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Lucille F. (Gingrich) HostetterJuly 2, 1922 ~ January 7, 2018 (age 95)
Lucille F. Hostetter, of Palmyra, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the age of 95.
Born on July 2, 1922 in Palmyra, she was the daughter of the late Ammon K. and Lizzie N. (Tice) Gingrich and was also preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara A. Hostetter Mishriki in January 1989 and two brothers, Paul Gingrich and Malcolm Gingrich.
Surviving are her loving husband of 72 years, Edwin C. Hostetter, whom she married on September 9, 1945; son Edwin C., II, husband of Jean Hostetter of Robesonia; grandchildren Kate A. Mishriki, wife of Brandon Baglivo, and Hannah E. Mishriki; a great-grandson; and three step-grandsons.
A 1940 graduate of Palmyra Area High School, she was previously employed by Hershey Foods Corporation, the finance department at Fort Indiantown Gap, General Electric in Philadelphia, and the Agriculture Department for the State of PA.
She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Palmyra where she was very active in the Children's Department from 1950 to 1970. She was a member of the former Palmyra Women's Club. Lucille was a wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother and also the greatest cook and baker.
In July 1955 Edwin and Lucille purchased Keeney Men's Store, and later the Shoe Store, and moved into a new building at 33 East Main Street, Palmyra. Hostetter's added a complete Ladies and Juniors Department. Lucille and Edwin, along with many excellent employees, operated the business until January 1989, when they sold the building as they planned to retire.
Lucille and Ed loved to travel on vacation. They covered the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. They also visited a number of European Countries including Germany's Village of Oberammergau's to witness the Passion Play. It was excellent.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her church, 520 East Birch Street, Palmyra, preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a favorite charity of the donor's choice.