Elaine M. Hostetler Rathbone

Jan 12, 2019
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Memorial services 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 27, 2019, at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 410 1st Street, Washburn


for an hour before services at the church.


inurnment in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo


St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 410 1st St., Washburn, IA 50702


Elaine M. Hostetler Rathbone, 91, of La Porte City, died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care of natural causes.

She was born on December 2, 1927 in Oelwein, daughter of Aaron and Zelma Short Sprague.

Elaine graduated in 1946 from West Waterloo High School and was a teacher's aide at Washburn and Kingsley Elementary Schools retiring in 1989.

She married Max Hostetler December 1, 1946; he died January 25, 1973. Elaine married Lyle "Paul" Rathbone November 11, 1989 at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Washburn; he died December 30, 2012.

Elaine was a member of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, the Iowa State Education Assoc. and she had been a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed sewing, cross-stitch, painting, traveling and camping in the trailer. She had visited the Black Hills, Badlands, Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico, and California and especially liked spending winters in McAllen, Texas with Paul. Elaine had enjoyed going to England to visit her son and his family. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands and a sister, Marlys Lamb.

Elaine is survived by sons, Mark (Jenny) Hostetler of England and Jeffrey (Brenda) Hostetler of Waterloo; daughter, Lynn (Arthur) Timson of La Porte City; step sons, Jim Rathbone of Waterloo and David Rathbone of Wichita, Kansas; 5 grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.

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