Debra Varin

Debra L. "Debbie" Varin

Friday, April 18th, 1958 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Chazy Lake - Debbie Varin, 62, loving wife, incredible mother (soon-to-be grandmother), and treasured friend made her journey to heaven June 6, 2020 surrounded by her close family and friends, just like she wanted. She was and forever will be our Wonder Woman.

Debbie was born in Plattsburgh on April 18, 1958, daughter of Clarence E. and Ruth V. (O’Connell) Duquette Sr. Debbie was a graduate of Saranac Central School and Hudson Valley Community College for dental hygiene. She practiced 40 years of dental hygiene for the offices of Dr. DeSnyder, Dr. Michaud, Dr. Mintz and Dr. Davison. Debbie touched the lives of all her patients and coworkers with her genuine personality and silly tool nicknames like, “Mr. Thirsty.”

Debbie was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. She grew up in St. James parish and then St. Bernard’s parish after marriage. She volunteered for many different projects in the school for her children and in her community. She supported the North Country Honor Flight to honor her dad, a WWII veteran, and made a memorable trip with him to Washington D.C.

Debbie enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved camping, especially at Fish Creek with her family. She spent every summer at Fish Creek for 61 years, it was her sanctuary. At Fish Creek, she enjoyed reading in her hammock and taking sunset cruises around the ponds. Other passions include, gardening, astronomy, shopping (she loved Christmas shopping with her besties), scary movies, decorating (she made everything Pinterest Perfect), traveling, snowmobiling, ice cream (Donnelly’s was her favorite), photography (she documented life beautifully) and creating a moment for family dinners. Whenever time permitted, Debbie and Joey would go on Sunday drives. They would take roads they never took before and always found a perfect spot to stop for dinner. She made spectacular cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. She was our cake boss. Debbie loved to stay in touch with her family and friends’ lives through Facebook. She made sure to comment and like everyone’s posts to share her love. It would be normal to have 250 notifications from Debbie Varin. The effort she put in to make people feel loved is inspiring.

Debbie is survived by her husband, two daughters, two siblings, a sister and brother, in-laws, nieces, nephews, godchildren, numerous cousins and many friends. She was married to her beloved husband of 39 years, Joey Varin of Chazy Lake. They were married at St. James Church in Cadyville. Her daughters, Alyssa King and her husband, Mark, and Brittany Varin and her dearest, Adam Mars. Her siblings: Diana Duquette and Clarence “Butch” Duquette and his wife, Andrea Duquette. Her father and mother-in-law, Joe and Carolyn Varin, her brother-in-law, Kenny Varin and wife, Margaret. Her nieces: Marcy Amell and husband Jason Purdy, Stephanie Varin, Taylor Duquette and great-niece, Brooklyn Varin. Her nephews: Kenny Varin and great-nephew, Mason Varin. Her godchildren: Marcy Amell, Stephanie Varin, Jamie Gilmore and Maxwell Anderson. A special cousin, Susan Laware and her wonderfully close friends Mary Paul, Debbie Thornton and Christen Cardina. Debbie also has a granddaughter on the way, whom she named affectionately, “Clare Ruth.” She was so excited to be a grandmother.

Debbie was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Ruth Duquette, her sister, Cathy Duquette and her canine companion Coco.

Calling hours and a funeral Mass will be held in the future when allowed and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to Hospice of the North Country, the North Country Cancer Fund, or a Memorial Mass at St. Bernard’s Church in Debbie’s name. Debbie had magnificent faith, she took great comfort in Our Lady, especially Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette. A candle may also be lit in her memory at The Grotto of Lourdes by using this link:

Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh. Online condolences may be offered at
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Kim Tetreault

Posted at 02:07pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Deborah Defayette

Posted at 06:43pm
Joey, Dan wanted to know he is so very sorry for your loss. Please know our prayers are with you ❤️

Lloyd Roberts

Posted at 01:20pm
So sorry Joey An Family🙏❤


Posted at 11:01am
As a close friend of Debbie’s daughter, Brittany, I always felt very close to her. She welcomed me into her home with love and warmth, and I will always remember her kindness. Sending all my love to Debbie’s family during this difficult time. We miss you, Debbie.


Posted at 09:08am
You couldn’t ask for a better coworker. She was so caring and positive. Deb was beautiful both outside and inside. She is going to be missed. May everyone’s great memories serve as a bit of comfort. Know Deb is flying high. ❤️

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