Edward “Ed” Stephen Andochick, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 20, 2023.
For 52 years, the father of four ran a family dental practice in Frederick, MD before retiring at age 82. Affectionately known as “Dr. A,” he was adored by generations of patients and was well known in the broader Frederick community for his love of golf and other sports.
Ed was born the youngest of two brothers to Anna and Michael Andochick in McKeesport, PA on July 3, 1932. As a young child, Ed’s family moved to Weirton, WV where he excelled in baseball and basketball, including scoring 55 points in a single high school basketball game at Weirton High. Upon graduation in 1950, he served in the United States Coast Guard and then returned to Weirton and married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Kraina on November 12, 1955. Three years later they welcomed their first of four children, Scott, who would be followed by Lori and Todd. The family moved to Frederick after Ed graduated from WVU Dental School in 1962. A year later, Beth was born.
In Frederick, competition and community were central to Ed’s life. He played in amateur doubles tennis matches and bi-weekly rounds of golf as a beloved member of the Frederick Tennis Club, Holly Hills Country Club, Club 18, and Harbour Ridge Country Club in Florida. While in his 70s, he set out to complete a round of golf matching his age, and, at 78, he did just that. But more than the challenge, he loved the fellowship with his buddies over 18 holes. His love for sports was passed on to his children, who often joined him and Pat on the golf course and tennis courts.
Ed’s community involvement extended to the Frederick Dental Society, where he spent a year as president. And to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he regularly attended mass with Pat.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Mike.
He is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Patricia; his children, Dr. Scott Andochick, Dr. Lori Andochick (Paul Mays), Dr. Todd Andochick (Philip Dufour), Beth Andochick-Myers (Joseph Myers); and his grandchildren, Alexander and Olivia Lee, and Jordan and Madison Myers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 27 at 1:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 118 E Second Street, Frederick, MD followed by a private burial at Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association (apdaparkinson.org), which helps people with Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest.