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A Dedicated Public Servant- Remembering Ed Gottschling, PCACS board member and public servant

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on June 06, 2018 with No Comments

Ed GottschlingWhen I think of service and love of our country, I think of Ed Gottschling. He was a committed public servant who gave his all to the roles that he took on.

We lost our long-time board member on May 7 when he passed away at the age of 91.

He not only served on our board for many years, but he also was on the Portage City Council for 16 years. He was active in several organizations, including the Portage American Legion Post, Exchange Club, the Governor’s Commission on Aging and AARP and he was an elder at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He was a World War II veteran.

When he agreed to serve on a governing board, he took his responsibilities very seriously. He served our agency for more than 40 years. He loved his country and he showed his love for people through his community service. He was truly a special person.

With Ed’s passing, I wanted to take a look back at an interview he did with us for a newsletter feature in 2011.

He talked about how he felt a strong connection to the community members that he represented as well as a desire to fulfill his roles to the fullest.

“PCACS is important to Porter County because there is no other organization that is able to provide these key services to this population, which will only increase with the addition of the Boomers,” he said at the time.

“I continue to participate because I have the knowledge and experience to make a difference and I am only interested in serving the community.”

To read the full feature on his service, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pcacs.

Ed will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.

Save the Date

The annual day of service, the United Way’s Day of Caring, will be on Friday, Aug. 10.

The yearly event continues to tie together the region’s non-profits and service-minded individuals who not only learn what the agencies are all about, but also help them tackle lingering projects.

Businesses, civic groups, churches or municipalities can sign up a team to help with region organizations’ to-do lists. Projects are posted in early July.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and visit www.unitedwaypc.org/Events for details.

 

 

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About Bruce Lindner

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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