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Esta Hostetler, 82, formerly of Midland, Michigan, died at 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Midland, Michigan, to Melvin and Luella (Short) Yoder. On April 8, 1978, in Goshen, she married Eldon Hostetler. He died Jan. 8, 2016.
Survivors include three stepdaughters, Mary Etta Yoder of Palmetto, Florida, Ruby (Marvin) Wittmer of Goshen and LeAnn (Lamar) Hochstetler of Nappanee; three stepsons, Dale (Sharon Anderson) Hostetler of Union, Michigan, Robert (Angelika) Hostetler of Granger and Eldon (Pauline) Hostetler Jr. of Goshen; 10 stepgrandchildren; 18 stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel Yoder of Saginaw, Michigan, and Loretta (H. Delaney) Toner of Midland, Michigan; two brothers, Al (Bonnie) Yoder of Iowa City, Iowa, and Merlin (Diane) Yoder of Austin, Texas; nine nieces and nephews; and 17 great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Leanna Keim; a brother, Milton Yoder; a great-niece, Alexandria Vogt, and her parents.
As a young lady Esta stayed home her junior year from high school to help her mom with the new baby and household chores. She later graduated from Merrill High School with her sister, Leanna, as Valedictorian of their class. She worked as secretary for a few years at the High School before attending Eastern Mennonite College. She worked as a secretary at MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) in Pennsylvania, at Hesston Mennonite College in Hesston, Kansas, Midland Hospital in Midland, Michigan, and retired as secretary at Goshen Mennonite College, retiring in 1978.
Her and her husband Eldon had many good times together working with their Hudson car projects, traveling and spending time with family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.
Friends and family will gather for a graveside service at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Violett Cemetery, Goshen. A memorial service will follow the graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday at North Goshen Mennonite Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Mark Schloneger.
Memorials may be given to Macular Degeneration Foundation. Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 31, 2017
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