Ruth Ann Mary Hostler, 88, of Findlay, passed away at 7:14 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Richard Ross Heart Hospital.
Ruth Ann was born June 9, 1932 on the family farm that her grandfather built in Union Township, Putnam County to Leonard Henry Warnecke and Agnes Mary (Schroeder) Warnecke.
During the first eight years of her education, Ruth Ann attended St. Michael's School in Kalida, Ohio before attending Kalida High School where in 1950, she graduated as Class Valedictorian. Ruth Ann always tried to live by these words from her father, "Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best." As a grandmother, she passed this quote on to her many grandchildren. During her high school years, Ruth Ann was involved in the school's theater. She was in most of the school plays and musicals, often starring in the lead role.
Upon graduating from high school, she attended Tiffin University (academic scholarship) where she earned a two year Executive Secretarial degree. Ruth Ann was Editor in Chief of the Tiffin University newspaper. While at school in Tiffin, Ohio, Ruth Ann met her future husband, William, at a dance. Bill said asking her for that first dance was one of the best things he ever did because it led to many more years of dancing. Since Bill had to return to his Air Force post in Mississippi, the two exchanged letters for some time. Meanwhile, Ruth lived in Dayton and worked on Wright Patterson Air Force Base. When Bill came home on leave he asked her to be his wife. In November of 1953, Bill proposed and on February 13, 1954, she married the love of her life, William Reginald Hostler at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kalida, Ohio. After marriage, Ruth moved back to the farm with her parents as Bill was now stationed in Alaska for another year.
Once Bill completed his time in the Air Force, the couple settled in Findlay, Ohio, as Findlay was located between Tiffin and Kalida where their respective families lived. Ruth went back to work at Marathon Oil's corporate office but when she became pregnant with their first child, Susan, she quit her job to be a full time stay at home mom. Soon four more children were added to their happy family, Cindy, Jeff, Amy, and Bill. Ruth made a wonderful loving home for her husband and children. Ruth and Bill loved dancing and hosting Bridge parties.
The family took many fantastic vacations planned by Ruth Ann in their station wagon with Dad doing all the driving. They took the kids to Williamsburg, Virginia, Monticello, Hershey Pennsylvania, and Lake Michigan and more. As the kids grew older the family turned to camping and then finally to boating.
Once her youngest child was older, she worked as a Paralegal at Betts, Miller and Russo for 25 years. Eventually she retired to spend more time with her husband, Bill.
Ruth was very active in her retirement. She served as a (CASA) Court Appointed Advocate for Children for 7 years. Later, Ruth Ann served as the Treasurer of her Condo Association. As a member of St. Michael's Parish, she was a CCD Instructor, served on the Parish Council and as an Eucharistic Minister. Both Ruth and Bill volunteered at the Rieck Center for many years. Ruth Ann loved playing Bingo with the "Bingo Babes", bridge with friends, and spending time with her friends. Ruth and Bill enjoyed taking trips with friends and family to places like California, Florida, New Orleans and New England.
One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved playing games of Skip-Bo, Sequence and Bingo with them. Some grandchildren fondly remember her tutoring them, others remember sleepovers at grandma's with bedtime stories and prayers, helping Grandma take her first selfie, while those who lived in California smile fondly and recall having the "Grandma Inspection" (making their beds and cleaning their room) before going off to school when she visited them. All the grandchildren have wonderful memories of swimming with their cousins and friends at Grandma Ruth's and Grandpa Bill's house. Grandma treasured each of her grandchildren, listened to them, laughed with them and gave them sound advice on life.
Every Sunday, Ruth Ann cooked a big meal and all family members gathered together at their home. Laughter was in plentiful supply when family gathered together. Stories were told and games were played until we were all laughing so hard that we were brought to tears. She was our heart and our anchor. In fact, she once told some of her grandchildren that Alexander Graham Bell thought that we should greet each other with the phrase "Ahoy!" So, that was how they often greeted her when they called her to catch up.
Ruth Ann leaves behind her five children: Susan (Allan) Hostler -Erskine of California, Cynthia (Roger) Ferguson of Findlay, Jeff Hostler of Tennessee, Amy (Tim) Eller of Findlay, and William (Jody Hutson) Hostler of Findlay. She has 10 grandchildren: Jessica (Erskine) Moy and Savannah Erskine of CA; Leslie (Ferguson) Kline of Norwalk, OH and Lisa (Ferguson) Lowrie of CO; Matthew Eller of Canal Winchester, OH, Mitchel Eller of CO, and Micah Eller of Dublin, OH; Chase Hostler of NY, Woody Hostler of GA, and Katie Hostler of Findlay. She also has 6 great grandchildren: Elliot, Dylan, and Greta Kline; Pepper and Teddy Eller; and Patrick Lowrie IV.
Ruth Ann was predeceased by her husband of nearly 67 years; her parents Leonard and Agnes (Schroeder) Warnecke; her siblings: Hubert Warnecke, Rosalie (Warnecke) Langhals, as well was her father in law, Dallas Hostler, mother in law, Margaret (Grieselding) Hostler and brothers in laws Donald Hostler and Robert Hostler, sister in law Betty Hostler. She is survived by her sister in law Marilyn (Meyers) Warnecke of Ottawa, Ohio.
The family will receive friends from 9 am to 10 am on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in the Narthex of St. Michael's Church, 750 Bright Road Findlay, Ohio. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated beginning at 10 am immediately after the visitation. Burial will be at St. Michael's cemetery. The family kindly requests that all friends and guests please wear a mask or face covering while in attendance of all services.
Ruth and Bill had a strong devotion to their Catholic faith and their Church, so we are requesting memorial contributions be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, Ohio, 45840, or to the Hancock Park District, Ruth Ann and Bill Hostler Memorial Fund, 1424 E. Main Cross Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840, in order to erect a bench in their honor in one of the local parks.
Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting www.kirkpatrickbenke.com.
Ahoy, Grandma, until we meet again. Enjoy dancing with Dad.