Joe Hottendorf, a former Liberty Board of Realtors executive vice president who had been involved in local government and politics for over 50 years, died on Monday at 77 years old.
“Joe was a member of the Hoboken Elks Club and served as a trustee for the Hudson County Community College Foundation, in which he formed an annual scholarship given by The Liberty Board of REALTORS,” his obituary says.
He is survived by his sister Catherine; his nieces and nephews, Michele Rodriguez (Eduardo) and Joseph Hottendorf Jr.; his grandchildren, Mikaela, Olivia Hottendorf and Angelis Rodriguez; and his sister-in-law Rita Hottendorf.
A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at the St. Ann’s RC Church, located at 704 Jefferson St., at 10 a.m. His cause of death was not immediately available.
“He was a caring friend to so many of us; and to those of you who did not know him personally, I can tell you that his commitment to his role as leader of the Liberty Board of Realtors for the last 30+ years was nothing short of transformative,” Mile Square Taxpayers Association Executive Director Ron Simoncini said in an email blast on Tuesday.
“He was an early adopter of sophisticated computer technology in real estate brokerage and he introduced the Multiple Listing System to Hudson County. He fought hard for his causes, and for the last five years he fought a variety of illnesses and injuries — on several occasions making amazing recoveries — with the same incredible will that he brought to his other endeavors.”
He also identified Hottendorf as “a lifelong conservative” who ended up being the first rent control officer in Hoboken, the city where he was born (he was a Secaucus resident at the time of his passing), under former Mayor Steve Cappiello.
Simoncini also said that in 1990, Hottendorf “fought back the initial rent control movement in Union City — winning over an ambitious young mayor named Robert Menendez.”
Additionally, he remembered Hottendorf as a big college basketball fan who was particularly fond of Seton Hall – holding season tickets for many years – and also loved talking shop when it came to New Jersey politics.