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Marie J. Varley


Marie J. Varley, of Newark, NJ, died as the Angelus Bells rang on Labor Day, September 2, 2013, at the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell St. Catherine of Siena Health Care Center. She was surrounded by her family and friends.

A memorial mass will be offered on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph's Church, 110 Telford Street at Tremont Avenue, East Orange, NJ. The family will greet parishioners and friends as they enter the church.

Marie was born on June 10, 1938 in Jersey City to the late Myles and Josephine (Kelly) Varley. She attended St. John's Grammar School and St. Dominic Academy prior to entering the Caldwell Dominican Community and Caldwell College where she received a BA in Social Studies and Education. In the years to follow she received a MA in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame and an Ed.D from the University of Santa Barbara. Dr. Marie Varley began her teaching career at St. Joseph's Grammar School, Union City, moved to St. Mary's Grammar School in Wharton, NJ, became Principal at St. Michael's in Union and then was the Dean of Students, History and Political Science Teacher and Education Field Supervisor at Caldwell College, Her last education position was Education Field Supervisor at Seton Hall University. Marie recently retired as the Regional Director for Church Service for the NJ/NY Metro area after 33 years of organizing and teaching around local and world hunger. She was fondly known as "The CROP Lady" and raised funds for the poor through CROP Walks for Hunger, special events and visiting major donors. She organized trips overseas to educate people about the needs of the poor and also traveled for her work to West and South Africa, Indonesia, Central America and Pakistan observing the results of funding in all aspects of relief and development. Marie brought many years of experience as a fund-raiser serving on the Marion Manor Senior Housing Board, Link Community School Board, Chairing the Kenmare High School Board, Chairing the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees of St. Dominic Academy and as a member of the Development Committee of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ. She has served as a consultant with many schools and institutions, in particular Resurrection School in Jersey City, where she helped them explore, plan and initiate innovative ways of engaging their networks in fund-raising. Marie loved everything Irish including Irish Step Dancing, music and visiting friends and family in her beloved Ireland. Her last trip in June included an annual visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and the holy water from the Shrine blessed her daily during her final days in Caldwell.

Surviving Marie are her brother, Myles Varley of Mt. Olive Township, NJ; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Geraldine Varley of Allenhurst, NJ; sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Al Alfano of Middletown, NJ; sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Robert Betz of Middletown, NJ; her dear friend, Dr. Jane Selinske of Newark, NJ; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews, cherished cousins and friends.

