Martin Gottschling, Jr.
April 02, 1938 ‒ January 09, 2016
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, www.christianaidministries.org.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gottschling family and online condolences to them may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com