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Joanne S. Varell  

Joanne S. Varell

September 23, 1936-February 19, 2016

Joanne S. Varell, age 79, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, February 19, 2016.

Born in Wilmington, DE on September 23, 1936, Joanne was a daughter of the late James R. Shaw, Sr. and Sadie H. (Sharp) Shaw. She worked as a cashier at the Pike Creek Wawa, retiring after 15 years of dedicated service.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Varell, Sr.; sisters, Doris L. Atkins, Dawn E. Pragg, and Shirley Duffy; brothers, John “Bob” Shaw, Donald Shaw, Sr., and James Shaw.

Joanne is survived by her daughters, Sharon R. Murphy of Newark, DE, Deborah A. Varell of Newark, DE; son, Robert D. Varell, Jr. (Geri) of New Castle, DE; sisters, Betty F. Dudley of Wilmington, DE, Jeanne Ratcliff; twin brother, Charles W. Shaw of Middletown, DE; grandchildren, Tracy Curry, John Murphy, Ashley Maurer, Blaine Varell, Britney Toy, Casey Varell, Elizabeth Wright, Robert Clemons, and Scott Clemons; and 13 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Interment will be held in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090.

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  1. barbara macdowell, February 24, 2016

    my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of joanne. i have many fond memories of our kids playing together at iron hill apts and all of our “girl talks”. rip my friend.


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