2008-01-19 / Obituaries

Lois Ann Sterrett Hoskinson

A funeral service celebrating the life of Lois Ann Sterrett Hoskinson, 75, of Gratiot, was January 16, 2008, in the Gratiot United Methodist Church, with Pastor Martha Gross, celebrant. Burial was at Poplar Fork Cemetery, Gratiot.

Lois died early Saturday morning after a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Mount Perry, the daughter of the late Donald Edwin and Gladys Annabelle Mautz Sterrett. She was a 1950 graduate of Glenford High School and attended the Farm Bureau insurance institute in Connecticut. She was employed with Farm Bureau (Nationwide) insurance in Columbus and with the Ohio Power Co. in Newark before her children were born.

She married Richard J. Hoskinson Nov. 14, 1953, and they made their home in Gratiot for their entire married life. She was an active member of the community, belonging to the Gratiot U.M. Church, the Hannah Circle, U.M. Women and the church choir.

Lois loved her family and friends, travel, and was an accomplished seamstress, upholsterer and quilter. She loved music and was proud of her children's musical abilities.

When her youngest child entered school, Lois returned to work at the West Muskingum Schools for 23 years, retiring in 1997.

Lois is survived by her loving family: her husband, Dick; her children, Beth (Ralph) Rose, of Wyoming, MN, Rick of Kirkersville, and Jim (Susan) of Zanesville; her grandsons, Ryan Rose, and C.J. and Drew Hoskinson; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron (Mary Jane) Sterrett of New Carlisle, Lois (Mrs. Richard) Sterrett of Racine, and Gary (Penny) Sterrett of Millersburg; four nephews, Mark, Matt, Mike and Max Sterrett; two nieces, Becky Sillaman and Lynne Ehret; her mother-in-law, Helen Hoskinson of Gratiot; aunt, Mary (Mrs. James W.) Cole of Cambridge; many cousins; and close family friend, Mark Pinnick.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father in-law, James E. Hoskinson, in 1966, and her brother, Richard Sterrett, in 2007.

Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, is helping the family with arrangements. An online guest register and video tribute is available at www.hoskinsonfuneral. com.

The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions be made to the West Muskingum Schools Academic Achievement Fund in her memory.

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