Sylvia Iani Varr, 96, of Vero Beach passed away Sunday, May 21, 2023.
She was born in New York City on October 27, 1926 to George Tegu-Iani and Roza (née) Nusi. She attended New York University earning a Masters, and later taught classes in business education. She was married to Harold Varvaris Varr for 57 years, raising three children in Queens and then Manhasset Hills, NY and later in Gladwyne, PA. Harold and Sylvia were introduced to Vero Beach, FL by longtime friends. Sylvia loved her Vero Beach friends and community for more than 30 years.
Sylvia’s passion since childhood was art, with her paintings ranging from landscapes and still life to portraits. In fact, she loved painting her family — her parents, husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She looked forward to her art classes at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. In more recent years, she developed an interest in painting in a more modern art and abstract style.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold and her parents.
Sylvia loved spending time and being visited by her family. She is survived by her three children; Donna, Richard and Janice; her grandchildren Kristen, Alan and Evan, and her great grandchildren, Tatum, Grayson and Caden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to contribute memorial contributions in Sylvia’s name be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Friends that wish to share a fond memory of Sylvia, or leave condolences for her family may sign an online guestbook at www.millenniumcremationservice.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Millennium Cremation Service of Vero Beach.
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May 28, 2023, 9:10 pm
I am so sorry to hear about Sylvia’s passing. She was a very nice and funny lady. I missed seeing her in the studios in recent years because she always brightened my day.
May 28, 2023, 10:08 pm
I extend my deepest condolence to Donna, Richard , Janice and your families at the passing of your Mom, Grandma and Great-grandma. My friend Sylvia and I enjoyed many happy hours socializing, shopping, going to the movies and eating out especially when we lived in the same building. Lately our socializing was mainly through long telephone calls. I will remember her fondly and she will be missed. Sincerely, Eleanor Ulich
Evelyn L Haught
May 28, 2023, 11:53 pm
Sylvia was my very, very dear friend. Our friendship began in a museum studio painting class and grew into a delightful enjoyment of shared values, stories about our respective families, changing times and mores, good food (especially her much-loved baklava), and so many other things. I hated when Covid caused us to curtail visits and lunches for very long periods, but we enjoyed delightful phone conversations. I was a former English professor and had taught many writing classes. What a pleasure it always was to receive one of her beautifully written notes or even emails. She used perfect grammar and charming phrasing, both lost skills. Her sense of humor was special. She could send our entire painting group into howls of laughter. She was the personification of elegance, femininity, kindness, and generosity. Of course, she was a very talented artist who encouraged me to try new things. She gifted me with a set of pastels, which I had never tried, and I discovered my favorite artistic medium. Whenever I do a new pastel, I will feel Sylvia’s gentle presence. I loved her and am so grateful for this late-in-life very cherished friendship. I’m truly missing you, dear lady.