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Joseph John "Joe" Misurelli
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Obituary for Joseph John "Joe" Misurelli

Joseph John “Joe” Misurelli, age 65, died suddenly Saturday, December 23, 2017, at his home in Bull Valley. He was born October 10, 1952, in Chicago, to Alexander and Barbara (Kreuser) Misurelli. On July 9, 1977, he married Edie Bock in St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington.

After graduation from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Joe furthered his education at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Following graduation, he went on to attend graduate school at Northern Illinois University, where he earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration. He served an internship of management at Elk Grove Village before being hired as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Crystal Lake for 3 ½ years. Joe was then appointed during his tenure as City Manager for Crystal Lake with a combined service of over 26 years. Joe’s proudest accomplishment was consolidating all Crystal Lake city buildings into the new City Hall, without any tax increases to Crystal Lake residents. He then worked in Genoa as city manager and as a consultant for a combined service of 15 years.

Joe served on the Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors from 1991-1997. He then joined the Centegra Hospital Board of Governors from 1997-2006, where he also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Planning Committee. Joe also served on the NIMED Board and the Centegra Management Service Board. He was a member of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, the City Managers Association, and the Sister City Committee for Holzgerlingen (Germany).

Joe was a devoted husband and loving dad. He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, who enjoyed classic cars, fishing, Blues music and a good cigar. Joe was an avid reader of European history with a vast home library. He had a great love for genealogy research, and he devoted many years of extensive research on his and his wife’s family history, dating back to the 1600's, and ultimately discovering new relatives. Joe had an unique sense of humor and loved telling “Dad Jokes”, and he could fix almost anything.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Edie; his sons, Joseph (Sarah) of Indonesia, Jason of Dekalb, IL ; his brother, Jeffrey Misurelli of Woodstock, niece Dana (Brian) Marino; great niece, Luciana; Misurelli cousins, Patty, Gail, Bill, Steve, Michele, Christi, Lisa, and (from Joe’s genealogy research) many new-found cousins in Kenosha, WI, and Kreuser cousins, MaryAnn, Ruth, Rory, Carol and many others.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Barbara Misurelli; a brother, Thomas (in infancy); his nephew, Alex; his cousins, Dan, Jim, Dick, and Mary Beth.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Friends may meet his family at the church for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass on Saturday, December 30, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 451 Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, 60012.

For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.


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Visitation

Friday

29

Dec

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Justen Funeral Home & Crematory

3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Funeral Mass

Saturday

30

Dec

10:30 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

451 Terra Cotta Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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