13.12.2013: Switzerland

The Representative for international partnership work, Gottfried Zumbühl, passed away

The international Kolping community, the board and staff members of KOLPING INTERNATIONAL are mourning the decease of Gottfried Zumbühl who passed away on December 4, 2013 at the age of 71 years. He died from the consequences of a severe disease.

Gottfried Zumbühl showed great commitment to the internationality in the Kolping Society. For 35 years he was in charge of the international partnership work of the Swiss Kolping Society on a voluntary basis. He was especially engaged for the Kolping Society in Bolivia and Tanzania. In particular the mother-child house in Cochabamba, Bolivia was dear to his heart. In 2010 he was awarded the medal of the International Kolping Society for this commitment.

For more than 20 years he represented the Kolping Society of Switzerland at meetings of the Kolping members in charge of the international partnership work of the SEK (Sozial- und Entwicklungshilfe des Kolpingwerkes e.V.). The Kolping Society will commemorate him at the tomb of Adolph Kolping.