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Judith Roman Scavnicky

January 1, 1900 August 8, 2012
Judith Roman Scavnicky
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Obituary for Judith Roman Scavnicky

Judith Roman Scavnicky, died peacefully August 8, 2012 at her home in Troy, Michigan. Judith was born in Youngstown, Ohio to Elie Roman and Ljubica Ruza "Ruby" Sirovica. Judith a registered nurse, graduated with honors from Woodrow Wilson High School. She completed her nursing degree at the University of Pittsburgh�s Liliane S. Kaufman School of Nursing. Judith married Dr. Gary Scavnicky in 1964 and was blessed with three lovely daughters: Tatiana, Ileana and Elizabeth.

Judith and her husband left Youngstown in 1964 to live and work in Champaign, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin before moving to Detroit in 1969. In addition to being an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and nurse, she was director of the Clintonaire Nursing Center for the mentally disabled in Mt. Clemens, Mi. She was a devoted Orthodox Christian and served in a variety of roles such as president of the Youngstown Chapter of AROY- American Romanian Orthodox Youth, singing in the St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral choir; teaching Sunday School and serving in a variety of church functions.

Judith was a lover of the arts. As an adolescent, she was casted as the magician�s assistant in a popular magic show. Later, Judith danced in a Romanian Youth Dance Group. She passed her passion for the arts, culture and travel on to her children. Her family shared Judith�s love of music through dance and singing. She carried the melody when the family caroled, performed, or sang Christmas carols in seven different languages. She enjoyed watching foreign films, attending operas and theatrical productions.

Judith had many creative talents including creating unique Orthodox icons; antiquing furniture and developing interior design. She became a connoisseur of international fine art and began collecting various original pieces near the end of her life. She was well known for her cooking and baking, making delicious dishes and desserts, such as sarmale, placinta, clatite and many others. A seamstress, she crafted dresses and costumes for her young children, and a variety of home d�cor essentials such as Austrian curtains, pillow covers and blankets. Judith crocheted for many years and made large beautiful afghans for her family and friends to enjoy.

Judith�s thirst for learning was never quenched. She studied a variety of subjects such as Psychology, World Religion, Medical Record Management, Fine Arts and others at Oakland Community College where she received an Associate Arts degree in 1986 and a partial scholarship to Wayne State University. She read a healthy diet of fiction and non-fiction books. She enjoyed traveling and visited Florida (often), Acapulco, Africa, the Canary Islands, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Ironically, Judith supported her friends and church members afflicted with cancer by rubbing their feet and backs, and by visiting them often years before she developed cancer herself. Judith devoted her life to her family who believe that she exemplified the characteristics of the virtuous woman as described in Proverbs 31.

Judith is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Dr. Gary Scavnicky; loving daughters, Tatiana Ljubica (Mark Watson) Scavnicky, Ileana Lara Kristina (Donald) Reich, and Elizabeth Arcangela (Neil) Yaekle; grandchildren, Angel, Donnie, Drew, Luke Roman and Mirabella Elizabeth Yaekle; great granddaughter, Lilyiana Hernandez. She is also survived by her father, Elie Roman and sister, Veta (Tim) Burnich. Judith is preceded in death by her mother, Ljubica Ruza "Ruby" Roman.

Visitation at St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 18405 W. Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, Thursday 3-9pm. Saracusta 7:30pm. Funeral Friday 10am. Friends may visit at the Cathedral beginning at 9am. Interment in Oakland Hills Cemetery, Novi, Michigan.

Memorials to St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 18405 W. Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075.

Proverbs 31 (NIV)
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 �Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.�
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


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