A longtime Grosse Pointe Woods residentPassed away on Thursday, November 06, 2014, at age 89.
She was born March 16, 1925, in Detroit, to John and Marie Kolasa. Born of Polish immigrant parents, she was raised in Hamtramck. She was bilingual and learned English upon entering school. She grew up during the Great Depression, which set her core values including sacrifice, humility, and an appreciation for life’s blessings. She was double promoted in school and graduated at age 16 from Northeastern High School in Detroit.
She worked for the Internal Revenue Service after graduating from business school. After earning several certifications earned a spot as the first female field audit agent in Detroit. While pursuing her career at the IRS, she also worked nights and weekends at one of her parents’ family businesses, East Warren Lanes.
She met Mitchell Malicki at a Polish Aviator’s Ball and they married July 4, 1953, in a double wedding with her sister, Helene. As a mother and wife, she left the IRS and had an active leadership role in the family commercial real estate business primarily in tax, accounting and property management.
Mrs. Malicki was a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan. She loved numbers and knew every Tigers statistic year-after-year.
She loved music and theater and was an accomplished pianist. She also was a seamstress, having made draperies, hats and cocktail dresses. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed puzzles, anything numbers oriented and her ladies pinochle club.
Mrs. Malicki was a dedicated mother who involved her children in Polish dancing and language lessons, Girl Scouts, competitive ballet and piano. She was a Girl Scout Leader, a member of Pine Lake Country Club and Lochmoor Club. She also enjoyed participating in several Bible study groups.
Mrs. Malicki enjoyed snow skiing, snowmobiling, water skiing and boating. In order to spend more time with her husband, she went deer hunting. She enjoyed traveling and took several trips with her husband, daughters and friends throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren. She enjoyed entertaining and cherished time with family and friends at her second home on Walloon Lake near Petoskey and condo in Highland Beach, Florida.
Her family said Mrs. Malicki was an extraordinary mother who shaped and encouraged her children through Christian values, a strong work ethic and appreciation for Polish culture and traditions. She was intelligent, driven and ambitious with a genuine sparkle and warmth. She had amazing energy, a contagious smile, fiery spirit and gentle soul. She had a soft heart for animals and enjoyed many pets. She will be dearly missed by relatives, friends, and especially, her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Malicki is survived by her daughters, Christina Vermet (Dr. Edward) and Linda Abar; grandchildren, Mitchell, Jennifer and Stephanie Vermet and Matthew and Christa Abar; sister, Helene Lewandowski (the late Julius); sister-in-law, Jane Malicki and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Mitchell; brother, Zenon Kolasa (the late Anna), and brother-in-law, William Malicki.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, and from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in support of Veteran Programs and Events, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Fr. Solanus Guild, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit MI 48207, or to Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236