Mn – Monday, October 25, 2010
United Methodist Church in Buffalo.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Catherine Caroline Varner, age 99, of Buffalo passed away on Monday October 25, 2010 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.
Catherine was born at home in Rockford Township on March 31, 1911, to George and Caroline (Hohl) Seeger. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1928 and continued her education at the Buffalo Normal School. She became a rural school teacher for one year. During this time, she met her future husband.
Catherine (Pansy) and David Varner married in 1930 and spent 50 happy years together before Dave’s death in 1981. God blessed their
marriage with four children. Dave and Pansy farmed west of Buffalo. Pansy was a busy homemaker, raising children, feeding family and
workers, gardening, and helping with various farm tasks.
Catherine was active in the United Methodist Church, Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star, 4-H club leader, and the neighborhood Mile Square Club. She actively volunteered at many
places including Park View Care Center into her early 90’s. Catherine was an avid reader, completed many beautiful needlework pieces, an excellent cook, especially known for her pies, apple was a family favorite and sour cream raisin another frequently requested by
others. She loved to travel and was able to travel to many destinations with Dave during their lifetime together and continued to
travel on her own, with family and friends, and as a Grand Chapter Representative.
She was strong in her faith, a loving mother, caring friend, and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Survived by her children: Norman (Kathy) Varner of Buffalo; Laura (Darrell) Hills of Salina,, KS; Caroline Daniels of Colorado Springs,
CO; Nora Varner (Frank Slater) of San Diego, CA; Grandchildren Ruth (Mike) Rose, Ralph (Joy) Varner, Jill (Justin) Johnson, David Hills and Jane Estabrook; great grandchildren: Kali, Jade & Randi Varner, Colleen Rose and Steve and Katie Estabrook; and a sister Edna Stueven of Howard Lake, MN.
Preceded in death by her husband, David Varner; brothers, Alvin and George Seeger; sisters, Esther Hawkins, Meryl Catlin, Dorothy Dixon;
and grandson, Paul Varner.
Funeral Services for Catherine Varner will be held on Saturday, October 30th at 2:00 P.M. at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Pastor Jef Olson will officiate. Interment will follow at Buffalo Lakeview Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 30th from
12:30 until the service begins at church.
Casket bearers were: Ralph Varner (grandson), David Hills (grandson), David Dixon (nephew); Wayne Hillstrom (nephew-in-law); Michael Stueven
(nephew); Ron Hawkins (nephew).
The Peterson chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.