Joseph Ambrose Malec
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Joseph Ambrose Malec was born August 24, 1919 and passed away on October 27, 2013.
Services for Joe will be as follows; visitation will be on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM with a vigil service at 6:00 PM at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Marshall Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. John Berchmans Cathedral. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Park. Officiating will be Monsignor Carson LaCaze.
Joe was the youngest of ten children born to Mathew and Anna Malec and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps after high school and served honorably in WWII.
He had a distinguished military career during WWII receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with three bronze stars and the WWII Victory Medal.
Joe married Evelyn Richards on December 22, 1944 while he was stationed at Barksdale Field. They spent 68 wonderful years together until her death November 15, 2012.
Joe was a founding member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a long-time member of St. John Berchmans Cathedral. He served on the Parish Council, the Diocesan Council and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He served as a Minister of the Eucharist until the age of 90. Joe received the Bishop's Medal for service to the church.
Joe always felt that the most important things in his life were his relationship with God, his family, his service in WWII, and his volunteer work with the veterans at the V.A. Hospital.
He is survived by one sister, Sophie Sopcak of Chicago, Illinois and five children; Christine Brodtman, Carol Chico (James), Joseph R. Malec (Elizabeth), Michael Malec (Jeannie), and Paul Malec, twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. He often told people that he had, "three Aces and two Queens, a full house."
Honoring Joe as pallbearers will be his grandsons; Michael Brodtman, James Chico Jr., Brian Chico, Joseph Brodtman, Kevin Malec, and Mathew Malec.
The family wishes to thank Mr. Claude Pasquier and the entire staff of Spring Lake Guest Care and the Drs. and staff of the Overton Brooks V.A. Hospital, especially sixth floor West and the seventh floor West Palliative Care Unit. We would like to thank Dr. Gary Hensley and nurses Angela Player, Andrew Wells and Monica Carter for the personal care extended to our family.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the St. John Berchmans Cathedral Organ Fund, 939 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2238 at 1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
1815 Marshall Street Shreveport, LA 71101
Published in Shreveport Times from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, 2013