Marie E. Varnerin, 89, died peacefully on February 18, in Bethlehem, PA. Born in Clinton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Patrick Hynes and Anne McIlveen Hynes.
Marie grew up in West Roxbury, MA, where she graduated from Roslindale High School in 1946. After she received a BS in Education from Boston's Teachers College in 1950 she later obtained an MA in Adult Education from Regis University.
Marie taught elementary school before she married the love of her life, Lawrence Varnerin, and eventually settled down in Watchung, NJ to be the mother of 8 children. Marie enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, playing bridge, gardening and reading. She savored spending time with her husband and family and loved to travel around the world. During retirement, Marie and her husband spent years residing in Wolfeboro, NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee enjoying their children and grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner and Eucharistic minister.
Marie was predeceased in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Lawrence Varnerin; grandson, Patrick Levandowski; sisters, Patricia Tubbs, Virginia Brassard, and Kathleen Bryant; and brother, William Hynes.
Marie is survived by her daughters, Melanie Varnerin of Monmouth Junction, NJ; Sharon Cenci and her husband, Gerald, of Emmaus, PA; Suzanne Dahlinger of Green Brook, NJ; and Carol Levandowski and her husband, Thomas, of Clinton, NJ as well as her sons, Lawrence and his wife, Jessie, of Mechanicsville, VA; Gregory and his wife, Debbie Downs, of Watchung NJ; Bruce Varnerin and his wife, Debbie, of Ridgefield, CT; and Jeffrey Varnerin and his wife, Debra, of Berkeley Heights, NJ; 20 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She will forever reside in the hearts of those who love her.
A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069. Funeral services will begin on Monday, February 26 at 12:00 p.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals followed by a 1:00 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Stony Hill Church. Interment will be at St. Mary's Stony Hill Cemetery.