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Richard A. Maleski

September 4, 1927 ~ March 2, 2018 (age 90)

Richard A. Maleski, 90, of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at his home with his family at his side.  He was born September 4, 1927, in Natrona to the late Zygmunt and Mary Witucki Maleski.  Rich was a 1945 graduate of Har-Brack High School.  He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy.  Rich enlisted in the Navy while still in high school, but finished his schooling while in boot camp. He was a special assistant to the Admiral of the USS Helena, because of his high test scores.  Rich retired after 44 years of service from the #9 Painters and Sheeters Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Brackenridge. While working, Rich finished his Associate Degree in Accounting.  He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish in Natrona Heights, a life member of the  American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge and the United Steelworkers of America Local 1196..  Rich cherished his Polish heritage and language, enjoyed reading, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and was still living in the home that he built with his own hands.  He is survived by his children,  Cynthia (Dr. Andrzej Groch) Maleski Groch, Esquire, of Natrona Heights, Dr. Richard M. (Lisa) Maleski, of Gibsonia and Daniel R. (Cathy) Maleski, of Mt. Airy, Maryland; four grandchildren,  Richard J. Maleski, Esquire, Elizabeth M. Groch, Kathleen Maleski and Kristina Maleski; and by his sister-in-law, Madeline Polcsak, of Cheswick.  In addition to his parents, Rich was preceded in death by his wife, Helen E. Palovcak Maleski on August 23, 1997; daughter, Mary Beth Maleski on November 27, 2014, brother, Edwin Maleski; and by his sisters, Charlotte Maleski, Irene Szalanski and Alfreda Gazarik.

Friends will be received on Monday from 5-8 PM and on Tuesday from 8:30 AM until the time of a blessing service at 9:30 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday at 10 AM in St. Ladislaus Church, 48 Spruce St., Natrona, with the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant.  Burial with full military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rich may be made to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, 1526 Union Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pa.  15065.  To send an on line condolence please visit

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