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“Ray, my condolences on your mother's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Eugene Groesbeck - MI

“We send our deepest sympathy to all the family members, God bless everyone ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Mt. Clemens moose Lodge 1278 - MI

“Mrs. Motyka always had a smile on her face along with her listening ears! Your family is in our prayers, May God Bless you! ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: JANET ADAMCZYK - Livonia, MI

“Dear Leonard and family,I am so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She has been part of my life since I was born and shared all my life's important...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Diane and John Anderson - MI

“I will remember my Aunt Joan as always smiling and nice as ever!! ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Mark Bara - Dearborn Heights, MI


Joan Marie Motyka , age 81, died Monday, January 23, 2017 at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center in Warren. She was born October 1, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to the late John Bara and the late Anna (nee: Kapanowski) Bara.

For 60 years, Joan shared a home and nurtured a loving and devoted relationship with her soulmate and sweetheart, Leonard. The two became husband & wife on May 12, 1956 and basked in the glow of an inseparable life of joy together....even when the going got tough at times, Leonard reflects on how faithful, understanding and devout his wife remained through it all. In the hearts of family and friends alike, their marriage truly exemplified the "two becoming one."

When Joan wasn't raising her four children and using the eyes in the back of head like all mom's do, she loved escaping to her garden where the work of her hands & heart was evidenced by the beautiful flowers and vegetables in her yard. And as much as her caring nature was seen through her gardening talents, it was the people in her life that truly benefited from Joan's care-giving gifts. She lived for taking care of others and she was loved by all who knew her. Always smiling, never angry,...she was known as being the most even-keeled person around. Her beliefs were her guidepost and she was devout to her catholic faith.

Joan enriched the lives of so many, in a multitude of ways, and her memory will live on in their hearts forever.

Joan was the beloved wife of Leonard. Loving mother of Raymond (Lisa), Nancy, Steven (Renae), and the late David. Devoted grandmother of Jenna, Rachel, Joshua, Jacob, Corrie, and Lilliana. Sister of Edwin, and the late Edward, Bernard, Stanley, and Jean. Sister in law of Theresa (Harvey) Matthews, and Lawrence Motyka. She is also survived by many loving family member and friends.

Visitation for Joan will be held Thursday, January 26th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

She will lie in state on Friday from 9:00 am until the time of her Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren.

Please share memories at Joan's guest book above.