Anthony Malecha

Anthony Malecha

  • Funeral Date: 2/02/13
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 9/09/56
  • Date of Death: 1/23/13
  • Funeral Location: Church of St. Dominic - Northfield

Anthony “Ank” George Malecha was born September 9, 1956, in Northfield, Minnesota, to George and Delores (Mach) Malecha.  He was baptized, confirmed and attended parochial school at St. Dominic Catholic Church.  He graduated Northfield High School in 1975 and attended the University of Minnesota where he received his bachelors degree in Economics.  While studying at the University he participated in the study abroad program in Poland.  The time he spent in Poland created friendships that have lasted throughout his life.   In 1984, Anthony married and through this union, four daughters became a part of his life.  In 1987, Anthony settled in Cresco, Iowa, and began working as a carpenter/contractor.  In 2005, after many great years in Cresco, he moved to Sanibel Island, Florida.  There along with his brother Ken formed their contracting business – RAM.

Ank enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards and following the Twins. He loved going to the cabin, going out on his boat and most of all spending time with his family and friends.  He had a wonderful ability to add humor to any situation, and his kind, caring, and selfless nature was extended to everyone he met.

Survivors include 4 daughters: Valerie and husband Stacey Wilberding of Elma, Iowa, Naomi and husband Jason Bye of Cresco, Iowa, Katy Malecha of Cresco, Audra and husband Shawn Williams of Tampa, Florida; 5 grandchildren:  Colter, Hunter, Brady, Samantha and Vanessa; 7 siblings and their spouses: Mike (Jan) of Bloomington, Ken (Judi) of Colorado Springs, Joan (David) Hinderscheit of Northfield, Mark (Zen) of Northfield, Fran (Lisa) of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Tom (Cathy) of Waseca, Jon (Lisa) of Northfield; his brother-in-law, Tim (Olesya) Anderson of Mankato;  special friend, Patti; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a multitude of friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Anderson, his infant brother Jerry; and his nephews Paul and Jake.

Anthony passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at his home in Fort Myers, at the age of 56.

A memorial mass celebrating Anthony’s life will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lonsdale.  All of his RAM employees are considered honorary pall bearers. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 9AM.

A Celebration of Anthony’s Life will be held on Sanibel Island at a future date.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Lisa Podritz

    So incredibly saddened to hear about Anthony!! Ank holds a special place in our hearts and will be dearly missed. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers!

  2. Gina McVearry

    Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family at this most difficult of times.
    Ank was a remarkable man and we here at South Seas Resort are very lucky to have known and do business with him. We knew him to be very hardworking, kind, reliable and always had a smile for us.
    He will be greatly missed by many and are all saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  3. Beth Lindenfelser

    My heart has been heavy after hearing about Anthony . What a great man. He always had a story to tell and each time he left me my mind wondering if they were really true or if he was pulling one of his tricks on me. He was very easy to love and had a heart of gold. My prayers go out to Ken, Judi , Abby and all his family & RAM friends. I am sure that as he moves forward he is still telling one of his stories and a smile on his face. He will be dearly missed down here

  4. Deryl E. Waldren

    I’ve thought so much about Ank, since I heard of his passing earlier this week. Ank will be missed to much. I first met Ank in Poland when we (13 of us) were on a 4-H exchange program in 1977. We had the adventures of a lifetime. I still have a zillion “war” stories about Ank that are funny and touching. I will miss many things about Ank, but especially his sense of humor, politics, his warm, caring and sincere personality, and his huge heart. My thoughts and sympathies go to his family.

  5. Debbie & I were so sorry to hear about Ank’s passing. We got to know him at South Seas Resort where he helped us with several remodel projects. He was such a wonderful, conscientious man – always had a smile! We will miss him and keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Benjamin Balik

    My deepest empathy to all family and friends.

