LaVerne Varrato

LaVerne Varrato

LaVerne (Wylie) Varrato, 85, of Blairsville, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born Sept. 13, 1934, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of John Wylie and Emma (Schutte) Wylie.

She retired after 36 years of teaching in the Blairsville School District. She had taught second grade at the old Burrell School. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends for many, many years. LaVerne enjoyed traveling to Nags Head and skiing for many years. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are sons Marti Varrato and wife Cindy, Blairsville; Robby Varrato and wife Deanna, Latrobe; and Colin Varrato, Blairsville; grandchildren Siobhan James and husband Robert, Rory Varrato, Alexa Varrato, Giano Varrato and wife Sara and Kenzie Hamacher and husband Derek; great-grandchildren Jackson and Isabella James and Amelia Ballengee; brother John T. Wylie and wife Tina, Henderson, Nev.; sister-in-law, Rita Krieger, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband James R. Varrato, in 2013; grandson Noah Varrato, in 2018; and mother-in-law Marie Varrato.

In keeping with LaVerne’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Interment will be in the SS. Simon & Jude Cemetery, Blairsville.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in LaVerne’s name to: Blairsville Elementary School, 106 School Lane, Blairsville, PA 15717.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home Inc., Blairsville.