Jared “Aster” Forest Maloney, age 28, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Dittmer, MO outside of St. Louis. He was born in Erie, PA on June 9, 1993, the son of Mark and Linda (Levesque) Maloney and resided in Waterford, PA until he embarked on his many adventures in life.

He graduated with honors and awards in English and Math from Seneca High School, where he was a member of the marching band playing the baritone, and Science Olympiad team. He also studied stage arts with Mr. O’Donnell as his mentor and was very involved in stage crew/set building and light & sound tech for the school’s drama department. He was certified in Tool & Die from the Erie County Tech School as well.

In his youth, Jared was a sensitive and active child lit up by his passion for trains. He was a lifelong tinkerer who put back together nearly as many things as he took apart. He loved all sorts of gadgets and mechanical puzzles, too. He collected many monikers along the way, including Two Bites because he was too busy to take the time to eat which he made up for in his later years. His sister named him Poobli (which he did not appreciate). His classmates named him Fro which gave him great notoriety and the honor of “Prettiest Hair his Senior year. He later chose the name, Aster, from a genus of hardy star-shaped flowers.

After graduation, Jared worked for the then Banta Construction of Waterford before he became a member of Acorn, an egalitarian community in Mineral, VA where he helped build the headquarters which included a spiral staircase for their worker-owned business, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. He created many projects and works of art, sometimes using a magnifying glass and fine point pens to draw incredibly detailed pieces. He became a gifted wood craftsman and worked at several shops including Gaston and Wyatt Architectural Millwork of Charlottesville, VA, and Alpine Cabinet Co. and Wood Designs Ltd. Both outside of Denver, CO. His coworkers remember him as a skilled woodworker and a pleasure to be around.

Jared weathered the pandemic with his sister and nephew in Snowflake, AZ where he filled the time with gaming, baking, and helping to shingle the roof after it was damaged in a sudden storm. He was an exuberant “funcle” who largely ignored his sister’s pleas to stop giving his nephew anything and everything he would ask for.
His last adventure took him to Missouri, where he hoped to contribute to a friend’s business start-up, but instead lost his life. Jared will be very deeply missed and remembered as a kind, patient, and capable goofball who always saw the best in people, even when it wasn’t apparent to anyone else. He was a trusting and trustworthy friend who blessed many people with his presence and insight during his short time on earth.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward and Betty (Forest) Maloney, maternal grandfather, Charles Levesque, aunts, Colleen (Maloney) Mitchell and Marcia (Levesque) Jordano, and cousin (who was born just 2 weeks after him) Mason Levesque.

In addition to his parents, Jared is survived by sister, Jessica “Xela” Maloney, nephew Dagr “Dax” Bell, maternal grandmother, Jane (Yukon) Levesque-Hartman and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at the church where Jared was raised on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Harmony Baptist Church in Waterford, PA at 7:00 pm with visitation beginning at 5:30 pm. This service will also be live streamed on Facebook.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the contributors choice.