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Judith "Judy" Smerchek


Judith "Judy" Smerchek, 77, of Girard, Kansas formerly of Arma, Kansas died at 7:55 P.M. Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Westridge Assisted Living in Girard, Kansas.

Mrs. Smerchek was born October 5, 1945 in Pittsburg, Kansas the daughter of John and Verna Lee Parsons Varsolona. Judy had worked for Prudential Insurance and later for Girard Medical Center in patient accounts until her retirement. She was raised in Arma and graduated from Arma High School in the Class of 1963. She later attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University for 2 years. She had been a resident of Arma most of her life.

She married Laurence E. Smerchek on July 7, 1974 in Arma, Kansas. Mr. Smerchek preceded her in death May 4, 2017.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma and later Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg and also a member of St. Ann's Altar Society in Arma.

Survivors include a daughter, Laurie (Troy) Graham of rural Girard, a brother, Johnnie Lee (Maurene) Varsolona of Frontenac, and two grandchildren, Trevor (Mary) Graham, and Lily Graham. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Verna Lee Varsolona.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 A.M. Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg, Kansas, with Father Jerome Spexarth as the celebrant. Burial will be at the Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 6 P.M. Tuesday at the Bedene Funeral Home in Arma, where the family will receive friends until 7 P.M. following the rosary at the Bedene Chapel. The family suggests memorials to the St. Mary's Colgan School. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.