Bernard Wil­liam “Bernie” Motichka

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CLEAR­WA­TER, FLA. — On the morn­ing of April 19, 2016, Bernie Motichka passed away peace­fully in Clear­wa­ter, Fla., af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was 84 years old.

Bernie was born in Swoy­ersville, Pa., on Dec. 21, 1931, the son of Emily Za­vatski Motichka and An­thony Motichka. He grad­u­ated from Tunkhan­nock High School in 1948 where he was on the base­ball team as a catcher. He en­listed in the Navy in 1950, ser ved dur­ing the Korean War as a fu­eler on The USS Val­ley Forge, and was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1954. He at­tended Loch Haven State Teach­ers Col­lege and was on the col­lege swim team.

In 1959, he mar­ried Mil­dred “Mil­lie” Madar. Upon his grad­u­a­tion in 1960, he worked at Sudlersville High School teach­ing math and gym. He re­turned to col­lege, earn­ing a Mas­ter’s De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion in 1965 from Scran­ton Univer­sity. He be­came a guid­ance coun­selor at the newly built Queen Anne’s County High School in Cen­tre­ville, Md., which his daugh­ters all at­tended. He re­mained at Queen Anne’s un­til his re­tire­ment in 1991.

In 1986, Mil­lie passed away. Bernie mar­ried Dolores “Dee” Dadds Bryant in 1991, and to­gether they trav­eled ex­ten­sively, both in the U.S. and abroad. Bernie vis­ited ev­ery state in the U.S. On th­ese trav­els, he would of­ten open the phone book in a town he was vis­it­ing and call any­one whose last name was Motichka to see if they were re­lated. He met many fam­ily mem­bers this way and re­mained friends with them. Dee passed away in 2011.

Bernie was born to a farm­ing fam­ily and al­ways kept a gar­den. He had his first job at age 14 when he leased a plot of land from a farmer to grow toma­toes. Dur­ing his time at Queen Anne’s, he was on the chain gang of the foot­ball team, and only missed one game in 30 years, for his daugh­ter’s wed­ding. He was elected into the QACHS Hall of Fame for his chain gang ser­vice. He was best known for his sense of hu­mor and love of sto­ries. Bernie had a re­mark­able mem­ory. Even in re­cent years, he could re­count anec­dotes about stu­dents he had in the 1960s, their vo­ca­tions, col­lege choices and spouses.

He is sur­vived by his daugh­ters, Lynn Gal­itzin and her hus­band Michel and sons Alex and An­drew, of Bal­ti­more, Md., Karen Motichka of Sal­is­bury, Md., Eve Motichka and her hus­band Harry Lloyd and daugh­ters Jenna and Jordan Lloyd of Del­mar, Md., and Ja­nis Motichka and her hus­band Jon Draper and sons Wil­liam and Con­nor Draper of Joppa, Md. An in­fant son, John An­thony, pre­de­ceased them.

He is also sur­vived by his sis­ters, Emily Christina of Endi­cott, N.Y., and Doris Mon­tross and hus­band Harold of Cen­tremore­land, Pa. He is pre­de­ceased by his brothers Adam and Ed­ward, and his sis­ter Eleanor.

He is also sur­vived by three step-daugh­ters: Cindy Dixon, Bil­lie Sue Dixon and Va­lerie Dixon, all of Vir­ginia, and 22 grand and great­grand­chil­dren, as well as a sis­ter-in-law Patsy Mock, and brothers-in-law Bernard Dadds, Don­ald Dadds and Clay­ton Dadds, all of Cen­tre­ville, Md.

A Mass of Chris­tian burial will be held Satur­day, April 30, 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Sor­rows Catholic Church in Cen­tre­ville, Md., with vis­i­ta­tion at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. He will be in­terred in St Peter’s ceme­tery, along­side Mil­lie and Dee.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests do­na­tions be made to the QACHS Alumni Schol­ar­ship Fund, P.O. Box 512, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

On­line con­do­lences can be made at www.hard­esty­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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