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Dorothy Phyllis (Hochstetter)
Dorothy Phyllis Hochstetter Price, at 95 years of age, passed away peacefully at Sunset Village Retirement Center, on April 4, 2013. Her three loving daughters surrounded her bedside, as she took her last breath and gracefully left this world to be the Lord and join her husband, James Howard Price, whom she loved dearly and was blessed to have shared 65 years of marriage.
Dorothy, daughter of Ernest Hochstetter and Minethka Tucker was born on August 26, 1917, in Toledo, Ohio, and was raised in Point Place. She graduated from the University of Toledo with a Liberal Arts Degree and taught English and Spanish at Whitmer High School.
The importance of education was the topic of many discussions within the Price household. Mother was adamant that her daughters obtain a post-secondary professional education, impressing upon us "the importance of being able to financially support ourselves". The arrival of grandchildren brought new avenues for expressing her love for learning. She began sharing her passion for art and literature with them at very young ages... In many ways, Dorothy was ahead of her time in her thinking, especially with regards to art and conservation.
At 50 years of age, Dorothy enrolled in the Toledo Museum School of Art, marking a turning point in her life. Her pencil and paint brush became the primary vehicles through which she observed and recorded life. When she and Jim retired to Sarasota, Florida, after his 35-year career with Owens-Illinois, Dorothy continued to pursue her studies at the Ringling School of Art. Some of her paintings were displayed at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota and won several awards.
Dorothy will be dearly missed yet, we are comforted by the rich legacy she leaves behind. We will always treasure her emotive paintings, passion for journaling, wise words of counsel and encouragement; and of course, the classic word she used daily in her last few years to describe how she was doing, "copacetic".
Dorothy is survived by her three daughters and their families, Sheryl and Mike Magee of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Phyllis and Bob Brinkerhoff of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, BettyJo and Dr. Andrew Casabianca of Toledo, Ohio; six grandchildren; Katy Magee, Betsy and Bonnie Brinkerhoff, Brinna (Jeffrey) Neufeld (nee Brinkerhoff), Nic and Peter Casabianca, and her great-grandson, Charles, Houston Brinkerhoff Neufeld.
Dorothy is predeceased by her husband James Howard Price, her sister Gretchen Hochstetter Kenney, and brother Eugene Hochstetter.
A reception will be held to celebrate Dorothy's life at the Sunset Retirement Village, 9640 Sylvania -Metamore Rd., on Tuesday April 9, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Sunset Village for their excellence in care and especially to the staff in Freeman and Overmeyer who gave their all in making Mom and Dad's 11 year residency feel like "home". We also want to acknowledge Promedica Hospice for their expedient and professional assistance in end-of-life care.
In lieu of flowers please send your memorials to the Toledo Museum of Art, School of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, 43620.
The Coyle Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please view and sign the online guest registry at
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 8, 2013