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John Joseph Mukavitz


LAKE TAHOE, Nevada - John Joseph Mukavitz, 50, of Reno, Nev., formerly of Ironwood, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in South Lake Tahoe. He was born Oct. 8, 1966, the son of William and Barbara Mukavitz.

John graduated from Ironwood High School with the Class of 1984. He attended Northern Michigan University, where he received a Master's Degree in English with a minor in journalism. John worked as a reporter for the Houghton Gazette, along with a newspaper in Park City, Utah. At one time he published a local newspaper called Big Snow Country Travel Guide. He also taught computer science at Sierra Nevada College and at the University of Nevada in Reno. John later owned and operated his own business, Reno Technology, LLC. He was also employed by Erlach Computer Consulting as a computer engineer and by Panasonic, where he was a materials handler.

John was married to Lisa Nissenbaum in 2000. He was an avid sportsman and played high school football, track and raced downhill skiing. John also belonged to the NMU ski team, where he skied as a member and later was an instructor. He was also a life guard and swimming instructor. He participated in many triathlons, and ran in the Paavo Nurmi one-half marathon and the Ironman Triathlon in Squaw Valley, Calif.

He is survived by his father, William "Bobo"; his brother, Anthony "Tony" (Luann); his daughters, Lauren, age 12, and Jenna, age 10; his nephew, Cody (Taylor); niece, Jessica; and many other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Mukavitz.

In honor of John's wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. Father Robb Jurkovich will be the celebrant. John's family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service in the St. Joseph's Family Room at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will follow the mass at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood Township. The luncheon will follow at the Elk & Hound Restaurant in Ironwood.

Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit


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