Chris Hostas , 54, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Deacon Jim Novak, officiating, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Christopher Andrew Hostas was born November 2, 1959 in Vernon to Herman and Willie Mae Hostas. He was raised in Seymour and attended Seymour Schools, graduating in 1978 from SHS. He moved to Prescott, Arizona in the late 80s and worked for WalMart for 13 years, and Home Depot for the last 14 years. Chris was a member of the Home Depot MET Team, which set up all the Christmas Displays in the Arizona Home Depot Stores. On May 27, 2013, Chris was diagnosed with leukemia. He was hospitalized for several months at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix before receiving a bone marrow transplant on November 8, 2013. All of his siblings were tested to be donors but did not match. However, a donor was found overseas. He continued treatments at the Mayo Clinic and was cancer free as of February 14, 2014. On his regularly scheduled appointment on March 14th, his tests showed that the cancer had returned. On March 21st, he started a new kind of chemo treatment, but his white blood count was too out of control. He was put under Hospice Care the same day. Upon his death, Chris’s body was donated to a cancer research center.
He is survived by wife of 32 years, Wanda; 3 daughters, Shelly Garcia and husband, Alfonzo; Stephanie Berends and husband, Andrew; and Mistie Hostas; 5 grandchildren, Jessie; Lolana; Taelar; Arianne and Xavier; his parents, Herman and Willie Mae Hostas; his brother, Delvin Hostas and wife, Amy; 2 sisters, Sharon Copeland and husband, Uel; and Teresa Flaherty; nieces, Ashley Copeland and Sheena Hill; and nephews, Hogan Hostas, Hayden Hostas, Nick Copeland, and Sean Flaherty.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.