Shirley Sharleene Malecha, 75 of Rochester, Minnesota went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home.
Shirley was born on November 25, 1945 in Cando, North Dakota to Alfred and Ruby Odegaard. Shirley attended school in Egeland, North Dakota and eventually receiving her GED in 1983. In her youth, Shirley worked in her parent’s merchant’s store. Shirley was a loving mother to two girls Tonja Sue Odegaard of Zumbrota, MN and Michelle Miller of Stewartville, MN. In 1984 Shirley married Robert Leo Malecha and gained another young daughter Teri Malecha of Ohio. The Malecha’s shared 37 years of love and laughter until Robert’s passing in 2019. The Malecha’s loved to go fishing, play bingo, have cook outs with family, and enjoying time with their children and grandchildren. One thing Shirley had was a “nose” for spotting a garage sale and she always had to stop and see if she could spot a bargain. Shirley also loved to do puzzles, paint (you could always find her favorite purple butterflies in her paintings), play scrabble with her partner in crime at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home Miss Phyllis, and more than anything she loved singing to her Lord. It wasn’t unusual to see Shirley in her chair with her eyes closed singing to God. Shirley was a member of Rochester Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her sisters and brothers in Christ whenever she was able to do so.
Mrs. Malecha is preceded in death by her parents Ruby Alice Peterson and Alfred Edward Odegaard, brothers Randal Peter Odegaard and Charles Edward Odegaard, husband Robert Leo Malecha, and Cousin Paulette Hamdam.
Shirley was blessed to have 5 grandchildren, Baily Jo Miller of Rochester, MN, Cali Charleene Miller of Rochester MN, Tyler Lejcher of Zumbrota, MN, Brady Burzette of Rochester, MN, and Te’a Sue Odegaard-Burzette of Stewartville, MN, and 2 great grandchildren Alyana Kinsleigh Cox and Geneva Noelle Garrison.
Mrs. Malecha’s family wishes to thank our sisters and brothers in Christ at Rochester Baptist Church for all their prayers during our mother and grandmother’s illness, as well as Samaritan Nursing Home for their loving care throughout her stay. And we would also like to give a big thank you to Season’s Hospice for their loving care for the last several weeks of her journey home to her Lord.
Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Shirley may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com