Obituary for Julie M. (Mader) Hostetter (Guest book)
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Julie M. (Mader) Hostetter

March 31, 1951 ~ November 12, 2017 (age 66)
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A candle was lit by Donna and Tim Ritchey Martin on November 30, 2017 9:11 AM
Message from Glenn and Linda Timmons
November 29, 2017 5:06 PM

While we are deeply saddened by her death, we rejoice we were able to have both a professional and personal relationship with Julie and Mike. Thanks be to God.
Glenn and Linda Timmons
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A candle was lit by Glenn and Linda Timmons on November 29, 2017 5:01 PM
Message from Del Keeney
November 22, 2017 10:06 PM

Mike, along with so many, I have been remembering you in this challenging time of loss. Julie was a precious friend and deeply dedicated colleague. She truly made a difference in the lives that her work and ministry impacted. It was a deep privilege to work with her in ministry training. I give thanks to God for her place among us, and pray that we may grieve with you as those who have hope in God's grace and promises. We pray for God's presence and embrace for you. We hope to be able to join you and your family at the upcoming memorial service.
- Del and Lois Keeney
Message from Don and Joyce Jordan
November 22, 2017 5:35 PM

Dear Michael and family,
We were so saddened to read about the death of your wife and mother, Julie.
We have enjoyed talking with you over many years at conference and fondly recall one conference when you were attempting to calm your children by walking them in the stroller hoping they would fall asleep after a stimulating day. Julie's leadership and joyful smile will be missed by many of us.

We will be especially be thinking of you as you mourn and as you celebrate her life.
Our prayers of comfort are spoken for each of you.
love, Joyce and Don
Message from John Cassel
November 21, 2017 11:53 PM

Mike, sorry to learn of you loss. You and Julie always had a warm place in my heart. John
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A candle was lit by Lois Grove on November 20, 2017 7:37 PM
Message from Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger
November 19, 2017 3:10 PM

Sending our love and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Smiling as I think of many wonderful childhood memories of the Hostetter and Mader families. Julie had a generous and caring spirit; she will be missed dearly by so many! Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Wendie and Steve Holsinger on November 19, 2017 3:02 PM
Message from Carol Yeazell
November 18, 2017 9:14 AM

Mike and family, there are times when words do not express what one's heart wants to say. From your seminary days and babysitting my children there has been a bond that was never broken. I already felt a loss when she moved on as my supervisor during the years in the Congregational Life Team because not only was the work relationship a good one but the friendship was even richer.. I know her absence will leave a big void for all of you but I pray that you will be comforted knowing the struggle she endured with cancer is now over. Love lives on forever!

Message from Deanna Brown
November 17, 2017 11:23 AM

Remembering Julie with appreciation for her hard work, her seeking spirit, and the integrity of her voice. Prayers of support for Mike and family as they journey without her physical presence.
Message from Diane Brooks
November 17, 2017 11:14 AM

Mike, Katie, Abby (sorry if I spelled it wrong), and others who I do not know, I loved Julie with all my heart. I value today the time and energy that she spent with and on me as a youth searching for the way Jesus would work in my life, and later as a new mother. Her guidance, truth, and love shown through each and every act. I have missed her over the years, and am sorry for the distance. I can hear her laugh and see the love she had for her family and friends, but mostly the love she had for serving our Lord. Peace, my friends, peace. Love, Diane
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A candle was lit by Diane Brooks on November 17, 2017 11:10 AM
Message from Lester Boleyn, hagerstown, MD
November 17, 2017 10:49 AM

So sorry to hear of Julie's passing. It was such a joy to work under her leadership in Congregational Life Ministries. She will surely be missed by family and former colleagues. We will hold her family in prayer.
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A candle was lit by Tom & Judy Rowland on November 16, 2017 2:53 PM
Message from Cynthia Sanders
November 16, 2017 12:51 PM

Julie was a wonderful friendly person. I felt so at ease the first time I met her and knew that she would be a true friend. She was genuine in her love for people and the Church of the Brethren and she served God and the Church well in all that she did.
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A candle was lit by Jennifer Smoot on November 16, 2017 11:47 AM
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A candle was lit by Cheryl Irvin Guerrisi on November 15, 2017 9:16 PM
Message from Harriet Ziegler and Bruce Best
November 15, 2017 2:13 PM

Dear Mike, Abby and Katie

We are stricken to learn of Julie's death. Our hearts go out to you all. Her love, her energy, her intelligence and her ability to speak her mind were fantastic. My parents loved her so much, as did all of us. Memories from so many years are flooding back. But my most recent memory of her is the little memorial service she conducted at the Wright State cemetery for my parents in 2010. Despite the rain pouring on her new and precious Bible, she was the picture of kindness and composure. I hope that in your grief, you will be cared for as lovingly as she and you, Mike, cared for us, and for my parents. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Harriet
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A candle was lit by Ken & Elsie Holderread on November 15, 2017 1:41 PM
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A candle was lit by Michael Smith on November 15, 2017 1:09 PM
Message from Greg and Vonna Beach from Harrisburg,PA
November 15, 2017 1:21 AM

