John Anthony NITKA

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Bring's Broadway Chapel
6910 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ

NITKA, John Anthony 63, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loved ones, August 26, 2017, at St. Joseph's hospital in Tucson Arizona. John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 24 years, Maryann and their daughter, Adrianna (Anna); father, Joseph Nitka; brothers, Russell Davis, Michael Nitka, James Nitka, Paul Nitka, Lawrence Nitka, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Nitka and sisters, Lora Davis and Lisa Bunch. John came into this world May 19th, 1954, in Seattle, Washington, to his parents, Betty and Joseph. The Airforce then brought the Nitka Family to Tucson in 1967. John graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in 1972 and subsequently attended and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1978, with a Bachelor's degree in Education, John then married his best friend and life partner Maryann, December 28, 1992. Three years later they welcomed Adrianna (the apple of John's eye) into this life. He dedicated his life to teaching for 37 years. A positive, affable and loving nature left an impression with everyone John came in contact with. Teaching American government and world history at Salpointe Catholic high school, John's career blossomed with positions also held at Palo Verde and Catalina magnet schools. Among his many talents and passions, John coached football at Salpointe and Palo Verde, as well as girls' varsity softball at Tucson High and Palo Verde. His talent wasn't limited to the playing field. John's lifelong passion was building plastic model kits, a hobby shared with his family. He was an outstanding member of the local IPMS (International Plastic Modeler's Society) chapter, and was heavily involved in its growth. John spent his life guiding children and friends alike. No matter where he went, it was difficult not to run into a familiar face. John touched many lives, a rare and gifted man, his love, friendship and gentle guidance will be missed. A celebration of John's life will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 3:30 p.m. at Our Mother of Sorrow's Church, located 1800 South Kolb in Tucson. A Reception will follow in the parish Hall. "If you are late to the celebration, John will excuse your tardy." The family requests that donations be made in John's honor to: Beautiful Saviour Academy Charities, P.O. box 90925, Tucson, AZ, 85752. This is particularly appropriate since this charity supports Banner Children's Medical Center program's that include model building activities for the young children and parents of the patients. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 3, 2017
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