Funeral services celebrating the life of Thomas “Tom” Malchodi, 75, of LeClaire, IA, and formerly of Coal Valley, IL, will be held at 11am on Thursday, April, 20, 2023 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be 4-7pm Wednesday, at the funeral home. Private family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Riverside, IA. Memorials may be made to First Tee - Quad Cities.
Mr. Malchodi passed away Saturday, April 15, 2023, at his home, surrounded by family following another, although brief, battle with cancer (cancer sucks!). The family would like to thank doctors Mario Sy and Kristi Chang for giving him eighteen years cancer free, allowing him to be a huge part of his grandson's lives.
Thomas Joseph Malchodi was born May 18, 1947, in the Bronx, NY, the son of Joseph Anthony and Irma G. (nee Gazzola) Malchodi. He was a graduate of the former St. Ambrose College in Davenport and while there met the love of his life Pauline Armbruster. They were married July 27, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2021.
After graduating from St. Ambrose, Tom became a school teacher in the East Moline School district, teaching physical education. He left the educational field in 1979 and became a car salesman for the former Prescon Motors, then Lujacks, and finally Zimmermans from which he retired on December 31, 2019. He had also been a manager for almost 20 years at Lujacks.
He and Pauline traveled extensively throughout the USA, often with a grandson in tow. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers, but his true passion was golf, remaining active until the end. He scored two holes in one in his lifetime.
Tom and Pauline became snowbirds, eventually settling at the Plantation in Leesburg, FL, in 2012. Tom never wanted to see snow again and truly treasured his time in Florida. The family he made at The Plantation always held a special place in his heart.
Those left to honor his memory include his son and daughter in law Tony and Christina Malchodi of LeClaire; grandsons Nicholas (Amy) Malchodi of Millington, MI, Zachary Malchodi of Los Angeles, and Hunter Malchodi of LeClaire; great grandson Vincent “Vinny” Malchodi; sister Lisa (Mark) Gilmore of Southbury, CT; and many nieces and nephews.