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Joe Hostetter

Joe E. Hostetter

Tuesday, August 8th, 1939 - Saturday, January 26th, 2019
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Joe, Hostetter, Age 79, brother of the late Jim and Morris Hostetter, passed away peacefully at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. A kind and generous man, Joe was born August 8th, 1939 in Manhattan, Kansas. He married his friend and the love of his life, Kinue Hostetter on September 21, 1973. Joe graduated from Kansas State before Serving in the United States Navy for 6 years, joining the Navy Jazz band. Joe’s passion for music led him to a career as a professional musician. As a Recording Engineer, in 1972 Joe taught the first ever Audio Recording Class at Berklee University of Music, and was an original member of their Inaugural Department of Audio Recording. Joe served as the Chair of Recording until his retirement in 1997. Joe also played trumpet for the Ted Herbert Big Band, and his passion for transcribing music from the Big Band era continued up until his passing. Joe loved to garden, play music, and improve the house he purchased in 1976. Joe is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Mariah Hostetter, and grandchild; Heidi Hostetter. Joe loved his family and touched them all deeply with his passing. In a world deficient of truly virtuous people, Joe exhibited vast amounts of Compassion, Patience, Kindness and Honesty. His qualities will be remembered and, although it may be impossible to emulate Joe’s amazing life and ethos, we can try every day to be as loving as he was. Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00pm in The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Avenue Arlington. In a lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe's memory to: ALS Association 685 Canton St., Suite, 103, Norwood, MA 02062
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    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    ARLINGTON, MA 02476
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Timothy Metzinger

Posted at 12:43pm
Joe was my teacher and my mentor at the Berklee College of Music. I had the pleasure of being his assistant engineer for many many recordings of concerts during my years at the school, and I learned so much from him about engineering and making technology serve the art. We discovered the magic of digital recording together, and I can still remember his joy when we got our pair of B&K 4006 omni microphones, and his pride when he was buying his first new Volvo. I'm saddened by the news of his loss but so grateful for his presence in my life.

Joe & Carmen Konzem

Posted at 11:33am
Joe and I drove to Boston together in 1966 from Manhattan, Kansas where we had met when I was at K -State. With Joe's connections at Berklee, I began a 20 year association with the college. Carmen and I both are saddened by Joe's passing and offer our sincere condolences. Joe and Carmen Konzem, Weston, MA

Mai, Chie and Momoko

Posted at 09:55am
Please accept our deepest condolences. Joe was a great man and it was our pleasure to have known him. In deepest sympathy.
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