Memorial service for Randi Varney, 66, longtime owner of Brookhaven restaurant


Family, friends and beloved customers of Varney’s Restaurant owner Randi Varney will gather today, March 26, in Patchogue for a memorial service in her honor.

Varney died on Wednesday, March 20, of cancer at Long Island Community Hospital. She was 66.

Robertaccio Funeral Home, located at 85 Medford Ave., will host the memorial service from 4-8 p.m.

A lifelong resident of Brookhaven, Varney had worked for several years at the old Union Savings Bank in Patchogue, before she and her husband Will opened Varney’s Restaurant, inside a quaint, stand-alone building at 2109 Montauk Highway, more than four decades ago.

As the restaurant quickly became a local favorite, diners admired Randi Varney for her kindness, wisdom and strength.

“My mother in law … introduced me to Randi many years ago at the restaurant on one of our many, many lunch dates,” Brookhaven resident JoAnn Stephani said on Facebook. “She was beautiful, inside and out, and a warrior.”

“She was always such a loving presence at Varney’s!!” an Instagram user commented on a post this week announcing the memorial service for Varney.

Varney was the third oldest of six siblings. As a youth, she cared for and rode her family’s horses. She attended Kenne State College for architecture and later designed the house where she raised her family and where Will Varney still calls home.

Varney loved art and photography, was an avid gardener and made quilts for her three children and three grandchildren, according to her obituary. She enjoyed making “ugly” apple pie, hosting family gatherings, and going on beach trips to Davis Park in the summer.

Varney’s Restaurant in Brookhaven (Credit: Nicholas Esposito)

In addition to her husband of 42 years, Will, she is survived by three children, Danny, Jay, and Andrew; three grandchildren, Mason, Hunter, and Hazel; and five siblings, Ernie Wruck, Scott Wruck, Joey Wruck, Jimmy Wruck, and Bonnie Wruck Fishman.

In lieu of flowers, her obituary reports, donations in memory of Randi Varney may be made to the Post-Morrow Foundation.

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