A memorial service for the Rev. Walter G. Malinsky, retired pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 929 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville.
Pastor Malinsky, died Thursday of pneumonia at the Homewood Hospital Center South. He was 66 and lived on East University Parkway.
He was Emmanuel's pastor for 16 years. After his retirement in 1986, he served the congregation on a part-time basis, often visiting the sick.
From 1965 to 1970, he was employed in Washington as assistant director of the Armed Forces Commission of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.
The pastor had been an Air Force chaplain on active duty in Japan and Texas during the Korean War and later in the Reserve.
After his ordination in 1948, he served churches in Colorado. From 1958 to 1965 he was pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kingsville.
The native of Ayton, Ontario, grew up in Elmira, Ontario. He was a 1944 graduate of Concordia High School and College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a 1948 graduate of the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Known for his wit, he was often called on to be toastmaster at Lutheran pastoral gatherings. He enjoyed music, playing the piano by ear and singing with the choir when not conducting a service.
He was also interested in the theater and appeared in plays as a student and in retirement at the Johns Hopkins University.
Pastor Malinsky is survived by his wife, the former Leona E. Reister; two sons, the Rev. Michael Malinsky of Pewaukee, Wis., and Frank Malinsky of Lansing, Mich.; a daughter, Kathryn Petersen of Chicago; his stepmother, Tusnelda Malinsky of Kitchener, Ontario; two brothers, Wilfred Lindsey of Dunchurch, On
tario, and Grant Malinsky of Ottawa; four sisters, Ruth Fischer and Vera Cook, both of Kitchener, Marie Ruppel of Elmira and Irene Gillard of Barrie, Ontario; and three grandchildren.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Walter G. Malinsky Seminary Students Scholarship Fund at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.