The Varley family wishes to thank NYU Cancer Center, St. Catherine of Siena Health Care Center, the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, all her caregivers and the many friends who supported Marie during her illness. Marie has chosen to donate her body to medical research. Marie was always grateful for the many blessings she received during her life. She had a strong faith, love of God and the Blessed Mother and embraced the belief "to give back." In memory of Marie, let us also embrace her philosophy "to give back." Donations in Marie's memory may be made to St. Joseph's Church Handicap Ramp Fund, 110 Telford Street, East Orange, New Jersey 07018.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Sep. 5, 2013.
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January 13, 2014
Marie was, and is, God.
Ruth Conner
November 3, 2013
So sorry to hear of the passing of Marie!I entered the convent with Marie and remember giving her my new shoes to break in. Marie was a wonderful person and I am sure our Heavenly Father welcomed her with open arms! My sincere condolences to the Varley family
Muriel Muraskin (McArdle)
October 16, 2013
Sad to learn of Marie's illness & passing. It has been many years but I still remember helping her & Jane move from the big house in Blairstown to Vailsburg, cleaning out the basement, etc. It was a difficult time in my life but getting my "marching orders" from Marie gave it a positive spin, & of course, there was CROP. (I wish I had known about the Step Dancing, Marie, I would have asked for lessons!) What a great smile (that reached up to her eyes) and what a great soul! Save a spot for me, Marie.
Judy Cicora
October 5, 2013
I just learned yesterday that God took Marie home, she has been alway a true friend in times of good and bad and her smile and lets get it done,will sorely missed, but we are the better for knowing and having her in our lives. May God bless you Marie.
yours eternally,
Steve N.
Steve N.
September 27, 2013
Dear Sister Mary Myles you must of had strong faith to put up with us brats after school with Mr. Russo the janitor and helping Mrs Russo the cook for being bad you must have had faith i spent many an afternoon with you but you made me a better person for it GOD bless you I will miss you and think of you often may you rest in peace no tapping 1 2 3 on the mic in the morning sorry i was so long Sister Myles left a great many thing for me sorry to the family i know she will be missed
Marty Brennan
September 23, 2013
Just learned of Marie's passing. She was a great person and a tribute to her education with the Dominicans. I have fond memories of the family from St. John's. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Gerald Keegan
September 22, 2013
An inspiration to all, regardless of creed (or absence of) or orientation.
Nasraya SVD
September 18, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the Varley family for their loss from the Rebar, Tipton & Laudisi families (past parishioners from Sacred Heart Vailsburg)
September 15, 2013
Marie really "walked the walk" while here on earth.
The world is a better place because of her love, kindness, compassion, and support. She is a modern day Mother Teresa, and she will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Thank you for all that you have done for my family over the years. We will meet again one day my friend. You are greatly loved and missed.
Maureen Greene
September 14, 2013
So sorry to learn about Marie's passing. She helped me organize many CROP walks in my town & gave August & I great advice on our first trip to Ireland. Offered use of home in Roscommon but we couldn't get there. She was a woman of great faith & am inspiration to me & so many others. May her family & friends find comfort that she was indeed a faithful servant of our Lord.
Bonnie Ruggiero
September 11, 2013
We are very sad that such a good person has passed away. She was a very good neighbor who was always friendly and willing to help anyone. We offer our deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved her.
Joseph Giordano and Family
September 10, 2013
Marie was a beacon of light to me in one of my darkest hours. I will never forget her thoughtfulness and generosity.
Cindy Garland
September 9, 2013
Marie will be missed. Knowing her and working with her during the CROP WALKS over the years I was so blessed and fortunate to have been in her life. Her love of life and others was always apparent. Her sense of humor and humbleness will be something I never will forget. My deepest sympathies on your family's loss. But what a joy she must have been in your life.
Robin Marko
September 8, 2013
Dear Myles
Sorry for your loss. Margie Konrad, a friend of mine from Vailsburg, posted Marie's obit on facebook and that is how I saw it.
Carla Andriola Patel
September 8, 2013
To the Varley family I am so sorry for your lost.

Lynne Keenan Stancati, Red Bank, NJ
September 8, 2013
She made this world a better - more blessed - place. Rest well, Marie.
Rev. Dr. LL DuBreuil
September 7, 2013
Marie was a wonderful and giving woman, she will be greatly missed. God Speed
Mark & Sharon Hanley Yevchak
September 7, 2013

