Joel Hoechstetter, WOAI, & Hooters
Below is Joel’s obituary. Thanks to Carolyn Taylor and Ed Davis for sending along to me. Back in school, I knew who Joel was but did not know him. From the comments that some have sent, Joel was well liked. I do remember his attending recent reunions with his wife, Sandra. For the first several events, he attended with a really pretty, younger woman, Sandra, whom he did marry. Joel did not come to the last reunion. If any of you want to add comments about Joel, you can post it on here for others to read. Look for the button to add a comment.
1936 – 2016
On Friday, August 5, 2016 Joel Hoechstetter ended his seven month battle with illness. Born in San Antonio Texas on September 4, 1936 to Alexander and Ruth Hoechstetter, Joel moved to Houston after attending the University of Texas. The consummate people person and salesman, Joel started his career in the fashion industry with Foleys and Sakowitz. Later, Joel moved to the insurance business working for American General before venturing out on his own to start The Hoechstetter Company; a successful insurance company that he ran for the remainder of his career.
Joel’s greatest love was his family. He lived with his wife Sandra and their dogs Lilly Rose and Winston. Joel and Sandra shared a life filled with love together traveling across the country, antique shopping and eating at an eclectic variety of restaurants. Joel was a great father and was extremely proud of his son Andrew. Throughout Andrew’s life Joel was always eager to be involved as a wonderful role model, mentor and unwavering supporter. Joel also loved his daughter-in-law Amy as though she was truly his own daughter. Their relationship grew and grew over the years and he really loved having Amy in his and Andrew’s life. Without question, the greatest part of his life was when Joel became Pappo, with the addition of Rachel and Jessica, his beloved granddaughters. Pappo loved Rachel and Jessica with all his heart and took tremendous pleasure in spending time together laughing, playing and teaching his own special version of life’s lessons.
Joel is also survived by his former wife Cissy Hoechstetter; step-children Rob Cauthen, Macon Cauthen and Elizabeth Baird; step-children-in-law Elvira Cauthen, Helen Cauthen and Michael Baird; step-grandchildren Jack, Dylan, Reese, Isabella, Rylan and Collins.
Funeral service will be held at 3:00pm, Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Beth Israel Memorial Gardens, 1101 Antoine, Houston.
Joel will truly be missed by so many who loved him so much.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 8, 2016
WOAI and Hooters
Do any of you remember the old WOAI transmitter building on the old Austin Highway enroute to Austin? It stood off to the right in the town of Selma, which then was about half-way up the road to New Braunfels. That was the country then and long before Selma became nationally known as a speed trap. Selma is now a more respected suburb contiguous to San Antonio, with the speed trap reputation long gone.
WOAI eventually vacated the building. For a good many years, the building housed the Selma city offices downstairs and the local jail upstairs. As Selma developed a significant tax base, city offices moved to a new building and the building was vacant once more. A few years ago, Hooters took it over and is now in the process of expanding the building and adding a patio. No, I do not frequent Hooters, but I do drive by somewhat regularly to and from Costco, and today I noticed the construction. Nothing significant here—just a bit of old time history.
Who Did What,
Our unscientific list of who did what after we grew up has covered engineers and professors. Here are several short lists that are easy to type. If you all know of others, preferably add it as a comment here or else send me the information.
Sam Bell Bruce Cassell Betty Ann Canfield Sheldon Oster
Carl Conn John Patmore Paul Skrobanek
Nancy Grauer Meredith Kelly (aka Florence Boston) Gus Peters
Closing out today,
here is a photo from the April lunch—Patricia Padgett Wiseman, Susan Crawford LeVieus, Patricia Trimble Bryant, and Connie Mayes Dyer.