Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 6, 2013

Emma Nora Maleski


TRAVERSE CITY — Emma Nora Maleski, 90, of Traverse City, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Emma was born on Aug. 31, 1922, in Traverse City, the daughter of Samuel and Nora (Chupp) Johns. On Sept. 1, 1943, she married Paul B. Maleski in Muskegon.

Emma lived her life for others. Her days were spent gardening, canning and taking care of her husband and children on the family farm in Leelanau County. As her children grew and had families of their own Emma made sure to spend time with her grandchildren, taking them fishing in the creek, baking pies and making wonderful memories.

Later in life Emma also had the opportunity to serve as a caregiver at Solon Nursing Home and in the kitchen at the Elks Lodge.

Emma is survived by two of her children, Terry (Barbara) Maleski and Regina Johnson; grandchildren, Lori (Jeff) Rotman, Daniel (Emily) Dalzell, James (Judy) Leach, Paul Maleski, Monica Maleski, TJ Maleski, Emily (Jason) Isenhauser and Tammie Johnson; 15 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and siblings, George Johns and Sandra Carson.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Samuel and Nora Johns; husband, Paul B. Maleski; daughter, Barbara Dalzell; sisters, Ruby Johns, Betty VanZee, Mary Kirby and Arlene Chouinard; brothers, Mack Johns, Jerald Johns and William Johns; grandson, David Dalzell; and great-grandson, Paul Dalzell.

A Mass from the Order of Christian Burials will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation will also be held on Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recitation at 7:30 p.m., at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary Cemetery in Lake Leelanau.

Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City; (231) 946-6515.