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|Johnstown Tribune, 31 Jan 1928, Contributed by Brian Cartwright
|30 Jan 1928
|31 Jan 1928
|* portions of this clipping have been damaged and guesses" were made at some of the text.
SYLVESTER VARNER, OF CONEMAUGH IS CALLED BY DEATH
Septuagenarian Was Son of Jacob Varner and Nephew of Stephen R. Varner
Sylvester Varner who was identified with two of the oldest families of Cambria County, died at his home, 366 Second street, Conemaugh, last evening after a long illness of a complication of diseases, ages 76 years. His health had been impaired for several years. Funeral services will be held at the Conemaugh Methodist Episcopal Church at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon by the pastor, the Rev. R. M. Ling, and the Rev. F. D. Ellenberger, of the Evangelical Church, with interment in Grandview Cemetery. Sylvester Varner was a son of Jacob and Lydia (Strayer) Varner, and was born in Summerhill Township, in 1852. His father was born in Richland Township, now Adams Township, in November, 1829 and passed away on Christmas 1906, he was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the 107th Regiment, P. V. I. He was a brother of Stephen R. Varner, Civil War veteran and at one time chief of police of Johnstown, and also of Mrs. Stineman, wife of the late Senator Jacob C. Stineman. Mrs. Jacob Varner was a daughter of Joseph Strayer one of the early residents of Upper Yoder Township. Mrs. Varner was born in 1833 and died in July 1915. Mrs. and Mrs. Varner were united in marriage in on June 12, 1851 by the late Rev. John Stull, an uncle of Mrs. Varner. He was a minister of the Evangelical Church. Many years ago the deceased came to Johnstown and secured employment in the old wire mill along Portage street, where he remained for a long time. Some time after the Flood of May 1889, he was employed by the Grand Union Tea company and remained with that concern for many years. He and Mary Ann Custer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Custer (portions of the next few lines were illegible due to crumbling of the original newspaper clipping)were married here by the late Rev. (several words llegible).. survives her husband with these children: Bertha, wife of John Hughes, 935 McKinley avenue, Dale; Nora, wife of Robert Agey, Derry; Gladys, wife of Horace Riddell, 323 1/2 Third street, Conemaugh; I. S. Varner, 517 Edith avenue, Oakhurst, and Ephraim and Wilbur Varner, at home. Sylvester Varner is survived by two brothers: Mr. M. L. Varner, of Dale and Mr. Grant Varner, of Elton. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and three Great-grandchildren. Mrs. Fred Croyle and Mrs. Richard Wills, of South Fork are aunts of the deceased, they are sisters of the late Jacob Varner. Sylvester Varner was a brother of Emanuel Varner, born in 1835, and died in 1905; Mrs. Mollie Grambling, born 1859, and died 1921; Samuel Varner, born in 1866 and died in 1925 and Jacob I. Varner, born in the fall of 1874 and died in the fall of 1926. Sylvester Varner was active in church and Sunday School work all his life. He was at one time an officer of the M. E. Church of Conemaugh and was a regular attendant at the Sunday School session and the mid-week prayer services. He was a charter member of the Conemaugh Circle, P. H. C.