Robert L. Varano, a lifelong resident of Mount Carmel, died on June 2, 2020 at his residence.
Born in Mount Carmel on May 4th, 1933, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Alma (Ochs) Varano.
Robert graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1951 and from Dickinson College in 1955 where he was a key member of the basketball team. He also did graduate work at Bucknell University and Lehigh University. He was married to the former Jean B. Williams in 1956 in the First Methodist Church in Mount Carmel. They would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in July.
Having a degree in Education, he taught chemistry and physics in Ashland and Shamokin School Districts. He served as guidance counselor, federal project director, head basketball coach and high school principal in the Mount Carmel Area School District and as high school principal and superintendent of schools at Southern Area School District.
Active in community affairs throughout his life, he was a member of the Rotary Club where he served as past president, and was on the Mount Carmel Public Library Board, Big Brothers, American Heart Association, BPOE, Mount Carmel Recreation Authority, Salvation Army and served on the Mount Carmel Borough Council. He was appointed to the Union National Bank Board in Mount Carmel in 1981 and he became chairman of the board in 2011. He was an inductee of the Ed Romance Hall of Fame and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Dickinson College.
Bob was a member of Hope Community Church of Mount Carmel. He was a model train enthusiast and also had a passion for antique cars. Bob will be remembered as a perfect gentleman and for his wonderful smile.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Attorney Robert K. Varano and his wife Lisa and a daughter Attorney Wendy L. Cole and her husband Dr. Charles Cole Jr; nine grandchildren, Dr. Charles Cole III, Andrea Cole Smith and her husband Brandon Smith, Emily Cole, Daniel Cole and Adam Cole, Robert M. Varano and his wife Cara, Alison Varano, Nicole Varano and Garrett Varano and also by a brother-in-law Russell Sanders.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Varano and Lloyd Varano and three sisters, Helen Williams, Blanche Eickemeyer and Harriet Sanders.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Community Church of Mount Carmel or the Mount Carmel Public Library.
There will be no viewing and services will be at the convenience of the family.
Rothermel-Heizenroth Funeral Services, Mt. Carmel is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Heizenroth III, FD Ashley D'Andrea, Supervisor.
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