Barbara Varaksa

Barbrara Varaksa, formerly Barbara Jane Fritzen, passed away Thanksgiving evening at the Allied Services Hospice Inpatient Unit.  She was the widow of Anthony Varaksa who passed away in 2008.

Born 1946 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Alice Fletcher Fritzen.  She was a graduate of  West Scranton High School and attended the University of Scranton, and was a lifelong and devoted member of  Berean Church, West Mountain section of Scranton.  Barbara retired from the Signature Building Systems Company and was recently employed as a bookkeeper at the Greater Pittston YMCA and Waverly Cabinets, Pittston.

Barbara loved all of her cats and took very good care of them all, especially Fluffy and Spookey.

Surviving are sisters Dorothy Davis and Cheryl Fritzen;  stepchildren Anthony, Joseph and Alex Varaksa, Lenore Corey and Toni Marie Myers;  an uncle Alfred “Fritz” Fletcher;  cousins;  a niece;  two nephews; great nieces and nephews.  

She was also preceded in death by a brother in law Ernest Davis.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Geisinger Community Medical Center Progressive Care Unit and the Allied Services Hospice Inpatient Unit for the excellent care given to Barbara.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11am in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St Scranton by Rev. James Buchanan.

Friends may call Monday from 10am until the time of the service.

Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorial contributions be made to Berean Church 2754 Jackson Street Scranton, PA 18504.


  1. Joe and Elaine Beck

    We were so sorry to read of Barbara’s passing. Sincere condolences to the whole family. Joe and Elaine Beck.

  2. Bob and Debbie Mecca

    Our sincere condolences to Cheryl and the entire Varaksa and Fritzen families. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Lizz Elliott and Family

    Miss Barb was one of the most incredible people my family has ever had the honor of knowing. She was selfless and courageous, fighting battles for not only herself, but for others who needed her sharp wit and kind heart. She took so many children under her wings and honestly made the world so much brighter with the things she taught and passed down to them. My time knowing her was not nearly as long as I would have liked, but I know my life was forever changed by the brief moment she was in it. From myself and my family we send our most heartfelt condolences, we truly had an angel among us and she will be missed.

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