Stephen J. Varga
Great Falls —Stephen Joseph Varga, 92, of Great Falls, passed away April 21 at a local medical facility. Cremation has taken place in the care of Croxford Funeral Home, and the memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dr. Steven Hundley officiating. Interment of ashes will be at the church's columbarium.
Steve was born in Universal, Indiana on May 31, 1921 to Stephen and Rosa Varga. He was raised in Clinton, Indiana with his brother and three sisters. During his teen years he was a life guard at the local swimming pool. After school he moved to Chicago, where he worked for the B&O Railroad.
In 1942 Steve joined the Army
. During his four years of service he was stationed in Arizona, Montana, and Alaska. Upon his Honorable discharge in 1946, Steve moved to Montana. He worked briefly for the Anaconda Company before going to work as a brakeman for the Great Northern Railroad in 1947, retiring in 1974.
Steve met the love of his life, Doris Young, at the Montana State fair and they were married November 22, 1947. They never missed a MT State fair in their 66 years of marriage. Steven and Doris traveled extensively in their retirement, having been to all 50 states, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China, Egypt, Greece, Spain and Morocco - to mention a few.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips in later years with his buddy, Jerry Gray. Steve was also a great wood worker, building two boats, two campers, and one canoe; as well as making and painting his wooden ducks. He was also a gardener, sharing much of his produce with friends and neighbors.
Survivors are wife, Doris Varga; daughters, Diane (Charles) Griffo and Sue Ellen Kerkes; sisters, Elizabeth Randolph and Margaret Breese; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents, Stephen and Rosa Varga; brother, Louis Varga; sister, Barbara DiCara; and grandson, Ryan Kerkes.
Memorial contributions may be made in Steve's name to the Rescue Mission or the First Presbyterian Church.
Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com