Vanessa Collins Varrese, "Toni", died peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2019 while a resident at the Landings at Collegeville. She was 77 years old.
Born in Abington, PA, Toni was the daughter of the late Orville and Marion "Mitz" (nee Hill) Jenkins.
Toni was a 1959 graduate of Ambler High School where she was a cheerleader co-captain and voted "Best Dressed". She was employed by IMS in Ambler doing medical coding during the 70's and 80's.
Toni loved gardening and was a member of the Maple Glen Garden Club. She attended and participated in the Philadelphia Flower Show many times throughout the years. She also liked to make crafts and attend craft shows. Toni enjoyed playing tennis, drawing, writing and playing Canasta. She owned horses and loved to ride. Toni and her husband Francis enjoyed traveling together, especially when it was to the Jersey Shore for time with family and friends. She loved to entertain and have a house full of company.
Toni was married to the love of her life, Francis R. Varrese for 56 years prior to his death in 2017. She is the beloved mother of Vanessa Jordan and her husband Tedd of Glassboro, NJ; Randy Varrese of Blue Bell; and Kristine "Krissy" Degenshein and her husband Jeff of Green Lane. She was the loving grandmother of Ashley DePierro, Tori Varrese, Ben Jordan, Brendan Jordan , Robbie Maier and Devin Patrick and was anxiously awaiting the birth of three great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday July 12, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00AM at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home, 1111 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 officiated by Toni's son in law, Tedd Jordan. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Ambler.
Tributes and photos may be shared at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com
"Toni truly was a person who lived life to the fullest and spread her inner joy to everyone in her company. She leaves an indelible mark on everyone who had the fortune to call her friend. I have to believe the first words Toni heard when she passed over were, "Job well done.""