  7. Aneta Sakowski

    I am deeply sorry to hear about Ank’s death. I met Ank when I was a little girl long time ago in Poland. He came as a student to participate in an exchange program from the United States. When I turned eighteen I left Poland and came to live with Ank and his family for ten months. I will remember Ank as a funny guy with a humble soul. My thoughts are especially with Ank’s daughters. May God bless you during this time and always !
    Aneta Sakowski with family

  8. Ewa and Wlodek Wolkowycki

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one . We remember Ank when he was having a really good time of his life in Poland as an exchange student . One of our memories was watching red-headed Ank driving on a motorcycle and trying to impress some of the young Polish girls. We will miss you Ank ! May God grant you eternal peace . Your old friends from Poland: Ewa and Wlodek Wolkowycki.

  9. Julie Bolson Pavlovec

    Ank was a great person that everyone liked.He will be missed by many.I enjoyed his company as a neighbor and we had a lot of fun racing to Rochester in the mornings.

  10. Mary Ann Cowart

    Ank was a friend to all. He was the best of the best. He was fair, kind and loyal. He was an optimist. His heart was big and open.

    I loved when he would respond to an issue we were having on a job with “Well, ya know” – he’d have that little chuckle in his voice and smile on his face.

    My last conversation with him was Monday night after Audra’s wedding. I called to tell him that I saw photos of the wedding on facebook and that she was the most beautiful bride. I continued with “you cleaned up pretty well”. He laughed. He was very proud of his girls.

    My life will forever be enriched by the man and person that Ank was. He touched my life and my heart!

    Sending my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.

  11. Steve Gilbertson

    Although I haven’t seen Ank since high school, I remember him well as a fun guy to be around. I am sorry for your loss, I am sure that he continued to bring joy to the lives of his family and friends.

  12. Elzbieta, Aleksander Ziniewicz

    Very sorry to hear about Ank. We remember him as an optimist with a great sense of humor. Your friends from Poland. Ela&Alex.

  13. Shirley Weber

    Not that I knew Ank on a personal level, but his family has my deepest sympathy.. Had just seen him at Applebees in Rochester a few weeks ago.. Was shocked when I heard the news of his passing..

  14. Vernon and Olive Hupf

    Our sincere sympathy to the Malecha Family. I have called Mary and Jeannette to let them know. Vernie and I are planning on coming to the funeral. All of you kids have been like our own and certainly you will miss him. Little do we know when we wake up in the morning what the day will bring. We certainly think of our Steve at these times. If Ank enjoyed life close to the end, then God was good to him too. Our prayers are with all of you and we hope to see you on Saturday. God Bless all of you. Olive and Vernie Hupf

  15. Lipman Family

    Dear Ank and Family,
    Ank, you are a real friend, and already missed by the Lipman Family. As a dedicated son, brother, father, grandfather, and babysitter of “Latina Salsa”, (Tina the guinea pig), Ank loved everyone, and everyone loved him. Tina will miss walking on your desk, and sharing morning biscotti and frozen peas with you! You are forever in our hearts.
    Love, Lipmans

  16. Andy and Karen Wang

    We are so terribly sorry for your loss. We only knew Ank for a short time but we both felt we knew him forever. That’s what was so special about him. He took such a sincere interest in us and really cared. He was kind, warm, thoughtful, patient…. all heart. Always made the time. I think I, literally, spoke to him almost every day since October and I will really miss his voice, steady assurance and complete selfless decency. Ank was a very special guy. Our thoughts and condolences are with his entire family. Karen and I love Captiva and Ank became a big part of that. His presence will be with us every time we are on the island.

    Andy and Karen Wang

  17. Jeff and Michelle Murphy

    We were so sad and sorry to hear about Anks passing. What a patient and kind man. You know he must have left many footprints along the way and touched many lives. We never had the opportunity to meet him in person but talked several times on the phone. A lesson that he he taught us that everyone we meet and talk to can leave such an impact. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. May God Bless you and Keep you close during this difficult time. Our prayers go out to all of the family.

  18. Jennifer O'Neill

    I just saw the obituary in the Island Sun and I am literally stunned and deeply saddened at the passing of Ank. He came into my life almost 2 years ago and helped me when I needed it most. He was one of the kindest, most generous people I know. I will miss the time I spent helping him in his office and I definitely will miss hearing his voice. My dog Mayzie will also miss him dearly.

    Ank, i wish I had another chance to tell you how much you mean to me . . . to thank you one last time. You were one of my first friends when I moved to Sanibel. I will miss you old friend.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Ank’s daughters and family.

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