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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
Donald Malek

Donald Malek

Wednesday, March 29th, 1933 - Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
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Donald J. Malek, age 87, of Rosholt, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021. Don was born on March 29, 1933, son of Joseph Malek Sr. & Martha Malek. His early years on the family farm in Rosholt helped nurture his love of crop farming. 
He proudly served in the US Army, stationed in Granite City IL (Greater Metropolitan St. Louis). for several years. In 1958, he married the love of his life, Arlene. He also had a short career with Marathon Electric in Wausau, before starting to develop his own potato farm in the Rosholt area.

With the help of his brother, Joseph Malek Jr., his supportive wife and various relatives & employees, he and his brother Joseph established Malek Farms Inc. Donald was known as a reputable potato and small grain/certified seed grower in Central Wisconsin. He had a strong work ethic and was always deeply involved in the potato industry. He served as a Director for the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association. He also attended numerous National Potato Council Conventions. During retirement he assisted son Chris with his organic potato & vegetable business.

Donald was also involved with the community. In 1990 he, along with Craig Anderson, and many others in the area, founded the Rosholt Area Threshermen, Inc., and assisted in holding Thresherees at the village park. He was significantly involved with the United Way, a member of the American Legion, the Elks Club and the Men’s Rosary Society at St. Adalbert’s church.

Don also made time for fun. In his early years, he participated in bowling leagues with his wife & friends. He also was an avid fisherman, a big Packer fan, as well as a Brewers & St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed traveling around the country, taking his family on road trip vacations. Don & Arlene took many trips during retirement & especially enjoyed skiing out West & trips to Branson MO. They also were very big fans of Polka dancing & won several awards for their graceful, smooth style. He really loved his Polka music! He also loved sweets. If ice cream or chocolates nearby, he could not resist!

He is lovingly preceded in death by his parents Joseph Sr. & Martha Malek, his sister, Irene Wanserski, his brother-in-law, Danny Wanserski, and his sister-in-law, Rosanna Malek (wife of Dick Malek).
Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 62 yrs., Arlene, his children & their spouses: Carmel & Timothy Duffy, Green Bay, Charmaine & Kevin Check, Shantytown, Cheryl & John Lawyer, Panama City Beach FL, Chris & Lori Malek, Visalia CA, Colette Malek & Scott Steinke, Denver CO. Also 8 grandchildren: Caroline & Matthew Duffy, Brianna Check, Jordan and Brandi Lawyer & her fiancée Mike Pawlowicz , Max, Sam & Ellia Malek. He is also survived by his brothers, Jerry & wife Mary Ann, Greendale, Dick, Alpharetta GA, Joseph Jr & wife Linda, Stevens Point. And 2 godchildren: Gary Wanserski, Colorado Springs CO & Michele (Malek) Grandlich, Franklin.

The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the staff at Edenbrook of Wisconsin Rapids & Aspirus Stevens Point for their kind and compassionate care of Donald.

A Mass of a Christian Burial for Donald will be held at 11AM at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church - 3305 St Adalberts Rd, Rosholt, WI - on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Rev. Thomas Nirappel will officiate. Friends and family may gather to share memories from 10AM until the time of services on Thursday at church. Burial with full Military Honors will be held at the parish cemetery.
Due to Covid-19 & for safety of all, masks required & short visits requested. Mass at 11:00. Masks are required due to limited capacity for social distancing. Due to limits, if planning to attend, you can contact a family member.

The Mass & Military Honors will also be available for viewing on Shuda Funeral Chapel's YouTube channel and website, soon after. The family also hopes to have a Celebration of Life for Don at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent and other information found by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Masses at St. Adalbert’s for Donald or donations to the United Way.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 4th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, February 4th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Adalbert Catholic Church
    3315 St. Adalbert Road
    ROSHOLT, WI 54473
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 4th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 4th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Adalbert Catholic Church
    3315 St Adalbert Road
    ROSHOLT, WI 54473
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  • Interment

    St. Adalbert Parish Cemetery
    3314 St. Adalbert Road
    ROSHOLT, WI 54473
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Thank you for your service to our country! May the memories bring your family comfort as they reflect on a life well-lived.
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Arlene and Families,
We are so very sorry for your loss, may God comfort you all. We have so many special memories with Don and you over the years, we are grateful for our times together. God Bless.

Cheryl, John, Jordan & Brandi Lawyer

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Dad/Grandpa: You have inspired us to be successful in life and appreciate family. We love you and will miss you so much!
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We will always love you! Rest in the peace of that perfectly beautiful family farm in the sky.
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