Carolina Surface, 59, of Old Lyme, passed away on August 18, 2012 surrounded by her loving family at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. She was born in San Pablo City, Philippines on November 14, 1952 to the late Doroteo and Rosalia Artifico Bunyi. Carolina leaves her husband of 30 years, George Surface, formerly of Hamden; her precious daughters, Samantha Surface of Dallas, TX and Madylaine Lofgren and her husband Mike of Fresno, CA; six siblings, all of CA; her special nephew, CJ Corpus of San Francisco, CA and many other nieces and nephews. Carolina grew up in Manila, Philippines and is a graduate of the University of Saint Tomas. She met the love of her life when he was working for the Pepsi/ Cola Co. in Manila and then moved to California to raise their family. She has most recently lived in Old Lyme and worked at the Ralph Lauren/ Polo store in Clinton. Her spiritual Catholic beliefs and family were the most important things in her life. She was an amazing mother and great role model who will be most remembered for her strong positive outlook on life. LIFE IS GOOD! Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Thursday, August 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Stephen's Church, 400 Ridge Rd, Hamden, at 9:30 a.m. Interment will take place in the Philippines. Friends are also invited to visit with her family on Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, at 6:30 that evening her family will have a short, Time of Remembrance. Contributions in Carolina's memory may be sent to Life is Good Kids Foundation, 283 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115.

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  1. George, Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this incredibly difficult time. May God bless your family with peace and remind you that her suffering is over.

  2. A quote from Elizabeth Jane Howard (English novelist) might say it best: Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. George, I saw the quote above on your bulletin board in your office. The Surface family ‘is one’ and Carolina is the soul, you are the heart and the girls are the spirit. God bless you all my friends.

  3. as long as i can remember my mom and mrs surface where the best of freinds and my sister was samanthas best freind anyway i always knew she was a kind hearted person to me and others because of her smile and uplifting tales of her day i hope the family is doing okay god bless the family and mrs surface …

  4. Dear George– I am so sorry for your loss of Carolina. She was a wonderful lady! Tremendous positive energy! Please try to think of her as still being with you, but just changing form. I liken it to ice cubes changing into vapor. Now she is vapor. Years ago, when you bought your Riverdale Landing home, I will never forget the moment I shook Carolina’s hand. What a wonderful energy she had. It was an electric feeling– plus something much greater. I know she will continue to watch over you, help you and your family. In my heart, I know she will send you a sign to let you know everything is okay. Please keep your eyes open. God bless and I wish only the best for you. Victoria

  5. Dear George,Samantha,Maddy & Mike, We are deeply saddened by the loss of our exceptional friend Carolina.We will always remember being together as families and watching our children grow up.Carolina was a very big part of our lives and she will be greatly missed. May God bless you and your wonderful family. Carol, Steve and Courtney

  6. George, I never had the pleasure of meeting Carolina; however through our conversations and the comments here it is very evident she was a wonderful person who will be truly missed. Our prayers go out to her and your family. God Bless, Brian

  7. George,deeply saddened by this.I saw Charlie 2 weeks ago and he told me the news.Take care and God Bless You and the children

  8. George: I cannot seem to adequately express how sorry I am that this has happened. Your words that Volker sent me say it all better than I ever could. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  9. Sam, Your mother raised a very special daughter in you. Although I never had the pleasure to meet her, I’m sure she was a fantastic woman, simply by knowing you and your character. My condolences on your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. .Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.. Matthew 5:4 (NKJV) Please let me know if I can be of any support. I wish you peace in this time of mourning. Sincerely, Luke

  10. We would like to be there with you but unfortunately cannot do so. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. A donation has been made in Carolina’s honor.

  11. Dearest Maddy, Ben let us know about your mom. What a tragic loss for you and your family. Our heart goes out to you and Mike, your dad, and your sister. We will make a contribution to Life is Good Kids Foundation in your mom’s name. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, honey. With love, Nancy and Bob Isaacs

  12. George, Maddie, and Sam: We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Gary, Mary, Stacey, and Bobby Hains

  13. Dear George, We are so sorry for your loss. Carolina was a wonderful lady and friend. We will always remember the times visiting at the local Starbucks and watching our children grow up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jane, Art and David

  14. George and family We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Carolina when you lived in California. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Nancy Murphy

  15. George, Maddy and Samantha, Christine just told me about Carolina and I am so saddened by her passing. When she first told me about her diagnosis she sounded so positive about being able to win this fight. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always cherish her surprise phone calls, our volleyball travels, her laugh and her smile. God bless you all in this difficult time. Fondly,

  16. Dear George and family…The Thompson family from your old neighborhood (Windsor and Franklin) wish to extend our sympathy to you for your loss. You may remember my brothers John and Michael. We share our condolences.

  17. George and Family, My dearest friends, our hearts go out to you and your daughters at this very sad time in your lives. May the precious Lord watch over you all and guide you in this time of need,

  18. George,

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. You gave me my first real job at Foster Commodities back in ’95. I remember your stories about Carolina, Maddy and Sam. Just know that I’ll always remember you with gratitude and appreciation. I know it’s been many years since Carolina’s passing but I hope you receive this message. I hope you’re doing well. Take care!

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