Nestor L. “Duke” Moloci

October 27, 1933 ‒ December 19, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Nestor L. “Duke” Moloci, age 82, of Mansfield, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

Duke was known to many in the Mansfield area as “The Candy Man”. His pockets were always chock-full of peppermints which he passed out to everyone he greeted.

He was born October 27, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Moloci.

Duke was a Navy veteran, proudly serving two tours aboard the USS The Sullivans (DD537) and assisting with guard duty for President Eisenhower during a surprise visit. He worked nearly forty years in the automotive industry eventually retiring from General Motors. Of strong Catholic faith, Duke was a dedicated member of Resurrection Parish. He spent decades serving his church community in many ministries. During his autumn years he was a supporter of Catholic Charities.

Duke is survived by four children: Rob (Patricia) Moloci of Macomb Township, MI, Diane (Darrell) Finken of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Mark (Kris) Moloci of St. Clair Shores, MI, and John (Susan) Moloci of Grove City; grandchildren Jennifer, Michelle, Rachel, Nathan, Matthew, Andrew, Stephanie, Erica, and Benjamin; great-grandchildren Alexandria and Cassandra; brother Nick Moloci, sisters Joann Maxim and Vicki Rennison; nieces Mary, Christine, Cathy; and a nephew Christopher.

Duke was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Patricia A. (Baleda) Moloci; infant son Michael Moloci; grandson Nicholas Moloci; and brother George Moloci.

Friends may call Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 1-5pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a Christian prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish, celebrated by the Rev. Father Nelson Beaver. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Catholic Charities, 2 Smith Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44905.

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  • Condolences to his family. Duke was one of the most kind men I have ever known Was always a real pleasure seating across the table at the Veterans Donut Club @ Catholic Charities. He will be deeply missed by many.

  • Duke will be missed greatly by us at Catholic Charities. He stopped by almost every Friday for 2 1/2 years and always left smiling and a ” see you next week if the good Lord is willing. ” Duke holds a special place in our hearts.

  • We were saddened to hear of Duke’s death. Jo and I both worked with Duke at General Motors in Mansfield. He was a good man who would do anything for anyone if he could. We enjoyed his company along with his wife, Pat. He will be missed by many and we pray that he is now enjoying a new life with God. May the Lord bless your family and bring them peace. Gary & Jo

  • I am shocked and disappointed to hear this news. He was one ornery gentleman and I am glas to have served him at Sam’s Club for the length I have worked there. He was always friendly and had a smile on his face! Rest easy Duke. ❤