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Dawn Michelle (Westlake) Hostetler

May 19, 1958 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 62)

Life Story

Dawn Michelle (Westlake) Hostetler, 62, passed away peacefully on the evening of February 10, 2021 surrounded by loved ones in her home in Bristol, IN. 

Dawn was born on May 19, 1958 to the late, Ronald and Mildred (Ballowe) Westlake in Elkhart, IN. She married the love of her life, Martin Hostetler on July 30, 1977 in Bristol, IN. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Dawn is survived by her husband of 43 years, Martin; 3 sons, Joshua (Kelli) Hostetler of Elkhart, Ben (Meghan) Hostetler of New Milford, CT and Andy Hostetler of Bristol; brother, Ronald (Rachelle) Westlake of Norfolk, NE; sister, Denise (Kenny) Gullett of Edwardsburg, MI; 10 grandchildren, Victoria, Nicholas, Kaiden, Ki, Jaden, Isabella, Bethany, Marissa, Abigail and Conner; and great grandson, Joey.

She will also be mourned by many loving extended relatives-in-law that she loved as her own, numerous treasured nieces and nephews, and countless cherished friends, for she had a knack for making more everywhere she went. She'll be remembered by many students from her last decade as a paraprofessional at the Elkhart Area Career Center, for she took great joy in encouraging and "mothering" them too.

In life, Michelle was caring, kind, and generous. She was friendly and witty. She volunteered for many years with the Bristol Lions Club and enjoyed outings with Marty with the Porsche Club. She loved her dogs and to spend her time reading, crafting, researching genealogy, cooking, practicing her recently acquired hobby of photography, and camping with Marty, especially on her late father's property in Harrietta, MI. She always loved her family, but she especially loved being a grandmother. She always had an affinity for antiques. She had a deep appreciation for the beauty of the love and memories contained within a well-lived piece. 

So too shall we remember Michelle; for the beauty of a life well-lived, full of memories and love.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to Cancer Resources of Elkhart County, 23971 U.S. Highway 33, Elkhart, IN 46517, Riley’s Children’s Hospital at or Elkhart County Humane Society, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507 .

There will be no visitation or services for Dawn. Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart, IN 46514 is assisting the family.

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Elkhart, IN 46514

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