Geraldine (Varns) Warstler
June 8, 1923 -- February 24, 2018
Geraldine Warstler, 94, of Middlebury died suddenly on Saturday,
February 24 while dining in Englewood, FL.
She was born June 8, 1923 to Clarence and Wilma (Swartz) Varns. On
November 25,1948 in Middlebury she married Dean Warstler; he died
August 27, 2013. Surviving are three daughters, Wanda (Ron) Miller
of Goshen, Diane (Carl) Eash of Middlebury, Bonnie Warstler of
Elkhart; five grandchildren, Joey (Nanette) Eash, Jaynie (Mike) Kirby,
Nicholas (Michelle) Miller, Nathan (Cait) Miller, and Natalie Miller; four
great grandchildren, Layne and Nolan Kirby, Tristan Miller, and
Kirsten Miller and an additional great grandchild expected soon;
three step great granddaughters, Kendall, Taylor, and Courtney
Sharpe; sister Nancy (Goodrich) Simmons of Glendale, AZ. She was
preceded in death by her parents and her husband who was the love
of her life.
Gerry and Dean were co-owners of Varns & Hoover Hardware,
Middlebury, since 1970 and she worked at the store for 30 years. She
attended Wheaton College. As a lifetime member of First United
Methodist Church in Middlebury, she served as a Sunday School
Teacher for many years and was a member of UMW (United
Methodist Women) now called SOS (Sisters Of Strength). They spent
winters at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, FL since
1982. While there, they attended Christ United Methodist Church.
She was active in the cookie ministry, Shawls of Prayer, and attended
many Bible Study groups. She was also very involved with Bible
Study Fellowship in Goshen for many years. In March, 1946, at the
age of 21, Gerry was involved in a serious plane crash that nearly
took her life. This event shaped her faith and determination. She
treasured her life and lived life to the fullest to the very end when she
took her last breath. She loved her Lord and Savior and began each
day in prayer and devotion. She was a true prayer warrior.
Gerry and her husband visited and helped many ill members in the
community. Everyone was her friend. They were 1998 Summer
Festival Parade Marshals and were the recipients of the Book of
Golden Deeds Award in 2002.
She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Goshen General Hospital,
and Good News Club. She taught crocheting to the children at the
Boys and Girls Club in Middlebury where she was a faithful cookie
baker. She enjoyed crocheting baby caps for the hospital and sewing
pillow case dresses for third world country ministries. She was a
member of Middlebury Home Extension Club for over 60 years.
Gerry loved to travel and her passion was to be surrounded by family
and friends. Her love for crocheting was apparent as her hands were
never idle. She also loved to cook and entertain guests in their home.
Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, March 2
at First United Methodist Church of Middlebury. Funeral services will
be at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 3 also at the church. Services will
be conducted by Pastor Ron Russell. Burial will be in Grace Lawn
Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to First United
Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to
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So very sorry for your loss, she was a great lady and we will miss
her! Dave loved having her in his Sunday school class. She and
Dean are walking hand in hand in heaven and talking.
From: Dave and Linda Harms
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Our heartfelt blessings to all of Gerry's family. May God's grace
enrich your souls and comfort you knowing she is finally home with
her heavenly family.
From: Tom & Bev Yoder
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Gerry has meant so much to me over the last several years! She was
an important part of our Wednesday morning bible study and always
had an important insight to share about our lesson every week. I will
miss her, but so happy she is with her Lord and reunited with Dean.
From: Judy Huys
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Hi Family...Just a note to express our sympathy over Gerry's
passing. I sat beside her at lunch here Friday at Bentley Village, with
Janice, Bonnie and the Corsons. We shared a lengthy conversation
about the past and future. A wonderful woman I have known with my
golf buddy Dean for over 60 years. I am still in shock and sorry. Our
Best to all of you during this sad time.
From: Bob and Janice Conrad, Naples, Fla.
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Your family will always have a warm place in my heart! Yours was the
first family to befriend me (Diane my first friend) when I moved to
Middlebury. Dean and Gerry always seemed to care about me...even
when I reached adulthood. They were good to Jerry too. I will keep
you in my prayers as you make this adjustment in your lives.
Somehow I think Gerry would have liked the thought of arriving in
heaven near the same time as Billy Graham.
With love, Ruth Beasley
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Wanda and family - Sorry to learn of your mom's passing. Praying
your memories bring more smiles than tears.
From: Bob and Janice Crofoot