MENDOTA – Rev. Theodore R. Hochstatter, 73, of Africa, formerly of Mendota, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 21, 2022, in Dunlap, Ill.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mendota. Bishop Louis Tylka will officiate. Burial will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery Peterstown. There will be a visitation from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Holy Cross Church, with an additional hour prior to the Mass. Wasmer Funeral Home is privileged to be assisting the family.
Fr. Ted was born Aug. 7, 1949 in Mendota to Richard and Dorothy (Henkel) Hochstatter. Ted was educated through eighth grade at Sts. Peter and Paul Church and primary school.
Fr. is survived by his three brothers, Joe (Alicia) Hochstatter of Mendota, John (Barb) Hochstatter of Mendota and Ken Hochstatter of Montgomery; two sisters, Susan (Rich) McLaughlin of Mendota and Cathy (Bill) Meyer of Huntley; six nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; many cousins; and his aunt, Marian Hochstatter of Mendota.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fr. Ted attended and graduated St. Joseph's Franciscan Minor Seminary in 1967 and graduated Quincy University in 1972. He was a Child Care Worker in Parmadale, Ohio. Fr. Ted's transitional diaconate ordination was in 1979. He then graduated from St. Meinrad School of Theology in 1980 and was Ordained to the Priesthood on May 24,1980. Fr. Ted celebrated his first Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul on May 25,1980.
In September of 1990, Fr. Ted was blessed with meeting Mother Teresa and thereafter began his work with the Missionaries of Charity, beginning in 1993 with a post in Albania. He Con-celebrated Mass with Pope John Paul II in his private chapel in November of 1995, then days later kneeled before Mother Teresa and took his fourth vow of lifelong service to the poor. Fr. Ted arrived in Africa in July of 2001, and it was his home for the remainder of his ministry.
Memorials may be directed to Missionaries of Charity, 506 Hancock St., Peoria, IL 61603. Condolences may be left at wasmerfuneralhome.com.