Stephen P. Varhol, 96, of Bristol, passed away on Monday, Sept. 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 Aug. 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 World War II, 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, Fla. 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, S.C., 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, Sept. 10, 2018, at 9 a.m. from Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Saint Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Bristol. Burial with full military honors will be held in Saint Mary Cemetery, 1309 Stanley St., New Britain. Friends and family are welcome to gather at the funeral home on Sunday, Sept. 9 between 4 and 7 p.m. For more information or to leave online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.BAILEY-FUNERALHOME.com .