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Catherine "Cathy" Aftuck
  • September 30, 1954
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  • April 01, 2013

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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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  1. Julija says:
    04 Sep 2013
    I am SO unorganized. But I am SO with you on that one. There are a few thngis that are always in order. My hundreds of DVDs are always in alphabetical order by title. Some people call this crazy, I call this, How can you expect to ever find anything in hundreds of dvds if they're not in order? Also, I color coordinate my closet as well, just as you do. It just looks nice! And my yarn is always caked and cataloged and put together nicely. I might have 10 1-foot piles of paper in my office (literally), but my yarn and closet are beautiful.

  2. Linda Ellison Minton says:
    04 Apr 2013
    Catie, I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Linda Ellison Minton

  3. Varinia says:
    03 Apr 2013
    Dear Donna and all the Aftucks. Spent my high school years into college years surrounded by your beautiful perfectly loving family. Although life happens and time passes without many words said the love is always going to be there for all of you and Ms. Aftuck. The kind of work I do for a living gives me a different outlook then maybe some may have when tragic loss happens. Life can be cruel, it can be amazing too and it sure can be questionable at times. There is no dought in my heart that Ms. Aftuck gave all she could to fight her battle. what I can also say with out knowing to much of what she endured is that where she is now is peaceful and she can watch and love you guys everyday from that place. In my personal experience with losing family is that they find you and you will feel them...
    I see you let hospice in and help guide you guys, this leads me to believe that the choices all of you made together where selfless and without a doubt compassionate. My thoughts and love go out to you guys. Ms. Aftuck was nothing but the kindest mom I can remember. God bless you today, tomorrow and forever after. Truly a dear old friend, Varinia

  4. Dave & Linda Vanis says:
    03 Apr 2013
    Martin and Family, Our thoughts have been with all of you this past year but especially the last week. Please know many people have been touched by your family and feel your loss. We're so sorry to be out of town this week but our prayers will be with you all.

  5. Thelma Check says:
    03 Apr 2013
    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. May memories of Cathy and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

  6. Patty and Doug McGinnis says:
    03 Apr 2013
    Our deepest sympathy to the Aftuck family.

  7. BARBARA S MULLER says:
    02 Apr 2013
    We go though life one time, we are told, and some people make the most of it, for themselves and others. Cathy practiced that to perfection. Everything that she stood for one could feel upon meeting her for the first time. I hope she knew how loved she was and will always be. She has given me very fond memories. Love you Cathy. Barbara

  8. Bob Dube says:
    02 Apr 2013
    Thinking of you all. All of our love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

    Love, Bobby, Sarah, Kristen and Sam

  9. Pam Flanagan Smette says:
    01 Apr 2013
    Donna and family,
    I came to this website to read my fathers guest book and I saw your mothers name. I'm so sorry for your loss... The loss of a parent is devistating. Se was such an amazing woman. I remember all the fun at swim meets with her cheering all of us on. She along with my father, who also passed away of cancer 2 weeks ago, can look down on us from above free of pain and disease. My thought and prayers are with you and yours. Here is something that I read that helps with the pain and emptiness I have had im my heart the past 2 weeks while I trying to make since of his passing... I hope it brings you some comfort during this difficult time.

    What is dying?
    A ship sails and I stand watching 'til she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says "she is gone". Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large as when I saw her. The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at that moment when someone at my side says "she is gone", There are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up a glad shout, "here she comes"! That is dying.
    ~Bishop Brent

    This brings peace to my heart knowing that even though our loved ones are out of our sight, they are still fully there in soul and spirit, with loved ones by their side who have been waiting to see them again. Watching over us until we get to meet with them again.

    XOXO
    Pam

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