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Coda - Final Notes and Obituaries for Jim Misitano's Parents and Siblings

(Obituaries edited to remove names of grandchildren of Jim's parents)

Grace Misitano
  • Birth: December 22, 1927
  • Death: January 1, 1994
  • Marriage: to George McNeill (Died in 1971)
  • Marriage: to Mark Lotti (Died in 1986)

Obituary in Altoona Mirror, January 3, 1994

Grace Misitano McNeill, 66, of 5707 NW 85th Ave, Tamarac, FL, formerly of Altoona, died at 6:30 am Saturday, Jan 1, 1994, at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL, following a brief illness.

She was born December 22, 1927 in Altoona, the daughter of Francis and Frances (Mollica) Misitano. She was twice married, first to George L. McNeill. He died in 1971. Then she married Mark Lotti. He died in 1986. Surviving are two children and a granddaughter. Also surviving are three brothers.

She was a 1947 graduate of Altoona High School.

Nephew Jim Jr's Final Notes

Aunt Grace was an ebulliently happy soul, seeming to always enjoy herself and her company. One thing she didn't like, though, was having her picture taken. After much searching through old photo albums, I noted that most photos that included her were of her back. She liked her privacy, I suppose...

When I was in college, I learned of the traditions of Spring Breaks in Fort Lauderdale, and found out that Aunt Grace happened to live there. Not sure how I arranged this, but I was able to spend a week during February at her house there. I recall it still being a bit cold on the beach, but I wasn't going to let 40 degree temperatures interfere with me getting a nice tan to show envious classmates back at school.

I also remember reading in the paper while I was there that car rental companies would allow drivers to take a car from Fort Lauderdale to a city like Pittsburgh where my school was for free, since they had many customers paying for the one-way trip in the other direction in the winter. I thought I could turn in my plane ticket for cash and have a fun adventure driving north before Aunt Grace explained to me that she was responsible for my well-being while I visited and to forget such fanciful notions. I still had a wonderful time there, though!

   - Jim Jr.


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