Grace Varona 1947-2019 West Winfield: Grace Varona, 71, of West Winfield, passed away unexpectedly, October 18, 2019, at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. She was born, November 5, 1947, in New York City, a daughter of Casto and Sunta (Moll) Varona. Grace studied at Bronx Community College, becoming a Registered Nurse, and she furthered her education at Utica College, earning her Bachelor’s degree in 1991. She retired from Central New York Psychiatric Center, after more than 35 years of service. Then Grace worked as the Nurse Manager of the psychiatric unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital, followed by work at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare. Grace loved teaching and taught psychiatric nursing at Utica College. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church of West Winfield where she participated in Bible study with a close circle of friends. Grace enjoyed gardening, cooking for her family, trips to the beach, and cruises with her husband Ken. Grace will be remembered best for her laughter and sense of humor along with the kindness she shared with family, friends, and patients. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Alexander; her two sons, Eric J. Kroll of Richfield Springs and Richard G. Kroll and his wife Melanie of Kirkville, two daughters Karen Gienau and her husband Timothy of Pawcatuck, CT, and Diana Kroll of Utica; step children Kenny Alexander and Lynn Alexander, eleven grandchildren; her brother, George Varona; nieces, nephews, and cousins; her best friend, Donna Wood; and her beloved dog Nikki. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Joseph the Worker Church, West Winfield. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Richfield Springs. Calling hours are Friday, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., 365 West Main St., West Winfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio Street, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Memorial tributes may be left at www.dimblebyfh.com.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Grace Varona 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Holland Patent, state: New York