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DeVarnne, Lester John


Lester John DeVarnne, 96, of Schenectady, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 3, 2017, surrounded by loving family.Born in Schenectady, he was the son of the late John and Sarah (Selmer) DeVarnne and was a lifelong area resident. A proud US Army Veteran, Lester served in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.Upon being Honorably Discharged from service, Lester returned home to Schenectady and began a long and rewarding career as a construction worker, of which over 39 years were spent with Weber Construction.Lester was an avid reader and photographer and was a self-taught Botanist. He loved to spend time hiking in The Adirondacks, especially with his family and beloved dogs. He was an accomplished Adirondack 46er, having summited all of the high peaks within one year, at the age of 72. Most recently, Lester could be found at Mike’s Hot dogs every morning with his good buddies.In addition to his parents, Lester was predeceased in 1983 by his loving wife, the late Clara Mae DeVarnne; his maternal grandparents with whom he shared a close relationship, Josef and Josefine Selmer; and siblings, Edward, Gertrude, Willard, Raymond and Irene.Survivors include his son, Lester S. (Jane) DeVarnne of Scotia; daus, Ann Marie (Roger) Salisbury of The Villages, FL and Susan (Gerald) Dalton of Schenectady; one sister, Winfred Yahn; four grandchildren, Renee` Ann DeVarnne, Scott (Jennifer) DeVarnne, Joshua (Laura) Salisbury and Taylor Thackeray. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Friday, December 8 at 1 p.m. at Light’s Funeral Home, 1428 State St., Schenectady. The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Colonie.In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Lester’s name to the Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins Rd., Lake George, NY 12845 or to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.To express condolences and for more information, please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.

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