Ethel Maxine Hostler


March 17, 1917 - October 18, 2011


Ethel Maxine Hostler was born March 17, 1917, rural Cavour, to Lloyd and Hazel (Franzen) Culver. She attended Cavour country school and Cavour High School. She graduated from Huron High School and Huron College. She taught school in Wolsey and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. On October 5, 1940, she married Edward Hostler in Chadron, NE. They lived in Batesland, SD, and then moved south of Cavour where she taught in the Richland Country School. In 1947, they moved north of Artesian where they farmed and she also taught at Iroquois, Yale and Carthage. They lived in Custer, Letcher, and then moved to Mitchell in 2003. She had been a resident of the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket and the Good Samaritan Center in Howard. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carthage and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell.

She is survived by one son, Larry Hostler and wife Linda of Mount Vernon, two daughters, Jean Meester and husband Dennis of Bigelow, MN, Betty Cramer and husband Robert of Letcher, ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 2006, one daughter Linda, and four brothers: Don, Robert, Lester and Wesley, two infant sisters and her parents.

                                              A Memorial Fund has been established.


Friday, October 21, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, October 22, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Carthage, South Dakota

Posted by Donna Haigh [Button] on October 23, 2011
I just found out on Sat evening about the loss of your mother or I sure would of been at her service today. All the times going out to the farm and Thanksgiving s we spent with your great family are so part of my memories. The stories my aunt and uncles would tell us. I know the challenges the last few years have been . Bless you all .
Posted by Jeanette & Owen Johnson on October 20, 2011
Jean, Betty and Larry
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Doris (my sister) and I would stop in Woonsocket on the way to Wessington Springs to see her in the nursing home.
Posted by Vernon J. Bauer on October 20, 2011
Jean, Betty, and Larry, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.
Dale told me about this. I have fond memories of your mom and dad and the many fun times as we grew up on next door farms. Harlyn and I had a great visit with your dad a short time before he passed awasy. We stopped to see your parents when we past through on a fishing trip.
We will remmeber all of you in our prayers..
Posted by Heidi, Bob, Quinton, and Landon Berg on October 20, 2011
It seems as if yesterday I was sewing up a storm with Grandma and Grandpa in Letcher. The fond memories of grandma, grandpa, and Aunt Jean are treasured memories.
Battling Alzheimerís is a hard thing to see and except because you see changes in a person that donít reflect the person they use to be. I am written a letter to max in remembrance of her life and thing I remember of her before she drifted away.

This is a letter to for you, max.
As the days turned to weeks, months and years out on the farm, you seemed to be the glue to keep the family together. Although there are things that where often left unsaid in the family, it seemed you already new in your heart and nothing needed to be said at all. You have left this earth long before your body did but now we can put closure to your life and celebrate it with family and friends. Just to let you know, when I am in the kitchen, I remember you in many ways. My boys love jello and fruit in which you where famous in making when we got together as a family. Another thing that reminds me of you is the coffee cake, which was so good!

One last thing I want to tell you is a poem I found:
You didn't die just recently,
You died some time ago.
Although your body stayed a while,
And didn't really know.
For you had got Altzheimer's,
You failed to comprehend.
Your body went on living.
But your mind had reached its end.
So we've already said, "Goodbye",
To the person that we knew.
The person that we trully loved,
The person that was, "You".
And so we meet again today,
To toast your bodies end.
For it was true and faithful,
Until right at the end.
And so, when we remember,
We'll think of all the rest.
We'll concentrate on earlier,
And remember all the best.
For in the real scheme of things,
Your illness wasn't long.
Compared to all the happiness,
You brought your whole life long.
We think of you as yesterday,
When you were fit and well.
And when we're asked about you,
It's those things that we'll tell.
And so we meet in 'membrance,
Of a mind so fit and true.
We're here to pay our last respects
To say that, "We love you".

Good-Bye and until we meet again.
Posted by Dale and Barb Bauer on October 20, 2011
Jean, Betty, and Larry, sorry to see the loss of your mother. I remember fondly the days your family lived west of us when we were growing up. Our prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Posted by Joan (Everett) Thompson on October 20, 2011
Larry & Linda and family, I was sad to see you lost your Mother Larry. Having just gone through that with both my parents and my father-in-law, I can tell you it is a sad day when our parents leave us. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you and just know that she is in a better place. God be with you all!
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