Loosli, Gottlieb (1868-1931)
Gottlieb Loosli (1868-1931), teacher of the school at Moron, Switzerland, in the Jura district, and elder of the Kleintal Mennonite Church, was born 27 January 1868 in Eriswil in the Emmental, Switzerland, the youngest of ten children. Frail from birth, he became seriously sick and spent a half-year in the hospital in Basel. A deaconess nurse helped him in his Christian life. In 1888 he entered the normal school at Beuggen. On 1 November 1892, he took over the private school at Bellelay. In the autumn of 1893 teacher and pupils migrated to Moron into the schoolroom on the first floor of the new chapel. In 1895 he married Rosa Frutiger. Until 1919 Mrs. Loosli conducted the class in needlework at Moron.
At Christmas in 1900 the Looslis joined the Mennonite church in the Moron chapel. In 1911 the Kleintal church put him in charge of the baptismal instruction. In 1917 upon a majority decision of the population of Châtelat the Moron private school was turned into a German-language school. In the same year he was chosen preacher of the Kleintal church, and in 1929 he was made elder. In 1927 a son replaced him as a teacher and on 5 March 1931, he died in the circle of his wife and eight children with the words, "I am glad to depart, but am saved only through grace. I am glad that I always stressed this." The school at Moron and its good reputation are his achievement. In the brotherhood he bridged over many a difference, and devoted his whole being to the welfare of the brotherhood.
Berner Schulblatt (1931): No. 2.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 689 f.
Zionspilger (1931): No. 15.
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