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Frances (Kramer) Hostetler

Posted 2017-07-16 by Pat R
Plain City Advocate (Plain City, Ohio)
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Prescott Valley, Arizona--Frances (Kramer) Hostetler, 89, (24 days prior to turning 90), passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at her home in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

She was born May 25, 1926 in Plain City, Ohio, to Clara (Miller) and Joseph (JD) Kramer. She has resided in Plain City, Ohio; Prescott Valley, Arizona; Black Canyon City, Arizona; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Married to H. John Hostetler Nov. 30, 1944.

Frances was predeceased by her husband H. John Hostetler; grandparents, Eli J. Miller and Veronica Weaver; 3 brothers-in-law; 3 sisters-in-law; 1 brother, Joseph Kramer; 2 sisters, Inez Fry, Mary Sawyer; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 sons-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Survived by her eight children, Carolyn (Harry) Marquardt, Marolyn (Ray) Whaley Buckel, Patricia Brambila, Elizabeth (Allan) Patterson, Lolita (Middleton) Hostetler-Hopps, John Michael (Pam) Hostetler, Richard (Angee) Hostetler, and Robert (Kathy) Hostetler; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sisters, Katherine Beachy, Emma Beachy Miller; brother, Jerry Kramer.

Frances liked to describe her family in the following way: "I am the mother of two and a half dozen children. Half of them are doubles. The first half have blue eyes and the second half have brown eyes. I had five girls before I had any boys." Quote: "We worked together and we played together."

Graduated from Plain City High School.

Frances loved to sing and sang solos in church into her 80s. She is probably singing in heaven right now. She shared her love of music with her family. Every family gathering included singing hymns in 3, or 4 part harmonies.

She volunteered for Hospice, Meals and Wheels, several election boards, Canaan Elementary PTO, Madison County Community Theatre, Music Parents at Jonathan Alder High School, Madison County Mental Health Board, taught Sunday school and Bible school classes at Big Darby Baptist Church and Madison County Hospice. She also participated in community choirs.

As a devout Christian, Frances spent hours reading the Bible and praying. She painted ceramic villages, did excellent needle work and refinished furniture. She knew no stranger, and was known for her smile and sense of humor. People were drawn to her because of her loving nature.

A memorial service will be held for Frances at Big Darby Baptist Church from 3:30-4:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. An hour of fellowship time with the family will be held from 2 p.m. until the service starts, and for several hours after the service at the church.

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