She was born April 22, 1924 in Ashland County to the late Frank and Mary (Shoolroy) McNaull. Irene was a graduate of Ashland High School and also Ashland College class of 1947 with a degree in Elementary Education. With a teacher shortage during World War II, Irene began her teaching career while she was still a college student working for Ashland City Schools at Arthur Street and Grant Street Schools.
With her marriage to Norman Hostetler on June 24, 1950, the couple moved to a farm near Marshallville that was to become their pride and joy. Always a teacher at heart, Irene was soon back in the classroom teaching fourth grade for many years at Marshallville Elementary. She was honored with Greene Local Schools “Teacher of the Year” award at her retirement in 1985. Irene taught many students throughout her years and loved them all. She tried to keep track of each one and was always thinking about their lives, families, and career paths. She had a great sense of humor and especially enjoyed storytelling and reading with her students. She considered her work well done if her students grew into avid readers themselves.
In retirement, Irene continued to stay busy working with Norman on the farm and also doing volunteer work with organizations including Habitat for Humanity and People to People. An avid seamstress, she sewed several thousand cloth drawstring bags for Mennonite Central Committee’s relief sewing, school, and hygiene kits.
Irene and Norman were devoted members of East Chippewa Church of the Brethren where they served faithfully in many capacities throughout the years.
Surviving are daughters Anita (Merle) Shetler of Baltic and Lois (John) Douglass of Marshallville. Five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren complete the family.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a younger brother, Earl, and an infant sister, Louise.
Her family is especially grateful to the care extended to Irene by the Lifecare Hospice teams of Holmes and Wayne Counties, and the excellent and caring staff of Danbury Senior Living Center. It is suggested that memorial contributions be made to Wayne or Holmes County Lifecare Hospice, or to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:00 AM at the East Chippewa Church of the Brethren 7207 Chippewa Rd. Orrville, OH. Pastor Brad Kelley will be officiating. Burial will be at the East Chippewa Cemetery following services.
Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM preceding services at the church. Public is reminded that masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.
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