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Emil Malakowsky Jr., 1934-2020

Funeral services for Emil E. Malakowsky Jr., 85, of Albert Lea will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Salem Lutheran Church. The Rev. Erica Cunningham will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the Albert Lea American Legion and Albert Lea Veterans of Foreign Wars. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Emil Malakowsky Jr.

Emil Elmer Malakowsky Jr. died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys Campus in Rochester.

Emil was born Aug. 22, 1934, to Emil and Pauline (Martin) Malakowsky on the family farm near Minnesota Lake. He grew up in Walters and graduated from Kiester High School. Emil served in the U.S. Army as a lineman.

After he returned from the military, he married Karen Berg on April 16, 1964, and together they had five children. Emil worked at the meat packing plant in Albert Lea for over 40 years. He was a faithful member at Salem Lutheran Church and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W.

He enjoyed all types of games. Some of his favorites included bowling, horseshoes, darts and the card game 500. He also liked to fish, garden and tinker with anything that needed to be fixed. Emil was on the church council at Salem Lutheran, where he also taught Sunday school. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Salem Lutheran and the road clean up crew through Thrivent. Emil was willing to help anyone out, especially his family, friends and neighbors.

Emil is survived by his wife, Karen; children Jeff (Teri) Malakowsky, Mitchell (Jenny) Malakowsky, Michael (Shelly) Malakowsky, Nancy (Mark) Bleckeberg and Michelle (Steve) Cunicelli; grandchildren Benjamin, Cory (Sarah), Maren, Morgan, Alex, Nick, Luke, Tyler (Ashley), Kody, Bailey, Tori, Kate, Dalton, Nathan, Sarah and Anthony; great-grandchild, Riley; siblings Harvey (Emily) Malakowsky, Janice (Clarence) Ayers and Jimmy Malakowsky; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Malakowsky.

Emil was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Malakowsky; and sister-in-law, Mary Malakowsky.