January 5, 1929 -- October 23, 2020

Agnes Hochstetler, 91, of Goshen, went home to be with her Lord and
Savior at 5:30 am on Friday, October 23, at Greencroft Health Care
Center. She was born on January 5, 1929 in Milo, ND, to Levi and Lizzy
(Graber) Bontrager. On October 4, 1949 in Middlebury she married Laban
Hochstetler, he survives. Survivors in addition to her husband are four
daughters, Joanna (Oren) Yoder of Partridge, KS, Judy (Willard) Martin of
Goshen, Elsie (Jason) Schrock of Halsey, OR, Mary Gingerich of Plain
City, OH; three sons, Edwin Hochstetler of Goshen, Nathan (Jan)
Hochstetler of Sioux Lookout Ontario, Canada, John (Denise)
Hochstetler of Middlebury; 29 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren;
sister, Lucille (Paul) Schrock of Goshen; sister-in-law, Mary Bontrager of
Goshen. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Wilbur
Hochstetler and Mark Sweeney; two grandchildren, Jaron Martin and
Andrew Yoder; three great-grandchildren; brother, Alvin Bontrager, four
sisters, Gladys Gingerich, Mary Slabaugh, Lavina Bontrager and Viola
Bontrager; two sons-in-law, Mark Gingerich and Lowell Mast. Agnes was
a homemaker and had been an active member of Fairhaven Mennonite
Church. She was happiest when she was serving others, especially
serving the handicap through Project Promise, where she volunteered
for 35 years. She also volunteered grading Bible Study courses for
Gospel Echoes and jointly with her husband volunteered as cooks at
Camp Andrews for 11 summers. She enjoyed piecing quilts and
comforters for her children and grandchildren. Due to the national
pandemic, the family will be holding private services. The private funeral
service will be recorded and will be available on the funeral website at
www.millerstewartfuneralhome.com <http://www.
millerstewartfuneralhome.com> on Agnes’s webpage. Burial will be in
Miller Cemetery, Goshen. The community may support the family by
giving memorial contributions to Project Promise and mailing them to
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.


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From: Marv & Beth* Bontrager
May God's Presence of Peace surround each of you. I hope this song will bring
you a sense of comfort https://youtu.be/XJ-Ga-QvM0c Knowing God....and His
Promises...IS the Blessed Assurance that we as Christians can depend on.
Hold on to the HOPE found in the Promise of Eternal Life through Jesus Chist...
Our Savior... Hugs to each of you. We are thinking of you...and... praying for
Laban and all of your families... Marv & Beth*
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From: Arlyn Miller
Laban and family, we were saddened to hear of Agnes passing, so sorry for
your loss. She was an inspiration to us and Godly example to all.
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From: David J & Suetta Beachy
Remembering back when she cared for her mother and then later, also her
father. Then when we cared for family she was such an inspiration. A Precious
Lady! Blessings to you Laban and each of you family members. We are sorry for
your loss but rejoice with you that she is safe with her Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ.
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From: Scott and Sarah Yoder
Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Praise God she is whole! Scott was
blessed to grow up next to the family. She was a gracious hostess, mother of a
wonderful "tribe." When I married Scott, Agnes became like a mother to me, as
my own was in Iowa. She lovingly babysat our oldest two. Nicole remembers
her as beautiful, inside and out. She cons tantly a nd kindly cared for others.
Once my four children were sick. I asked Agnes if she could pick up some
things for me at the grocery store. She said, "Why don't I come and stay with
your children while you go. You probably need a break from them." Once she
shared with me about the loss of Wilbur: "God doesn't give you the strength to
get through trials until you need it." I asked God to make me like Agnes. I love
her, miss her, and look forward to seeing her again soon. God bless her
legacy in all her descendants.
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