Gattozzi & Son Funeral Home

12524 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH


Thomas John Malak

March 13, 1934June 25, 2019

Thomas J. Malak of Novelty, OH passed away on June 25, 2019 at the age of 85.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Zgodzinski) for 60 years; cherished father of Peter (Lisa) of Chesterland, Jacqueline (Scott) of Anchorage, AK and Wendy of Novelty; dear grandfather of Kevin, Tori, Sara and Owen; and the beloved Papa of Ashlynn. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Malak and Pearl Ruminski. He leaves behind many friends and was a grandfather figure to many.

Mr. Malak was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War and owned his own landscaping business for 60 years. He spent 40 years as a House Manager for the Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries production of Tetelestai.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 3 – 7pm and on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10am in the Narthex of St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH with a Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 11 am. Private interment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor be made to The Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries, PO Box 670605, Northfield, OH 44067 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Funeral Mass (Please Meet at Church) Monday, July 1, 2019


Thomas John Malak

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Amber Slane

July 15, 2019

I remember with appreciation the many years that Tom and his wife Pat hosted the Sunday social at Saint Anselm Church. What devoted volunteers they were! Tom put me in mind of a dignified, rather snazzy, modern-day Santa Claus. He had a ready smile and a kind word for everyone.

Norman Lindway

July 1, 2019

Dear Patsy

I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and bless you and your family. You two had many years with each other and the thrill and happiness of the ministry you shared in bringing Christ’s story of His passion to others . My prayers are with you. May Tom Rest In Peace.


Mark Knight

June 30, 2019

Tom was and is a beloved man to so many family and friends. He led by example and actions. He showed all of us how to be a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, business owner, and a man for all seasons. I was blessed to know Tom for over thirty years and shared many experiences with him along the way. I will greatly miss our long conversations about family, life, business, and God. Tom has served God faithfully and now resides in heaven. He will continue to serve, as he always has in the past. All of our love and support go with Pat and the entire Malak family. Although we are not there physically, we are there in spirit, prayer, and the Christian family.

Rita Meehan

June 28, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, so many memories. Such a kind man.
Pat, you and your family are in my prayers.