John Mindiola Sr., at the age of 79, found peace on January 26, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Bonnie; father of Joseph Mindiola (Cindy), Tony Mindiola (Jaye), John Mindiola Jr. (Mona), Therese Andino, Michael Mindiola (Kelly), Andrea Mindiola, Natalie MorningCrow and Stephanie Wenzel (Andy); grandfather of Kirstin, Kaitlin, Joe, Kaleena, Kyle, John III, late Sarah Barse, Derek, Travis, Ryan, Madison, Marissa, Max, Mikayla, Autumn, Sierra, Tyler and Leah; great-grandfather to Christian, Julianna, Zoe, Jayce, Kaylie and Hunter. He is further survived by brothers Stanley Mindiola (Ophelia), Tony Lopez Sr., Matty Lopez (Mary) and Johnny Lopez; sister Julie Cervantas (Jim); and sisterin- law Sandy Mindiola. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by siblings Tony Mindiola Jr., Ysidra Garcia and Lupe Barreto.
John was a lifelong resident of Waukesha, retiree of International Harvester/Navistar and member of the United Steelworkers Local 3740 and held various positions. John loved Waukesha and was very active with the city parks and forestry division and the city Planning Commission. He held many positions within the Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, being on the board of directors including president for 19 years. He helped develop programs and parks in the city of Waukesha. John also received the key to the City of Waukesha on July 19, 2004, and December 19, 2004, was proclaimed John Mindiola Day. With over 33 years of volunteer services, John Mindiola Sr. Community Park was dedicated September 2005.
Heartfelt gratitude to his extended care family of Dr. Jose Franco, Dr. Christopher Johnson, Dr. Thomas Connor, Leanne Graf, Jean B., Cindy J., Cindy M., Chole, Rodney and the many nurses and staff of 3SW at Froedert Hospital. In addition, much gratitude extended to his caregivers of Compassionate Care Hospice.
A celebration of life will be held at Frame Park in the Rotary Club Building, 1150 Frame Park Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186, on Friday, February 3, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be shared by Father Perez beginning at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, all memorials may be designated to Johnís family.