Judith Allen Tarapchak

Judith Allen Tarapchak, 63, died of cancer May 15 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor. She was born March 7, 1940, in Toronto. She is survived by her parents, Nellie Allen (nee Rubin) and Joseph Allen (Bea); her sister and brother-in law, Dianne and Tony Houghton; her niece, Stephanie Earp; and her stepbrother, Lester Grossman.

She will be missed by her extended family and by her many dear friends, who rallied around her as she struggled with her illness. Ms. Tarapchak recently had retired from her position as manager of U-M’s Interior Design Service, a post she held for 17 years.

She was a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Judy took pleasure in her garden and traveling, and was a long-time practitioner of Tai Chi.

The family wishes to thank the extraordinary staff of Arbor Hospice for their kindness and care. Burial was in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A memorial service celebrating Tarapchak’s life will be at 10 a.m. June 11 in the Kuenzel Room of the Michigan Union. Memorial contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice.

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