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Obituary: Kathryn Mary DeVarney 

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Kathryn Mary DeVarney, 89, surrounded by her loving family, died peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center on March 8, 2018. Kathryn was born in Burlington on November 16, 1928. She married Reginald Edward DeVarney of Winooski, on May 23, 1951 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Together they raised a family of 5 children.

Kathryn is pre-deceased by her husband of 48 years, Reginald DeVarney; her mother and father, Ethel and Raymond Gutchell; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hermine and Edward DeVarney; her sisters, Barbara and Virginia; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marion and Donald DeVarney, Geraldine and Dennis Scanlon, Yvette and Peter McDonald, Wilfred Mayette, John White, Guy DeVarney, and Robert DeVarney.

Kathryn is survived by her brother Gary Gutchell and his wife Cecile, her daughter Paula Little and her husband Frank, her son Mark DeVarney, her son Craig DeVarney and his wife Carol, her son John DeVarney and his wife Patricia, and her son James DeVarney and his wife Susan. She is also survived by 8 sisters and brothers-in-law, Charles Kerner, Anita White, Claire and Bernard L’Ecuyer, Phyllis and Bernard DeVarney, Jean DeVarney, and Thomas DeVarney. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Christopher Little, Megan Sanchez, Stephen Little, Mark Little, Michelle DeVarney-Murrish, Adam DeVarney, Scott DeVarney, Sean DeVarney, Mary DeVarney, Colin DeVarney, Melissa DeVarney, Patrick DeVarney; and 14 beautiful great-grandchildren.

Kathryn graduated from Cathedral High School, Class of 1947. She worked for Bell Telephone in Burlington, from High School until she was expecting her daughter Paula. She was a faithful parishioner of St. Mark Church for many years, a member of the Ladies of St. Mark and a Catholic catechism teacher.

Mom loved games. She could be found right in the middle of any game at family get-togethers. She liked to play bridge. She bowled in a league at Yankee Lanes, and she joined a golf league in Williston at age 60, having never played the game before.

Mom loved people. She really loved children, especially babies. They were the absolute joy in her life. Mom is now in heaven with her very best friend, Marjorie Lefebvre. They shared a lifelong friendship on earth and now share eternity in heaven. I’m sure they haven’t stopped talking since mom arrived.

The family would especially like to thank Sister Marie Feely, Father Dallas St. Peter, Father Timothy Sullivan, Father Richard Eneji, and all the wonderful compassionate doctors and nurses at UVMMC who treated our mother with love, kindness, respect and dignity during her final days here on earth. We cannot begin to thank you enough. We also want to thank the Burlington Fire Department who rescued mom on many occasions and eased her fears every time. Thank You.

Funeral Arrangements are with Boucher & Pritchard Funeral Home, 85 No. Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT. Visitation hours are scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 14, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 1251 North Avenue, Burlington, VT. Interment to follow Mass at New Mount Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburgh Avenue, Burlington, VT.

This obituary was originally published on VermontObits.org, which ceased operation in September 2019. The death notice is archived on this website with the permission of the publisher.
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