Patricia Malina


Patricia L. (Patsy) Malina, 79, of Louisville, CO, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 20th, a beautiful sunny day. Her family was privileged to be present as she made her transition from this wonderful life.

Patsy was born on March 16, 1942, in Countryside, Illinois to beloved parents Joseph and Annie Belasich. Patsy married the love of her life, John Albert Malina on August, 18, 1962 and they settled down in the Chicago area to raise their family. In the late 80’s they relocated to Columbus, where they built their beautiful home and welcomed friends and family for over 30 years.

Patsy lived her life with an artist’s eye. She was a painter, knitter, Master Gardener, baker and creator of beautiful home surroundings. She joyfully shared these talents with friends and family. If you were invited to her home, you were witness to the attention to detail that was meant to make you feel special. If you walked through her gardens, you saw a piece of her soul. Patsy lived her life seeing the beauty in the world and in those around her.

Patsy’s greatest joys in life were her friends and family and time with them meant everything to her. She was a loving wife, Mother, and Mother-in-Law, a constant source of support and unconditional love. She was a fun, involved, loving grandmother to her grandchildren, John and Gabby Malina, and wasn’t beyond shenanigans where they were concerned. They were her light and joy. Her grandchildren’s friends only increased her happiness and she cared about them always.

Left to carry on her spirit is husband John Albert Malina of Columbus, daughter Mary (Lisa Turner) Malina of Lafayette, CO, son John Joseph (Michelle) Malina, her lucky grandkids John Marley (Molly) Malina of Columbus and Gabrielle (Jeremy Harrington) Malina of Somerville, MA, her sister Joan (Dennis) Barr and much loved nieces Jane Mowad and Karen Kostrzewa and their families.

The family would like to thank the exceptional staff at Balfour Cherrywood Village in Louisville, CO for their loving care of Patsy. May her playlist live on for others to enjoy.

A private service and interment will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, IL. A Celebration of Life will take place in Columbus at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Columbus Area Arts Council, 431 Sixth Street, Columbus, IN 47201.