Passages John D. Malzone

Windy City Media Group
March 5, 2008

John D. Malzone, a.k.a. 'Mame' and 'Mama', passed away Feb. 26. He was 79.

Malzone was born in Chicago, and attended DePaul University. He served in the United States Navy, and was a window dresser at Marshall Field's. He also worked in advertising in New York and in public relations in Paris, later returning home to teach developmentally challenged children for Chicago Public Schools. Malzone was also regarded as a mover and shaker in the early local gay-rights movement.

Throughout his life, Malzone used his adroit wit and humor to defend and defame where required, was a constant friend, and was a fascinating storyteller. Very active in the gay liberation scene in the early 1970s throught the '80s, he was known both for being hospitable and for challenging authority. Malzone exercised his faith through his participation in the local LGBT Catholic organization Dignity Chicago, becoming an early president of the group.

Malzone is survived by his partner of 35 years, Robert Van Vooren.

Visitation was at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western, Thurs., Feb. 28. The funeral Mass took place Fri., Feb. 29, at St. Matthias Church, 2310 W. Anslie. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Malzone's name.


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