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Michael Joseph Malovic

January 31, 1945August 31, 2020

Michael Joseph Malovic passed into the waiting arms of Our Lord on August 31, 2020 at home surrounded by his family after valiantly battling congestive heart failure and Colon cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife (Josephine) Pinky of 53 years, beloved daughter Lorna, her husband Daryl and grandson whom he adored: Dominic, and his much loved son Frank, his wife Cheryl and the newest joy of a grandson: Alexander.

Michael was an only child born in Norwich, England January 31, 1945 to Lorna & Frank Malovic. In 1946 he made his way with his mother on a bomb sweeping boat, the Huddleston, to join his father in Cleveland, OH.

In high school, his rich bass baritone voice was heard and through a series of God graced events he participated in the Boris Goldovsky opera workshop in WVA where he met a lifelong friend who would later introduce him to the Army Chorus. While he was there he was drafted for the Vietnam War. God had other plans and thanks to divine intervention, and well placed courage and misplaced paperwork, he joined the Army Chorus in 1966 and in that same year married his wife Pinky, they were married just shy of 54 years.

Although, he always wanted to be a Forest Ranger in Montana, during his 34.5 years with his Band of Brothers, Mike helped inaugurate every President from Johnson thru Clinton. He sang in over 30 languages, amassed numerous awards and letters of heartfelt thanks from Presidents, foreign leaders/dignitaries and quietly helped the country he loved through establishing a musical diplomacy program. This program is now copied by other musical organizations due to its success.

After retiring as a decorated Sergeant Major from the Army Chorus in 2000, he continued to the very end to have coffee, support/attend the Chorus concerts and work alongside others who retired to grow the Army Chorus Alumni Association. This is his legacy, he felt strongly the Chorus was a family and while in a leadership position it was his duty to protect ‘his guys’ so they could shine with the gifts God had given them. He lived by the motto: Serve Others First

Outside the Chorus, he cantored at too many Cathedrals, churches & synagogs to count, he volunteered for OAR (for ex-offenders reentering the workplace) an organization he truly believed in. He owned several successful business’ here and abroad, mentored hundreds but would always say his family was his greatest success and joy. To family and friends, when he shook your hand or gave you a hug, he looked you in the eyes, saw your spirit and was quick to tell you how much he loved you, believed in you or was proud of you, and he meant it. He was known for his passion of pingpong and table slide hockey, creme filled doughnuts, homemade berry pie, soft serve ice cream, the corner piece of cake, spending time with family up at the cottage in Canada fishing, the only man who mowed the lawn or went fishing in a pressed dress shirt, cheering on the CAPS or watching his favorite goalie, his grandson and traveling across the country for his hockey games.

To some he is Uncle Mike or ‘brother’, to his wife he is the love of her life, to his daughter he is her hero, her North Star & the man by whom all men will be measured, to his son he is the best man he’s ever known, to his grandson he is ’Pop!’ and forever his ‘goalie guardian angel’.

Dad always said the music made the movie, truly he made and sang the music to the movie of our lives and to him we are grateful. Indeed, God gave him a great gift and like he always said, one day He would ask for it back…and He did.

In May of 2019 Dad made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France with the Order of Malta, that was healing in a physical and spiritual way. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to support the organization with a donation so someone else can be sponsored in his honor:

Order of Malta Federation P.O. Box 223132 Chantilly, VA 20153-3132

Please note: In memory of Michael Malovic

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his devoted wife (Josephine) Pinky of 53 years, beloved daughter Lorna, her husband Daryl and grandson whom he adored: Dominic, and his much loved son Frank, his wife Cheryl and the newest joy of a grandson: Alexander.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Memories

Michael Joseph Malovic

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Chuck Fegley

November 21, 2020

TO DREAM AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
Mike, my friend you will always be remembered by me singing that song. Over the 25 plus years of knowing Mike he never failed to send shivers down my spine when his wonderful voice belted out
TO DREAM. Pinky & family thank you for sharing such a wonderful person with us all. Pinky my heart is filled with joy not sadness. Mike is with our LORD so how can we be sad about that? We will miss him, however knowing he is out of pain & suffering as he is living the DREAM of us all. Living in eternity with our SAVIOR. Mike we will all miss you. Thank you for your friendship & encouragement. I will see you again Mike.

Dawn and Talbot Smith

September 14, 2020

We've known Mike & Pinky 25+ years through business and just being able to enjoy their company. Always wise, insightful, and willing to mentor and pass on his years of wisdom to us young bucks! Loved hearing about his place in historic times of each of Presidencies he's served. It seems that some light has now left, and the world isn't as bright. We know Mike's salvation is in place, and look forward to seeing him again.

Jan Martin

September 14, 2020

Dear Josie and family,
I was so very sorry to learn that Mike died. I was honored to know this wonderful man. What special memories we all have of good times together! I know how fond my late husband Dennis was of Mike and enjoyed singing with him in the US Army Chorus “back in the day.” And “Denny” was Mike’s roommate on many of their tours! Lots of joy and laughter.

Sending my deepest sympathy and love,
Jan Martin

Sandy Foster

September 10, 2020

I was deeply saddened of the loss of a close and dear friend. Both Joel and I shared many memories with Mike and Pinky. He will be remembered with his gentle kindness and big heart. You will be missed.

Sandy Foster

September 10, 2020

I was deeply saddened of the loss of a close and dear friend. Both Joel and I shared many wonderful memories with both Mike and Pinky. His kindness and big heart will be remembered. He will be missed.

Bob & Sue wengrzynek@aol.com

September 7, 2020

We are saddened by this loss of our great friend but realized he is with his well earned place in heaven, singing with the angels at God's side. Mike will be missed by all. Mike always made the world a better place because of his gift of voice and friendship to all who knew him

Our sincere condolences to his very loving wife Pinky and all of his family...and we will miss you very much Mike.

Linda Newmann - Willis

September 6, 2020

Dear Pinky, My deepest sympathies as you celebrate Mike’s full life. He was a great man with a huge heart for others! My first memory of meeting you was in 1992 when I married Walt Newmann and I became a part of the Renfrow Amway Family. You and Mike always stood out from others as great leaders! One of my greatest memory, shared with Walt, was attending Mike’s Army Retirement Ceremony with hundreds of your close and faithful friends! May God fill your heart with His wonderful love and peace! Linda Newmann Willis

DEB GORHAM

September 5, 2020

A most special man and servant to his family and all around him. He never met a stranger and I always felt he was like an older brother. Always concerned for everyone. I will miss him deeply and my heart is empty after hearing of his passing.

RICHARD GARRY

September 5, 2020

Always the gentleman! A kind generous man with the million dollar smile and heart to match. I always felt better after I talked with Mike! A true gift of God to us all!

Jerry Nedilsky

September 4, 2020

A WONDERFUL L IFE LONG FRIEND AND MUSICIAN. HE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES. IT HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO KNOW HIM.

FROM THE FAMILY