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VARDEN (nee Hardesty), Cecelia A. age 75, departed Thursday, April 17, 2014. A loving wife and mother, she was born in Dayton, Ohio, on October 22, 1938. She attended Saint Mary's Grade School and Julienne Catholic High School, Class of 1956. After high school, she worked for Scholastic Magazines at the McCall's printing plants in Dayton from 1956 through 1966. She pursued higher education at the University of Dayton, but before graduating, she was offered the opportunity to advance her career with Scholastic Magazines at their headquarters location in New York City. Starting as an administrative assistant, she rose to the position of Manufacturing Manager. In 1968 she met and later married husband Stuart A. Varden in December of 1969. In 1971 she retired from Scholastic Magazines to assume the role of full-time homemaker. After her children were older, she resumed her education at Pace University where she graduated with honors from their Program in Human Relations in 1992, thus achieving a lifelong goal. In 2000 she and husband Stuart relocated back to the Dayton area to be closer to her family. They have been residents of Centerville since 2001. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Patrick and Frances Hardesty, Sr., and brother Harry Patrick Hardesty, Jr. She is survived by her devoted husband of 44 years, Stuart Allan Varden, daughters Beth Anne Varden and Stephanie Varden Kehrli, son-in-law Steven, grandsons Calvin and Nolan Kehrli, loving sisters Donna Miller, PJ Kidwell, Joanne Arnold, and Helen "Chris" Price, sister-in-law Shelby Hardesty, special cousin Kate Durkee, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews spread throughout the country. Family to receive friends Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-Far Hills Chapel from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday at the St. Leonard Catholic Church 8100 Clyo Rd. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
Published in Dayton Daily News on Apr. 20, 2014