Joseph Burkhardt Gsell
1844 – 1923
(The following is the obituary for Maria Gsell Longanecker McCulloh’s Great-Grandfather)
Gsell. – Joseph B. Gsell, son of William and Maria Gsell, was born Dec. 27, 1844; died Jan. 6, 1923. When he was twenty-one years of age he came to Whiteside Co., Ill., with his parents. He spent fifty-seven years in this locality.
In March,1865, he was married to Margaret Etter, who passed from this earthly life Dec. 30, 1912. To this union seven children were born: Amanda Snavely of Shannon, Ill., Margaret Steiner of Comins, Mich., Joseph E. and Ida Annan, of Morrsion, Ill, survive him. Mary, William, and Emmapreceded their father to their eternal home. He also leaves 26 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Barbara Nice and Maria Longenecker, of Morrison, Ill., Sarah Leidig of Lake Charles, La., one brother, Henry Gsell of Shannon, Ill.
He suffered with diabetes for many years. Recently a complication set in. He was cheerful through all his suffering and said he would submit to God’s will. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained in this faith until Jesus took him home. On Saturday morning the frail body was left behind and the spirit went to God who gave it, at the age of 78 y. 10 d. He was a sincere Christian, a thoughtful father, and a kind friend to all who knew him.
Funeral was conducted at the home of his son, and at the Mennonite Church, P. R. McMahan officiating. Burial in Grove Hill cemetery.
(Contributed by Robyn (Yoder) McDonald)
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