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Gerald Hochstein

Gerald Hochstein

d. February 17, 2023

Hartington, Nebraska

Gerald “Jerry” F. Hochstein age 89 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Friday, February 17, 2023 at the Arbor Care Center in Hartington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.  Traditional visitation will be on Monday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday morning one hour prior to services.  Cremation will occur after the mass and burial of his cremated remains will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Fordyce, NE at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

You may watch a livestream of the funeral at www.facebook.com/WintzRay/live

In lieu of flowers memorials are to be directed to the Cedar Catholic High School Endowment Fund.

Pallbearers will be grandsons:  Marcus Heithold, Sam Heithold, Ethan Hochstein, Seth Howell, Alex Heithold, Decker Heithold, Grant Howell, Grayden Hochstein, Quinn Hochstein and Grant Sitzman.

Honorary Pallbearers will be granddaughters:  Ashley Hochstein, Meghan Hochstein, Hillari Hugen and Kailyn Hochstein.

Gerald Francis was born on May 3, 1933 in Fordyce, Nebraska to Edmund Ludwig and Gertrude Alma (Kathol) Hochstein.  He grew up in Fordyce, NE and attended school in Fordyce until the 10th grade.  He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1950.  After high school, Jerry began farming with his dad and then married Joan Marie Schwartz on April 12, 1955 in Hartington. In 1958 he began farming south of Pleasant Valley, NE which is the home place. He raised livestock and grain.  Jerry and Joan lived on the farm until moving into Hartington in 2004. Farming was always the love of Jerry’s life and continued to be active in the farming operation even after moving into town.

Jerry was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the 4th Degree Knights, National Cattleman’s Association, National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association. Jerry loved to bowl and was a member of the 800 Series Club with an 807 series in 1998.  He was a Pioneer and Dekalb Seed Corn salesman.  He received the Outstanding Young Farmer award on December 8, 1959.  He was involved in 4-H his entire life.  Formerly played baseball and softball until he was 56 years old.  Jerry golfed and was a member of the Hole-in-One Club having had two holes-in-one.  He was a former Hartington Golf Invitational Champion.  Jerry and Joan loved to travel and several of their trips were to Australia and New Zealand and numerous other locations. He was always ready to come back to the farm sooner than later.

Gerald is survived by his wife Joan of Hartington; five children Pam Howell of Hartington, Frank (Andrea) Hochstein of Hartington, Brad Hochstein (Katie VanBuren) of Hutchinson, KS, Deb (Mark) Sitzman of Scottsbluff, NE, John (Rebecca) Hochstein of Sioux Falls, SD; 14 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters Norma Sparks of Socorro, New Mexico, Deanna “Toots” Lockman of Norfolk, NE; many nieces and nephews.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Gertrude Hochstein; two infants Mary and Gerard; a brother Richard “Dick” Hochstein; and a sister Alice Hochstein.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Monday, February 20, 2023

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

404 S Broadway Ave, Hartington, NE 68739

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Prayer Service

Monday, February 20, 2023

Starts at 7:00 pm

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

404 S Broadway Ave, Hartington, NE 68739

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Mass

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

404 S Broadway Ave, Hartington, NE 68739

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