Margaret Louise HOCHSTETLER
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Margaret Louise HOCHSTETLER
  • March 29, 1919 - May 23, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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.Beloved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Margaret Louise Hochstetler, 98, passed on to be with the Lord on May 23, 2017 in Phoenix AZ. Peggy, as her friends affectionately called her, was born in Glendale, CA on March 29, 1919. Shortly after her birth, her parents Roy and Anna Louise Woolf decided to move back to Arizona to start a dairy and cotton farm in Peoria. There Peggy grew up with older brothers Jack and Leyton, and graduated as valedictorian in her high school class of 1936 at Peoria High School. She and her brothers went on to study business at Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles, CA where Peggy earned a bookkeeping and secretarial degree. In 1938, she married the love of her life, Buel Hochstetler of Phoenix, and together they embarked on a lifetime of adventures together that lasted 52 years. Peggy worked as an executive secretary at Western Savings and Loan in Phoenix and Lockheed Aircraft in CA, and as bookkeeper for a small aircraft company in Fairbanks, Alaska while Buel worked in aircraft maintenance. After Buel's Army service in WWII, Buel and Peggy settled in Phoenix, where they raised their children, Gary and Linda. Peggy was a fine pianist and organist, dedicating her musical talents faithfully to her church through the years. Also a wonderful seamstress, she enjoyed sewing beautiful creations for her children and later for her grandchildren. Peggy returned to the work force after her children were older, working as the church secretary at a church in Glendale for many years before retiring. Friend, caregiver, faithful daughter and daughter-in-law in addition to all of the other titles she held, Peggy is remembered for her generous, loving, positive, and cheerful spirit and zest for life. Even as a widow for 27 years, she lived life fully and with total devotion to her family, friends, and especially her Savior, Jesus Christ, always looking forward to each day with joy and anticipation. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, husband Buel, brother Leyton S. Woolf, and granddaughter Dee Louise Hochstetler. She is survived by her brothers John L. (Jack) Woolf Jr., Robert D. Woolf, son Gary Hochstetler and his wife Diane, daughter Linda Dunshee and her husband Robert, grandchildren Todd Hochstetler, Bob Dunshee, Laura Yates, and David Dunshee, thirteen nieces and nephews, and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of Peggy's life will be held at Beatitudes Campus Life Center, 1610 W. Glendale Ave., in Phoenix on June 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Peggy's name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.