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Obituary for Anna Louise Varescak

Anna “Anne” Louise Varescak, 104, passed away peacefully, Friday, May 27, 2022, with her family by her side. Anne was born in 1918 in Ernest, a daughter of the late Constance and Alex Glebovich. She was the youngest of five children. At four years of age, her family moved to Indiana.

Before high school graduation, Anne did an internship in the secretarial field. For the next fifteen years, she worked for the William Penn Council Boy Scouts of America, Indiana District. During this time, the Boy Scout Camp William Penn was formed.

On October 5, 1940, she married the love of her life, John Varescak.

When the Armstrong Indiana Association for the Blind was being formed, she put her efforts into the organization and for the next ten years she served on the executive board.

For the next 25 years, Anne and her husband John, a watchmaker, owned and operated John’s Jewelry and Gift Shop. In 1980, a tragic fire struck Downtown Indiana Business District resulting in the loss of the store. In the meantime, Anne and John adopted 2 children: John and Connie.

When the Alice Paul House was built, Anne volunteered her services and became an advocate for the next fifteen years.

During this time, in 1990, after fifty years of marriage, her husband passed away.

Anne had the distinction of being the oldest member of St. Bernard’s Parish and has the longest number of years in membership of the Catholic Daughters of America. When the bowling alleys were installed in the recreational center, the C.D. of A. formed bowling teams. Many friendships were made at this time that lasted a lifetime.

Anne also volunteered for the United Way.

She had several hobbies and activities; knitting, crocheting, and loved to decorate the jewelry store for the holidays and loved dancing with her husband. She was involved in many of her children’s school activities and fundraisers.

Anne was a loving mother, enjoying the time she spent with her family.

Anne will be missed by her children: John and Connie Varescak; her dogs, Alex and Simone; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Varescak; her parents, Alexander and Constance Glebovich; and siblings: Amelia, Paul, Alex, and Constance.

Friends and family will be received Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, from 2:00 until 4:00 PM and 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home & Crematory of Indiana, 965 Philadelphia Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Thursday morning at 10:00 AM, with Father Tage Danielson, celebrant. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana.

Memorial Contributions in Anne’s memory may be made to Indiana Humane Society: 65 Haven Drive, Indiana, PA 15701- or Four-Footed Friends: 220 Beck Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

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