Charles Edward Mistek, June 1, 1935-January 14, 2018

Charles Mistek, 82 years old, passed away on January 14, 2018 at Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.
Charles was born June 1, 1935 in Ely, MN to Edward and Eleanor Mistek. He graduated from Ely High School, attended Vermilion Junior College in Ely, and served two years in the United States Army. On June 25, 1959 he married Jacquelyn Pecore and together they raised their four children.
Charles received his Bachelor’s degree in Math and Social Sciences from St. Cloud State University and earned his Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from Mankato State University. He started his teaching career by teaching Social Studies at Sauk Centre High School and he spent 10 years at St. Paul Park High School teaching math and as a Vocational Coordinator.
Charles was the Assistant Principal at Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School from 1971-1973 before he earned the position of Principal at Biwabik High School in 1973. He remained the principal with Biwabik schools until the merge with Aurora-Hoyt Lakes to form Mesabi East schools in 1987, where he fulfilled various roles including principal, math teacher, and guidance counselor until his retirement in 1994.
Charles led a very active lifestyle enjoying cross-country skiing, running, biking, and swimming. He regularly participated in triathlons and running events. Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth was a favorite. He loved being outdoors fishing, hunting, picking blueberries, tending his garden, or just toiling in his garage.
Charles was preceded in death by his son, Steven Mistek, and his parents Edward and Eleanor Mistek.
Charles is survived by his wife Jackie (Pecore) Mistek of Ely; daughters: Toni (Kevin) Fischer of North Mankato, MN, Amy Fontenot of San Antonio, TX, and Betsy Mistek of Duluth, MN; grandchildren Nick (Stephanie) Fischer, and Mollie Fischer; great-grandson Beau Fischer; sister Gloria (John) Seliga, and many more family members and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family cabin on Echo Trail in Ely, MN on August 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.