Joseph “Joe” Malecek, 79, of Redwood Falls, died Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Season’s hospice in Redwood Falls. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls with burial at a later date. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016, from 5 until 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m., all at St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at the church for one hour prior to services.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via
Joseph Peter Malecek, the son of Peter and Anna (Zimma) Malecek, was born April 2, 1937 on the family farm near Bechyn, Minnesota. He attended school in Danube and graduated from Danube High School. Joe served in the Army National Guard unit in Olivia for eight years; he also served on the North Redwood Elevator Board, the Danube School Board and the MinnWest Bank board of directors.
On July 9, 1963 Joe married Betty Rubischko in Gibbon, Minnesota and they settled on the family farm near Bechyn where they worked together for the next 22 years. They then moved a few miles south where they continued to farm and raise hogs with his family – Joe never really retired. He enjoyed spending time playing cards, spraying weeds, mowing lawn, and telling jokes. Joe loved spending time with his children and especially his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls.
Joe is survived by his wife Betty of Redwood Falls; children Denise (Jim) Nibbe of Prior Lake, Lisa (Mick) Mekkelsen of Chanhassen, Kevin (Jana) Malecek of Redwood Falls, Marty (Terri) Malecek of Redwood Falls, and Debra (Sanjaya) Wanduragala of Minneapolis; 11 grandchildren; and sisters Rosie (Charles) Dube of Faribault, Jeanie (Denny) Weinzetl of Fairfax, and Annie (Jerry) Bemmels of Redwood Falls. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Anna Malecek; brother Peter Malecek; and sisters Mary Kodet, Betty Kodet and Lillian Dube.
Blessed be his memory.