Malvin Leininger, 89, devoted family man

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Malvin Leininger
Malvin Leininger

WILLIAMSBURG – Malvin “Mal” Leininger passed away peacefully at VCU in Richmond with adoring family members by his side. Mal was the cherished husband of Margaret “Peggy” Leininger and lived at Brookdale Senior Living in Williamsburg, VA.

Along with his wife of 63 years, Malvin is survived by six children; Eileen Leininger and her husband, Alan Titcomb, Jean Anne Leininger and her husband, Michael Beukema, John Leininger and his wife, Nancy, Peter Leininger and his wife, Jane Steele, Catherine Malek and her husband, Richard, and Noreen Rushworth and her husband Irving “Rush”. Grandpa will also be greatly missed by his ten grandchildren: Megan (husband, Travis), Matthew (wife, Lindsay), Patrick, David (wife, Rachel), Helen, Cameron, Paul, Justine, Mark and Allison. Adding to his blessings were two great-grandchildren, Joshua and Corey.

Malvin was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Malvin and Anna (Schneider) Leininger, on Sept. 28, 1927. Peggy was also born in Brooklyn and they always kidded that their strollers possibly passed on the street. Mal graduated from West New York Memorial High School in NJ. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became the proud alumnus of the University of Michigan, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Three of his children followed as U of M alumni. As Mal often stated, “It’s hard to be humble when you graduated from the University of Michigan.” M Go Blue!

Mal and Peggy raised their family in Garden City, NY where Mal was an active volunteer in his church and town. He proudly coached his children’s softball and baseball teams and managed the girls travelling All-Star team for many seasons. He served for years as president of the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) and was the greatest fan of each and every one of his children, both on the field and off. The undying support and pride he showed for his children was carried into the next generation as his grandchildren were also recipients of the proud twinkle in his eyes and joyous smile.

Both Mal and Peggy were avid bridge players. They ran the Garden City Duplicate Bridge Club for years and taught bridge on many memorable cruises.

Mal loved working for Westinghouse in Manhattan. His children fondly remember greeting his radiant smile at the train station as he arrived home from the Big Apple. On Friday afternoons, he put down his Fedora and delighted in announcing he had three days home with his family. In 1979, Mal and Peg relocated with Westinghouse to Pittsburgh, PA. Mal’s work then took him to Danbury, CT in 1983, to work at Westinghouse’s newest acquisition, Unimation, which was the first, and for years, largest robotics company in the world. In 1987, Mal and Peggy returned to Pittsburgh where he was a National Sales Manager for Unimation until his retirement in 1992.

Peggy and Mal spent their retirement years in Williamsburg, VA. They lived in Kingsmill Resort for 22 years where Mal volunteered on the KCSA. While living in Kingsmill, they were busy with bridge, Wine and Dine, travelling, and discovering new restaurant finds. Mal was very proud to provide complimentary tax services to the elderly and low income. Their last two years have been spent residing at Brookfield Senior Living.

Mal’s wife is grateful for having had the best partner ever, not only at the bridge table, but also in life. His children fondly remember for Friday Pizza Night at the Leiningers where everyone was welcome, summers in Lake Winnipesaukee, and time spent at the Outer Banks. They will miss his genuine smile, unending support and encouragement, and they thank him for everything he ever did for them, which was boundless. He had amazing “fix-it” skills that he passed on to the next generation. As a man, he set an example for treating people well, helping whenever possible, and living life with a subtle and clever humor.

Visitation will be at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 from 4-6 pm. Burial will follow at Albany Rural Cemetery in Albany, NY at a later date. Condolences may be made online at www.nelsencares.com