John F. Motto, 79, USAF vet, Alcoa retiree, avid traveler, Germania Band Club member

By on February 27, 2019

John F. Motto, 79, of Manheim and formerly of Minersville, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of the late John A. and Anna Barkasi Motto. John was the loving husband of Sally A. Fitzpatrick Motto, and they observed their 50th wedding anniversary this month.

In 2001, John retired from Alcoa where he had worked over 33 years at both the Lancaster and Lebanon facilities. John proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster and the Germania Band Club, Manheim. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling throughout the years. John had a life-long passion for his family and cherished the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Sally; are three daughters: Elizabeth, wife of Philip Colonna of North Wales; Kathleen, wife of Thomas Schaffner of Collegeville; and Kimberly, wife of Natalie Bishop of Ossining, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Philip “PJ,” Michael, MacKenna, Grace, and Zachary; and a sister: Martha wife of Thomas Walter of Jacksonville, Fla.

Preceding him in death is a sister: Helen Granito.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m., with Father Steven Arena as celebrant. There will be a viewing at the Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and again at the church on Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in John’s memory to a charity of your choice.

To place a condolence online, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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