Catherine “Kay” Malec, 95, formerly of Virginia, died Saturday Jan. 3, 2015, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, due to complications of influenza.

Catherine Patricia Pecarina was born July 15, 1919, in Virginia, to Martin and Mary (Perin) Pecarina. After graduating with the Class of 1937 from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, she headed to Detroit, Mich., to live with her cousin and attend East Side Beauty School. Returning to Virginia in 1938, she first worked at Mary Ann’s Beauty Shop and then at Nature’s Rival as a licensed beautician. In 1947 she purchased Nature’s Rival from Miriam Abrahamson and managed the shop until 1953, when she moved the business to her home, and for 40 years she owned and operated Kay’s Beauty Shop.

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