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Dorothy Ann Gosse
December 19, 1940 - February 24, 2012


Dorothy Ann Gosse, 71, of Oelwein died on Friday, February 24, 2012 at home from complications of C.O.P.D.

A memorial open house will be held 5-8 PM on Wednesday, February 29 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made in Dorothy’s honor to the Heart of Iowa Hospice.

Dorothy was born on December 19, 1940 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Evelyn (Grossman) Van Gorder.  She grew up in Oelwein, graduated from Oelwein Senior High School in 1959 and attended Upper Iowa University.  Dorothy married Charles Gosse on March 16, 1963 at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein.  They had three children.

Dorothy worked at Montgomery Ward, Preston’s Building Center, Rechkemmer Construction, Gosse Construction and Dura Automotive in West Union until her health forced her to retire in 2002.

Dorothy was the Jefferson Township Clerk, and most recently helped complete the clean-up and new fencing project of the Otsego Cemetery near Oelwein.  She loved researching genealogy, local history, and family histories.

Dorothy gave as generously in death, as she did in life by donating her body to the University of Iowa.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and continue to love her.

Left to celebrate Dorothy’s life is her husband Charles; her children: Susan (Mark) Leibold and their children: Ethan and Alison of Fort Atkinson; Scott Gosse of Cedar Rapids and his children: Stephen Gosse (Elisabeth Downes) of Cedar Rapids and Tiffany Leonard (Danny Odell Thomas, Jr.) of Jacksonville, NC; and Sharon Miller of Lamont, and her son Andrew (Lindsey) Gosse of Davenport; her great granddaughter Peyton Thomas; her brother Gene (Diane) Van Gorder of Waterloo; and her nephews: Michael (Angela) Van Gorder, and Neil Van Gorder.

In death, Dorothy has rejoined her parents.

Dorothy’s family would like to express a special thank you to the Heart of Iowa Hospice staff for their care over the past few years. 


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Wanda Wedge Greathouse on July 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM said:

I just sent a e-mail to Doroth Gosse reguarding my Underwood line, as Sally Smith is my relative. The e-mail was returned, and now I find your message. Sorry to have missed the connection, would have loved to become acquainted with her.
Wanda Wedge Greathouse
Gary & Janice Brownell on March 1, 2012 at 6:44 AM said:

We are so sorry for your loss and want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of the family.
Donal Boie on February 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM said:

My sympathy to you, Chuck and your family.I only knew
Dorothy and enjoyed working with her on Otsego cemetery. It would not have happened without her!
Steve & Donna Story on February 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM said:

The entire Fayette County Pioneer Ceetery Commission and work crew members know the encouragement and initiative that Dorothy and (you) Charles gave to to the restoration of Otsego-Union Cemetery. It was a multi-year task, but we needed and received the support given us. Dorothy lived just long enough to see her goals for Otsego realized. We will have a dedication day sometinme this late spring or early summer, and rest assured that Dorothy's work will be honored. Most of us do not leave monuments behind us, but Dorothy's mounment can be the entire Otsego Cemetery.
Woody and Kay Thomas on February 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Charles and Family.
We enjoyed our time working with Dorothy.
Lori Moellers, Fayette County Auditor on February 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM said:

She was A Wonderful Township Clerk! May God Always Bless her!
Karol Peterman Hikes, cousin on February 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM said:

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family and my deepest sympathy.
Tonya Osterhus on February 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM said:

I was lucky to have been able to see Dorothy the past year as one of her nurses and I will never forget her fun, sarcastic, attitude. I will miss her and the visits we had. My deepest sympathy to Chuck and her loved ones.
Nancy Mc Leish Geistfeld on February 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM said:

I've knew Dorothy for many years, both in Sunday School in our younger years and graduated with her at OHS. She was a good person. My prayers and sympathy to the Gosse & Van Gorder families!
Julie Meyer on February 27, 2012 at 7:05 AM said:

I also met Dorothy through my genealogy research on the Gosse family. She helped me fill in a lot of facts and details... always cheerful and forwarding tidbits as she uncovered them. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Georgiana on February 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM said:

I am so missing you already and am praying for you and for Chuck. You were such a vital force in our lives. You acted like I could do no wrong. You told me I probably wouldn't see you again, but I thought you were being ornery (as you would say). I am glad you finally are at peace. And on a purely selfish note, where in the world will I get my past and present news on family and other Oelwein and Fayette County folks?
God Bless Dorothy and Chuck and family.
Deb Harkness on February 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM said:

The Geneology World has lost 1 terrific lady!!!! I learned so much about the history of my Schwartz family from Dorothy. Over the course of the years when she would find some little tidbit about my family she would always forward it on to me and I appreciated that so much......My deepest sympathy to Chuck and the entire Gosse family..
Dianne Ponsar Roland on February 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM said:

Dorothy was truly an "angel" for me in my quest for searching for my Ponsar genenalogy and I will always be grateful to her generous help to me and my family. I was privileged to meet her in Iowa when you were living near my cousin Gordon Sanford on a visit to Oelwein. I know her life has been a struggle and now she can breathe easy. My sympathies go out to you Chuck and your family and friends.

Thinking of all of you and thank you for letting me know.

Dianne Ponsar Roland
a friend from Oregon
Allan Schmidt on February 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM said:

So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with your family.
Rose Oulman Hess on February 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. I graduated with Dorothy from Oelwein High, always had a smile and fun to be around.
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