Barbara Varrick obituary (1938 – 2021) – South Windsor, CT
Barbara Joanne Karvoski Varrick, 83, precious wife of Charles (Charley) Edward Varrick, Jr., joined her baby daughter Ruth to become one of God’s Guardian Angels in Heaven on September 16, 2021 after bravely facing off for many years several illnesses. Barbara was born in New Britain, Connecticut, daughter of the late Charles and Victoria Karvoski. Barbara has lived a busy life, always surrounded by family and friends. A younger sister to twin brothers, Barbara enjoyed learning to play touch football, basketball and baseball with the neighborhood kids and took advantage of Fresh Air Camp in Burlington. She loved Polish music, dancing and cooking, especially cooking her popular lasagna. She had an artistic talent for music and art, and her paintings are cherished by her family. Growing up in the post-depression era, Barbara worked for the Raphael department store as a wedding dress model and alongside her mother at the family store, Richard’s Variety. In high school at Mary Immaculate Academy in New Britain, she excelled in tennis, athletics, and studying. In 1955, she graduated a full year earlier than her peers. It was at the Polish National Home in Hartford that Barbara and Charley first met amidst polka music and the happy clamor of the club room. As a member of the Polish Falcons Nest 88, Barbara was able to hone her natural skills as a dancer and athlete (earning her countless awards) and Charley immediately noticed. It was the start of something extraordinarily beautiful between the two. They often met at the club to dance the polka and enjoy each other’s company. Barbara and Charley were married at Holy Cross Church in New Britain. It was the beginning of a union of love and strength that continues today in the family. The couple started life in Manchester and East Hartford, before moving to South Windsor, where they spent most of their 61 happy marriage years together raising three daughters. Barbara had the gift of tenacity. She was determined to raise her family with strength, kindness, creativity and virtue. She was one of the few mothers at the time to raise her three daughters during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, while also holding supervisory and other positions at MetLife, CBT, Fleet Bank, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente and Industronics where she was director of marketing. . While at Gentiva Health Systems, his research showed the importance of lycopene in reducing certain cancers. Barbara was community-minded and served for 18 years on the Democratic City of South Windsor committee, was secretary of the Planning and Zoning Committee, and was a founding member of Citizens for Better Education. One of his greatest accomplishments was as the City of South Windsor reporter for the Manchester Evening Herald. In addition to her informative coverage of her city, she has written several articles which have been published by The Associated Press and now live forever in cyberspace. Retired, she enjoyed traveling to Maine, Maryland, visiting family and for golf tournaments, family vacations to Cape Cod, Old Lyme and Florida, and watching basketball teams. UCONN women’s and men’s championships. She frequently watched the Boston Red Sox on television, having attended games at Fenway in her youth with her family. She especially loved the time she spent with her grandchildren, supporting their academic and athletic achievements and teaching them to enjoy the little things in life. An avid reader, Barbara always appreciated a good book and often had one in her bag. A devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, Barbara was a communicant of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in South Windsor, and her angelic voice was heard as a member of the church choirs in every town where she resided. Barbara had a genuine love for others. , and listened to the concerns of all who confided in her. Without fail and no matter how tired or sick she was, she prayed to St. Jude every night for help from relatives and friends throughout her life journey. Barbara was predeceased by her infant daughter, Ruth Varrick, her parents, Victoria (Tutak) and Charles A. Karvoski, Sr .; his brother, Charles A. Karvoski, Jr .; and her in-laws, Mary (Daley) and Charles Varrick, Sr. In addition to her beloved husband, Charley, Barbara is survived by her brother, Stephen Karvoski and his wife Jane; brother-in-law Robert Varrick and his wife Janet; sister-in-law Mary Gallant; cousin and confidante, Mary Ann Gauthier; her daughters Sharon Kinney and her husband Scott; Jill Fletcher and her husband Richard; and Lois Shrivastava and her husband Vinod; his grandchildren Stefan Shrivastava, Alexander Kinney and Ashley Kinney; a large extended family including godchildren, nieces, nephews, “adopted daughters and sons” and many friends who will miss his wisdom, his laughter and their many sincere conversations. Call hours will be Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 5 to 7 p.m., at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, 80 Hayes Road in South Windsor. Interment will follow at Wapping Cemetery in southern Windsor. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home in South Windsor will take care of the arrangements. To leave condolences online, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.
Posted by Hartford Courant on September 26, 2021.