Joyce M. Malanka, 77


Joyce M. Malanka, 77, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Clinton and Severna Park, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at home on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. She was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 1941, daughter of the late Bernard Riley and Mary (Garrett) Riley.

Malanka graduated from St. Cecilia Catholic School in Washington. She worked as a secretary for the Department of the Army before starting her family. As her children got older, she then worked in various capacities as a secretary for a variety of government agencies. Once she retired and moved to Ocean View, Del., she worked for 10 years at Seaside Country Store in Fenwick Island.

She enjoyed bowling, spending time with her grandchildren, going to the beach and making crafts. She was also a collector of birdhouses and knickknacks.

Malanka is survived by her husband of almost 56 years, Lawrence John Malanka; three children, Tim Malanka and his wife, and Malanka’s caregiver, Jayne, of Fredericksburg, Va., Tracy Bunting and her husband, Donald, of Georgetown, Del., and Patrick Malanka of Alexandria, Va.; two sisters, Joan Turgeon of Northport, Fla., and Alice Ann Agrafiotis and her husband, John, of Venice, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, at www.alz.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.