Raymond J. Malecki, age 89, previously of Erie, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012 in Lorain, Ohio. He was born in New Kensington, Pa. on August 8, 1923, son of the late Steve and Mary Mochaj Malecki. Ray was a graduate of Union City High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in March 1943 and served with the lst Infantry, 4th Armored, and 26th Infantry Divisions of the 3rd U.S. Army, while fighting in North Africa and Europe, during WWII. Ray built his own house in 1950 on Lake Pleasant Road, where he raised a family and pursued his dreams as an avid gardener with a special passion for growing roses, vegetables, fruit trees and raising honeybees. Ray retired from General Electric, where he worked for over 30 years in the Speed Variator, Rapid Transit, Off-Highway, and R&D Departments. He was the recipient of many awards for his suggestions, and designs. During retirement, he was an avid wood carver and a member of the Erie Wood Carvers Association, where he would show many of his prized animal carvings. Ray touched everyone he met with his kindness and generosity. He was a founding member of St. Luke's Parish, as well as a longtime member of St. Peter's Cathedral. Survivors include his two children, Janet Malecki of Lorain, Ohio and Raymond Malecki, Jr. of Towson, Md.; two grandchildren, Allison and Ava Malecki; one sister, Frances Sventek of Corry, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Roberta Malecki, sisters, Catherine Luba, Josephine Iszkula, Angela Gocal and Julia Malecki. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 536 West 10th Street, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Peter's Cathedral. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 329 West 10th St., Erie, PA 16502.
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Erie, PA 16502
Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 26, 2012