Judith Marcec Deskin

September 29, 1942January 24, 2014
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Judith Marcec (Adams) Deskin died at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 24, surrounded by her husband and children. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 29, 1942 the eldest of three children born to John and Dorothy Marcec. After earning her degree from University of Illinois, Judith moved to South Florida. There, she had a long and productive career in the Palm Beach County school system, first as a teacher, then as an assistant principal, and finally for the school board, from which she retired in 2001.

A woman of remarkable energy and intelligence, Judith was known for her love of travel and of the arts. She enjoyed the opera, ballet, symphony, and theater, and had boundless enthusiasm for cultural activities. She also had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, accumulating several additional degrees and continually seeking to better her understanding of the world around her. She loved nature, and took daily walks outdoors. Most of all, she was an incredibly loving wife and mother wholly devoted to her husband and family, and spent time with her grandchildren at every opportunity.

She was preceded in death by her brother James (Jim) Marcec. She is survived by her husband, William Deskin; her brother and sister-in-law John and Phyllis Marcec; her daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Allen Collins; her son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Nancy Adams; her children through marriage Julie, William (Jr.) and Christina Deskin, and Caroline Deskin and Rich Surich; and her grandchildren Ashlyn and Aidan Collins, Audrey and Madeleine Adams, Juno Deskin, Alea Campagnone, and Catherine and Samantha Deskin.

A memorial will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5–8 p.m. at Aycock-Riverside Funeral Home at 1112 Military Trail in Jupiter. Additionally, a service will be held in her honor at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors without Borders, via


  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2014
  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Judith Marcec Deskin

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Sharon & Duke Barwick

February 12, 2014

Dear Bill & Family,
We were so saddened to hear of your loss. We both taught with Judy at H.L. Watkins in our early days of teaching. She was a kind, sweet, & classy lady whom we had the pleasure to know. It was also great to see you & Judy after retirement at our FAU classes over the past few years. Judy will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.
We are sending our deepest sympathy to you & your loved ones during this difficult time.
Sharon & Duke Barwick

wanda and al finke

February 3, 2014

to Bill and his family our sympathy, love and prayers

Peg Schneider

February 2, 2014

This world has lost a wonderful woman and educator. She was a role model and mentor to more people than she ever realized. My first 2 years of teaching were at Howell L. Watkins Junior High and my life is better because of the opportunity to work with Judy. She was such a classy lady.
Peggy Baldwin Schneider

Meredith Escudier

January 31, 2014

Thank you for creating such a wonderful photo gallery. Seeing Judy in her vibrancy, energy, empathy, connection to others and the obvious delight she took in life and in the new generation...all of this has given us a bit of solace. I go back again and again to view and visit these pictures. Sending loving support to Bill, Kara, Kyle and their families...from the Escudiers

Dale & Julie Andress

January 30, 2014

We were both shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Judy was the epitome of dignity and class, a true friend whom we will remember always. Our sincere sympathy for you and your family, with special hugs for Kara and Kyle.

Bob and Vidya Anderson

January 28, 2014

Dear Bill and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I appreciate so much how Judy reached out to us as new neighbors.

January 28, 2014

Bill, Kara, Kyle and families,

Judy touched the lives of so many, and lived life to the fullest! We are blessed to have had her in our lives and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. She would say, "William, you did very well today!"

Jean Watson

January 28, 2014

May persevering in prayer comfort you and your family. Romans 12:12. N.S.

Sandee Stearns

January 28, 2014

Dear Bill, Kara, Kyle and families. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your great loss. I was honored to have known Judy over the years from both Dr. Halder and Dr. Ricker's offices. I always looked up to her and thought the world of her. I looked forward to our semi-annual visits. She will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched.

Karina Dingers (Reinhardt)

January 28, 2014

May god bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.