Love and prayers goes out to her family and friends and the Church of the Brethren families may the Lord watch and keep you always in his loving and caring arms as we all someday come and meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ , my husband just retired from the Church of the Brethren pastor for 20 years and we too with Julie passing we give thanks to God for his enduring love to all of us , Greg and Vonna Beach from Harrisburg,Pa which we go to the West Shore Church of the Brethren in Enola ,Pa
Message from Anna Speicher
November 14, 2017 10:33 PM

I got to know Julie when she served as an advisor for the Gather 'Round curriculum. I greatly appreciated her generous spirit as she shared her time and talents with us, and I always enjoyed my encounters with her since then. My deepest sympathy as you grieve her loss.
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A candle was lit by Sandy and Rob Spilker on November 14, 2017 7:55 PM
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A candle was lit by Leah Oxley Harness on November 14, 2017 7:34 PM
Message from Leah Oxley Harness
November 14, 2017 7:33 PM

Dear Mike and family, While I did not know Julie very well, I always admired her. May God bring you comfort in the coming days! I hope and pray your memories will envelope you with her love as well as the love of God.
Message from Steve & Ginny Mason
November 14, 2017 7:10 PM

Mike & family....know that many are holding each of you in their hearts as you navigate through these challenging days. Disease is cruel and steals our loved ones even though we're never quite ready to let them go.

We pray you'll be surrounded by the same love and compassion you've given to so many over the years. Grace and peace be with you.
Message from Audrey Finkbiner
November 14, 2017 6:58 PM

Remembering Julie's strong yet gentle leadership. May your memories be blessed and your hearts comforted.
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A candle was lit by David and Ann Hendricks on November 14, 2017 4:15 PM
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A candle was lit by Stan Dueck on November 14, 2017 1:58 PM
Dear Mike and family. It was sad to hear the news of Julie's passing, yet knowing she is fully present in God's loving care and peace. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
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A candle was lit by Stan Dueck on November 14, 2017 1:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Loretta Wolf on November 14, 2017 1:41 PM
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A candle was lit by Deborah Hagerty on November 14, 2017 12:50 PM
Message from Carol Kettering Hoke
November 14, 2017 12:06 PM

Mike, My deepest sympathy to you. May you find courage and strength during this time of mourning through fond memories of your life together with Jule and through family and friends.
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A candle was lit by Debbie Roberts on November 14, 2017 11:06 AM
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A candle was lit by Raymonde Rougier on November 14, 2017 10:12 AM
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A candle was lit by Kendal W. Elmore on November 14, 2017 10:07 AM
We were sad to learn of the passing of Julie. She worked closely with West Marva District over a long period of time. During the days when the General Offices at Elgin administered a program in which several persons served as Congregational Life Team Representatives, Julie was assigned to our district. Later she served as the Director of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. In that capacity, she worked with our West Marva Ministerial Training Program, and assisted us in the re-certification process of our program.
Though I have known Julie and Mike for many years, I came to know and appreciate her much more during the 2 year program of Advanced Foundations for Church Leaders, where Julie led us through the educational process of that program.
Julie's kindness and sincere caring for everyone she met, was very genuine. I want the family to know how much we appreciated her ministry among us, as well as the warm personal relationship we enjoyed as we served the church together.

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A candle was lit by Diana Hanes on November 14, 2017 9:36 AM
Message from Diana Hanes
November 14, 2017 9:35 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. Both of you have also be dear to my heart. Know that my prayers and love are with you and your family.Gid Bless.
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A candle was lit by Roger Cruser on November 14, 2017 9:20 AM
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A candle was lit by Howard Wert on November 14, 2017 7:59 AM
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A candle was lit by Cheryl Enders on November 14, 2017 6:55 AM
Message from Cindy Weber
November 13, 2017 9:47 PM

I am so sad to hear of Julie losing her battle with the cancer and passing. I remember being neighbors at Seminary and Julie's participating in the women's support group. Over the years at conference and women ministry groups we often greeted each other warmly and shared about out lives. I appreciated her leadership on Ethics in our district IL/WISC. May you feel the warmth of God and your community hold you in the year to come. Love and care, Cindy
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A candle was lit by Mary and Enten Eller on November 13, 2017 9:34 PM
Dear Mike, Kate and Abigail,

Enten and I are holding you in our prayers. May God's peace and grace be with you.

Love, Mary and Enten Eller
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A candle was lit by Angela Carr on November 13, 2017 9:16 PM
Message from Patricia
November 13, 2017 9:04 PM

Julie was amazing. Her gentle spirit and her loving compassion enveloped me from the moment we met. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand, Mike & family, as you grieve this loss.
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A candle was lit by Patricia Mitchell on November 13, 2017 8:59 PM
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