Stephen J. Mallinger, 93, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 28, 2009.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 3rd in the Chapel of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be at Corpus Christi Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where there will be a Legion of Mary Rosary at 4:30 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m., and a Vigil for the deceased at 7 p.m.
Stephen is survived by his children, Marita (John) Vanderheiden of Bend, OR, Therese (John) Stuben of Tampa, FL, Maureen (Gary) Neumann of Omaha, NE, Agnes Mallinger of Fort Dodge, Stephen Jr. (Cathy) Mallinger of Woodridge, VA, Kathy (John) Kern of Omaha, NE, Karol (Tim) Newberry of Brownsburg, IN, Thomas (Cindy) Mallinger of Carmel, IN, and Mary Margaret Mallinger of Omaha, NE; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and brother Austin Mallinger of Fort Dodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Margaret (O'Brien) Mallinger; wife Mary in 1996; granddaughter Jillian Burger in 1988; brother, Thomas; and sisters, Aileen Callahan, Margaret Condon, Sister Mary St. Stephen B.V.M., and Lorraine O'Leary.
Stephen J. Mallinger was born on April 7, 1916 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and grew up on a farm west of Duncombe where he attended rural grade school. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1933, and then attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in 1937. He was united in marriage to Mary Kathryn Hood in June of 1940 and they made their home south of Fort Dodge where he farmed. A year later, they purchased a farm north of Clare and lived there for nineteen years. When his parents retired in 1960, Steve and the family moved back to Duncombe to farm for his parents. In 1981, he retired and moved to Fort Dodge.
He was active in the Knights of Columbus, attaining the rank of Fourth Degree and served as Faithful Navigator. He was also active at Sacred Heart Church serving in many capacities. His main hobbies included golf and photography.
Memorials may be left to Holy Trinity Parish.