Eunice Alethea Hostettler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Eunice Alethea Hostettler, at age 92 years, left this life at 10 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2011, thus ending years with Alzheimer’s degeneration and months of disability in a wheelchair. Her caregivers thankfully had been assisted by Columbine Home Health, then Alpine Hospice.
Eunice was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Sept. 9, 1919, to William and Mabel Rodgers, both educators. She had an older brother William (Bill) and a younger brother John (Jack).
Eunice graduated in art education from Edinboro State Teachers College in Erie County Pennsylvania. She taught in Jamestown, NY. But after a year she resigned and enrolled in Music/Missions at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. This change was inspired by Presbyterian pastor Milford Castrodale and weeks at the Seneca Hills Bible Conference.
So did she cease being a teacher? No! She used her training and talents for Christian education of children at home, in church and at the Tepee Bible Camp near Rifle, where she was a registrar.
Eunice and David Park Hostettler, fellow student and fellow citizen of Edinboro fell in love and were engaged. Upon her fiance’s return following VE Day in Germany they were married on July 28, 1945.
For 66 years she was a wife and mother. Two boys, Rodger and Park, were born during their five semesters at Maryville College, Tenn. Daughter Carole Jeanne was birthed in Philadelphia during medical school at Temple University.
After a year of internship in Erie, Pa. the family flew to northern Arizona’s Navajo reservation. There David served at the Presbyterian Mission’s Hospital in Ganado, Tselomi and Kayenta. And their daughter, Anne Lorraine, arrived Sept. 5, 1954.
In 1956, the Hostettlers drove to Aho, Ariz., an open pit copper town near the Mexican border. There she participated in the Presbyterian chapel for Hispanics and Natives.
At a medical family camp/conference near Buena Vista, Colo. they began to seek a general practice position in that state. One was found in Glenwood Springs. They moved there Easter Day, 1960. A lot was bought and a house built, still their home and the site of Eunice’s death.
Eunice was a seamstress, hospitable to friends and strangers, a good cook, a green-thumbed gardener and an animal lover. She wasn’t, like her husband, a traveler. But twice she flew with him to Alaska to relieve a mission doctor in Glenallen.
And once, in 1963, the six and a dog pulled a little trailer to the Atlantic, camping and visiting both to and from.
Preceding Eunice’s death she lost her parents (while in college), her two brothers, and oldest son Rodger (May 23, 2008).
Survivors include her husband, three children, five grands and nine greats.
Eunice’s body was cremated.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Church, 23rd and Blake. Come just yourselves, no gifts or flowers please.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her memory to Tepee Bible Camp Box 225, Rifle, Colo. 81650
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