Esta Hostetler
                     January 14, 1935  --   May 29, 2017

Esta Hostetler, 82, of Middlebury, formerly of Midland, MI. died at 10:30 pm on
Monday, May 29, 2017 at her residence. She was born on January 14, 1935  in
Midland, MI, to Melvin and Luella (Short) Yoder.  On April 8, 1978 in Goshen
she married Eldon Hostetler, he died January 8, 2016. Survivors include three
step-daughters, Mary Etta Yoder of Palmetto, FL, Ruby (Marvin) Wittmer of
Goshen, LeAnn (Lamar) Hochstetler of Nappanee; three step-sons, Dale
(Sharon Anderson) Hostetler of Union, MI, Robert (Angelika) Hostetler of
Granger, Eldon (Pauline) Hostetler Jr. of Goshen; 10 step-grandchildren, 18
step-great grandchildren, three step great-great grandchildren, two sisters,
Ethel Yoder of Saginaw, MI, Loretta (H. Delaney) Toner of Midland, MI; two
brothers, Al (Bonnie) Yoder of Iowa City, IA,  Merlin (Diane) Yoder of Austin,
TX;  9 nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and 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, KS, Midland
Hospital in Midland, MI, 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 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday June 2, at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Friends and
family will gather for a graveside service at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 3, at
Violett Cemetery, Goshen. A memorial service will follow the graveside at
10:00 am on Saturday at North Goshen Mennonite Church. Services will be
conducted by Pastor Mark Schloneger. Memorials may be given to Macular
Degeneration Foundation.  

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Esta was a special lady! She just "happened" to be the first person we met
when we arrived at Goshen College and she gave us a tour of the campus in
1964. We had no idea how our lives would weave together through the years.
The Hostetler family have always been special friends and a blessing to our
family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Sharon Diller Keesler
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Esta has been a friend of our family since I was a child in Midland.  She was
my Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher.  We reconnected with
her about 20 years ago through the Historical car club in Middlebury.  She will
be missed by many.
From = Lynn & Judy Yoder
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