The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 9, 2012

C. Alva Hostetler

The Tribune-Democrat

OSTERBURG — HOSTETLER – Mr. C. Alva  Hostetler, 96, Meadow Road, Osterburg, died Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2012, at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hostetler was born in Richland Township on Sunday, June 25, 1916,  son of the late Clyde and Minnie (Fry) Hostetler. On April 5, 1942, he married Helen (Creighton) Hostetler. She preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 1992. He is survived by daughter, Sandra K. Smith, and companion, Jim Rowzer, Fishertown; granddaughter, Terri, wife of  Joe Thompson, Osterburg; granddaughter, Traci, wife of  Steve Helfer, Dumfries, Va.; granddaughter, Trudi, wife of  Tom Oldham, Osterburg; granddaughter, Tricia “Bink,” wife of  Tom Wright, Bedford; sister-in-law, Fern Hostetler; three great-grandchildren, Jill Sciranko, Carli Helfer and Ethan Helfer; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie; four sisters, Verda Hostetler, Pauline Barefoot, Georgia Berkey and Sally Pittman; and by a brother, Robert Hostetler. Alva was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church, Osterburg, where he sung in the church choir. He was a farmer, who also worked for the Bedford County government acting first as an assessor, then becoming the chief assessor, then working as the chief clerk for the county. Alva then served two terms as a Bedford County commissioner. He was an avid gardener and hunter. Alva was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by his family and his friends.  Funeral service will be held at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home Inc., Pleasantville, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, Pastor Charlie Miller, officiating. Interment will be held at Bedford County Memorial Park. Friends are invited to call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home in Pleasantville. Online condolences may be expressed at


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