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Ellen A. (Laskey) Varney
  • In lieu of flowers, the Varney family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Stephen Varney Automotive Scholarship Fund
    153 Linwood Ave.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“I was a classmate of Ellen's at Mount Auburn Hospital School of Nursing, class 0f 1964. Ellen was always kind to everyone, had a great laugh and...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Ellen (Mackesy) McLaughlin - MA

“good night my friend ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Evelyn Lezenski - Salem, MA

“Bob, Michele, David Derek, KevinI'm sending all my love to you all because I know words could never heal your heart. Ellen I'll talk to u in my...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Ann-Margaret Finn - Everett, MA

“So sorry for your loss Ellen was a wonderful nurse and a onetime roommate. Ellen and Bob are a couple to remember. Your love will carry on ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Marie King - Groton, MA

“Bob, So sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. Please accept Debbie and I's deepest sympathy. Look forward to seeing you soon. God Bless you my friend. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: David Glass - North Carver, MA

“Bob & Family,My sincerest condolences on your loss, I pray all your wonderful memories can help to sustain you during this most difficult time ~~...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Laughton (Gillespie) - MA

“Hi Bob,Knowing you, you will enjoy keeping Ellen's memory alive with so many wonderful stories of all your years together. Ellen is no longer...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Hvizda - Nashua, NH

“Our hearts go out to the Varney family during this difficult time. We were always happy that Ellen shared Bob with our hockey teams. Whether it be...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Digit Murphy - Providence, RI

“TO A WONDERFUL MAH. CLASSMATE. GRADUATE OF 1964.ELLEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT NURSE AND PERSON.SHE WILL BE SURELY MISSED BY HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS I...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: JOANNE LOVEJOY O'BRIEN - NORTON,, MA

“to the varney family im am so very sorry for your loss sending you all love and prayers ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: ANNE RAMETTE - WESTON, MA

“Dear Bob and Family, I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayersNancy Walsh Giannetto ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Very sorry to hear about her passing ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Cirillo - Malden, MA

“Dear Bob and Family very sorry for the loss of your loving wife. I pray for strength For you and your family. Carol and Salvatore Diforte ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Diforte - Marblehead, MA

“To Bob & Family - So sorry for your loss. Bill Muse & Gloria Ward ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Muse - Palm Harbor, FL

“Bob and family very sorry for your loss Bill Muse / Gloria Ward ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: William Muse - Palm Harbor Fla, FL

“Terrific friend and colleague. She will be missed. Rest easy my friend. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Schneider - Quincy, MA

“Peggy and I are so sorry for your loss, Bob. Our prayers are with you and Ellen. May she rest in peace ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Mike McDonough - The Villages, FL

“Gods Love ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Tony Cirillo

“Dear Bob and Family,Holding a special place in my heart for you and your family Bob.Truly sorry for your loss. May Ellen Rest In Peace.God Bless all...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Jean Bartholomew - Melrose, MA

“So Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing...lot of memories of you kids growing up, Linwood Ave, and your Mom and Dad and Steven.. Ronnie and I send...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: maureeen mccarthy - hudson, NH


Ellen A. (Laskey) Varney passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on November 15, 2019. She was 77 years of age. Ellen was born in Cambridge on March 8, 1942 to the late Raymond & Marion Laskey, was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Joseph High School. Ellen graduated from Mt. Auburn School of Nursing and was a registered nurse for over 50 years.

Ellen started her career at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and then worked in the emergency room the 11PM to 7AM shift at Boston Medical Center in Boston for 27 years. After her children were older and while still working Mrs. Varney went back to school and graduated from Umass Boston with a bachelor's degree. She was an exceptional and dedicated nurse throughout her entire career.

Ellen loved taking vacations to various destinations with her husband Bob, especially Bermuda and always enjoyed her yearly trip to Hampton Beach, NH. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting and loved her Toyota Camry. Ellen also enjoyed entertaining her co-workers from both hospitals she worked at as well as her family and friends.

Mrs. Varney was the beloved wife of 55 Years to Robert E. Varney. Loving mother of Michele Varney of Melrose, David Varney of NC, Kevin Varney of Melrose, Derek Varney & Amie of Brentwood, NH and the late Stephen Varney. Cherished grandmother of Colby, Tayla, Justine & Zachary. Caring sister of Jane Dargan of Melrose and Raymond Laskey. Also survived by several nieces & nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. There are no visiting hours. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Stephen Varney Automotive Scholarship Fund, 153 Linwood Ave. Melrose, MA 02176.