Terriann (Toni) Herman Varsalona, 1945-2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
To Terriann "Toni" Varsalona, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Toni, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Toni really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
Toni was born on February 12, 1945 at St Vincent's Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were Norman and Dorothy Herman. Toni was raised in California. Even as a child, Toni had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. Always a good playmate, Toni was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Toni managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems.
Toni was raised with three siblings. She had one older sister Pat, an older brother Richard and one younger sister Sue. All of Toni's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Toni experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in tether ball and four square.
In her spare time she liked to collect story book dolls. Toni's memorable achievements included learning to sew and cook. Toni was a friendly person. She loved being with her friends and having a good time. It could be said that for Toni, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Toni's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.”
Toni attended Leuzinger High School in Hawthorne and graduated from Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton in 1962. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was homemaking class. Toni was also a cheerleader.
Toni reveled in her college years, where her imagination could run free. She was viewed by many of her classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Toni was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. She was a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others. But for Toni life was not a case of all play and no work. Toni relished the task of putting her imagination to work in class. She was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions.
She earned her Associate of Arts. Her favorite course was Computer Science. Toni loved to learn computer science and teaching computers. Toni never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Toni to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Toni delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Toni was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Toni utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them.
While growing up, some of her best friends were Sherry Kinchloe and Bill and Linda Carl. Later in life, she remained friends with Sherry Kinchloe and Linda Carl. Toni loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew
The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Toni very easy to approach.
On November 30, 1963 Toni exchanged wedding vows with Vincent Frank Varsalona at St. Mary's Church in Fullerton, California.
She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage. Perhaps the reason Toni related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children.
Toni was blessed with two children, Vincent Jr and Michelle Josephine. She was also blessed with three grandchildren, Jacob, James and Timothy.
Toni had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Toni's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Toni had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games. At work, as in life, Toni was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Toni liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems,
Toni was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Toni's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Toni as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was as a Computer Teacher and she Toni also worked in retail sales.
Palm Northwest Mortuary and Cemetery
Las Vegas, NV