Joseph Mistro was an easygoing man who was always making people laugh, his daughters said.
“We were a very close family, and he was very involved in our lives,” said his daughter, Julie Springer. “Dad coached us in softball for 10 years and Mom was our biggest cheerleader. I learned a lot from him about both sports and sportsmanship.”
Joseph John Mistro, 76, of Schererville and Ft. Meyers, Fla., died May 5. He worked 26 years for the Sherwin Williams Company, retiring as the director of operational planning in 1992. He also worked 20 years at Tuckaway Golf Course, Crete.
He was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Northern Illinois University.
He is survived by Sue Mistro, his wife of almost 48 years.
“It is so great that they had the chance to take advantage of retirement and enjoy their time together before Dad’s illness struck,” said their daughter, Tracy DeGrauwe. “They had a lot of fun traveling, social events, golfing and just hanging out with friends. They were very young at heart. They enjoyed each other and they enjoyed life.”
Mistro loved Tuckaway Golf Course, and that became his home away from home, his daughters said.
“Even when he wasn’t working, he would go just to drive or chip a few balls,” DeGrauwe said.
He loved to golf, and had been golfing there since 1967.
“He knew and liked the people there and would run into a lot of his friends on a daily basis,” said Springer. “Plus, it allowed him to golf almost daily, even if it was just a few holes after work.”
Mistro’s daughters said he believed in the value of an education, as well as hard work and honesty.
“He was a very generous man, and he is missed every day,” DeGrauwe said.