Cathy Aftuck, 58, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her husband and children, on Monday, April 1, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Edward Aftuck; devoted and proud mother to Martin Aftuck, Catherine "Catie" Aftuck, Donna Aftuck Williams and Alex Aftuck; and loving Grancie to grandchildren Myla Auld, Max Williams and expected grandbabies Luke Williams and Lily Catherine Aftuck. Cathy was born in Macon, GA on September 30, 1954 and grew up in Owego, NY where she graduated from Owego Free Academy, class of 1972. She was the daughter of Cleo Sopka and the late Martin Sopka. Cathy also leaves behind her sisters Anna Sopka, Mary Dube, Marjie Heeman, Martha Camber, and Meg Girnis; as well as numerous extended family members and close friends. Cathy was an incredible person who loved spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Traveling with her husband and spending time with her family brought her the greatest joy and pride in life. In addition to 34 years of their happy marriage, Cathy was also the co-owner of many businesses with Ed. Starting in the 70s with Aftuck Accounting in Greene, NY, then with many adventures along the way, moving the Aftuck Family to New Smyrna Beach, FL where they owned Napa Auto Parts, Ideal Car Wash NSB and Ideal Car Wash & Laundromat Edgewater, and since 1995 working side-by-side with Ed at Aftuck Tax & Accounting Services Inc. While Cathy's time on Earth ended too soon, her giving, courageous, and selfless spirit will live on through her family. Cathy meant more to people than she ever realized, as her presence was a gift that we will always be thankful for. The world truly lost a legend that can never be replaced, but will never be forgotten. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 4 at 2:00pm at the Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place, 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Cathy's name may be made to the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler SE Care Center, 4220 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32141.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 3, 2013