Born: January 30, 1942
Died: August 07, 2014
Sue Gosswiller was born January 30, 1942 to Dorothy and Earl Gosswiller in Evanston, IL and moved to the South Side of Chicago early in her life. She attended Kellogg Grade School and Morgan Park High School where she became the valedictorian of the senior class with a 4.0 grade point average.
She attended St. Paul’s Union Church and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord when she was about 13 at church camp. That decision proved to be the cornerstone of her life and God used her to bear fruit for the kingdom for her remaining days.
Sue and Bruce dated in high school and both went to Purdue University at the same time. Sue again obtained a straight 4.0 grade point average as she earned a Bachelor of Science With Highest Distinction majoring in Biology Teaching. Sue had a passion for excellence. Her objective was to glorify (radiate) God by reflecting His character and attributes wherever she was and whatever she did.
Sue and Bruce got married August 16th, 1963 and he started his career after obtaining an MBA while Sue worked. They settled down in Parkersburg, WV. Not long afterward Sue felt a desire to teach preschool and after appropriate training accepted a position in the DeSales Heights Montessori School being run by the Catholic Convent.
During her time in Parkersburg, 4 children were born to the couple: Holly, Rob, Todd, and Cindy. They have all come to love and trust Jesus and have given Sue and Bruce 15 grandchildren!
A significant turning point in Sue’s spiritual life came under the teaching of Major Ian Thomas of Torchbearer’s Fellowship at their little Baptist church in Parkersburg. Major Thomas stressed the principle of letting God do His work through believers. The five day Bible study in the evening was profound for Sue and also for Bruce. When the couple was transferred to Toronto in 1985, Sue got involved in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship, Int.) She has been a BSF leader in a number of positions every year since that time until her last year ending in May 2014.
Sue has the spiritual gift of exhortation. Her unconscious motivation when chatting with another person is to assess where that person is on the spiritual journey to Jesus. After a short time listening to the person, Sue will often offer a spiritual book that would help that person go to the next step in her journey. Or she might think of a Bible verse or principle that applies to that person’s situation.
When the couple moved to Kenya as missionaries with BSF for 14 years, Sue became a Montessori teacher at the International Montessori School run by a Korean Christian lady. Together they taught the young children from a variety of Eastern religions about Jesus and how to pray. Eventually the school also began a teacher’s training course for the Montessori curriculum and many of the adult students came from these religions. Sue and the founder, Mrs. Key, always started the day with Bible study and praise. The students came to love that portion of the day’s activities.
While in Kenya, Sue mentored about 40 young women each month teaching them the Bible and praying with them. She also took on several African foster daughters. Many of these young women are bearing fruit within the Kingdom now. Sue and Bruce returned from Kenya in 2006 and eventually found College Church to be their home. She had been singing in the choir at church and was a co-leader in the Children’s Program of the BSF Women’s Class in Wheaton with her daughter Cindy.
Sue has proven to be a wise, loving and beautiful woman. She is caring, selfless, with a servant heart. She is disciplined and organized yet displays a sense of humor. She was always interested in learning and studied the Bible for hours each week. Her relationship with the Lord was evident in her relationships with others. She was a wonderful wife and mother, full of grace and wisdom. We will suffer a great deal with her gone to heaven.
Sue entered the hospital on July 21st with blood clots in the stomach and was diagnosed with liver cancer at the University of Chicago on July 31st. She passed into heaven on August 7th while at home.
With such a marvelous lady who loved the Lord very much, it is not surprising that the Lord wanted her to come home to Him.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at College Church, Seminary and Washington St. in Wheaton, where a memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Following the memorial, a reception will be held at the Coray Alumi Gym on the Wheaton College Campus at 12:30 p.m. Directions to the gym will be provided.
Memorials may be directed to Bible Study Fellowship International, https://www.bsfinternational.org/ 19001 Huebner Road, San Antonio, Texas 78258.
For out of town friends and family, hotel rooms have been set aside at Courtyard by Marriott in Bloomingdale.