Karen's Story

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Karen Sue Gosselink was born on June 4, 1953, in Oskaloosa. She was the second of four children born to Howard P. and Josephine Van Den Berg Gosselink. Karen attended the Pella Christian Grade School and graduated from the Pella Christian High School with the Class of 1971. Karen was baptized and made profession of her faith at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. On Feb. 1, 1973, she and Stanley Jay Rempe were united in marriage at Pella. Karen and Stan began their lives together with very modest furnishings on a farm near New Sharon. For Karen it meant adjusting from being a town girl to farm life. They endured some hardships which strengthened their lasting relationship. In 1975 they moved to a farm near Otley, where they raised their two sons: Joseph Jon and Benjamin Jay. Karen was a devoted wife, help-mate and dedicated mother to the needs of her sons. In 2005, she started working at the Christian Opportunity Center in Pella, as a Living Skills Advisor. She totally enjoyed her job, working with individuals with their care and supervision. Karen was a warm and generous person who loved to give and share. She and Stan enjoyed entertaining and spending time with their family and friends. She loved to shop, play cards, cooking and collecting antique Depression glass. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, she passed away at their rural Otley residence at the age of 62 years. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years, Stan; their two sons: Joe Rempe and Ben Rempe and his wife, Renee Ivonne Vos Rempe; her mother, Josephine (Josie) Gosselink of Pella; her sister Nancy, and her husband Ted Zylstra of Pella; her two brothers: John C., and his wife Marlene Van Dusseldorp Gosselink of Pella, Jim, and his wife Barbara Wichhart Gosselink of Leighton; along with her sister-in-law, Connie, and her husband LeRoy Blommers of Pella. Karen was preceded in death by her father, Howard Gosselink; and her parents-in-law, Wilbur and Velma De Prenger Rempe. She loved the outdoors, especially watching various kinds of birds and wildlife. She loved spring and being in the timber hunting mushrooms. She found pleasure in riding her Polaris Ranger and also enjoyed her pets especially her Welsh Corgi. At the time of her death Karen was a member of the Heartland Reformed Church in Pella. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Heartland Reformed Church in Pella. Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Published on  November 17, 2015
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