Martin Gottschling, Jr.

April 02, 1938 ‒ January 09, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Martin Gottschling, Jr., 77, went to be with his savior Jesus, Saturday January 9, 2016 after an extended bout with silicosis/pulmonary fibrosis. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by family.

If you knew him, you were aware he was passionate about his faith, his family, his work, and even his dogs. Martin tried to live and share his faith in the Lord Jesus with those he met and knew. He was most grateful to be a member of the body of Christ and his fellowship, the Apostolic Christian Church.  He served as a Sunday school teacher, youth group advisor, trustee, and for years provided communion wine as a hobby wine maker.  The verse Rom. 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation.” served as the platform for his ministry throughout  life.

Martin was a master mason, completing an apprenticeship through the bricklayer’s union, and a 60 year local BAC 40 member.  Martin was particular about his masonry work, taking pride in doing the best he could, as unto the Lord.  His skills contributed to many local projects over the years; Richland Courthouse, MANCI, Ashland University, Ashland Co. jail, OSU-NCSC, Kenyon College, Wooster College, numerous schools, homes, fireplaces, and even his church.

Martin was born in Felldorf, Romania in 1938 prior to the onset of WW II. In 1944 their family was displaced by ethnic cleansing of the German people and fled to Austria, eventually settling in the USA in 1951.  Martin married the love of his life, Frieda, 55 years ago. They enjoyed traveling and spending as much time together as possible, especially during the retirement years as “snow birds” in Florida.  Their three children, Martin J., Juanita, and David M. were all loved by him, and especially the grandchildren; Alexandria, Martin A., Alyssa, Danielle, Adriana, and Sonja.

Martin enjoyed music and played the harmonica, piano and guitar.

He is survived by his loving wife, Frieda (Webel), two sons Dr. Martin J. (Joann) and David, three sisters, Suzy (Karst), Sara (Mellot), and Elsa (Beer), and numerous nieces and nephews. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Suzanna Gottschling, and a daughter, Juanita Ann, in 1994.

Friends may call at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Friday, Jan. 15th, from 3-7 PM. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 16st, at 9:30 AM at the Apostolic Christian Church, 1332 Middle-Bellville Rd., officiated by Pastors Erwin Webel and Eric Weingartner. Interment will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made on his behalf to Christian Aid Ministries, PO Box 360, Berlin, OH 44610, Tel: (330) 893-2428,

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gottschling family and online condolences to them may be made by

  • Uncle Martin will be so missed! But I know Papa met him at the gates and now they are healthy again! Love you Aunt Frieda

  • Many fond memories of my Uncle Martin. .. visiting your house when I was younger and watching you with your dogs , I remember Duke and Bear , along with the bird you had years ago…always alot of fun.
    Rest in peace Uncle Martin, we will miss you !

  • To my brother , who was loved much by his sisters , I am thankful for being able to spend time with you near the end.
    Memories stay with me with all the talks we had .
    Love and greatly missed ,


  • Freida, Marty, David and all the rest of the Gottschling family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We thank the Lord for the many years of friendship and fellowship we were able to share with Martin and Frieda. We were blessed in so many ways by Martin. We were so thankful Martin came to help lay the blocks for our basement after we lost our home to fire. He gave of himself without a thought of being recognized or honored for his many contributions throughout the years to make life a bit easier for others. What an example to his children and grandchildren of faith and service done in His Saviors name. Many lives were enriched by his love for the Lord, and his faithfulness. May God continue to bless each one of you and comfort you during this time of need. With loving thoughts and memories, Endre and Peg

  • My deepest sympathy to the Gottschling Family ! May all of you be at peace knowing your loved one is no longer suffering. I am sure there is an empty part in your heart that will never be filled again. You learn how to live with it and you will get through. Keep his fond memories alive in your mind as he is gone but not forgotten. Our family will pray for your family in this time of pain and sorrow. May Gods love surround all of you.

    Our sincere condolences,
    Steve & Donna Roof

    • Though you will be missed greatly Uncle Martin, your in a much better place with your Lord and savior Jesus Christ!!

  • To the Gottschling family our thoughts and prayers are with you I will always remember the time Martin and I shared on many jobs” his workmanship was always admired”-our talks we shared on our drives to and from work his singing and a few lectures too he will will be greatly missed Dave & Dawn Geary

  • Rest in Peace Uncle Martin, thank you for being such an inspiration as a true follower in Christ, for all the laughs, and good memories…you will be missed.

    Psalm 4:8 – “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

  • We want to express our gratitude in living your life for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As scripture reads, ” Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” I pray healing blessings for you Aunt Frieda and all my cousins and family. May we all find comfort in our Lord and Savior until that day when all things will be reconciled through Him. I truly appreciate the time I got to spend with Uncle Martin at the end of his earthly life.