William E. Vardzel 1937-2018
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — William E. “Bill” Vardzel, formerly of Warren and Cortland, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev., following a period of declining health.
Bill was born July 13, 1937, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of Paul and Anna Pasternak Vardzel, and lived in the mining community of Chartiers as a young child. His family moved to Warren in 1944 after a catastrophic fire closed one of the mines and a tornado ripped through Chartiers, leveling much of the town, events that occurred in rapid succession in June of that year.
Bill remained a resident of Trumbull County until February 2013, when he moved to Las Vegas to be near his family.
He graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1955. He was a U.S. Army veteran, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He went on to work for Republic Steel and later for the Brainard Strapping Division of Sharon Steel, from which he retired after nearly 30 years.
Bill married the former Julietta “Judy” Bates on July 9, 1961. A good and dutiful son-in-law, he relocated to Brookfield with his family in 1968 in order to care for Judy’s elderly father and his farm.
Bill’s life was one of hard work and simple pleasures. He was a true homebody, happiest spending time with his family. He was often outdoors, tending to the landscaping, which he maintained meticulously. He was an accomplished bowler and belonged to multiple leagues through the years. Bill was an early aficionado of NASCAR racing and enjoyed attending races with his wife and friends at various venues throughout the country. In his later years, he enjoyed regular card games with his friends and delighted in playing with granddogs Lark and Lexi.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas Bill was a devoted parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren and a long-standing member of the Slovak Club.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Cindy Vardzel, and her husband, Alan Tomsic, of Las Vegas.
Besides his parents, both of whom died before his 18th birthday, Bill was predeceased by his wife, Judy, on Aug. 3, 2012, and by his sister, Irene Fabijance, on Jan. 4, 1999.
Inurnment will take place at Brookfield Township Cemetery, where a private graveside service will be held at a later date.