Bernard Vitas Galinaitis (1930 - 2018)

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Bernard Vitas Galinaitis, 87, of Annapolis, formerly of Westminster, passed away on February 5, 2018 at Somerford Place, Annapolis. He was the beloved husband of Regina (Dailyde) Galinaitis who was devoted to him and took care of him until his passing. Bernard was born in Vilkaviskis, Lithuania on May 25, 1930 to the late Nikodemas and Pertonele (Majauskas) Galinaitis. He grew up in Lithuania on the family farm in Jakiskiai and fled with his family west when the Soviets occupied Lithuania. With his family he arrived in the United States at age 19 after having lived in two Displaced Persons Camps in Germany. Bernard graduated from Technical School in Baltimore. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. During the Korean War, he was stationed in West Germany where he met his first wife, Ruta. After completing his military service, Bernard worked as a Mechanical Engineer for the Bendix Corporation where his radio casing design received a patent. The family moved to Florida in 1971 where he worked as an electrician. They returned to Maryland in 1976 and Bernard worked at AAI Corporation until his retirement in 1988. In addition to his wife, Bernard is survived by his children Liuda Galinaitis of Westminster; Vida Callier of New Windsor; and John Galinaitis and his wife Sandy of Taneytown. He is also survived by step-children Zita Zduoba and husband Edmund of Boyce, VA; Nida Zilevicius and husband Jonas of Owings, MD and Rimas Liogys and wife Lynn of Huntingtown, MD. He leaves his eight grandchildren; Nicholas Galinaitis, Benjamin Callier, Anneliese Galinaitis, Alina Zilevicius, Simona Zduoba, Danielius Zilevicius, Vincas Zduoba and Lauren Kuhn and one great-grandchild Emerson Xenos-Galinaitis. He is survived by his sister Ona Bucevicius and her husband Zigmas of Baltimore. In addition to his parents, Bernard was predeceased by his loving first wife Ruta Motgabis Galinaitis as well as four siblings. Bernard was a member of The American Legion Lithuanian Post 154 in Baltimore, and the Lithuanian Hall. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish in Annapolis and a former member of St. John Catholic Church, Westminster. He was an avid sailor and a member of the Glenmar Sailing Association of Middle River. Bernard built his first sailboat from plans and Marine wood purchased locally. In the late 60's and early 70's, he raced a Celebrity Sailboat made in Holland of African mahogany. In the spring of 1970, he won the Glenmar Sailing Association Spring Series Cup and placed 2nd in the Fall Series of 1970. Bernard always enjoyed traveling, cruising and being his family's handyman. The family will welcome friends on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Father Mark Bialek as Celebrant. Nicholas Galinaitis will play the organ during Mass. Interment will follow in Pipe Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations, in his memory, be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10017. Online condolences may be made at

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 7, 2018
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