HATFIELD - Frank L. Motyka, Sr., 89, of 138 Chestnut St., Hatfield, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.
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Frank was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Wilbraham, the son of the late John and Caroline (Nowak) Motyka. He was raised in Wilbraham and educated in local schools.
Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served aboard the U.S.S. Melville during the D-Day invasion. He was also stationed aboard the U.S.S. Sanctuary and after the Atomic bomb was dropped, spent time in Nagasaki. Frank was always proud of his time in the Navy, serving his country and was honorably discharged March 6, 1946.
He returned home, married the former Jane Marie Vollinger and after many moves around the Northeast, they settled in Hatfield, where they raised their family. Frank retired May 9, 1990, from the University of Massachusetts as supervisor of maintenance at the research center. He previously worked as a teamster for Sweetlife Foods. He also worked for Raff Construction and Indian Motorcycle.
Frank was an accomplished amateur athlete who had a passion for sports that he instilled in his children. Later in life, he took great joy in golfing and handicapping Thoroughbred racing. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace church in Hatfield, and a longtime member of the Hatfield American Legion post 344.
He leaves his beloved wife of 66 years, Jane M. (Vollinger) Motyka and his children Frank Motyka, Jr., and his wife Donna, Bernard Motyka and his wife Darla, Marie Amato, John Motyka and his wife Linda, Martin Motyka and his wife Karla, Dwight Motyka, James Motyka and his wife Laurie, Thomas Motyka and Carl Motyka and his wife Bonnie. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. One of 13 children, Frank was predeceased by his siblings Leo, Emil, Mitchell, Andy, Rudy, Eddie, Wanda, Nellie, Vera and Millie. He leaves his two final siblings, Stanley Motyka and Celia Ogorzalek and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton. Funeral services will be Monday from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton at 8:45 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, School Street, Hatfield. Burial with military honors will follow in Main Street Cemetery, Hatfield.
Donations in Frank's memory may be made to the Hatfield American Legion Post 344, Elm Street, Hatfield, MA 01038.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 3, 2014