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Lillian Marie Malizia

Lillian Marie Malizia Obituary
Malizia Lillian "Lil" Marie Malizia, age 62. Born August 26, 1950, St. Louis, MO. Died February 11, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Preceded in death by father Richard Vaught, grandfather Sam Jannello, grandmother Virginia Orlando and brother-in-law Jerry Malizia. Survived by mother, Jennie Vaught of Sun City, AZ; husband of 17 years, Joseph Malizia of Columbus, OH; son, Nick Swisher (Joanna) of Hollywood, CA; son, Mark Swisher of Powell, OH; step-daughter, Leslie Malizia Duffy (Jake) of Paradise Valley, AZ; step-son, Biran Malizia of Chicago, IL; and sister-in-law, Gayle Malizia of Tallmadge, OH. Lil's warm smile, and outgoing personality gave her many, many friends. One in particular that will miss her smile is her best friend of several years, Eva Hignite Davis. Lil grew up and was raised by her mother in St. Louis. When in elementary and high school Lil was recognized by the state of Missouri as an exceptional athlete. She excelled notably in gymnastics and ice-skating. Foregoing an opportunity in professional dancing, Lil began a career in modeling. In 1969 Lil represented the United States in a beauty pageant in Madrid, Spain. After briefly working as an airline stewardess in the 1970's Lil started a family, raising her two boys in Worthington, Ohio. Lil loved being Italian. She loved TV, movies, music, fashion and animals. Above all, her two dogs, boxers, Bella and Baron. Lil was a fan of all sports, especially football. With many friends and family in Eastern Ohio and Cleveland Lil became a fan of both the Steelers and the Browns. But her true sports passion was reserved for the Ohio State Buckeye football team. The 2012 season could not have been more enjoyable for her. For the past three plus years Lil was treated for leukemia (AML) by some of the finest doctors in the world. The family would like to give special thanks and gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, support staff, and administrators throughout The Ohio State University Wexner Hospitals, Columbus; and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX; particularly Dr. Wm. Blum, the nurses and support staff on both the 11th floor and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in The James Cancer Center. And to Dr. Richard Champlin, Dr. Marina Konopleva, the nurses and the support staff in the Leukemia/BMT Department at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. And lastly, a grateful thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Kobacker House in Columbus where Lil spent her final days. Lil lived life to the fullest, never looked back, and had no regrets. She truly enjoyed her life here on earth. There will be no public services. A private Catholic Memorial Mass will be held in Lil's honor at the convenience of the family. Lil's final resting place will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis Center, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Lil's name to the Leukemia Society of America or the Capital Area Humane Society. Family has entrusted arrangements to SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Upper Arlington, Ohio, 614-457-5481.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 14, 2013
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