It is with great sadness that all of us here in your beloved Roscommon, Ireland, birthplace of your dear mother Josephine, learned of Marie's passing early this week. She will be fondly remembered by all her cousins and friends who enjoyed her many visits to Ballinaboy and Abbey Street over the years. May she rest in peace.
Pat & Noreen Burke and Family
September 7, 2013
Knew and loved Marie while we were both CWS/CROP Directors in the 80's. She was one great lady and an inspiration to all who met and knew her. Joining your prayers in thanksgiving for the gift of her life and service. Ted Stanley (
Ted Stanley
September 7, 2013
Maryann Townsend
September 7, 2013
Marie was a rock of strength, one of the most positive people I had ever met, she saw the good in everything! Now God is listening to her wonderful stories! I will miss her.
Lauren Tighe
September 6, 2013
My heart goes out to the family of Marie Varley. I met Marie at Sacred Heart Church in Vailsburg. She was a beautiful person and had a heart of gold. Always thinking about others. Always giving of herself. I want to offer my condolences to the Varley family. May she Rest In Paradise.
Francesca Darling
September 6, 2013
I am so sorry I cannot attend the Memorial Mass to celebrate Marie's life! I knew her first as Sr. Myles who came to set our wayward 8th grade class straight at neighboring Holy Spirit School (Union) when our teacher-principal was on sick leave! Twenty years later our paths crossed again many times over-- this time as the "Crop Lady." Although we often shared good laughs over my early memories I was fortunate, as an adult, to get know her again as a joyful, energetic woman who cared passionately about world hunger and did all she could for the poor and hungry both locally and globally! I am sure by now she is dancing in heaven. I'll miss her greatly.
Sister Donna D'Alia, RSM
September 6, 2013
She scheduled several successful reunions for our Class of 1956. I will always remember her smile and that she was happy with who she was.
xoxoxo jackie cassan gyimesi
September 6, 2013
I will always remember her as Myles. She hired me for my first teaching position at St. Mikes in 1971. She took a chance on a young guy straight out of college. She taught me many things that I still share with teachers today. She was a wonderful person and we are all better for having known her.
Bob McLaren
September 6, 2013
May she rest in peace. Many memories of the tapping on the microphone 1....2.....3...... May her friends and family find peace in her passing and know that she is seatied at the hand of God.
Maureen Brennan
September 6, 2013
I was saddened to read about Marie's demise. Marie and I met a few years ago at the Dante Restaurant in Jersey City before I headed home to California. We had a good gabfest talking about growing up in the
same neighborhood. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Mary Ellen (Saskel) Lynch
September 6, 2013
I will always remember "point, step, hop 1,2,3,4" as Sister Myles taught Irish Step Dancing to our class at St. Mary's Elementary with a such a sparkle in her eye.
Joanne Kennedy
September 5, 2013
so sorry to hear about marie rip...what a great and her did the ceili dancing together in the shilleagh club in west orange...
September 5, 2013
We were shocked to learn of Marie's death. We are still in shock.. So sorry for your loss, Marie was such a great person always caring and loving. We will always remember all the information she gave to us when we went to Ireland 2 years ago and stayed at the Kelly house. She is now at peace . God bless you Marie and Rest in Peace. You will all be in our prayers.
Pattie and John Dwyer
September 5, 2013
Our sincere sympathies to all Marie's dear family. Cousin s Margaret Wochna. and Mary Briody.
September 5, 2013
I want to extend my sincere sympathies to Marie's family. She was a dear person and a kind soul. Marilyn Hubbard (Judy Foloky's cousin, Annette Foloky's niece)
Marilyn Hubbard
September 5, 2013
In your own words:"Thanks for the memories." My words: Thank you for being a part of my life.
Susan Schessler
September 5, 2013
We send our deepest condolences to the Varley family and Jane. Marie was a wonderful person and neighbor. She always kept an eye out for my dad and we will always be thankful for her support. May she rest in peace,
Samuele Comelato, and the Chin family
September 5, 2013
Marie and I went to High School together and entered the convent at the same time. I will remember, Marie as a dove of peace with that red hair and Irish smile.
Maryann Filosa Townsend
September 5, 2013
To Myles and family - please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved sister. Regards Laura Fonden Davis.
September 5, 2013
Roselle, Roselle Park Inter-Faith Council
Oh, Marie... You were a mighty woman of great faith. You made a difference in this world, and my friend you will be missed.
Susan Smith
September 5, 2013
It is so hard to believe that this has really happened...and in such a short amount of time. In my memory, Tuesday
nights and Thursday nights will always be Ceili Class Nights. When we meet again in that great dance hall in the sky then we will be " Tops ".
Thanks for your friendship & support
all these years, Marie. Your absence
is felt so deeply.
With love & gratitude,
Andy Hudson
Andy Hudson
September 5, 2013
We will deeply miss our neighbor and friend. Marie has been a strong advocate and supporter of her neighbors and neighborhood. Vailsburg, Newark, NJ will miss the light of her life. She lived a life that exemplified service to those that she called neighbor from Oakland Terrace to Africa we were her neighbors. Marie will be sorely missed. To the Varley Family and Jane we share with you our deepest condolences. May the peace of God, that passes all understanding be with you all.
Brian and Lauren Gaines and Family
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