Alfred J. Mitchell
J. Mitchell Jr. passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Milwaukee, after
a courageous and determined 30-year battle with heart disease.
Al was born on May 5, 1940, in Punxsutawney, Pa. He was the first of
four children of Helen D. and the late Alfred J. Mitchell, Sr. of
Natrona Heights, Pa. A 1957 graduate of Tarentum (Pa.) High School, he
went on to study chemistry at Penn State and the University of Tulsa. Al
had two patents while employed at Alcoa Research and United Technologies
in California. He later moved to Wisconsin where he established two
successful manufacturing representative businesses, Applications in
Motion and Mitchell & Associates, and spent the last 35 years of his
Al was known for his brilliant mind and knowledge of large gear box
manufacturing and automation control solutions, many for U.S. naval
applications. Alís salesmanship and customer care were widely
Al was a voracious reader and loved to play golf, hunt, fish, tinker in
his workshop, watch trains and tend to his gardens. He was known for his
culinary skills and original recipes, including his famous two-bowler
aptly called ďThe Soup.Ē He also treasured the many cats who found him
over the years and convinced him to adopt them. Al is survived by his
longtime love and dedicated caregiver, Rebecca Young, cherished
daughter, Kimberly J. Mitchell of Atlanta, former wife and friend, Judy
Mitchell of West Bend, brother Charles Mitchell of Tarentum, Pa.;
sisters Sally (Fred) Wellinger of Natrona Heights, Pa., Susan (Ken)
Cosentino of Stamford, Conn., many Mitchell nieces and cousins, and all
the Young family who loved him dearly.
The family wishes to thank the countless number of medical providers who
traveled Alís journey with him through thick and thin, most especially
Drs. Robert Ninneman, Debesh Mazumdar and Aboud Affi.
As Al would have liked it, a private celebration of his life was held
with family and friends during which ďAl-ismísĒ and stories were shared.
Final arrangements were entrusted to Myrhum ó Patten Funeral & Cremation
Service. If desired, memorials in Alís name may be directed to the
donorís charity of choice.
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