Margaret Etter Gsell

Margaret Etter Gsell

1843 – 1912

(The following is the obituary for Maria Gsell Longanecker McCulloh’s Great-Grandmother)

GSELL. – Margaret Etter was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Mar. 11, 1843; died after an illness which she bore patiently, Dec. 30, 1912; aged 69y. 9m. 19d. She moved to Whiteside Co., Ill., with the Gsell family in March, 1865, and was united in marriage to Joseph B. Gsell, Mar. 18, 1860.

To this union were born 7 children, 2 of whom, (Mary E., wife of John McCulloh; and Wm. E.) preceded her to the spirit world. Those who survive her are Mrs. Maros Snavely, Mrs. A.S. McCulloh, Mrs.Menno Steiner, Jos. E. Gsell and Mrs. Floyd Annan. She also was the foster mother of Mrs. John Nice of Ustick, Ill. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband (who walked hand in hand and heart in heart with her for almost 47 years), and an aged brother, John Etter of Lafayette, Ind., one sister Elizabeth Gsell, who lives in Morrison for many years the widow of John B. Gsell, 23 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

When about 15 years of age she united with the Dunkard Church which she served faithfully for many years but afterwards became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. She was a kind and affectionate wife and mother and lived for her husband, children and grandchildren and all those who knew her. But those who knew her best loved her most.

Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Morrison by Bro. A.H. Leaman of the Home Mission in Chicago. Text, Jas. 4:14.

Contributed by: Robyn (Yoder) McDonald

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