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Lydia Stoltzfus, 79, Howard

Published: December 13, 2012 5:00 AM

Lydia Mae (Hochstetler) Stoltzfus of Howard, 79 years, 7 months and 22 days, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, 2012, at her residence in rural Howard, where she had lived the past six years.

Lydia was born April 13, 1933, in Nappanee, Ind., the daughter of the late Levi R. and Tillie (Schmucker) Hochstetler. On July 21, 1983, she married Nicholas Stoltzfus. He died Oct. 18, 2004. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and remained faithful until her death.

In 1969, she moved to Honduras to work in a children's home, and it was there she adopted two boys; her sons, John Mark (Lisa) Hochstetler of Holmesville and Robert Hochstetler of the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Millie (Joe) Eicher of Dixon, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; brothers, Melvin (Esther) Hochstetler of Campbell Hill, Ill., Elmer (Mary) Hochstetler of Belle Center, Jonas Hochstetler of Bremen, Ind., Edward (Katherine ) Hochstetler of Danville, Edwin (Emma) Hochstetler of Howard, Levi Jr. (Betty) Hochstetler of Goshen, Ind., Rudy (Carrol) Hochstetler of Milford, Ind., Lamar (Elizabeth) Hochstetler of Nappanee, Ind., Raymond (Fannie Mae) Hochstetler of Butler and Moses Lee Hochstetler of Nappanee, Ind.; sisters, Mary (Ura) Chupp and Esther (Lester) Helmuth, both of Nappanee, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Esther Hochstetler; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Lydia was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Henry Hochstetler; infant brothers, Ervin, Mervin and Gilbert Hochstetler; a sister-in-law, Amanda Hochstetler; and a grandson, Cephas Eicher.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Ivan Miller home, 20460 Nunda Road, Butler, with Nelson Kauffman officiating. Burial was in the Yoder Cemetery, Brown Township, Knox County.

Visitation was at the Edwin R. Hochstetler home, 19351 Nunda Road, Howard.

Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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