Donald A. Hochstein

Donald A. Hochstein, age 95, of Hartington, Nebraska died on Monday, June 20, 2022 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, Nebraska with the Rev. An Duy Phan officiating.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s cemetery in Hartington, Nebraska.  Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to services.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be his seven sons, Dale, Kirk, Neal, Nick, Karl, Glen, and Greg Hochstein.

Donald Arthur was born on February 10, 1927 to John & Rose (Schulte) Hochstein in Wynot.  He grew up in the Wynot area and graduated from Wynot High School in 1945.  He married Elaine Helen Mary Burbach (daughter of Florenz and Veronica Lammers) Burbach on June 2, 1953 in St. James, NE. After his marriage they lived in Laurel, Nebraska from 1954-1960. While in Laurel, Don carpentered and worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads.  In 1960 he and Elaine returned to the home farm northwest of Wynot. He raised livestock, milked cows, and raised row crops. Don was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society while in Wynot.

Don retired in 1992 and moved to Hartington.  He was a member of the Ministry of Praise and Perpetual Adoration at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Don was a member and past president of the Senior Citizens Center in Hartington.  He drove School bus for Wynot from 1976 to 1992.  After moving to Hartington, he drove the school bus from 1992 to 2011 until he had his 84th birthday. Don moved to the Embers Assisted Living in Coleridge in November of 2015.

Don is survived by his 14 children, Jane & Richard Mehaffey of North Bend, NE; Ann & Lee Shepherd of Rapid City, SD; Susan & Terry Hupp of Spearfish, SD; Dale & Laura of Wayne, NE; Kirk & Barb of Wayne, NE; Joyce & Roger Paseka of Prague, NE; Nancy & Doug Vrbka of Brainard, NE; Brenda & Doug Hummel of Omaha, NE; Neal & Sharlee of Wynot, NE; Bette & Keith Becker of Hartington, NE; Nick & Jessi of Wayne, NE; Karl & Carroll of Ankeny, IA; Glen & Pam of Seward, NE; and Greg & Stephanie of LaVista, NE; 48 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Elaine on March 21, 2018 at the age of 84 years; parents, infant son Russ Michael, granddaughter Megan Shepherd; brothers Lawrence, Reynold, Gilbert, Fritz, and John Jr. Hochstein; sisters Valeria (Sister Rose Jean), Rosine Pinkelman, Ruth Huennekens, Viola Lammers, Dolores Abbot, Freida (Don) Hoss, Mary (Ralph) Wieseler.




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9 response to "Donald A. Hochstein"

  1. By: Amy Welton (Hans) Posted: June 22, 2022

    My condolences to all of your family. Although I’m closest to Bette and Neal, I have many great memories with your family. Your Dad was quite the story teller😊. May you all cherish the memories your Dad helped you create💙

  2. By: Greg Walsh Posted: June 22, 2022

    There once was a man I loved
    A man who cared
    A man who shared
    A man who knew life
    A man who had a beautiful wife.
    A man with wonderful children.
    This man was a dad
    This man was a grandfather
    This man was my father-in-law
    This man is gone. And I’ll wait for so long
    Until the day I’m with him
    With him up there
    Where the lights are dim
    And where I can show him I’ve always cared.

    Rest In Peace Mr. Hochstein,
    Love & Prayers Greg Walsh

  3. By: Pam Bruning Posted: June 22, 2022

    My sympathies to your whole family, I remember many nights with sleepovers at your house with Brenda. Your parents were great. Your folks used to come eat at Lonnie’s bar where I worked, we would sit and talk about old times…now your parents and mine are all together in heaven exchanging stories. You are in my prayers..

  4. By: Carol Wieseler Posted: June 24, 2022

    My sympathy to all of you. Your dad was a great kind hearted soul. My fondest memory was of him driving bus in my early years of school and on snowy and very cold days wouldn’t make me walk the lane…may he rest in peace.

  5. By: Pat & Mike Recker Posted: June 24, 2022

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the wonderful family that we met when Mike took his first teaching job in Wynot in 1976. So many special memories of Don driving the bus to games that Mike coached. Elaine and the girls helping us out when we needed a babysitter! Boxes of sweetcorn that mysterious appeared on our back porch??! Our most special memory is when Don brought Brenda in to town at 3a.m. (a very stormy) night to stay with Lisa (3 years old) when we went to the hospital in Yankton for the birth of our second daughter Michelle — who was born on June 2 — Don & Elaine’s Anniversary.
    This family still holds a very special place in our hearts, ~ we are blessed to have known you. God’s Peace & Grace to all of you! Love, Mike & Pat Recker & Family

  6. By: Joe and Karen Boehmer Posted: June 25, 2022

    Don was a wonderful man. We always enjoyed talking to him and his kindness as a bus driver for our daughter was precious. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

    God bless,
    Joe and Karen Boehmer

  7. By: Janet Hoss Cleary Posted: June 26, 2022

    What a wonderful legacy Uncle Donnie and Aunt Elaine left for the world! I have such wonderful memories of my visits with my godfather and his family. I can just imagine the heavenly reunion of the 13 siblings going on now.
    I know you will all miss him terribly as he was such a good man. Know that you are all I my prayers.

  8. By: Renee Hoile Posted: June 26, 2022

    Though I didn’t know the Hochsteins, I know some of their children. Because of that, they were wonderful people. Deepest sympathies to all the family. May they rest in peace.

  9. By: Dennis Burbach Posted: June 28, 2022

    I offer my sincere condolences to the entire Hochstein family. Ann, Susan,Kirk, Dale (my classmate, teammate and brainiac!) were the closest siblings to me of this wonderful clan! Don and Elaine were exemplary parents and supporters of the community, church, and school. Speaking on behalf of the Burbach family, they were also great neighbors and caretakers of the land and livestock. Don’s good nature and Elaine’s wistful smile will be remembered by all who knew them. May gods blessings shine on them and their wonderful family!

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