Donald L. "Don" Hostetter

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 701 Washington, Grafton for Donald L. "Don" Hostetter of Cedarburg, who passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at the age of 63. The Rev. Kenton Wendorf will officiate at the funeral service. Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church only. The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.

Don was born on July 2, 1943 to Donald L. and Harriet E. (nee Gilson) Hostetter in Chicago, where he was also raised. After school, Don entered into the Navy during the Vietnam era. When he returned home, he married Diane L. Pagenkop on March 30, 1968 in DesPlaines, Ill. After marriage, the couple began a loving family of their own. Don was a dedicated employee of the heating and air conditioning industry. In 1974, they moved to Wisconsin, and Don began working for Bergen and Associates. In 1982, he assisted with forming Cliff Bergen and Associates. Don enjoyed fishing, woodworking, training dogs, gardening, boating, traveling, and going out for dinner and to the movies. He was a member of the Peter Wollner Post 288 American Legion of Cedarburg.

Don has forever touched the hearts and lives of his beloved wife, Diane; his cherished children, Lori (Jim) Stauske of Cedarburg, Kari (Steve) Holland of Cedarburg and Kristi Hostetter of Jackson; his treasured grandchildren, Ryan, Kevin, Kayla, Jenna, Sarah, and Kyle; his dear mother, Elizabeth Hostetter of Palos Park, Ill.; three dear sisters, Carol (Tom) Creech of Palos Park, Ill., Diane (Jim) Endebak of Homer Glen, Ill., and Janet (Art) Wilhelmsen of Mokena; his beloved companion, his dog Sadie; and his mother-in-law, Violet Patsch of Cedarburg.

Don is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other special relatives, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald L. Hostetter; and his father-in-law, Richard Pagenkop.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for memorials that are offered in lieu of flowers to either the American Liver Foundation-WI Chapter 4927 N. Lydell Ave., Glendale, WI 53217 or the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 1130 Fairfax, VA 22038-1130.