Fern Hostetler

Fern Hostetler, 95, of Harrisonburg, Va., died March 2, 2021, at Yoder House, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. She was born May 15, 1925, to Oscar D. and Alice (Hershberger) Yoder at Johnstown, Pa.

On July 9, 1948, she married Mervin J. Hostetler of Louisville, Ohio.

She graduated from Goshen College in Indiana. She was an elementary teacher in the public schools of Conemaugh Township near Johnstown, Pa., and the Altoona, Pa., area schools for 29 years. For many years she taught Bible school and Sunday school and was active in Mennonite Women in Allegheny Mennonite Conference and Harrisonburg.

Music was always an important part of her life. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing in church choirs and with the local Valley Greeters Chorale. Since moving to Harrisonburg in 1987, she has been a member of Park View Mennonite Church.

Survivors include 20 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mervin, on Nov. 3, 2014; and two sisters, Ruth Y. Hunsberger and Loretta (Toppy) Allison.

A virtual memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m. March 27, live streamed at: pvmchurch.ora/fernhostetler. A private burial will be held later at the Richland Cemetery in Johnstown.

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