Martha C. (“Granny”)
Hochstetler, 94, died Friday, December 21, 2007, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital of Evansville after a
She was born in Buckskin, IN February 22, 1913 the sixth child of Gerhardt and Dora Buck.
During her final years she
resided at River Pointe in Evansville.
Martha and her late husband, Verlin, raised their
family near Gary and then retired to Buckskin for the next 45 years.
They were also winter residents of Jupiter, FL for over 40 years.
Martha was introduced to Verlin Hochstetler by his
sister Hazel. A widower with four young children, he was blessed to marry
Martha May 7, 1941 in a
service performed by her brother, Rev. Raymond Buck. Martha’s legacy as mother,
stepmother and grandmother began that day, setting an example of selfless
devotion, perseverance and love that would transcend five generations. Verlin predeceased Martha in 1989.
The grateful family to which Martha and Verlin
dedicated their lives includes five children: Claude (who died in 2001) of
Griffith, IN, the father of 4 children and 4 grandchildren; Eugene (Hilda) of
Griffith, the parents of 4 children and 2 grandchildren; Eileen Williams (who
died in 2004) of Jupiter, FL, the mother of 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2
great-grandchildren; Janet (Don) Hershberger of Noblesville, IN, the parents of
2 children, grandparents of 6 and great-grandparents of 4; and David (Jean) of
Ormond Beach, FL, the parents of 2 children. Numerous nieces and nephews in
southern Indiana also mourn her passing, including the Buck family,
who steadfastly assisted her during her last years.
Martha loved to fish, sew, quilt, tend her garden and
bake. Over the years she baked more than 100 wedding cakes and cooked church
dinners for hundreds at GriffithLutheranChurch. She loved music and played the Concertina
(“Squeezebox”) and harmonica until her dying day. She sent birthday and
Christmas cards to a multitude of Hochstetler and Buck descendents every year
without fail. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be
Saturday, January 5 at St. John’sChurch of Buckskin, where she was baptized and confirmed.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation begins at