Elaine F. Hostetler

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Elaine F. Hostetler

April 05, 1942 - September 10, 2018

Elaine F. Hostetler Elaine F. Hostetler, 76, died Monday evening, Sept. 10, at Elkhart General Hospital, after a long journey with pulmonary fibrosis.
She was born April 5, 1942, in Wakarusa, to Maynard and Edna (Weaver) Weldy.
On Aug. 1, 1964, she married Merle D. Hostetler at Kern Road Chapel, South Bend. He survives along with two children, Eric (Lissette Gonzalez) Hostetler, and her grandchildren, Evan and Siena, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and Greg (Jennifer) Hostetler, and her grandchildren, Emily and Kaitlyn, Newark, Delaware; and a brother, Leland (Sigrid) Weldy, Elkhart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Paul Weldy and Loren Weldy; sister-in-law, Barbara (Roth) Weldy; and twins by miscarriage.
Elaine graduated from Wakarusa High School in 1960 and attended Goshen College.
Elaine was a dental assistant both in Elkhart and after marriage, in New York City. She was a paraprofessional in both the Carmel-Clay school system and in the Elkhart Community Schools. She retired in 2008 from Elkhart Community Schools.
She was a faithful Christian and member of Belmont Mennonite Church.
She loved and adored working with young children in the educational setting. She cherished time with her grandchildren and loved being with friends and family. Elaine enjoyed and loved the wonders of nature and saw them as "God's second Bible."
In recent years she enjoyed knitting prayer shawls for the church prayer shawl ministry, scarves for the local homeless shelter and for Mary Beck School children in Elkhart.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Belmont Mennonite Church.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Olive Cemetery, Wakarusa, followed by a celebration of life service at 3 p.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church, 925 Oxford St., Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made out to Belmont Mennonite Church for Mary Beck Schools.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 11, 2018
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