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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)

Joseph Paul (Joe) Misitano
  • Birth: January 12, 1925
  • Death: March 27, 1992
  • Marriage: June 24, 1948 to Ella Joan Meek (Divorced December 1969)
  • Marriage: 1970 to Jean F. Springer (Divorced April, 1975)
  • Military Service: April 13, 1943 to December 12, 1945

Obituary in Altoona Mirror,

Joseph P. Misitano, 67, of Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, formerly of Altoona, died at 5:08 pm Friday, March 27, 1992, at the home following an extended illness.

Mr. Misitano retired as a restaurant owner in California in 1980 after five years.

He was born January 12, 1925, in Altoona, the son of Frank and Frances (Mollica) Misitano.

Surviving are two sons and three grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers and a sister: Philip, James and Thomas of Altoona, and Grace Lotti of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Mr. Misitano was an Army veteran of World War II, receiving the bronze star. He was also a member of the VFW and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Nephew Jim Jr.'s Final Notes

Of the aunts and uncles who had "escaped from Altoona" in the 1950's (Pauline to Colorado, Grace to Florida, Joe and Frank to California), Joe was the only one to return to Altoona for an extended period after retirement. I would see him a few times a year while visiting my dad for holidays. He had a very pleasant demeanor, and of course had interesting stories to tell.

I didn't know until preparing this memoir that he had started and run multiple businesses in California, and had close ties to political leaders in Los Angeles at the time.

   - Jim Jr.


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