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Madonna L (Overla) Gutshall
October 13, 2023
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With profound sadness, we share the passing of Madonna L. Gutshall, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Born on March 20, 1938, Madonna was a lifelong resident of Dunkirk, Indiana, for 60 years, where she filled her home with love, creativity, and resilience. She left us on October 13, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and a family who will forever cherish her memory.
Madonna was a beacon of generosity. Known for her creativity, she spent countless hours sewing beautiful Native American women's dresses, shirts for men, and shawls. She had a deep appreciation for Native American culture and loved attending Pow Wows. In her quiet moments, Madonna could often be found engrossed in a challenging crossword puzzle, her beloved cat Goldie by her side. She lived by Maya Angelou's words, "I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it." Indeed, Madonna was a resilient spirit, her strength and determination evident in every aspect of her life.
Survived by her loving husband, Joseph Gutshall; her children, Bob Gutshall and Becky (Candy) Wyman; her grandchildren Abby Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, Tabitha Gutshall-Warrick, and Kirstin Gutshall; and her great-grandchildren Caiden and Rider Mitchell. Madonna is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Dora Overla, and her two brothers and four sisters. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at Wilson-Shook Funeral Homes and Cremation Center (Dunkirk Memorial Chapel), 317 North Main Street, Dunkirk, Indiana, 47336.
Madonna's life was a testament to the love she had for her family. Her loss will be felt deeply by all who knew and loved her. We invite you to share your memories of Madonna, upload photos, and celebrate her generous, loving, creative, and resilient spirit on her memorial page. As Emily Dickinson said, "Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." Madonna's love lives on in her family and all those whose lives she touched.