James Martin Malneritch, 78, died Dec. 14, 2015, following a three-year battle with bladder cancer.
He was born Jan. 17, 1937, in Seattle to Martin and Helen Malneritch. He grew up in North Seattle, graduated from Seattle Prep High School and attended Seattle University. He married Patricia (Patty) Mullally in 1960 and was happily married for 55 years. The couple had five children while living in Auburn, then settled in Enumclaw to be near family. He worked for the American Can Company for 19 years, created and ran a successful landscaping business and then followed in his father’s footsteps and became a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1998. His Catholic faith and his family were the most important things in his life and he strived to help those in need. He and his wife were foster parents to a number of children throughout the years. He was active in his church and involved in a number of roles, joining the Knights of Columbus in 2008. He loved farming, gardening, hunting, fishing, reading, music and laughter.
He is survived by his wife, Patty; daughter Katie Novcaski (Rich) of Alaska; son Martin (Robin) of Enumclaw; daughter Camille Howard (Mark) of Buckley; son Michael (Maria) of Buckley; and daughter-in-law Kerri of California; sister Marie Malneritch of Seattle; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Paul.
A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1614 Farrelly St. in Enumclaw.
He requested no flowers; instead, donations in his memory can be made to the Fr. Farrelly scholarship fund at Sacred Heart Church or the Northwest Kidney Center.
Services are by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home. All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.