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    Gloria Hostetler

Gloria Nan Hostetler

Gloria Nan Hostetler, 84, died July 24, 2020, at Country Living in Anthony.

Gloria was born in Hutchinson, on April 24, 1936, the oldest child of Emery and Bernice (Miller) Bontrager.

In 1948, the family moved to a farm in Scott County. She attended school in Shallow Water.

Gloria attended Hesston College, taking part in basketball, school chorus, expression club, feature writer, and was a piano accompanist for voice students. She graduated with an A.A. degree in 1956.

On June 10, 1956, she married Spike “Dwight” Hostetler. He survives.

She was treasurer for the South Central Mennonite Conference which included more than 30 churches in five states. She also served terms on the board of directors of Hesston College, and the general board of the Mennonite Church U.S.A.

For 11 years, she and Spike owned and operated the OTASCO retail business in Harper.

Gloria was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewey Body Dementia at the age of 76 which slowly affected her health and ability to function. In 2017, she moved to Country Living, an assisted living facility in Anthony, with her husband, where she appreciated their care for the rest of her life.

Other survivors include her four children: Doug Hostetler and wife, Rachel, Banner, Wyo., Mike Hostetler and wife, Betty, Harper, Rod Hostetler and wife, Patti, Castle Rock, Colo., and Lisa Longacher and husband, Mark, Castle Rock, Colo.; brothers, Emery and Barry Bontrager and wife, Darlene; a sister, Karen Hadley; and grandchildren, Candice Neisen and husband, Adam, Jordan Hostetler, Jessica Norman, Brandon Austin and wife, Cassie, Ryan Hostetler, and Andrew, Isaac and Eli Longacher; great-grandchildren, Veronica and Van Hostetler, Lane and Finn Norman, Abby and Alex Neisen and Liam Hostetler; along with nieces and nephews and many friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; sisters-in-law, Annie Bontrager, Joyce (Hostetler) Landgraf, and Ardyth (Hostetler) Steckly; and a brother-in-law, Jerald Hadley.

Gloria has been cremated and a private family burial will be at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, family only will attend a memorial service on Aug. 1 at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church with Pastors Kenzie Intemann and Royce Vogt officiating.

Friends are welcome to attend via Facebook live stream at https://www.facebook.com/prairierosefuneralhomes. The video will remain on the Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Country Living in Anthony, Ks., or the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, Divide, Colo. They can be sent in care of Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W. 14th St., Harper, Ks. 67058.

The Scott County Record

PO Box 377

Scott City, KS 67871

Phone: 620-872-2090

Fax: 620-872-0009