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Katherine Virginia LaVarnway

May 11, 1954 — February 29, 2024

Bellona - Katherine Virginia LaVarnway, 69 of Bellona, New York passed away on Thursday, (February 29, 2024) at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility where she had been residing.

Kathie was born May 11, 1954 in Los Angeles, California a daughter of the late Gerald and Mona (Casey) Johnson Sr.

Kathie enjoyed several years living in different areas of the country before landing in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was there where Kathie met the love of her life, Mark. Kathie and Mark eventually relocated to Bellona where they made a home, and she became a staple of her community working for 30 years as a server at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Geneva.

Kathie, or as she was affectionately known to her youngest grandchildren as “Grandma Honeybuns” was loved by her family and many friends. Becoming a mother and a grandmother were two of her greatest accomplishments. Her loyalty, generosity and spunky personality will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

Katherine is survived by her husband of 36 years, Mark P. LaVarnway of Geneseo; son, Daniel (Jessica) LaVarnway of Perry; grandchildren, Evan and Leah LaVarnway, and Gavin Johnson; brothers, Robert (Cyril) Johnson of Arizona, Gerald (Renee) Johnson, Jr. of Alabama; sisters, Patricia Gonzalez of California, and Lisa Johnson of Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Wink; and a son, Jacob Johnson.

There will be no visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at SS. Joachim & Anne Parish in Attica at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery in West Palm Beach Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wyoming County SPCA.

Arrangements for Katherine were entrusted to the care of Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street in Attica. To leave a message of condolence please visit
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