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Mn – Monday, October 25, 2010

Service Information
United Methodist Church in Buffalo.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

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.

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Rachael Fadden

    I have worked at Lake Ridge Care Center for the past 6 years as a Receptionist/Ward Clerk. Catherine was the first resident that I got to know there. She liked to walk from her room to the front door and back, so I was always a stop on her way. She was very nice to everyone around her. I took a special interest in her as she was my first connection in working in a Nursing Home. Her wonderful spirit always made my day instantly better. I always enjoyed spending time with her. She had a wonderful “Lake Ridge family” as well as her real family. And even though to some it may have seemed that her Alzheimer’s didn’t let her live a normal life – her personality still shined through and she communicated and interacted in her own way to her fellow residents and staff who knew she was still there. I’ll very much miss seeing her smiling face and hope the family takes comfort in the fact that she was still an active member of a community even with her health difficulties. I’m so glad I had the chance to know her.


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