Albert J. Malachefski, 64, of Hanover Township was in the presence of his loving family when he passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Celtic Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Born May 16, 1950, in Kingston he was a son of the late Aloysius and Bernadine Bamrick Malachefski.
A graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, he was a sports fan and was a coach for the Women's Softball League and mini football of Plymouth and the Little League baseball team of Post 609 in Hanover Township.
Al was a volunteer fireman and active member of Hose Company No. 2 in Plymouth.
Al was an active member of the Hanover Area Band Parents Association for seven years, doing everything from driving the equipment truck, making props, pit crew member and cook in the bandstand at home football games.
Al was employed by InterMetro Industries for 20 years and was an usher and supervisor at Mohegan Sun Arena for 10 years.
Al was a loving husband, father and brother. His kind heart touched the lives of many. He will be greatly missed by his soul mate and wife of 37 years, Jody; daughter, Jennifer Wroblewski and her husband, Steve, Hanover Township; sons, John and his wife, Kelly, Lehighton; and Daniel and Erica Nallon, Hanover Township; and brothers, Donald DeFranco and his wife, Bettyanne, Williamsburg, Va.; and Edward, Hanover Township. He was the proud and loving PaPa of Addyson Wroblewski and Zachary Malachefski. And, last but not least, his two pet dogs, Chloe and Bella.
Al's entire family is grateful for the doctors and nurses at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia; Dr. John Bobeck, who was more than just his doctor, he was his friend; and especially the nurses, whom we like to think of as the Angels from the Fourth Floor East at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, for their kind and loving care and support during the final months of Al's life.
A celebration of Al's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Church of All Saints, Plymouth. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Al's family at www.celebratehislife.com.
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 8, 2014