OBITUARY

Daniel J. Mizak

January 1, 1940December 3, 2017
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Dr. Daniel Joseph Mizak, 77, of Trumbull, a retired physician, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes in Shelton. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Heide. He was also predeceased by a brother-in-law, Vincent Lima. Survivors include four daughters, Andrea (Christopher) Kerin, Michelle Youd, Linda Mizak, and Heide Rose Mizak; three granddaughters, Jacqueline Kerin, Sydney Youd, and Bianca Youd; one sister, Monica Mizak; one sister-in-law, Ute Lima; one brother-in-law, Dieter (Ingrid); several nieces and nephews; many close friends; and countless patients to whom he devoted his career. Born on January 1, 1940 in Bridgeport he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Turchik) Mizak. Dan grew up in Bridgeport but spent time at the family farm on Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull and with his uncle at the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association club in Monroe. His active membership in the Fish and Game club lasted his entire life. After graduation from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1957, Dan earned his pre-medical degree at the University of Bridgeport. He took a year of special work in the department of immunology at the University of Buffalo and in 1968 earned the degree of doctor of medicine from Jefferson Medical College. At Jefferson, he was a member of the Sims Obstetric and Gynecologic society. In Philadelphia, he served his internship at Methodist Hospital and two residencies in internal medicine and cardiology at Jefferson Medical College Hospital. He also served a residency in family medicine at Bridgeport Hospital. From 1970 to 1972, Dan served in the U.S. Army at Fort Monmouth, NJ after which time he returned with his wife and children to Connecticut, and opened his family practice office in Huntington Center in 1973, where he cared for area families until his retirement in 2012. Dr. Mizak was known to his patients as a compassionate and caring physician. He was truly dedicated to his patients, and their very best interests were his deepest concern. An avid sportsman, Dan was an active rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooter. While in the Army, he was a member of the Fort Monmouth Marksmanship Unit. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and snowmobiling in New Hampshire. Friends may greet the family on Friday, December 15 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Spadaccino Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike in Monroe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Avenue in Huntington. Burial will be private. The family would like to thank caregivers Pam, Aiesha, and John for their compassionate and skilled care. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen P.O. Box 2506 Hartford, CT 06146 http://ctsportsmen.com or the Umbagog Snowmobile Association P.O. Box 133 Errol, NH 03579 www.umbagogsnowmobile.com. For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling Hours Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 16, 2017

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Will Be Private

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Bonnie & Cliff Albright

December 17, 2017

Michelle and family, Bonnie and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
He was both a Dr. as well as a close friend. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to you and the rest of the family.
Bonnie and Cliff Albright

December 16, 2017

Dear Michelle, Linda,Andie and Heide Rose

I am so sorry to hear about Danny, although he was our family doctor he was also a friend to the Ruggiero family
I will never be able to express my sympathy to the depth I feel for his passing, he was the best at his practice and was a rock for me during my difficult times in life
I will always remember your parents for the love, and affection they always had to each other, each of you and their patients, the loss of him is a great loss to the medical field!

With deepest sympathy,
Elaine Ruggiero

Bob Dubos

December 15, 2017

Dan and I met in 1960 at the University of Bridgeport. We quickly became best of friends and shared our off time racing hydroplanes, shooting all sizes and calibers of guns and vying for girl friends. He was a night person and I was a day person which meant I would spend an hour trying to wake him up at 10 in the morning to get going. Dan was an usher in my wedding and I think I was his best man at his. We went our separate ways when he went off to Jefferson Med and I to grad school at UConn. He was my mom's physician for many years and she loved him dearly.
My wife, Pat and I planned to attend calling hours, but have been scared off by the forecasted snow. Our love to you four daughters. Losing a loved one is never easy. Dan and Heidi were great friends and we will miss them both dearly.

Grace Hulford

December 15, 2017

Dear Michele and family,
Dr. Mizak was our family doctor for my mother and father and my three daughters for many, many years. He was kind and caring and would talk with each patient and got to know all of us well, a true family doctor! What a loss it was when because of insurance we had to leave the comfort of his care. He cared for my Dad through Alzheimer's and helped us keep him at home until he passed. He surely has a special spot in Heaven and in our hearts forever. My deepest condolences.

Nancy Simmonds

December 15, 2017

Dear Michele and family, Your Dad was our family doctor for so many years, and we loved him so much. He did everything he could for you, was interested in your life and willingly shared his with us. He came to the house when my Dad died to spare us having to call in anyone else. You and your Mom and Dad walked my Mom to the car from your office on her last day because you knew it was the end. No one could ask for more care and compassion from any family. He served the Huntington community with such dedication. He and your Mom were a great team and now they are together again. Our prayers are with all of you and our sincere appreciation for many, many years of care and compassion. He really was one of a kind!

Cy and Janet Kollar

December 14, 2017

To the Mizak family,
Our deepest condolences. Your dad was a warm compassionate doctor with the correct diagnosis and simple remedies. His humor and friendship made the appointments a pleasure. We cannot find another doctor like him.

trish flood

December 13, 2017

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Mizak. My mother always spoke fondly of him, he was wonderful to my grandmother when we moved her to Shelton from Georgia with advanced Alzheimer's. I remember my mother being impressed that a Dr could ride a motorcycle!! RIP Dr Mizak, you did a good job here.

Dot Manely

December 13, 2017

Dear Andy,Michelle,Linda and Heidi and Monica and family it is heartbreaking to read about Dan. he was the most compassionate and caring Doctor for our family and all his patients. HE was one of a kind, never found another doctor to meet his standards.He is now with Heidi in Heaven. Our sympathy to each of you,he was the best. Love Dot and family

The Staff of Spadaccino Funeral Home

December 13, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Mike Marusic

December 12, 2017

MIchele and family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Dr. Mizak was the best Doctor I have ever known. Very kind, compassionate, and caring. I always looked forward to my appointment with him. He always had the right diagnosis and treatment for me. I always enjoyed his conversation, wit and sense of humor and will remember him in my prayers. My deepest condolences.

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