Emma N. Maleski

August 31, 1922February 2, 2013

Emma Nora Maleski, 90, of Traverse City, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Emma was born on August 31, 1922 in Traverse City, the daughter of Samuel and Nora (Chupp) Johns. On Sept. 1, 1943, she married Paul B. Maleski in Muskegon. Emma lived her life for others. Her days were spent gardening, canning, and taking care of her husband and children on the family farm in Leelanau County. As her children grew and had families of their own, Emma made sure to spend time with her grandchildren, taking them fishing in the creek, baking pies, and making wonderful memories. Later in life, Emma also had the opportunity to serve as a caregiver at Solon Nursing Home and in the kitchen at the Elks Lodge.

Emma is survived by two of her children, Terry (Barbara) Maleski and Regina Johnson; grandchildren, Lori (Jeff) Rotman, Daniel (Emily) Dalzell, James (Judy) Leach, Paul Maleski, Monica Maleski, TJ Maleski, Emily (Jason) Isenhauser, and Tammie Johnson; 15 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; and siblings, George Johns and Sandra Carson.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Samuel and Nora Johns; husband, Paul B. Maleski; daughter, Barbara Dalzell; sisters, Ruby Johns, Betty VanZee, Mary Kirby, and Arlene Chouinard; brothers, Mack Johns, Jerald Johns, and William Johns; grandson, David Dalzell; and great grandson, Paul Dalzell.

A Mass from the Order of Christian Burials will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2012 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation will also be held on Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 pm at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary Cemetery in Lake Leelanau. Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice.

Please share your condolences and fond memories of Emma at Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, (231) 946-6515.


  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Rosary Service Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 9, 2013

Emma N. Maleski

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TJ Maleski

April 24, 2013

You are in my thoughts everyday grandma!!
Love you always and forever!!!!

Emily Dalzell

February 7, 2013

You will be loved and missed by many grandma! I didn't get the chance to spend much time with you but I am still honored to call you grandma. All the stories I have heard about you and the ways you have impacted your entire family's is truly amazing you are now and always have been an angel!

Jeff Willey

February 6, 2013

I love you Granny. You will be terribly missed.

February 4, 2013

Dear Lori Ann, Jeff, and Family ~ We are so sorry for your loss. As you celebrate Grandma's life, we hope you will find comfort in those memories. We love you! Deb and Anna