Jean Penney
B: 1946-04-22
D: 2019-07-31
View Details
Penney, Jean
Richard Ellis
B: 1942-03-14
D: 2019-07-24
View Details
Ellis, Richard
Shirley Alley
B: 1944-12-29
D: 2019-07-09
View Details
Alley, Shirley
Winnifred Anderson
B: 1930-10-16
D: 2019-07-08
View Details
Anderson, Winnifred
Carolyn Scripture
B: 1946-04-17
D: 2019-07-06
View Details
Scripture, Carolyn
Angus Brasslett
B: 1947-10-15
D: 2019-07-02
View Details
Brasslett, Angus
Bernice Turcotte
B: 1937-08-20
D: 2019-06-12
View Details
Turcotte, Bernice
Michael Martin
B: 1954-02-07
D: 2019-06-11
View Details
Martin, Michael
James Bair
B: 1934-10-13
D: 2019-06-09
View Details
Bair, James
Jean Sturtevant
B: 1939-01-11
D: 2019-05-22
View Details
Sturtevant, Jean
Ellen Mallar
B: 1944-07-04
D: 2019-05-21
View Details
Mallar, Ellen
Daniel Clark
B: 1979-03-28
D: 2019-05-03
View Details
Clark, Daniel
Krista Lizak
B: 1971-04-20
D: 2019-04-30
View Details
Lizak, Krista
Kevin Cuddy
B: 1944-04-25
D: 2019-04-23
View Details
Cuddy, Kevin
James Kernan
B: 1962-09-03
D: 2019-04-18
View Details
Kernan, James
LeRoy Dubay
B: 1945-05-18
D: 2019-04-01
View Details
Dubay, LeRoy
James Paschal
D: 2019-03-28
View Details
Paschal, James
Clair Hesseltine
B: 1936-08-20
D: 2019-03-27
View Details
Hesseltine, Clair
Edward Hobbs
B: 1935-12-08
D: 2019-03-13
View Details
Hobbs, Edward
Robert Sibley
B: 1926-10-23
D: 2019-03-10
View Details
Sibley, Robert
Russell Smith
B: 1938-08-02
D: 2019-03-05
View Details
Smith, Russell


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
205 Center St.
Bangor, ME
Phone: (207) 945-4788
Sheila Varnum

Sheila Varnum

Saturday, May 11th, 1940 - Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Sheila Varnum, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of Sheila Varnum with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


HOLDEN - Sheila G. Varnum, 78, died December 19, 2018 at home in Holden, after a five year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born May 11, 1940 in Oswesrty, Shropshire, England, the daughter of Grace W. Beddow. At the age of six, she, her mother and two year old brother, Gailen, came to America, settling in Blue Hill.
After a period of hard times, her mother met and married Lester Pettengill. Sheila and Gailen became a part of a blended Pettengill family to which a brother, Rodney, was born to that marriage.
Sheila was educated in the Blue Hill system and graduated from George Stevens Academy. She also completed a course of study at the Golden School of Beauty Culture in Portland.
She married Donald Varnum, July 5, 1959. They had two children, Randall and Lori. She was a "stay at home mother" with their children until they were school age. Then she was hired as a cook at Holden School, becoming the cook manager. She was known for baking mouth-watering yeast bread and delicious meals for the children and staff, retiring with 26 years of service.
She was well known as "the pie lady", making pies for anyone whom she thought needed an unsolicited gift. She made prize winning pies for the Blue Hill Fair and the local churches. She always made a pie for desert when she and Don had friends for dinner.
She became a naturalized citizen May 10, 1965. She was thrilled to be able to vote and never missed an opportunity to do so. She had an amazing ability to recall names of people, places, and events that happened, even years ago relating to her early years in England. Rarely did she miss sending a birthday, anniversary or get well card to a friend.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter, Lori Parenteau, her husband, Richard; grandchildren, Amanda and Alexander; daughter-in-law, Lauri; granddaughter, Victoria, her husband Dan Lerback; great-grandaughter, Ankia; brother-in-law, Royce and his wife, Margery, and son, Cody, his wife, Melissa; brother, Rodney Pettengill, his wife Rania, son, Aaron, and his wife, Jenny; members of her blended family, Betty Dill and Joan Pettengill; aunts, Gwen Suckley, Phyll Beddow; many cousins and their families in England, many friends including, Drucy, Elaine, Sally, Olive, Virginia, and a long list of others whose lives she has touched.
She was predeceased by her mother; son, Randall; step-father, Lester; brother, Gailen; members of her blended family and many relatives in England.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the Community Health Care and Counseling Service Hospice (CHCS) for the wonderful care that Sheila was given under trying circumstances. They tended to both her medical and spiritual needs along with those of the family. They were a blessing.
Graveside services will be conducted at Rural Cemetery in Sedgwick, ME on May 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM with a reception to follow at the South Blue Hill Town Hall.
Those who wish to remember Sheila in a special way may make gifts in her memory to CHCS HOSPICE, 42 Cedar Street, PO Box 425, Bangor, ME 04402-0425. Or to the Salvation Army, 65 South Park Street, PO Box 1101, Bangor ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Read Less

To send flowers in memory of Sheila Varnum, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
No funeral details available.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Sheila here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence

Photos & Videos

Photo Album