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Mary "Virginia" Hochstetler, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Elkhart Place.
She was born June 19, 1931, in Nickerson, Kansas, to Alfred Francis and Thelma Izora (Durm) Whorton.
On Sept. 16, 1949, she married William Howard Hochstetler. He died in 2001.
She is survived by three children, Richard (Mary) Hochstetler, Goshen, Becky (Charlie) Keller, Wessington Springs, South Dakota, and Rhonda (Steve) Herr, Goshen; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Janice Schrock, Goshen.
She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Addison Keller; and siblings, Arthur Whorton and Eleanor Fee.
Virginia attended People's Bible Church since the church started, where she taught Sunday school and helped lead Bible school.
She worked more than 30 years at Kroger as a cashier and volunteered at Goshen Hospital. She enjoyed gardening and was a 1949 graduate of Goshen High School.
Friends may call Friday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where a funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. John Randolph will officiate.
Burial will follow at Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given to People's Bible Church.
Share condolences at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 10, 2018
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