In Memory of

Eleanor May Varce

March 11, 1918 - January 14, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA
Eleanor was born on March 11, 1918 on the farm near Oshkosh, Nebraska, the daughter of Harry H. and Ida L. (Rhodes) Ernest. She graduated from high school in Bethune, Colorado in 1935. She attended the State Teacher’s College at Kearney, Nebraska for a quarter, then after four years of studies at Nampa, Idaho, she graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1944 with a BA degree in Business Administration and Education. Then she taught four years in the same college in the Business Department while doing graduate work in the summers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and teaching there at the University for two summers.
On October 8, 1948 Eleanor was united in marriage to Rev. Paul H. Varce at the Church of the Nazarene at Burlington, Colorado. They pastored at Collins, Cedar Falls, Farmington, and Iowa Falls, Iowa, then at Viborg, South Dakota, and Sterling, Kansas. They moved to Waverly, Iowa in 1969 and to Cherokee is 2006.
Eleanor taught sixteen more years in towns where her husband was usually pastoring. She took more college work after she married to add another teaching field of Home Ec. She was converted at the age of 10 in the Calvary Church of the Nazarene 14 miles south of Bethune, Colorado. She was a member of the North Cedar Church of the Nazarene at the time of her death. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes, calling with her husband, playing the piano, organ, or marimba for the church services, and working in Vacation Bible School. Eleanor was a very devoted wife, mother, and friend. Her deepest desire was to live in the center of God’s will, bring her children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and be a blessing and encouragement to others.
She spent many hours sewing commercially and for her family. She liked gardening and always did lots of canning. Researching her family’s genealogy and reading widely were favorite past- times. In the last many years she read her Bible through every year, and continued sewing. She made 100 dresses for the girls of Haiti at the age of 99.
Family left to cherish her memory include daughter, Carol and sons Jonathan and Justin of Colorado; son, Dwight (Bonnie) of Cherokee, IA and their son Quinton of Colorado and Brett (Elly) with great-granddaughter, Layla of Creston, IA; step-granddaughter, Jennifer (Scott) Gardner with children Seth and Leah of Urbandale, IA; step-grandson, Paul (Coree) Stewart and daughters, Shelby and Caitlyn of Colorado; one brother, Dr. Leland (Jane) Ernest of Texas; sister-in-law, Jessie Ernest of Colorado; and many dear nieces and nephews, along with a host of relatives and friends.
Welcoming her to Heaven are her parents; husband, Rev. Paul Varce; twin brother, Rev. Elvin Ernest; brother, Rev. Stanford Ernest, and brother Paul Ernest; infant sister, Lydia; and sister-in-law, Liberty Ernest.




Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the North Cedar Church of the Nazarene in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Rev. John J. Barker
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2019, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Visitation will resume on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the North Cedar Church of the Nazarene in Cedar Falls, IA.
Dumont Cemetery
Dumont, Iowa


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:47 PM
“Sorry to hear of Eleanor’s passing I always enjoyed seeing her at my office or at her home she was quite a gal and how lucky u were to have her so long ! Blessings to you folks. Peg Hinkhouse”
- Peggy Hinkhouse
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:47 PM
“You have our sympathy. Losing a mother is tough. Just lost mine in September. ”
- Dale Bartel
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:19 PM
“We are sorry to hear of your mothers passing
She lived a wonderful life.”
- Keith & Michele Mohr
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:19 PM
“Dear Aunt Eleanor, what great memories we shared! You always were kind to me as even as a young child I knew you loved me! I am so proud of you for staying involved with sewing and supporting others with your kind spirit. You never quit believing in the goodness of God and the heart of Jesus. I will miss you. ”
- Maxine Langbauer (née Ernest)
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:19 PM
“Dwight, I always enjoyed your mom. What a long and fruitful life she lived. Reading about her brought back so many memories of when we were Young people. Praying for your family at this time. God bless you all.”
- Karen Steely Fleming
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 9:46 AM
“Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Dwight. You were so good to her. How wonderful she lived for 100+ years.”
- Chuck and Julie Tolzin
Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:21 AM
“What a beautiful lady she was. I always enjoyed visiting with her when her son would bring her to the Pizza Ranch in Marcus because she loved her chicken wings. She was always such a pleasure to visit with.”
- Patsy Day
Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:21 AM
“So sorry to hear about Eleanor. She's such a loving, caring lady. We always enjoyed visiting with her at church. May your memories help comfort you at this difficult time. You're in our thoughts & prayers. ”
- Kevin & Twyla Schmillen
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