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Ethel E. Gosch

September 29, 2018 March 15, 2013
Ethel E. Gosch
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Ethel E. Gosch Mapleton, IA - Ethel E. Gosch, 94, of Mapleton, Iowa passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton following a short illness. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Mapleton, Iowa with Pastor Harvey Hansen officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery at Ute, Iowa. There will be no visitation. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the arrangements. Ethel Eileen Gosch was born September 29, 1918, at Woodbine, Iowa, the daughter of Ray and Alta (Poe) Atkins. She was raised at Woodbine where she went to school and graduated from Woodbine High School with the class of 1935. She also completed normal training qualifying her to teach country school for a time. She married Vernon J. Gosch November 25, 1937. To this union five children were born. Vernon passed away in January of 1971. Ethel was a farmer's wife until 1959 when they moved to Mapleton. She worked at Tierney Drug and cleaned the Ganzhorn Medical Clinic. She and Vernon operated the Maple Motel in the absence of the owners. After her husband passed away, Ethel worked at Zenith for a short time and at Maple Heights Nursing Home, retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Mapleton. She enjoyed reading hundreds of books, dancing, crossword puzzles and going to the Senior Citizen Center and playing cards. Her family was her pride and joy. Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Lu Zetta and Robert Sparks of Palm Dessert, California; a son Robert Gosch and JoAnn of Smithland, Iowa; a daughter-in-law Delores Gosch of Mapleton, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Jean Gosch of West Valley City, Utah; 19 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 24 great great grandchildren;one brother and his wife, Ray M. and Kate Atkins of Fairborn, Ohio Along with her husband, Vernon J. Gosch Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Alta Atkins; two sons Verylnn and Ronald; a daughter Alta Blackman and her husband, Bob Blackman; a sister Darlene Steckelberg; two great grandsons Tyler Gosch and Michael Gosch; and one great great granddaughter Bayleigh Rae Rowland.


Sunday, May 19, 2013 1:00 p.m.

St. Peter's United Church of Christ 510 Ring Street Mapleton, Iowa 51034
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