PELLA — Carl Van Donselaar, son of John D. and Nellie (Wanders) Van Donselaar, was born on Feb. 7, 1922, at his parents’ home northwest of Leighton. Carl passed away on April 14, 2014, at the Comfort House in Pella at the age of 92.
Carl was baptized as an infant at Leighton Christian Reformed Church. He graduated from the eighth grade at Mead No. 7 country school near his home. During his youth, Carl loved life on the farm. He made profession of his faith at Leighton Christian Reformed Church as a young adult.
On Feb. 19, 1947, Carl was united in marriage with Hendrika De Jong at her parents’ farm home near Albia. They raised a family of seven children. Carl would read the Bible and pray at every meal.
Carl enjoyed farming and understood the soil, plants, weather, and animals. He said farming was his vacation. To Carl it was always a good day to work outside, whether it was 20 degrees below zero or 100 degrees.
He had a typical farm of that era with dairy cows, Hereford or Angus cattle, pigs, chickens, a few goats and once in a while a few sheep. He liked Belgian Draft horses and he trained German shepherd dogs.
Carl lived on the same farm for 70 years. In 1991, Carl and Hendrika had a farm sale and moved to Pella to “retire.” However, after one year, he purchased more machinery and began farming again. He continued farming some land until he was 87 years old.
While in Pella, Carl and Hendrika were members of and faithfully attended the Berean Baptist Church. In 2004, his loving wife, Hendrika, passed away after 57 years of marriage. Carl continued to live at home. He enjoyed music, especially the hymns. He liked speaking the Dutch language and singing the Dutch Psalms. Carl stayed active by driving his pickup to the farm several times a week, and walking or working outdoors.