John J. Mistretta
1932 - 2020

John J. Mistretta

November 15, 1932-November 14, 2020

John Joseph Mistretta, age 87, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Western Home Communities Deery Suites.

John was born November 15, 1932, the son of Michael and Anna (Braun) Mistretta in New York City, NY. He graduated from high school in Upstate New York and attended one year of college. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. On June 15, 1957, he was united in marriage to Sharon Jerman in West Allis, WI.

He worked in customer engineering for IBM for 30 years, retiring in 1987. John was a member of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49, and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Survived by his wife, Sharon of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Jill (Patrick) McAvoy of Denver; five grandchildren, John and Justin Mistretta, and Corey, Kyle and Kurt McAvoy; two great grandchildren, Addilyn and Adrian; a brother, Richard (Colleen) Mistretta; and four sisters, Ginger Gifford, Jeanette Leonard, Carol Mistretta and Kathy Mistretta all of Upstate New York.

Preceded in death by his two sons, John and Scott.

A memorial service will be held at a later date due to COVID19.

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Published by Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on Nov. 15, 2020.
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Hi Sharon and Jill, I remember John and I spent a lot of time together taking turns driving to Mason City. We solved a lot of the world's problems. I am sorry for your loss.
Warren Dyke
November 20, 2020
Sharon, Jill and families, So sorry to hear of John's passing. so many good memories from our stays with you during our High School days. May God lighten the weight on your hearts and keep his light shining.
Carol Pardoe Meggers
November 18, 2020
So sorry that to hear that John passed yesterday. You have our deepest sympathy. Just remember we are next door if you need anything. I always enjoyed Johns humor and will miss him too.
Steven Flickinger
November 15, 2020