FALMOUTH - Ruth E. (Cronin) Varnot, 97, died on March 1, 2018, at the Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth after a long battle with dementia.
She was born in Barre, MA, the daughter of John and Eva Cronin. Ruth graduated from Barre High School and married John Varnot, who was her next-door neighbor.
Ruth, John and their family lived in Barre, Leominster and East Longmeadow. They vacationed in East Falmouth for over forty years. She loved the Cape and moved there after her retirement from Package Machinery Company in East Longmeadow, where she worked in quality control. She had previously worked at Doeskin Paper Company in Wheelwright, MA.
She leaves her daughter, Barbara, of East Falmouth and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Sarrington and Gertrude Connor, and her brother John Cronin.
Ruth was a Girl Scout leader, and she was also active in the band parents organization when Barbara was in high school. She and her husband were mentors to the neighborhood children and to Barbara’s friends, always taking them in the back of the station wagon to high school basketball games. Ruth was an animal lover and volunteered for People for Cats in Falmouth for fifteen years. She was also an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan.
Many thanks go to the staff of the Royal Nursing Center for their excellent care over the years and to Fidelis Hospice for making her last days more comfortable.
A visitation will be held from 11am to 12pm on Saturday, April 14, followed by a funeral home service, at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth, MA.
Donations in her memory may be made to People for Cats, PO Box 422, West Falmouth MA 02574.