The language issue in schools affected Gerhard E. Kornelsen profoundly. When most schools switched to English as the main language of instruction, some of the Kleine Gemeinde decided to start their own confessional schools, and Gerhard taught at the Steinbach Private School until it closed in 1919. Feeling the need for a new outlet for religious instruction once the church schools were gone, the congregations decided to begin Sunday School programs. Gerhard was elected Sunday School Superintendant at his church after his retirement in 1925, and under his guidance, the program was a success.
Gerhard E. Kornelsen was married to Elizabeth T. Giesbrecht (1855-1910) in Grünfeld (later called Kleefeld), Manitoba on 13 January 1878. The couple had ten children, one of whom died young. Three of their children became teachers. After his first wife died, he married Anna Doerksen (1854-1937), a widow with three children on 5 May 1912.
Gerhard E. Kornelsen moved from his homestead in Friedensfeld into the town of Steinbach in 1925. His health deteriorated, and he suffered a stroke in 1931. He died on 2 February 1933 in Steinbach.
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