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Neill Funeral Home

3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA

OBITUARY

Marin Mitchell Ivanoff

February 27, 1952June 8, 2019

Marin Mitchell Ivanoff was born on February 27, 1952 and passed away on June 8, 2019.

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Rhonda Lee George

June 14, 2019

The first time I met Mitch, I asked him if I could sing a song with him. He agreed and after that, any time I would get to see his group, He would just ask me to come up. Such a lovely kind man who was admired by so many musicians and friends. I told him that he should buy a real guitar instead of a uke to play, because he was so big in stature that his guitar looked so small. He laughed. I am so sorry that I won't get to hear him sing here on earth, but he sure is carrying on a tune or two where he is right now. He will be missed by so many who loved and adored him not only as a musician but as a wonderful person. RIP, My friend

Amanda Houseal

June 14, 2019

I had the honor and privilege of knowing Mitch later in life as his health had started to fail him. I was one of the nurses who had taken care of him through his many admissions to the hospital. Many people have spoken here about Mitch’s beautiful, shining personality, and gentle soul. I would like to reiterate that even when he felt the worst and his body was failing, Mitch remained the kindest, tender hearted, sweetest man I have met in a long time. We often had so many long talks about music and literature and life. We talked about his cars, his dog, his friends, our families. I took my family to meet him one day. I am saddened that I will never walk into his room and spend a lovely time chatting or see his amazing smile again. The world is definitely a little less bright without Mitch.

Mark Ettinger

June 13, 2019

Mitch and I met at the steel mill in Steel ton, where we both worked. I forget the date but we were there. I ran into him again in the early 90'swhen I started singing with blues bands with the WTPA dead air blues gigs all over Harrisburg. I had the honor of singing a song with his band at Paradise Alley one night. He was a gentle giant "Tiny".. Hadn't seen him for a while . Sorry to hear he had passed on to the big blues gig I'm the shy. Sing one for me, Mitch.

Heather Cupper

June 13, 2019

I met Mitch when I was in 5th grade (over 30 years ago) and became, what I would like to think was close, with his daughter. Through the years, seemed as though we were more like sisters instead of just friends. I've shared so many laughs, heartfelt conversations and just wonderful memories with this man. He wasn't just another person to me, but more of another father. I am a far better person for having known him and believe he is and has always has been an angel. The world needs more people like him. Not one bad thing could be said of him. He was kind, gentle, understanding, generous, loving, accepting... Just anything good a person could be, he was. And never anything, but a smile on his face. Whenever I was in his presence, my heart was so much lighter. So, to my GEORGIO: Thank you for everything/anything, EVER! A giant void is now in my heart knowing you are no longer here with us, but I take what solace I can in knowing you are no longer suffering and in pain. What I wouldn't give to give you one more hug or kiss on the forehead. You and all the wonderful you have brought to my life will never leave and you will forever be missed. Never forgotten. You made the world a far better place than you found it. I love you SO much! Always and forever! My family and I love and will miss you more than you could ever know. Until we meet again you and all of the joy of knowing you will live in our hearts and minds. Thoughts and prayers to your family. With LOVE, The Cuppers (Heather, Noah & Ryan)

Bill Distefano

June 13, 2019

Rest in peace mitch the kid from sible town who became a blues icon many musicans got their start with mitch it didnt matter who you were mitch had a smile for every one

Brenda McGowan

June 13, 2019

This gentle giant, sweet and kind always a gentleman always hugging people with a smile as big as Mitch to match. Played at several of the same venues and worked with Mitch at a few benefits he was such a talented man. He will be missed by so many and for so many reasons. Rest in peace now we're all singing the blues.💖😪

Karen Critchfield

June 13, 2019

I met Mitch 15 years ago. Don Johnson introduced us at the Blues picnic. Mitch always treated me with love and respect. That is how he treated everyone. He was a gift from God.

Don Johnson

June 13, 2019

Mitch was one of the first musicians I met when I moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Met him at the Lochiel Hotel at the Blues jam. We became friends immediately and that friendship endured all these years. Loved that man!

Steve Alcorn

June 12, 2019

Mitch throwing me in the deep end of the pool at his parent's house in Rutherford and I couldn't swim. Him standing in the deep end with half his arm out of the water. Hope Heaven plays the Blues my friend. Godspeed!!!

Michele Cramer

June 12, 2019

My husband Jeff and I met Mitch in the early 90's by chance one night at a bar in Harrisburg when he was playing with Krypton City Blues. We fell in love with their music and went to see them as much as we could. For a number of years they came to our home and played for 4th of July picnics and the ultimate performance was for our outdoor wedding in 2001. The whole Krypton group were great but the term "Gentle Giant" certainly fit Mitch. I'm short and he towered high above my head but was absolutely the kindest person I have ever met.

Rest in Peace our dear friend, I'm sure your playing the Blues in Heaven!!

Michele & Jeff Cramer

FROM THE FAMILY