Susanne Malaska, 62, passed away suddenly from heart failure on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Loving sister, aunt, cousin, and dear friend, she will be forever missed.

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Susanne “Susie” was born on July 17, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Jack and Etta LaRaine (Gardner) Malaska. She graduated from Granite High School in 1975 and later received a marketing/design degree from Salt Lake Community College. She worked for Lagoon Amusement Park as the Art Director and achieved several national awards for her work on the famous merry-go-round horses that she hand-painted, as well as the “Colossus the Fire Dragon” roller coaster. She then branched out on her own to start her company, Malaska Creative and Design. Susie worked in the design field for over 30 years creating marketing pieces for several large Utah businesses as well as designing scrap book papers for The Paper Patch store. She worked for many businesses for all types of publications.

Susie had a passion for the arts and an incredible imagination to utilize when creating designs and bringing her art to life.

Her two nieces, Jennifer Malaska and Ashley (Malaska) Moss were the light of her life and she looked forward to spoiling them in any way possible. She longed to be able to see her new 8- month old grandniece, Ellie, but through the videos and photos from AZ, she was kept up to date from afar.

Susie was always known for her quick wit, her infectious laugh that could fill a room, and her kind heart and compassionate soul. Those who came to know her will never forgot her, and hopefully will forever remember her as a dear friend who meant only good wishes for them.

Susanne was preceded in death by her father, Jack, and her mother, Etta LaRaine Malaska. She is survived by her brother, Mike Malaska and wife, Charlene (Camp) Malaska, nieces Jennifer Malaska and Ashley (Malaska) Moss, Garrett Moss, & Ellie Moss, cousin, Alexis Christianson as well as many other cousins and relatives she loved dearly.

A funeral service will not be held at this time due to the Covid-19 circumstances, but Susie will be buried at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery located at 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah.

A memorial and celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Please email Mike or Charlene Malaska at so that we can notify you of the details for the upcoming memorial.

Many thanks to some of Susie’s dearest friends, Kathy Ann Nakai, Deborah Holmes, and Carol Eastman for your continued friendship, service, support and immense acts of kindness and care for Susie over the years. Special thanks to her cousin, Alexis Christianson, for always being there to help her in every way possible even when you were not asked to help. It never went unnoticed. Susie loved you all and anyone that would show love and friendship to her. We can’t begin to thank you enough.

Thanks to all the care givers at Carrington Court, in So. Jordan, Utah where she lived since December of 2017. Your ability to care for her and always show your kindness was appreciated by her and the family.


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Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E 10600 S
Sandy, UT

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Apr 25, 2020

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I am just now reading that Susanne has passed from this mortal life...but I know she lives on as a great loving personality through the ages.

Susanne truley blessed my life through our business and friendship relationship!

She designed my logo for my business and always had an exciting and creative idea to help me succeed. She is such bright light and intelligence in the eternities. (She came to this earth life one month before I was born) I can't help but know we knew one another in heaven.

We all will look forward to a grand reunion in heaven!

Thank you Susanne for blessing my life!

Niels Fugal


PS: Susanne "Is what fun is!"

Niels Fugal , Pleasant Grove, UT, US Dec 30, 2020

Susanne was my best friend for over 20 years. I met her while I was the accountant at Printech in Salt Lake City Utah. We soon found a sister like bond that has lasted through all the good and bad times of both of our lives.

Susanne was there for me when my mother died. I was there for Susanne when she had to move her mother from different retirement homes and hospitals. I had a truck and a trailer to assist with the moves. I also spent many a night by Susanne's side sitting in the hospital with her mother. I was even there with Susanne and her brother Mike, at the moment when their mother passed away.

Susanne had her hands full with me in 2009. I lost another close friend, I was going through a painful divorce and I lost my job all at the same time. I did not want to go on and talked of ending it many times. Susanne took my calls, sometimes in the middle of the night, to help me get through this time of my life. I don't think I would be here now without her.

Susanne has great family and friends. I especially want to thank Mike and Charlene who always made sure she had everything she every needed. She truly loved her brother and only had wonderful things to say about him. She also loved her nieces very much. She would call them "HER GIRLS". She would show me photos as the grew up. And lately I was shown wedding photos, baby photos and her girls on horses. I feel I almost know them. I am sincerely sorry for the loss her family is feeling now.

Susanne was a light in many of our lives. There is no one that has the glow that Susanne has when she smiles. I know that I will never be able to replace her. I hope she is flying with the angles now. And I hope she will come haunt me if possible. LOL

With all my love. Carol Stout Eastman.

Carol Stout Eastman , West Valley, UT, US Apr 27, 2020