March 2, 2012
Janina Malicki celebrates her centennial this year, just like Arizona. She was born March 3, 1912 in Poland and now resides at Payson Care Center. Mrs. Malicki made her home with her daughter, Mary Ann O’Rourke of Payson, for many years before joining the family at Payson Care Center. In her younger days she could speak seven languages and was both an opera singer and actress. The youngest of 17 children, she and her husband, along with their older children, were survivors of the Holocaust during World War II.
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Arizona is sharing its Centennial with a Payson resident — Janina Malicki. Janina, who now resides at Payson Care Center, but until recently was cared for by her daughter Mary Ann O’Rourke, was born March 3, 1912 in Warsaw, Poland. She was the youngest of her parents’ 17 children. They were farmers, but she hated rural life, so she went to live with a sister in the city. She loved to sing and in time became a soprano with the Polish opera. Her husband, William B. Malicki, was born June 22, 1915 in Detroit, Mich. to immigrant parents. At the age of 15, his parents sent William back to Poland where the family owned many properties. He continued his education there and learned about the family’s businesses.