Melba D. Varnis

Melba D. Varnis, Scranton, died Wednesday afternoon at home. She was the widow of Joseph J. Varnis, who died May 1, 1985.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Alice Lavelle Armstrong, she was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. For many years, she was employed at Towers Department Store as assistant manager in the toy department. She also worked as a cashier for Comeford Theaters, and before retirement was employed as a clerk in the Scranton Single Tax office. She was a former member of St. Joseph's Lithuanian Church, North Scranton, and more recently Mary Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church. She was a democratic committee woman for 35 years.

She was a loving mother who enjoyed watching "Jeopardy." She liked to travel and enjoyed a night out at the local restaurants. She liked to assemble jigsaw puzzles and working on crossword puzzles.

Surviving are a son, Anthony Varnis, Scranton; a daughter, Linda Varnis, Scranton; her longtime companion, Douglas Caldwell, Dunmore; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Traditional Home Health and Hospice for its support and care.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Mary Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church. Interment of cremains will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 W. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512.

Funeral Home

Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home
323 William St Scranton, PA 18508
(570) 342-1063

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 25, 2014