MELANIE A. MALANOWSKI, age 44, died suddenly and peacefully at her home in Boca Raton, FL; beloved daughter of Susan Artz (nee Bird) (husband Hal Artz, deceased) and the late Joseph Malanowski (Sharlene Simerale); loving sister of Jennifer Nowak; cherished aunt of Riley and Delaney Nowak; dearest niece, cousin, and friend of many; devoted pet parent to Mia, Ty and many dogs over the years.
Melanie was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a 1994 graduate of Mayfield High School where she was a member of the cheerleading team. After attending Ohio University and Otterbein College, she moved to Columbus, Ohio. There she worked as an exercise rider, trained Olympic jumper horses and later became a professional jockey. From Columbus, Ohio she relocated to Alexander Arkansas then settled in Boca Raton, Florida. She worked at Jet Loan Capital in Jupiter, Florida as the operations manager. Melanie was a passionate animal lover. She fostered countless dogs and volunteered her time at many dog rescues. She worked with Paws and Pilots relocating families and dogs displaced by hurricanes. She loved to cook, do projects around her home, craft projects and was an avid gardener.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any animal charity of your choice in her memory.
Due to COVID restrictions, private services for family were held; burial in Lake View Cemetery; a Memorial Mass and Celebration of Melanie’s life will take place at a later date.
Arrangements by THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS.Print This Obituary & Condolences