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IU Northwest mourns the loss of physical plant employee Alex Mitic

After 32 years of service, Mitic had recently been honored at the campus’s retirement reception

Monday Dec 23, 2013

Indiana University Northwest regretfully announced today, Monday, Dec. 23, the passing of physical plant employee Alex Mitic, 63, of Glen Park. Mitic passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The campus had recently recognized Mitic at its semi-annual retirement reception in December. After 32 years of service to IU Northwest, Mitic had planned on enjoying his retirement beginning in 2014.

At the time of his retirement, Mitic’s daily responsibility was the upkeep of the third floor of the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center; however, over three decades, Alex had worked in nearly every building on campus.

Shampooing carpets is what he did best, expressed Roger Thomas, custodial crew leader of Physical Plant.

“You could ask him to clean any carpet on the campus and he would gladly accept,” he said. “He was a team player.”

Those who worked closely with Mitic remembered that he had a friend in every campus building, and that it would be difficult to find another employee who is more dedicated, not only to doing a good job but also in looking for ways to do that job even better.

“He would encourage us to wash our dirty mops instead of throwing them away,” Thomas said recently at the retirement reception. “Protecting his equipment was very important to him throughout his time at IU Northwest. Even if he had to put a lock on his auto scrubber so other co-workers don’t mess it up.”

Mitic’s unique sense of humor was apparent, as he stepped up at the recent reception to receive his gift from Chancellor William Lowe.

“I will gladly accept your gift of a box of $100 bills,” he’d said upon accepting the gift, speculating what might be inside. The laughs carried him to the podium, where he revealed his wonder of where the time had gone, as well as his interest in astronomy, science, aviation and space.

He was preceded in death by his father, Branislav Mitic. He is survived by his loving mother, Ilse Mitic; loving sister, Ursula Mitic; brother, Michael (Charlene) Mitic; many nieces and nephews; cousins, Marion (Holger) Kramp, Hans Udo Bruhn, Inge Bruhn and Michael Kramp.

IU Northwest extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Alex Mitic.

Friends may visit with the family between 2 and 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27 at the Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 28 at Burns Funeral Home with Father Marko Matic officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

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