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Arthur F. Litka, Jr. died peacefully at his home in Topsfield, Mass., on February 23, 2017, after a long illness. He was 74 years old.
He is survived by his loving companion of 33 years, Donna Innis. He leaves behind his son, Jeffrey Litka and wife, Debbie of Essex, Mass., and their children, Mariah and Evan; daughter, Stephanie North and husband, Wayne of Pergram, Tenn.; and daughter, Kerry Litka and husband, Andy Cooper of Nashua, N.H. He is also survived by his brother, Mark Litka and wife, June of Beverly.
He is predeceased by his mother, Alice (Webster) Chiccetti; father, Arthur F. Litka; and brother, Dennis Litka.
Arthur was born and raised in Beverly, and graduated from Beverly High School in 1961. He enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Fort Carson, Colo. After serving, he returned to the North Shore where he was a member of the US Army National Guard for 30 years. He was employed at GTE Sylvania in Salem until retiring. Arthur was an avid junk collector and often spent his free time painting houses and working on cars. In his later years, Arthur enjoyed spending time at his vacation property in northern Maine where he maintained a vegetable garden and went hunting. He could often be found at JT Farnham’s or The Village Restaurant in Essex spending time with his son’s family. He had lived in Topsfield for the last 49 years and recently became a member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield.
Arthur’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers and providers from Care Dimensions who went above and beyond to help out in his final days.
A memorial service will be held on March 5 at 12 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Topsfield with the Reverend Martin Reikert officiating. A reception will follow at the Emerson Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid or Sweet Paws Rescue (www.capeannanimalaid.org/donate/ or ar www.sweetpawsrescue.org/donate/).
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