Stephen P. Varhol, 96, of Bristol, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at Bristol Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He is now reunited with his beloved wife of 58 years, Irene (Ritchie) Varhol, who predeceased him in 2005.
Stephen was born August 31, 1922, in New Britain, son to the late John and Mary (Chesanek) Varhol. He was a communicant of Saint Matthew Church in Forestville. A proud American, Stephen served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal during WWII, stationed at Guadalcanal, in the South Pacific, and he was honorably discharged. He was employed by SNET, beginning his career as a lineman and working his way up to Assignment Facilitator, and retired after 37 devoted years. In addition, he was the former owner of Trampoline City and was a real estate investor. Stephen enjoyed his retirement traveling with his wife, exploring several states and countries. Together they established their summers in New Hartford at their lake house on West Hill Pond and their winters at their home in Ocala, Florida. Stephen was a jack of all trades, always able to fix anything he set his mind to. He was an avid reader and found an interest in stamp and coin collecting. Above all, Stephen found the most joy in being surrounded by his family. He had an infectious sense of humor and will be missed deeply by his entire family and circle of friends as they cherish the memories they have shared together.
Stephen is survived by his children, Stephen R. Varhol, of Bristol, Thomas Varhol, of Middlebury, Susan V. Beger and her husband, Gary, of Conway, SC, Mary C. Varhol, of Bristol, and Paul Varhol, of Prospect; his sister, Catherine Morin, of Colchester; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was predeceased by his siblings, John, Michael, and George Varhol, Elizabeth Kozowich, Ann Fracchia, and Marion Weber.
Funeral services in celebration of Stephen’s life will begin on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 9 AM from Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at Saint Matthew Church, 120 Church Avenue, Bristol. Burial with full military honors will be held in Saint Mary Cemetery, 1309 Stanley Street, New Britain. Friends and family are welcome to gather at the funeral home on Sunday, September 9 between 4 and 7 PM.