Rose Harrington

Rose Agnes Harrington (Varmette)

Monday, June 27th, 1927 - Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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Rose Agnes (Varmette) Harrington, 92, died peacefully at her home in Fort Edward on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Rose was born in Ticonderoga on June 27, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Sarah (Hingston) Varmette. She graduated in 1945 from Ticonderoga High School, then worked for Western Union. In 1950, she married Daniel Harrington. Dan and “Aggie” moved to Fort Edward and then to Hudson Falls, where they started to raise their family of five children. Dan Harrington passed away in 1960 and Rose raised her five children alone.

After Dan’s death, Rose met Frank Dorvee, her partner of more than 30 years. Rose worked as the bookkeeper for Bigelow’s Oil Service, the company she and Frank ran for many years. For many years she was a communicant of the St. Mary’s/ St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls.

Rose enjoyed traveling with her family and writing letters to other family members to keep everyone up to date. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Rose was predeceased by her husband, Daniel Harrington; her longtime companion, Franklin Dorvee; her four brothers, Leonard, Harold, Edward and Richard Varmette.

Left to cherish her memory include her children, Sara Clarkson and her husband, Phil of Wolfeboro, NH, Danna Viscanti (Dennis) of Latham, Luanne Rude of San Diego, CA, Peggy Cook and her husband, Bill of Fort Edward, Charlie Harrington of Fort Edward; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

At Rose’s request there will be no calling hours.

A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 11am on Friday, February 28, 2020, at The Church of St. Mary’s/ St. Paul’s Church, On The Park in Hudson Falls with Rev. Robert Powhida officiating.

The Rite of Committal will be in the spring at Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rose’s memory can be made to S.P.C.A. of Upstate New York, 588 Queensbury Ave, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Mary's/St. Paul's Church on the Park
    Hudson Falls, NY 12839
    Rev. Robert Powhida
  • Interment

    Union Cemetery
    8 Schuyler Street
    HUDSON FALLS, NY 12839
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    Rite of Committal will take place in the spring.


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Posted at 09:17am
I send condolences to the family so sorry for the loss of your mother Peggy. Diane laubinger

Fred Provoncha

Posted at 09:37am
Hello, a friend just told me he had received a postcard for Rose at his home in Ticonderoga, that was mailed in 1941..

Sara Clarkson Posted at 05:23pm

Interesting. Mom grew up on Lord Howe Street in Ti. We still have Varmette relatives in Ti and Mom stayed in touch with Ti family members and old friends until her last day.

Sara Clarkson Posted at 02:05pm

Very weird coincidence. My cousin John Varmette will try to get the postcard for us. Are you the Mr. Provencha who wrote the history book about Ti? My Mom's picture is in there with the Ti High Class of 1945.

Cassandra Waterman

Posted at 02:56pm
So very sad to hear of your mother’s passing. Rose was a very kind and caring person who had a lovely sense of humor. She always made an effort to keep in touch with members of my family via letters. My parents (Hollis and Irene) always looked forward to hearing from Rose. No matter how old we are it is never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cassandra (Sassy) Dorvee Waterman

Sara Clarkson Posted at 03:01pm

Thank you, Cassandra. Every comment whether in person, by letter, or on this site seems to say the same thing: that Mom shared everyone's news with everyone else. It's pretty funny. We appreciate your thoughtful comment.

Pamela Duggan

Posted at 01:42pm
Thoughts and prayers to all of you. We always looked forward to finding one of her letters in the mail! She left everyone a little better for having known her. Love Mike and Pam

Sara Clarkson Posted at 03:04pm

Thanks, Pam. Mom had pneumonia this winter but we all thought she was getting better. In the end, it was a heart attack that took her. Hope she channels some of her strength down to us! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Judy Sidusky

Posted at 12:16pm
Extending our deepest sympathy to the family. Rose and Frank knew the Sidusky family of Hudson Falls many years ago and as the years went by, we continued to exchange Christmas cards. From that, Rose and I started writing letters and sending cards for other holidays. She always talked about family in each of her letters, among other things. I had just recently received a letter from her, but had not gotten around to answering that one. My mother in law used to talk about Rose over the years and I only wish that I had gotten them together for a visit. Hold on to all the wonderful memories of your Mom. I cherish the memories of my Mom and my mother in law too. Thinking of you all. Judy and Jim Sidusky

Sara Clarkson Posted at 03:06pm

So many people have said they received letters from Mom after she passed. My sister says the Post Office will go broke without Mom buying all those postage stamps. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments. We all appreciate that

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