Floral 15

Gertrude Wassink

December 19, 1922 ~ November 10, 2020 (age 97)


Gertrude Dorothy (Roose) Wassink was born on December 19, 1922, the fourth child born to Wm. J. and Gertie (Hollander) Roose near Leighton, Iowa. She spoke only the Dutch language before she went to school. She was baptized and made profession of faith in the Leighton Christian Reformed Church.

Gertrude received her education from Burr Oak School in Mahaska County. She lived and worked on the farm and as a hired girl for new mothers and cleaning houses.

On October 22, 1947, she was united in marriage to Henry John Wassink at the family farm home near Leighton. They moved to a farm near Otley, where three daughters were born. Karen Jean, Ruth Ilene and Greta Helain. They lived here for 54 years until Henry passed away on October 31, 2001. Gertrude lived there for another year and then moved to a duplex in Pella. Then in November of 2012, she moved to Fair Haven East where she lived for eight years and in May 2020 became a resident of The Cottages. Gertrude was a long-time member of the Second Christian Reformed Church of Pella. She enjoyed scrapbooking, genealogy, playing games, camping, and traveling.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister and brother-in-law Jennie and Valentine Mathes; and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Garrit and Bessie Roose, Wilbur and Evadena Roose, Fanny Wassink, Minnie and Alvin Van Zee, Janet and Henry Van Haaften, and Rose and Clarence Van Essen.

Gertrude is survived by her family:

Karen and Rod Blackford of Hartford, Iowa

           Terry and Ann Blackford

                        Elizabeth and Noah Hart


           Tricia Blackford

                        Alex, Nathan (son Micah), Kenneth, and Austin Charikov

            Melissa and A.J. Page

                        Fayth, Kennedy

Ruth and Harold Gorter of Otley, Iowa

            Howard and Melissa Gorter

                        Lucas, Preston, Colin

            Harley and Stacey Gorter

                        Henry, Oliver, George

            Rachel and David Dick

                        Hazel, Silas

Greta Wassink of Carlisle, Iowa

The funeral will be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/cqjt9yBkG8c

To send flowers to Gertrude's family, please visit our floral store.


Socially distant visitation
November 13, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Visitation With Family
November 13, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Funeral Service
November 14, 2020

10:00 AM
Second Christian Reformed Church
609 East First Street
Pella, IA 50219

Interment following funeral service
November 14, 2020

Oakwood Cemetery
1308 Columbus Street
Pella, IA 50219


Pella Christian Grade School

Pella Christian High School
Pella IA

Wesley Life Hospice - Pella

© 2020 Garden Chapel Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy