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3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Phyllis Ann Hostetter

September 21, 1939August 12, 2020

Phyllis Ann Kraus Hostetter, 80, died on August 12, 2020, at Commonwealth Senior Living-Williamsburg, following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Harold G. and Helen A. Kraus of Rockville Centre, NY. Phyllis is survived by her husband, Jacob (Jack) Hostetter of Williamsburg; her son, Robert of Canton, NY; daughter, Barbara Ward of Plantersville, TX; brothers, Harold C. Kraus of West Hartford, CT and George R. Kraus of Naples, FL; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Phyllis graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as a Physical Therapist, and spent much of her career addressing the needs of pre-school children with developmental challenges, and their parents. She was a person of many talents: as a parent, teacher, musician, homemaker, needle worker, and baker. She loved people, books, music, dogs, camping, and home renovations. After moving to Williamsburg in 2006, she and her husband joined the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, the Rotary Club of The Historic Triangle, the Williamsburg Parkinson’s Support Group, and became volunteers at Colonial Williamsburg. Donations may be sent to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, 550 First Colonial Rd, Suite 308 #4162, Virginia Beach, VA 23451(www.apdaparkinson.org) A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


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Pattie Kennedy

August 17, 2020

Jack, We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. You and Phyllis were shining lights for everyone in Sweet Memories. Your presence will be missed. Peace and blessings, Harry, Charlotte, Pattie and Mike

Carolyn Allenby

August 16, 2020

Thank you Jack, for letting us know. We remember Phyllis as a vibrant member of the UU Fellowship of Hunterdon County, and community member who was active, interested and creative in so many things.
Much love to you and all the family she cherished, who will miss her, and remember her.
Carolyn and Brad Allenby

Bill And Dianne Haskell

August 16, 2020

Dear Jack,
We are so very sorry to learn of Phyllis' passing. She was a strong and gentle lady and a courageous fighter and a loyal friend. We will always remember our special Christmas together in Williamsburg and all your graciousness towards us. We also think of so many rewarding times together during church meetings and dinners. Please accept our deepest sympathy,
Bill and Dianne

Ted and Lisa Miller

August 14, 2020

Phiyllis so valiantly clung to life amid excruciating physical challenges. She will be sorely missed by her family, particularly by Jack who so faithfullly attended to her needed help at mealtimes.

Jane Graves

August 14, 2020

Will miss seeing Phyllis and you when we're able to have visits again. She was a beautiful lady and you took good care of her. Know you have family and friends to help you in the coming days. I know how difficult the past 5 months have been.
You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Jane Graves

Christine Llewellyn

August 13, 2020

Dear Jack,
I am saddened at the news of Phyllis’s passing and so sorry for your profound loss. You were such a good caretaker for such a long time and you were utterly devoted to her. I hope you can both now find peace. I will always think of her smile when I think of her. Take good care of yourself now.

Dennis Wool

August 13, 2020

Mary and I are deeply saddened to learn of Phyllis' passing. Her smile was contagious, her love of you and your family was bountiful, and her friendship with us was a joy. Memories of Rotary lunches, celebrations of food and culture at the Greek Festivals. and the sharing of our mutual love of home gardening will remain always a part of our lives. Jack, you will always be a mentor for us , demonstrating your love and support of Phyllis, your family, and your community of Rotary. Know that we wishing you many joyous memories of your years with your very best friend. Mary and Dennis


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