Varnell, Kallie Anne a long time resident of Torrance, CA passed away on July 31, 2009 in Victoria, Canada while doing what she loved, taking an ocean cruise with her family. Kallie was born on December 29, 1948, a snowy day in Los Angeles, CA. Kallie has worked, for the last 22 years, at Riviera Elementary School in the Torrance Unified School District. As the school secretary, she loved the many interactions of the day, whether with a parent or a student, and always making each child feel they were just as important as an adult. Her time away from school was spent with her loving family, whom she was always there for when they needed. Kallie and her husband, Ron, have enjoyed cruising the high seas for many years, as well as, travelling to Las Vegas to play her favorite slot machines at the Riviera Casino. When she was not adventuring out of the South Bay you would find her watching and cheering her two sons as they coached basketball or educating the fans at a volleyball game her brother was coaching. Kallie has touched so many people young and old wherever she went, she will be truly missed and always loved. Kallie is survived by her husband, Ron Varnell of Torrance, CA; son, Bob and Linda Varnell of Lomita, CA; son, Tim Varnell of Torrance, CA; brother, Steve Stratos of Palos Verdes, CA; brother, Stan and Flora Stratos of Pasadena, CA; and 2 grandchildren, Lucas and Layla. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anne Stratos. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday, August 7, 2009 from 4:00-8:00 pm. The Trisagion Service will begin at 6:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please use this mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. To Mr Varnell and Family, I offer my most sincere condolences in the loss of a beloved wife and mother. She was a unique individual with a beautiful heart, always very warm and pleasant. Kallie will be truly missed. May you find comfort in knowing that she is resting. May God grant you peace and console your greiving hearts…. with heartfelt sympathy, Rebecca Carino

  2. I am the secretary at Carr Elementary School and have known Kallie for about 20 years. She always had a smile. We would talk on the phone and share funny stories and joke around. I was so shocked to hear of her passing and am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time….. Cindy Wells Carr Elementary School Secretary

  3. Kallie, you will missed by so many – family, friends, students. You always went out of your way to make everyone smile and it was a pleasure knowing you over the past 14 years. You wonderful spirit will live on forever. Thoughts and prayers are with you forever.

  4. Dearest Ron and Tim… You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you beautiful memories to carry you though the saddest of times… Much love – Anna and Kelly.

  5. To The Varnell Family, Please accept our condolences at the loss of beautiful Kallie. She was a light in our lives, and we will miss her terribly. She always knew how to put a smile on our faces. Riviera will not be the same without her there. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mark, Lisa, Trajan, and Macey Miller

  6. Kallie will truly be missed at Riviera Elementary School. She always greeted me with a smile on her face. May God be with you Kallie.

  7. Ron and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have known Kallie since Hickory School. She always was an inspiration to the kids. Sincerely, Ron & Linda

  8. Dear Varnell and Stratos familes, What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose for all that we love deeply become a part of us. (Helen Keller) May the memories you hold in your heart always sustain you and bring you comfort. I loved substituting at Riviera because Kallie brought so much sunshine to the office. It was a pleasure to get to speak with her about her latest project or last game. She will be missed more then you can ever imagine. Fondly, Diane Serradell, Retired TUSD Principal and Kallie’s friend

  9. Ron & Tim: Kallie will truly be missed. She always put a smile on my face and made my days brighter. I enjoyed working with her and enjoyed her friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless.

  10. To the Varnell family: I’ve known and loved Kallie since my early days as school secretary at Madrona Middle School where I also remember Tim as a student there. She has always been the most supportive, helpful, and caring person to everyone – a very rare and special lady we will always remember. My deepest sympathies. Janet Colmerauer Administrative Assistant, Retired Torrance Unified School District

  11. Dear Ron, Bob, and Tim, I’m not sure if you will remember us, but we lived on Elm St. in the 80’s and our boys played together, Pat, Roger, Geoff, and Kevin Maddaford. I am so sorry to hear about Kallie. What a loss for everyone. I remember making crafts together, watching each other’s boys, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. But I remember most, the day my mom had a heart attack, and that day and thirteen more to come, Kallie helped take care of our sons so I could stay at the hospital. Kallie was always willing to help without asking for anything in return. She was a special lady. With heavy hearts we send our love and prayers. Pat, Roger, Geoff, and Kevin Maddaford

  12. I first met Kallie when I was working at Coast Christian and we exchanged phone calls over student-transfer records,in the early ’90s. Then, some years later, I became a parent at HER school, Riviera! Over the years we shared some great laughs about students, schools and all the rest of it. Kallie made the entire Riviera family HER family. Whatever was needed, from: paging for an errant child out on the playground too long after school; to comforting a parent experiencing one of life’s challenges; … Kallie was always there. Her passing has created an empty spot in my life already. I can’t … and really don’t want to … imagine her desk without her. As with many who sign this guestbook, our loss has not yet taken hold. She lived an authentic life that will have a lasting impression on so very many families. My heart-felt sympathies are extended to her Stratos and Varnell families and especially also to Cathy, who was like a sister to Kallie. In closing, “Hi Kallie, this is Mrs. Thomas, mother of Jefferson, room 28 … ‘tell us, what ARE we going to do without you?'”

  13. To The Varnell Family, Please accept our sincere condolences at the loss of kind Kallie. She had been very helpful for Riviera Japanese parents and students with her friendly smile, and she will be missed very much. Her memories always stay with us. With our deepest sympathies, Riviera Japanese Parents’ Association Yukiko Nishimori Sumiyo Takahashi

  14. Kallie, you will always be OUR Honored Queen! Diane Durian Lindall former member Bethel 36 IOJD

  15. Dear Varnell family: I was sad to read about Kallie’s death. Its almost time to return to a new school year and looking forward to seeing her smiling face. I met kallie four years a ago since she is the school secretary and also my contact when setting up picture day. Come to find out we have Charlie Azzam in common. friend of my son. she always had a story to tell. I truly will miss her friendship and professionalism my heart aches knowing she’s gone. You truly were blessed. sincerely Val

  16. Dear Ron & family, My most sincere condolences to all of you for the loss of your wife,mother,grandmother, and friend Kallie. It was my pleasure to have known and shared time with Kallie at Hickory and Madrona while woking together on the PTA. She was always warm and friendly, helpful and always had a welcoming smile. Her gentle caring ways will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God help you through this difficult time. Always remember the good times- they do sustain us. Fondly, Dolly

  17. Mr Varnell – my thoughts and prayers were with you, as you made the difficult journey from Victoria, BC to your home in California. Like your wife, I too am part of IOJD (Bethel #1 in Calgary Canada). Please take care.

  18. I wish I could have got to know her more, she is such a great woman. I am glad that I got to know her for the short time that I did.

  19. Kallie Will Truely Be Missed. My Sincere Condolences Go Out To All Her Family And Friends. Sincerely, Darla.

  20. Again I leave a message. I was thinking of this beautiful person. I crowned Kallie Honored Queen of Bethel #36. She will be missed.

  21. Kallie was the first person to befriend me when my family moved to Los Angeles in 1960. We didn’t stay in contact long, but I have fond memories of her and her parents. Rest in peace, Kallie. My deepest condolences to her family.

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