Viola L. Hochstettler

1928 - 2019

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Viola L. (Lobdell) Pressnell Hochstettler, 90, of Findlay, passed away on August 10, 2019 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green. Viola was born November 23, 1928 to Wallace A. and Josephine E. (Novy) Lobdell in rural Lebanon, South Dakota. She was a graduate of Portage High School and The University of Findlay. She taught at Lincoln, Jefferson, Whittier, Wilson Vance, Northview and Glenwood Middle School, retiring in 1994. Viola married Richard Klair Pressnell in Findlay, Ohio, May 15, 1948. He died April 15, 1988 in Toledo, Ohio. Surviving are four children: Gary (Shirley) Pressnell of South Bend, IN, Jerry (Sandy) Pressnell of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Sherri Andray of Perrysburg, OH, and Larry (Paula) Pressnell of Sunbury, NC; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. On July 28, 1991, Viola married John Robert Hochstettler in Findlay, OH. He died October 5, 2010 in Findlay, Ohio. Surviving is one brother, Wallace A. Lobdell of Bloomfield Hills, MI. Also surviving are two step-daughters: Linda (Ron) Wolery, and Bonnie (Mark) Olson of Findlay; six step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers and five sisters; son-in-law, Roger Andray; and step-son, Mark Hochstettler. Funeral services will be held Monday August 19, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay at 11:00am with Pastor Dan Metzger officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service (10:00-11:00am) on Monday. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, Ohio. The Family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Bridge Hospice (Bowling Green) for her care. Memorials may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church or to Bridge Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

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    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, August 19th 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, August 19th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Gary Jerry Sheri Larry
Date :Monday, August 12th 2019
From : Joan Dyer Rick Salyer
We are so very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I will not be able to join you all. A piece of us went with her & as all those we love before her. She will be greatly missed, I loved her so very much, she ment so much to me, especially growing up. I love you all💔❤

To : Gary Jerry Sherry Larry
Date :Monday, August 12th 2019
From : Darlene England Dave Farabaugh
I am truly sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your Mom will be missed much more than you will ever know.
Much Love, Darlene & Dave

To : Family
Date :Monday, August 12th 2019
From : Jan DePuy Miller
So sorry to hear of your loss. Vi was such a warm and wonderful lady. She was my mother's friend as I was growing up. I then loved having her as an aide in my Kindergarten classroom when I was teaching at Washington School. She was such an inspiration for going to college later in life to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. She was loved by so many. Please accept my sympathy as you celebrate her life.
Jan (DePuy) Miller

To : Gary jerry Sherri and larry
Date :Monday, August 12th 2019
From : Bill Sonny dyer
To All,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of the great ones. She will be missed heavily. I loved your mom and you all.
Love to all


To : Vi's dear family
Date :Monday, August 12th 2019
From : Bev Raudebaugh
It saddens my heart to read of Vi's passing. Both of my sons were blessed to have her at Northview. A wonderfully, loving teacher and person. I got to know her even more because we both were widowed within a few months of each other in 1988. Lots of heart-felt talks over those next few years. So Many stories. Forive me for not sharing them all. I went for my teaching degree after that. Something else we had in common, being an older student. It was such fun when my younger son had her. He came home fro one of the FHS football games, telling me they had seen Mrs. Pressnell holding hands with someone (gasp). The kids enjoyed that year of watching "THE ROMANCE" They loved throwing her a bridal shower. I remember her being nervous over the wedding / marriage...and excited. She was like a teenager. Over the many years after, each time we talked, she always said how wonderful Bob was. And how blessed she felt. There was her young love, life and the family she and Dick shared. Then, totally not expecting it, there was the mature love. Two people who had loved and lost, brought together by GOD. I know she loved both families That resulted. Prayers and hugs in these difficult days ahead as you say your earthly good-byes. We can "only imagine" what she's experiencing today in heaven. See you on the other side, sweet lady.

To : The Hochstettler Family
Date :Tuesday, August 13th 2019
From : Todd Freeman
You have my deepest sympathy on Voila's passing. Your family is in my prayers.

To : The family of Viola
Date :Tuesday, August 13th 2019
From : Barbara Fay
Viola was a neighbor. I met here in recent years but remembered her from Hochsteller's Old Mill. She was a delighful lady. We spoke about her dog alot as I was alwys walking mine. Even though I hadn't seen her much lately I always thought of her when I went by. I could always tell she was there from her blinds in the front windows. She was a kind lady.
I will miss her.
My symphathies to your family.

To : Pressnell Family
Date :Tuesday, August 13th 2019
From : Michelle Frasure
Mrs Pressnell, as I know her, was my 6th grade teacher at Northview Elementary. My biggest regret is not being able to tell her in person how very special she was to me that year, and always. She brought me out of the shell that another teacher in 2nd grade put me in, and I'm forever grateful. I never forgot her, and I never will. She was a beautiful, and special lady. Mrs. Pressnell was the perfect example of how a teacher should be. She cared, and she made a difference. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family. The world lost a wonderful human being, and Heaven gained a beautiful angel. Her words to me in 6th grade that were like magic, "I want you to take that coat off that you hide beneath, brush your hair back, and I want you to shine" I did shine that year, thanks to her. I will never forget her. She will be missed. God Bless

To : Gary Sherri Jerry and Larry
Date :Friday, August 16th 2019
From : Barbara Lobdell Dawson
We all know there would come a day as this but it doesn't make it any easier when you loss your momma. Shanna and Chadd wish they could come to the service but they have obligations they can not get out of. Jaremy and I will see you on Monday. We all send our love to you. May our Lord give your comfort knowing she is at peace with Him!

To : Larry
Date :Friday, August 16th 2019
From : Wade Weber
My most sincere condolences on your mothers passing. My mother had fond memories of time working with her at Lincoln school so many years ago. They maybe comparing notes on us now. All my best.

To : Gary Jerry Sherri Larry and all their extended fam
Date :Saturday, August 17th 2019
From : Kathy Pressnell
Even though I was married into the family, I loved your mom as much as my own mother. I am so glad she was a part of my life. I loved her wit, humor, love for family and nature. I was always made to feel welcome. Some of my favorite memories:

Mom loved Tom Selleck (what--you didn't know!?)
I loved our many conversations on that old green glider on the front porch on Park St.
She loved her moss roses along the garage side, and I've grown them also, always reminded of her.
Every house had beautiful gardens...and that huge wild wisteria was as big as an elephant!
She loved her animals.
She loved her grandchildren.
Every summer we spent some time with her and dad at the lake, the kids fished, swimming, picnics, combing the beach for treasures, and that wonderful sulphur water for showering (we both commented how it stunk, but made our fine hair full with lots of body)!
She loved her sea shells, and had the kids help her find and collect them.
She was so appreciative of my support when dad was dying from his brain tumor, and I remember how helpless I felt after the funeral when she went to her bedroom and cried so hard.
She allowed me to be a small part of her life after the divorce, in spite of great difficulty understanding it.
I watched her act like a teen in love when dating her second husband to be. I was appreciative to be present on her wedding day. And I was there when she buried him.
In her later years, I visited a few times. But my own mother's dementia was taking hold making it difficult to leave to go visit anyone else.
Again, I loved your mom as much as my own. I believe she is beautifully surrounded by God's perfect love, and with her loved ones who have gone before her.

To : The family of Viola
Date :Wednesday, August 21st 2019
From : Margie Hansen
I am so sad to hear about Viola. She was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. I loved her dearly. She is now with the lord and resting nicely.