Varel, 78, of St. Rose,
IL, born July 29, 1928, in
IL, died Monday, February 5, 2007 at
Memorial Hospital in Belleville,
a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and Menís Sodality, Catholic
Fraternal Life, Clinton County Farm Bureau, and was a past member of
Mid-America Dairy Association. As a young man, Mr. Varel enlisted in
the Army and was stationed in Germany to support the Korean War. He
also worked as a Carpenter at Midwest Farm Structures and was a
dairy farmer until the dairy buyout in the 1980ís. He then devoted
his time to planting and harvesting corn, wheat and beans. He loved
living and working on the farm and he was a very talented mechanic.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his
grandchildrenís events, and visiting with several dear friends in
preceded in death by the love of his life, Leora (nee Schrage)
Varel, whom he married on June 20, 1953 and died on October 30,
2003, his parents, Herman and Wilhelmina (Rohr) Varel, a brother,
Walter Varel, a sister, Lydia Varel, his father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Theodore and Gertrude (Kampwerth) Schrage, a
brother-in-law, Pete Wellinghoff, and a nephew, Irvin Sparlin.
Surviving is his children, John (Angie) Varel of Wailuku, Hawaii,
Trudy (Joe) Strieker of Collinsville, Allan (Geri) Varel of
Damiansville, Joe (Sharon) Varel of Troy, Ken (Inger) Varel of
Columbia, and Dianne (Mark) Voss of Highland.
pride and joy were his 11 grandchildren, Jesse (Megan) Van Coutren
of Oakdale, CA, Kyle Varel (special friend Mandi Seibert) of
Gilbertsville, KY, Keith Varel (special friend Kristen Detmer) of
Damiansville, Michael and Brandon Varel of Troy, Nathanial, Lauren,
Hannah, and Erika Varel of Columbia, and Nicole and Matthew Voss of
brother, Clarence Varel of Bartelso and sisters, Alvina (Carl)
Sparlin of Greenville and Dottie Wellinghoff of Breese.
Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law, Leander (Delores) Schrage of
Breese, Alex (Judy) Schrage of St. Rose, Ted (Marie) Schrage of
Pocahontas, and Bernice (George) Wellen of Highland. Numerous Nieces
and Nephews and his cat, Midnight.
of flowers, memorials can be made to Clinton County Relay for
Life-American Cancer Society or St. Rose Catholic Church and will be
received at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to
may call from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2007
and again from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2007
at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 8, 2007 at
2:00 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church with Fr. Henry Fischer and
Msgr. Donald Eichenseer officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose