Obituary for Vivian Hylands Hostetler
Vivian Hylands Hostetler
Vivian Hylands Hostetler died suddenly at home in Cobalt on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the age of 81. Vivian was born on October 1, 1935 to Walter Hylands and Mae Creighton of Cobalt. She was born in Amos, Quebec and grew up in Cobalt. Vivian graduated from Cobalt High in 1955 and attended the University of Guelph and then Simmons College in Boston, where she graduated in 1959.
Vivian married Blair Hostetler in 1956 and lived in the United States and then in Ottawa, where she worked as a librarian with the federal Government, raised her children and enjoyed the social and cultural opportunities of our nation’s capital. She returned home to Cobalt in 1990.
In Cobalt, Vivian found ample opportunity for community engagement and her organizational skills. Her greatest interest was the history of the region and she served many years on the board of the Cobalt Historical Society. She contributed her time to the libraries of the Cobalt and Haileybury public schools, the Temiskaming Art Gallery, and the Timiskaming Board of Health. Vivian was also very active in the local literary scene, writing poetry, volunteering with the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival and Hardy Boys’ Contest, and helping with HighGrader Magazine and White Mountain Publications. She was a true ambassador and source of living history for the town of Cobalt.
Predeceased by her parents and her sister Judy Hylands Bartlett, Vivian is mourned by her daughter Valerie (Terry Males) of Olds, Alberta and her son John (Viera Saly) of Victoria, BC. She will be greatly missed by grandchildren Nareela, Julia, Kieran and Michael, nephew Christopher and niece Nancy, and by her many friends and relatives in the Tri-Town area and across Canada.
Family and friends are invited to contribute stories and memories online at the Vivian Hylands Hostetler Memorial Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1043809665719517/
A celebration of Vivian’s life will take place mid-July in Cobalt. A fund will be created with the Temiskaming Foundation in the name of Vivian Hylands Hostetler to further her historical and literary interest in Cobalt. Condolences, contributions and memorial candles may be left at www.buffamleveille.com.