John moved his family to Yavapai County in 1979. He and Madge built and operated two restaurants in Chino Valley after their retirement. He instilled in his children and grandchildren his work ethic; love of his country and for travel all around the United States; and special food preparation. He was also a charter member and a Third Degree in the Knights of Columbus at St. Catherine Labouré.
John was 86 Years of age when he passed in 2009 and resided in Chino Valley, (86323) Yavapai County, near Prescott, AZ
***** John Paul Surak of Chino Valley, born to Stephen M. and Stephania M. (Shurgalla) Surak in Shamokin, Pa., May 4, 1922, went to his Lord on Jan. 25, 2009, in Prescott.
John is survived by his wife of almost 65 years Bettie "Madge" (Hanson) Surak; sister Kay Zaleskie of Rochelle Park, N.J.; three children, Robert J. of Chino Valley and Diane J. Garbutt and Kathleen M. Parker, both of Riverside, Calif. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church in Chino Valley, Fr. Fred LaClaire CMF presiding.
John always had a special love for aircraft and flight from the time of his youth and now he flies with his Lord and the angels.
Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com WWII Historical Researcher and freinds of the Family from Church in Chino Valley, AZ.