Hillsboro – Myrna Jost passed away March 12, 2019 at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was born June 21, 1932 in Hillsboro to Harry and Esther (Winter) Eitzen. She married Victor Jost August 25, 1955 at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church Rural Hillsboro. Survivors include: husband: Victor Jost of Hillsboro; daughters, Connie (David) Faber of Hillsboro, Nancy (Mark) Rogers of Rural Hillsboro; sister, Kathleen Viergever of Ft. Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Predeceased by a grandson, Jerrod Rogers in 2016. Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church rural Hillsboro. Family will receive friends Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Ebenfeld Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Myrna June (Eitzen) Jost was born June 21, 1932, to Harry and Esther (Winter) Eitzen on the family farm one-half mile north of Ebenfeld MB Church. She was the oldest of three girls.
She attended the nearby Ebenfeld elementary school and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1950. Myrna received her teacher’s certificate from Tabor College in 1952 and completed additional courses at Emporia State Teacher’s College. Myrna taught one year at Finch School, followed by several years in the Hillsboro public schools.
Myrna was an active member of Ebenfeld MB Church her entire life. Through the ministry of a visiting evangelist Myrna made her decision to follow Christ on Sunday morning, December 12, 1943. Three years later, on Aug. 4, 1946, she was among a group, including Victor Jost, that was baptized upon their confession of faith.
As young adults, Myrna and Vic both sang in the Ebenfeld church choir and began dating while Myrna was teaching. A year-and-a-half after their first date, they were engaged. They were married at Ebenfeld on a very hot Thursday evening August 25, 1955.
Myrna and Vic spent the first year of their marriage in Topeka, Kansas, where they worked at Topeka State Hospital. While Vic worked in the dietary department to fulfill his 1-W Service, Myrna worked with children in occupational therapy.
In 1956, the couple returned to Hillsboro and moved to Vic’s family farm, south of Hillsboro. Two daughters joined the family—Connie in 1957 and Nancy in 1960. As a homemaker, Myrna enjoyed baking and cooking, gardening, tending flowers, sewing and crafts. The family took many vacations, including to Colorado, California, the Dakotas, Texas, New York and Ontario, Canada. As their family grew to include sons-in-law and grandchildren, Myrna planned several “stay-cations.” She and Vic took a more adventurous trip when they visited Nancy and her family in Africa.
Church was an important part of family life. In addition to attending church “whenever the lights were on,” Vic and Myrna were youth sponsors, serving several two-year terms. They served as deacons for 25 years, with some breaks. For many years, Myrna served as the junior Sunday school superintendent and was also involved in Women’s Missionary Society (WMS). She was Ebenfeld’s first church secretary, serving for 10 years (1979-1989).
Myrna was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002 and in 2010 she and Vic moved to the Parkside Homes assisted living facility. In November 2016 Myrna moved to nursing care, which meant that she and Vic would no longer live together, a change that was difficult for both of them.
Myrna died early Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019, at Hillsboro Community Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Victor; two daughters, Connie and David Faber and Nancy and Mark Rogers; grandchildren, Amanda Faber and Tyler Dort, Becky Faber, Harry and Molly Wiebe Faber, Margaret and Eli Sweany, Victor and Meghann Rogers, Rhonda Rogers, Jen Rogers and Erica Eakers; one great-grandson, Corbin Rogers; one sister, Kay Viergever; and many extended family members. She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, May Krause, and her grandson, Jerrod Rogers.