Maluchnik Jr., Joseph Stanley
May 2, 1930 - July 15, 2014 Joe Maluchnik is predeceased by parents Stella and Joseph Maluchnik Sr, sisters-in-law, Helen Barina, Theresa Stojek, Angie Stojek, and brothers-in-law Dick Barina, John Barina, and Tony Stojek. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Charlotte (Stojek) Maluchnik, children Patrice (Don) Price of Naperville, Illinois, Sharon (Keith) Hughes of Liverpool, NY, and Thomas (Dr. Karen Murphy) Maluchnik of Syracuse, NY; Grandchildren Danielle and Jennifer Hughes, Trent Maluchnik, Angie Briel, and Daniel (Megan) Price; great-granddaughter Ariana Price; sister-in-law Mary Barina, brothers-in-law Julian (Ann) Stojek, John (Theresa) Stojek, Joseph Stojek and partner Cott Demaree; Aunt Helen Majeski, Aunt Mary Chura, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was born in Binghamton and grew up loving the outdoors, particularly on his visits back to the family farm during his childhood summers. He played the accordion and had a band in his youth. He loved to sing along to songs. After graduating Johnson City High School in 1947, he met and married his beloved Charlotte. They loved to go on polka weekends. Joe was a great dancer. You could always find him out on the dance floor when a jitterbug or a polka was playing. Joe was a veteran of the US Army, Korean Conflict. A member of the 82nd Airborne, he was part of the Green Beret Special Forces. Oh, the stories he had when he came home from maneuvers! He retired after decades of service from the US Army Reserves. Joe was a loving dad, cheering on his kids in their sports. Once a year he took the family in the station wagon to Shea stadium to see their Amazing Mets. He coached CYO basketball, Pony League baseball, and was a baseball umpire for many years. His love of sports was present throughout his life. He played softball and enjoyed golf, bowling, and even played semi-pro football. An avid sports fan, Joe said that he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became a shareholder of his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. Joe was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club, American Legion Post #1305, and St. John's Ukrainian Social Club. He was also a former director of the So. Tier Bowling Assoc. He had a special place in his heart for the JC Elks Lodge #2821, as he was instrumental in its founding. He was a former Exalted Ruler, and NY VP of the Elks. He loved to spend time with his family. But if he wasn't with his family, you could usually find him with his fellow Elks. Joe was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity (formerly St. Stanislaus Kostka). A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30AM, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Holy Trinity Church, 346 Prospect St., Binghamton. Calling hours will be held at the church from 9AM until the time of the service. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City.
J.F. Rice Funeral Home
150 Main St. Johnson City, NY 13790
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 17 to July 18, 2014