Highland: Obituaries

Barbara Varel, 67

Barbara Varel
Barbara Varel

Barbara L. Varel, 67, of Bartelso died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29 at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, with Father James Buerster officiating. Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.

She was born on March 27, 1948 in Breese to William “Bill” and Frances (Kleinekorte) Beckmann. She married Louis Varel on Nov. 24, 1967 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, and he survives in Bartelso.

Mrs. Varel worked for Rockwell International for 27 years and retired from Germantown Elementary. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, crocheting and bingo. She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and Ladies Sodality, and the Catholic Knights and Ladies.

Other survivors include daughters, Lisa (Patrick) Holtgrave of Trenton, Tammy (Darrin) Diercks of Highland and Dana (Brian) Patton of Bartelso; grandchildren, Olivia and Abigail Holtgrave, Claire and Ella Diercks, and Alexis, Jacob and Avery Patton; brothers and sisters, Jane (Sonny) Hemker of Bartelso, Jerry (Jeanne) Beckmann of Maryland, Kenny (Connie) Beckmann of Bartelso, Marilyn (Don) Timmermann of Bartelso, Diane (Dennis) Hempen of Carlyle, Ron (Ellen) Beckmann of Bartelso, Carol (Bernie) Hustedde of Carlyle, Allan (Nancy) Beckmann of Germantown, Irma (Gary) Kohrmann of Germantown and Nancy (Duane) Engle of North Carolina; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dolores (Gervase) Henrichs of St. Rose, Rita Ratermann of Breese, Lorraine (Charles) VonderHaar of Carlyle, Marilyn (Charles) Kruse of Breese, Albert Varel of Trenton, Rosie (Dennis) Richter of Breese, Jerry Varel of Bartelso, Jane Deerhake of Bartelso and Don Varel of Bartelso.

She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, who loved their “Aunt Barbie.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; a special aunt, Mary “Toots” Kleinekorte; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alois and Martha (Jansen) Varel; brothers-in-law, Tom Deerhake and Jerry Ratermann; and nephews, Jason Kruse and Jeremy Hemker.

Memorials can be made to St. Cecilia Catholic Church or Mater Dei High School.

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