U.S. Marine Corps veteran, enjoyed all things Polish

Published in the March 4, 2016 edition

John-Malolepszy-obit-webMELROSE — John L. Malolepszy, a resident of Melrose, passeda away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2016 at Lawrence-Memorial Hospital, at age 78.

John was born in Chelsea on June 21, 1937. He was one of four children of the late Joseph and Regina (Michalski) Malolepszy. John graduated from Chelsea High School and Salem State University, before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lived in Chelsea in his youth, settled in Winthrop for many years, and later in life moved to Melrose. Most recently, John worked for FedEx as a customer representative in Everett.

John was proud of his Polish heritage, enjoyed a return trip to Poland with his father and loved all Polish music, food and culture. He was a devout Catholic and practiced his faith daily. In his free time, he enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an avid reader throughout his life.

John was the devoted father of Maria McCormack and her husband Tom of Melrose and Dr. John Malolepszy and his wife Mary Beth of North Andover. He was the dear brother of Pauline Heffley and her late husband Jack of Amherst; Bernice Thompson and her husband Harland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and the late Barbara Kanclerowicz and her late husband Henry. He was the loving grandfather of Leah, Andrew, Jack, Ned and Megan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends gathered in honor of John’s life at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, March 3 before leaving in procession to the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose for his funeral Mass. Interment with U.S. Marine Corps honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online tribute or directions, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.