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Rudolf E. Malz

Published June 22,2019

Obituary's Biography:

Rudolf Erich Malz, 81, of Hainesville, passed away June 19,2019 at his home.  Rudy was born on January 2, 1938 in Chicago, IL to Rudolf and Erna (Mudroch) Malz.  He attended Valparaiso University.  Rudy worked at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago for many decades.  He was an active member of Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and was involved in their Social Justice Committee and children’s education.  Rudy loved singing and was a member of many choirs over the years, including Bel canto Chorus in Milwaukee.  He enjoyed gardening and especially loved roses.  He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.  He particularly enjoyed his trips to Germany to visit family.  He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters more than anything. 

Rudy is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer (Rex) Williamson of Williamsville, IL and Leslie Malz of Arlington Heights, IL; two granddaughters, Hannah (Aaron) Foss of Sandwich, IL and Rebecca Williamson of Williamsville, IL; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dorothea (Walt) Muente and Dolores (Herb) Stride; one brother, Manfred (Marilyn) Malz; and his former wife and friend, Sandra Malz.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030.  A memorial visitation and service will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am with the memorial service commencing at 11:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee or Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

4 replies on “Rudolf E. Malz”

  1. The most beautiful monument that a human being can get is in the hearts of his fellow human beings.
    (Albert Schweitzer)
    Lieber Rudy, du hast mir so viel bedeutet und wirst für ewig in meinem Herzen bleiben.
    Nun bist du bei deiner Mutter, bei deinen Schwestern und bei deiner Frau  – ein Wiedersehen.
    Irgendwann sehen auch wir uns wieder.

  2. Jennifer and Leslie,
    I wish I was there to hug and support you in any way possible. I am sending my love and support across the miles. Hopefully, we can arrange to see each other sooner than later. What you are going through reminds us that we need to seize the moment. Love to all of you and your families.

  3. I am so sorry to learn of Rudy’s passing. He always had a smile when he was with us in Bel Canto. I have a fond memory of getting together after rehearsal over drinks where he would ask for 5 or 6 olives in his cocktail and then promptly offer them to the women at the table! The memory always brings a smile to my face. He was extraordinarily dedicated to Bel Canto even after he stopped singing with us. I am so glad I was able to see him and give him a hug at this most recent Bel Canto Gala in April; little did I know he would leave us so soon. Unfortunately I am not able to come to the visitation or service. My deepest condolences go to his family.

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