NORMA H. (HAGGERTY) VAREY – beloved wife of the late Robert W. Varey, passed away early today, December 1st. Loving mother of Kathleen “Terry” McCormick of Woburn and Robert W. “Bob” Varey Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Wilmington. Dear mother-in-law of the late Robert McCormick. Cherished sister of Janice Franson, Berenice Sullivan and Paul Haggerty, all of Woburn, and the late Madeline Dooley, Joan McGowan, Dorothea Bundy, Arlene Blinn, Mae Gaffney, Lorraine McCarthy, James D. Haggerty Jr. and Raymond Haggerty. Devoted grandmother of Julie A. Dellea of Haverhill, Meghan K. Patrissi of Burlington, Timothy P. McCormick of Charlestown, Matthew R. McCormick and Peter V. McCormick, both of Woburn, Robert W. Varey III and Walter A. Varey, both of Wilmington, and great-grandmother of Spencer, Meggie, Cooper, Emma, Gwen, and Ryan Robert. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, on Tuesday December 4th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours Monday 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Woburn High Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.
Norma H. (Haggerty) Varey, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away quietly on Saturday morning, December 1st. The beloved wife of the late Robert W, Varey, she was eighty five years of age . One of twelve children, Norma was the daughter of the late James D. Haggerty, founder of the Woburn Times and Mary A. (Lovell) Haggerty.
Mrs. Varey was a graduate of Woburn High School and Secretary for the Class of 1939. In addition to serving as a class officer, she was also active in athletics as a member of the Woburn Girls Field Hockey and Basketball teams and the Cheerleading Squad. Mrs. Varey was also an avid speed skater during the winter months.
Following high school, she attended Bryant and Stratton School of Business and later began working for the family business, the Woburn Times. During her lifetime, Norma also worked at AVCO for a few years and then MITRE for over twenty years, retiring in the mid eighties as an administrative secretary.
After the United States entered in WWII, Norma was very active with the USO in Boston. Her volunteer efforts included various tasks such as sending packages overseas to the troops in Europe. Following the war, she married her high school sweetheart “ Bob” with whom she shared over forty-nine years. Together they raised their two children in the North Woburn section of the city where she has remained. Both Norma and Bob were very active in their children’s educational and sporting pursuits. During the summertime, the family vacationed from the coast of northern Maine to the shores of southern California and everywhere in between. They also shared many fun times at their home on Lake Winnepesauke, where they enjoyed boating, water skiing, sunset cruises and cookouts. When grandchildren arrived on the scene, Norma began knitting beautiful sweaters with matching hats and mittens. Her “Spritz” cookies, made only for Christmas ,were next to none and no family member has been able to reproduce them the way “Nana” made them. After retiring and prior to her husbands death in 1995, Norma and Bob spent their winters in Florida, where they would socialize with many of their friends from Woburn. They also traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Family was always at the forefront of her life and Norma’s devotion and love for them extended beyond her own children, to her siblings and their children as well. She leaves a beautiful legacy of love for her family and friends, many cherished memories and a proud Irish heritage which she celebrated often.
Norma was predeceased by her husband Robert Varey, her infant son, Robert Varey Jr., her siblings, Madeline Dooley, Joan McGowan, Dorothea Bundy, Arlene Blinn, Mae Gaffney, Lorraine McCarthy, James D. Haggerty Jr., Raymond Haggerty and her son-in-law, Robert McCormick.
She is lovingly survived by her children, Kathleen “Terry” McCormick of Woburn and Robert “Bob” Varey Jr.and his wife Cheryl of Wilmington, her siblings, Janice Franson, Berenice Sullivan and Paul Haggerty all of Woburn, her grandchildren, Julie A Dellea and her husband Richard of Haverhill, Meghan K. Patrissi and her husband Joseph of Burlington, Timothy P. McCormick and his fiancee, Liz Monroe of Charlestown, Matthew R. McCormick and Peter V. McCormick and his significant other, Courtney Caprio, all of Woburn, Robert W. III and Walter A. Varey, both of Wilmington, and her great- grandchildren, Spencer, Meggie, Cooper, Emma, Gwen, and Ryan Robert. Also survived by many devoted nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, on Tuesday December 4th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from Monday 4 to 8p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Woburn High Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.