Obituary for Mark T. Malecha

Mark T. Malecha, age 57 of rural Northfield, Minnesota, passed away Friday evening, April 24, 2020, after a courageous battle against lung cancer. Mark stayed positive throughout the fight for his life. He always had a smile on his face, and it was always 70 and Sunny! Mark Thomas Malecha was born December 23, 1962, in Northfield, to George J. and Delores (Mach) Malecha. He was raised on the family farm in Eureka Township, attended St. Dominic School and graduated from Northfield High School. Mark received his bachelors degree in Agri-Business from the University of Minnesota. He farmed and worked […]

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Mark T. Malecha, age 57 of rural Northfield, Minnesota, passed away Friday evening, April 24, 2020, after a courageous battle against lung cancer. Mark stayed positive throughout the fight for his life. He always had a smile on his face, and it was always 70 and Sunny!

Mark Thomas Malecha was born December 23, 1962, in Northfield, to George J. and Delores (Mach) Malecha. He was raised on the family farm in Eureka Township, attended St. Dominic School and graduated from Northfield High School.

Mark received his bachelors degree in Agri-Business from the University of Minnesota. He farmed and worked in various aspects of Ag-Business. On February 26, 2000 Mark married Zendalyn D. Krause at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN. After marriage they made their home on the Malecha Family Farm. Mark farmed and worked in Ag-Business until 2016 when he went to work for Lakeville ISD #194 as a custodian. Mark loved his new job. He enjoyed the students, teachers, co-workers and administration

Mark was a lifelong member of the Church of St. Dominic and a member of the Knight’s of Columbus. He was a member of the Waterford Warrior’s snowmobile club, Eureka Township Board and several Agricultural trade groups. Mark was a member of the Dakota County Fair Board- his true passion. He loved Fair week in August. Mark’s greatest enjoyment came from his wife, children and family. He was extremely active with his children in Northfield Hockey Association, Northfield Baseball Association, Northfield Raider Boy’s and Girl’s Hockey and Raider Baseball. He was THE number one fan of all the kids. Mark was a beloved husband, father, brother and uncle. Mark was blessed with many wonderful friends.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Zen; his children Joe and Maggie; his sister Joan (David) Hinderscheit of Northfield; his brothers, Mike (Jan) of Cape Coral, FL., Ken (Judi) of Northfield; Fran (Lisa) of Napa Valley, CA., Tom (Cathy) of Mahtomedi, Jon (Lisa) of Northfield; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Pam Krause of Lakeville; his sister-in-law, Mandi (David) of Warrenton, VA; his brothers-in-law Blair (Tricia) Krause of Alpharetta, GA, Tim (Oleysa) Anderson of Eagan; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Delores Malecha, his brother Jerry (infant), his sister Mary Anderson, his brother Anthony, his nephews Jacob and Paul Malecha.

A private Mass will be held at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield, MN. Internment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Honorary pallbearers are teammates from Castle Rock Fastpitch Softball and skiing friends.

A gathering to celebrate Mark’s life will be held at a future date.

Memorials are preferred to St. Dominic School, Northfield High School Raider Girl’s Hockey and Northfield High School Blue Line Club.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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15 Comments

  1. Arlen, Rachel, Noah & Eli Malecha

    Zen, Joe, Maggie and the entire Malecha family, our hearts break for you on the loss of Mark. He always had a smile on his face, a kind word to say and a helping hand to lend. Gone far too soon and way too young but he is now pain free and reunited with so many family members who have gone before him. He is always with you and so many things will remind you of him and bring a smile to your face. The pain you feel exemplifies the love you had for him – and he had for all of you.

    Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Our condolences.

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    • Auge Family

      Malecha family,

      So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Zen, Joe, and Maggie you have been in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of great memories of Mark and the Malecha family that include 4-H, county fair, hauling chickens, fast pitch softball, and Raider baseball. Such a great family and a big part of my life growing up. I look forward to celebrating his life with you all in the future.

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  2. Olive Hupf

    To all of the Malecha families My prayers are with all of you. We have been a family for so many years through Dak. Co 4-H, Dak co Fair and my Daughter Jeannette and I visited with him at Jeff N. wake. Working with him at the Dakota County Fair and of course I always had to give him heck you know. His suffering has ended and he is now safe in the Arms of Jesus and will be looking down on us, still telling me, Come on Ma Hupf it isn’t so bad. He was so proud of his family always. God Bless all of you and know I am praying for you. Love to all, Ma Hupf

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  3. Darbie Rasmussen-Anderson

    Zendi,

    I am so unbelievably sorry for your loss. My heart ❤️ goes out to you, Joe and Maggie. I wish I could offer words to make you feel better and I know nothing I say will give you any comfort. Know this, I am thinking about you and if you need anything please call me. I will be home in August. I will plan to see you during that time. Love you my friend. My heart ❤️ is with along with prayers. 🙏🏻

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  4. tom weber

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family through these hard times

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  5. Peggy Madden

    I am so sorry to hear about Mark. He was a!ways so nice. Take care

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  6. Kelly (Yanta) Flynn

    Prayers and love to all the Malecha family. I knew Mark, and the Malecha family through Dakota country 4-H when we were all active members in different clubs. Mark ALWAYS had a smile on his face and a kind (sometimes teasing – but always in good fun) word for everyone.
    May Mark’s soul Rest In Peace. God grant him eternal salvation.
    Condolences to Mark’s wife and children (I bet he was a good dad!). And to all the Malecha family on your loss of such a great person.

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  7. Barb Budd

    My deepest sympathy at the loss of a faithful friend.
    I always received the warmest smile and greating from Mark when we saw each other.
    My Heart hurts for the family. Mark will be missed. My prayers for you all.
    God grant you Peace.

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  8. Heidi Paulson

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Sending lots of love ❤️

    Love, Andy, Heidi, Gabe, Eli, Layla and Meadow

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  9. Jane Kniefel

    Zendi – My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My heart goes out to all of you. So sad to hear. Mark was a wonderful husband and father to you all. That dang cancer hits too many young people. I know what you are going through, lost my love one too. Lots of thoughts and prayers for you to get through these difficult times. When sad and down, think of the all the great memories which will put a smile on your face. A BIG HUG coming your way. Take care.

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  10. Kim Skluzacek

    Zendi, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard this is for you. I just went through this with Joe. They were the loves of our life and they were both so young. My heart goes out to you and the kids.

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  11. Richard & Joyce Moore

    Our Deepest sympathy. Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

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  12. Milosha and Corey Malecha

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

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  13. Therese Kitzman

    Dear Zen, Joe and Maggie,

    Please except my deepest sympathy. Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss.
    I just returned from the visitation. I am humbled and honored to be given time to show my respects.
    Even though we were not able to embrace, please know we share your grief and love for Mark. It was a beautiful sunny day outside with your loving family and friends standing and being together, supporting each other with words.
    Please remember, if there is anything I can do or St. Dominic School, let us know. We are here for your family.
    May you find comfort through your memories.

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  14. Beth Miller Trifiletti

    Zendi & family, my heart breaks to hear about Mark. Sympathies to you & your family. Hugs & Prayers to all!

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