Eastern Star funeral services, celebrating the life of Helen Virginia Kreager Hoskinson, 102, were held June 7, 2017, in the chapel of the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, in Kirkersville. Graveside services will follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 8,2017, in the Poplar Forks Cemetery, Gratiot; where she will be laid to rest between her husband and her son.
Helen passed away peacefully June 4, 2017, in the Morrison Hospice House, Zanesville. She was born February 14, 1915, in Gratiot, the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Mae (Smart) Kreager. She was a graduate of Brownsville High School, Class of 1933; and was a lifelong member of the Gratiot United Methodist Church.
Helen worked for the Bailey Drug Company in Zanesville, prior to working at Leffler’s Drug Store at Sixth and Main in Zanesville for many years, from where she retired in 1986, when the pharmacy closed.
Helen was an active 71-year member of Brownsville Chapter #486, Order of Eastern Star. She served as Worthy Matron in 1952 and 1977 and as a chapter officer for many years. She made many life-long friendships through her association with Eastern Star.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Beth, Rick, Jim, Ralph, Mark and Susan, great-grandchildren, Ryan, C.J., Drew and Cassie; great-great grandson, Lane; her sister, Trudy (Mrs. John) Kondrath of Broomfield, Colorado; niece, Jan (Tim) Kardatzke of Broomfield, Colorado; nephew, Gary (Betty) Hoskinson of Newark; numerous great nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Beverly (Mrs. Tom) Smith of Mt. Sterling , Betty (Mrs. Bernard) Palmer of Gratiot and Gary and Linda Osburn of Zanesville, who were so faithful in their visits to Helen over the years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. “Ike” Hoskinson in 1966; son, Richard J. Hoskinson in 2012; daughter-in-law, Lois Ann Hoskinson in 2008; brother, Harry Kreager in 1987; sister, Evelyn Mason in 2003; brother, Lt. Col. Howard M. Kreager in 2007; and sister, Mary Cole in 2013.
Helen believed that no Eastern Star gathering was complete without “well thought out refreshments”. In her honor, a reception was held at the funeral home following the evening services.
Memorials in Helen’s memory may be directed to The Helen Purcell Home, 1854 Norwood Blvd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701
The family wishes to thank the skilled and compassionate care givers at the Helen Purcell home, who have cared for Helen; her sister, Mary; and her son, Richard, during their final illnesses; and for whom the family is so very grateful for their many kindnesses.