Bergman

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