OBITUARY

Joan Adele Varshal

September 9, 1936July 27, 2018
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Joan “Joni” Varshal, age 81 of Austin, Texas transitioned peacefully on Friday July 27, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family. Joni was born on September 9, 1936 in Hammond Indiana to Carl and Grace Horlbeck. She attended Valparaiso University and also Beauty College. Joni was a beautician for many years and enjoyed tennis, painting, quilting, crocheting, playing bridge, being a crossing guard, annual trips up north, visiting with her many friends, spending time with family, especially her grandkids Jacob, Jennifer, Megan and Katie, along with great grandson Leon and all our family dogs.

Joni is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert “Bob” Varshal, along with their three children: Eldest son Bob Varshal Jr. and his wife Judy and their children, Jacob and wife Angela, Jennifer and husband Bill, grandsons Leon and Sidney, Son Tom Varshal and his wife Alona, Daughter Linda Maurer and husband David, along with their children, Megan and Katie.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Seton Northwest, Seton Downtown and Cedar Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility for their incredible care of Joni, as well as the Encompass hospice team that are angels here on earth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Dementia Society of America dementiasociety.org or to Encompass Health www.encompasshealth.com.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com for the Varshal family.

  • FAMILY

  • Joni is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert “Bob” Varshal, along with their three children: Eldest son Bob Varshal Jr. and his wife Judy and their children, Jacob and wife Angela, Jennifer and husband Bill, grandsons Leon and Sidney, Son Tom Varshal and his wife Alona, Daughter Linda Maurer and husband David, along with their children, Megan and Katie.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2018
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George kauchak

August 7, 2018

Bob and family, Joni was a classmate of mine and a good friend of mine. The last time I saw her was at the last Clark reunion. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of deepest time of sorrow.

Dona Lawrentz

August 6, 2018

Bob,
Joni was my best friend. I loved her! The last time I saw her was at the last Clark reunion. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
Love, Dona

Francyne Powell

August 6, 2018

Thank you Linda for letting me know about Joni's passing. Joni came to our 55th High School reunion and it was such a pleasure to see her again after so many years. I always remembered her as a sweet, friendly classmate during our school years. We shared many fun times, especially at Kay Redding's slumber parties. I will let our classmates know of her passing. My condolences to Bob and your family. With sadness, Francyne Powell

Cindy Andrus

August 4, 2018

At an annual visit to Lake Wapogasset over the 4th of July, we looked forward to seeing Joni and Bob. She was always so welcoming, greeting us with a big hug and genuinely interested in what everyone was up to. Every year I would make a birthday cake for our oldest daughter, Katie, and Joni was always interested in what it would be and was right there in the kitchen eager to lend a hand. It will not be the same over the 4th without her, as she will be missed her very much. Fortunately the stars are always visible at the lake, so we can look for her star shining brightly in the sky! With love and fond memories, Joe, Cindy, Katie, Erin and Nick Andrus

Mike Lohmann

August 4, 2018

I am Joni's hairstylist, I have known her for 30+years. She was such a pleasure to have come in my salon. Her favorite part for her was to bring us breakfast. MMMM donut holes. She didn't feel right if she forgot. We could laugh about that every time. She maybe forgot twice in all those years. I heard about her family, and felt like I knew every one. I heard about all the children when they were getting married and especially when the babies were coming. (Her pride and joy). Joni was such a sweet lady, that she became my 2nd mom. I could tell anything, and she could tell me her things.
I loved her so much. I will miss her more.

Merlee Lohmann

Tom & Kathy Manning

August 4, 2018

We moved down to Texas from Rochester Minnesota in 1980 with Bob & Joni, and subsequently became great friends and have shared many memories. One of the first get togethers was a 25th Anniversary celebration for Bob & Joni, with many, many, more to follow. Joni did a great job of writing songs to celebrate the occasions, and we will miss her dearly, whether it be parties, weekly lunch dates, or nights at the Palace Theater, preceded by dinner at the Cotton Patch, which became one of her favorites. The picture was from a celebration of Tom's 65th birthday. Our sympathy and prayers go with Bob and the family, as Joni moves on to a new life.

Gene & Linda Tenpas

August 3, 2018

There are no words to fully describe the laughs, the tears and the fun we’ve shared over the past 38+ years. We are delighted that Bob & Joni and family were part of the great IBM migration from Minnesota to Texas in 1980. We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. We’re sorry to say the microphones have gone silent but the memories live on in our hearts.
With love,
Gene & Linda Tenpas

Tom Varshal

August 2, 2018

Mom,

Thanks for being the greatest Mom any son could hope to have. You were always there for me and supported me in everything I did.

Thanks for filling our home with love, happiness, and lots of good food. From the earliest memories as a kid growing up, I have fond memories of Christmas and Thanksgiving, where you went above and beyond to make those holidays extra special.

Also, thanks for letting us be kids growing up and not being too harsh when we did really stupid things, like smashing Linda's fingers in the bedroom door or shooting Bobby with my slingshot...

Also, thank you for always saying that I was the best baby of the three! I'm not sure that holds true as adults now, but it sure was nice to hear through the years, especially when Linda and Bobby were present. 🙂

I miss you and say hi to everyone on the other side.

Love you, Mom.
Tom

Alona Varshal

August 1, 2018

Joni,

I will never forget the first time I met you--you said you were not going to be the shortest in the family anymore! You have always welcomed me, and for that I'm grateful. You have taught me the value of family and will always cherish all the times I've spent with you, especially the movie nights. The holidays will never be the same without you. Thank you for always supporting me and Tom in everything we do!

Alona

Bob Varshal

August 1, 2018

Dear Mom,
Thank you for being so wonderful.

I have so many great memories of you! Thanks for raising us in a caring, healthy and fun home. Thank you for all the letters and care packages you sent to me while I was away at college. Our family will always cherish the memories of the fun winter trips we made with the kids to your home. And your annual summer visits to MN. We lived far apart in distance for a lot of years, but you always made us feel like we were close to you.

We miss you, but know that you will always be with us in spirit.

Love,
Your son Bob

Biography

Joan “Joni” Varshal, age 81 of Austin, Texas transitioned peacefully on Friday July 27, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family. Joni was born on September 9, 1936 in Hammond Indiana to Carl and Grace Horlbeck. She attended Valparaiso University and also Beauty College. Joni was a beautician for many years and enjoyed tennis, painting, quilting, crocheting, playing bridge, being a crossing guard, annual trips up north, visiting with her many friends, spending time with family, especially her grandkids Jacob, Jennifer, Megan and Katie, along with great grandson Leon and all our family dogs.

Joni is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert “Bob” Varshal, along with their three children: Eldest son Bob Varshal Jr. and his wife Judy and their children, Jacob and wife Angela, Jennifer and husband Bill, grandsons Leon and Sidney, Son Tom Varshal and his wife Alona, Daughter Linda Maurer and husband David, along with their children, Megan and Katie.