Christian R. Malmgren was born on July 7, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA, and was born into eternal life on May 11, 2023, the son of Christian Malmgren and Arlene (Ellison) Malmgren McMonigle. He attended John Bartram High School and graduated with a B.S. in Education from West Chester University.
He taught school in the Marple Newtown School District and Newark Special School District. He received certification as an Audio-Visual Specialist and Teacher Naturalist. He is proud to have served in the United States Army and is a Korean War Veteran. He was President of the Board at St. Patrick's Senior Center and worked with Sr. Dolores Macklin & Fr. Jim Trainor to help establish the Center in the beginning years. Chris was also a parishioner of Resurrection Parish since 1975.
In 1975, he and his wife, Angela, founded Jesus House Prayer & Renewal Center and for the next 42 years were Co- Directors, leading many Retreats Days of Reflection, Bible Studies, and Book Groups. He was also a member of the Pastoral Team for Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Wilmington and Chaplain at Manor Care for a number of years. Chris made his Cursillio weekend and proceeded to be a team member on many subsequent weekends
He is survived by his loving wife Angela and would have celebrated their 60th Anniversary in August. He is the proud and loving father of Christian B. Malmgren (Yolanda), Pamela Burgos (Jose), Ross Malmgren (Sheri) and Cynthia Leski (Stephen). Grandfather of 10: Alexis, Lauren, and TJ Burgos; Ross Christian and Emily Malmgren, Nina and Nicholas Leski, and Jessica and Amanda Lopez; and great grandfather of 12. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Malmgren, Jack McMonigle and Daniel McMonigle; and his sisters, Dorothy Drake & Norma McMonigle.
He was predeceased in death by his beloved grandson, Christian Dominic Malmgren; his parents; his sisters, Gayle Migliore, Donna Sudol and Terry McMonigle; and his brothers, George Malmgren, Otto Oller and Erick Malmgren.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, June 8th, 2023 from 11AM-12:15PM at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3000 Videre Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30PM. Interment will be held privately for the family at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Chris's memory to Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808, https://www.jesushousecenter.org/
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