Judith M. Surmaczewicz, 66, of Port Orange, Florida, formerly of Highland, Indiana went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 5, 2014. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 between the hours of 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. at the Lohman Funeral Home Daytona, 1423 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. A wake service will begin in the chapel at 6:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at10:00 A.M., on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Epiphany Catholic Church, 201 Lafayette St, Port Orange, FL 32127. Burial will immediately follow at Daytona Memorial Park. Judith was born on October 21, 1947 in Hammond, Indiana to the late Harriett S. Karnafel and Henry F. Tarkington. She graduated from Dyer Central High School in 1966. Following her graduation Judith became a paralegal and worked for the Lake County Indiana State Attorney's Office. She also worked for the Volusia County State Attorney's Office, and several local attorneys. While working as a paralegal Judith also received her L.P.N. certification and worked in elder care for a local home health agency. She also was employed with the Port Orange Police Department working as the Administrator for the pension board for 18 years. In 2005 Judith retired from her last and final job as a paralegal. This particular job was the highlight of her career; she retired from the office of her son, Attorney Mark Matovina. Judith was a devoted parishioner at Epiphany Catholic Church, where she served with the Ministry of the Sick. One of her proudest contributions to the church was a statue of the Holy Mother that is inside of the church. She had a caring nature and a love for animals and donated many items to the local humane society. She enjoyed shopping, roses, and her favorite holiday Christmas. Above all Judith was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend to all. She will be deeply missed by those she loved. Survivors include her loving husband, Frank J. Surmaczewicz, of Port Orange; beloved son Mark Matovina (Keva), Port Orange; siblings, Joyce Erb (Tim- Deceased), Highland, Indiana; William "Bill" Tarkington (Janet), Highland, Indiana; Robert Tarkington, Highland, Indiana; Richard Tarkington, Madisonville, Kentucky; nieces and nephews, Michael Frejek, Austin Tarkington, Audra Tarkington, Samantha Tarkington; the daughter she never had Stacey Meck, and her granddaughter, Journey Meck; and longtime friend, Alice Fitch, Highland, Indiana. The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who helped Judith during her battle with cancer. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Dodd, his nurse, Marie, and office staff, Jennifer, and Deana. Thanks to the nurses at Florida Hospital ICU, Tara, Sharon, Laura, Tracie, Michele, Katina; also thanks to the 7th floor nurses, Matt, Tonia, Danielle, Anna, Kaylee, Maria, Sherri, Stephanie, Simone, and Kristen. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Judith's memory to the
Pancreatic research at, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718, or www.cancer.org. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
Lohman Daytona Funeral Home
1423 Bellevue Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2014