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Deanne Hochstetler Losey

Posted 1/4/2018

HALSTEAD—Deanne Hochstetler Losey passed away Dec. 26, 2017 in Wichita.  She was born in Washington, Iowa on July 12, 1951 to Dale and Lucile Hochstetler of Hesston, who both survive.

Deanne was an author and an artist.  She published “The Marley Manuscript” and loved to paint in the modern impressionist style and sold several paintings.  She traveled extensively and lived in Jamaica for 18 years, where she worked as a free-lance journalist and as a columnist for the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.  Bob Marley was a personal friend and she loved his music and his story and promoted her book about him until her death. 

She fought liver and kidney failure in her last few years.  The small group that she was a part of at New Creation Fellowship Church was a supportive and strong family for her, as were her friends and staff at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation in Halstead, where she lived.  Deanne is survived by her parents, brothers Thomas (Katy) Hochstetler and Jay (Kelley) Hochstetler.  Also surviving are her much-loved nephews and nieces Matthew (Jillian) Hochstetler, Adam (Adriana) Hochstetler, Susie (Chad Pruett) Hochstetler, Hannah (Justin) Brenig, and Jacob (Katy) Hochstetler. 

Services to celebrate Deanne’s life will be held at New Creation Fellowship Church in Newton on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the church.