Marie Josephine Maloney
Marie Josephine Virginia Maloney, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and so much more, passed away on July 21st, just eight days short of her 95th birthday.
She was the wife of the late John Manning Maloney, her high school sweetheart, whom she married on Valentine's Day in 1942. In 1955, she helped co-found Maloney Carpet Co., one of Lansing's oldest flooring retailers.
Marie Jo was a native of Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from St. Cecelia's High School in Detroit, Michigan. At the onset of World War II, she received a year's training at the University of Michigan
, after which Marie Jo contributed to the war effort by working in Detroit's manufacturing sector.
After the couple moved to Lansing, she became primarily a homemaker and later worked in the family business until her retirement. She was a long time member of the Lansing Country Club, where she spent countless hours playing cards and laughing with friends. Those closest to Marie referred to her as the "Queen of the one-liners" for her quick wit. She loved reading, music, dancing, golf, bowling, gardening and humming birds.
For much of her life, Marie Jo spent her summers at the family's beloved cottage on Burt Lake, known to everyone as "The Maze". In God's great wisdom, He chose to bring her home while surrounded by family and friends in the place she most adored.
Mrs. Maloney is survived by sons, John, Jr. "Jack" (Noella), Patrick (Mary) and William, and daughter, Mary Jo DeHaven; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a Memorial Mass officiated by Fr. John Byers on Saturday, August 2nd, at 12 Noon, at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave., Lansing. The family will gather with relatives and friends at 11 a.m. in the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Lansing Catholic High School, 501 Marshall St., Lansing, MI 48912 and/or the Burt Lake Preservation Association, P.O. Box 632, Indian River, MI 49749