Donna M. (Way) Vargo

Born: Wed., May 9, 1951
Died: Sun., Aug. 9, 2020

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CROGHAN, NY ~ Donna M. Vargo, 69, of Belfort Rd., Croghan, died on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Born May 9, 1951, in Poughkeepsie, NY, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Louty) Way, she was a 1969 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, and over the years completed many on-line college courses, especially in Archeology and Osteoarcheology at the Archeological Institute in Sharon, CT.  She later performed further Osteoarcheology training at the Peabody Museum at Yale University in Connecticut.   Donna worked in the Administration Office at  the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and was also a Special Education teacher in the Wappingers Central School District.

She married John C. Vargo in 1976 in Modena, NY, a blessed union of over 44 years. Mr. Vargo passed away earlier this year on April 17th.

As was her husband, Donna was an Artisan, craft maker and business owner. Along with her husband, Jack, she owned and operated the Belfort General Store for many years, closing the store in 1997.  They then became the Beaver River Trading Company traveling throughout many parts of the Northeast, exhibiting and selling their artwork, porcupine quill work and basket-weaved items including backpacks.

Donna enjoyed hiking when younger and took pleasure in volunteering for activities while she was a member of the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are three children, Kelly Vargo,  of Wallkill, NY, John Vargo, of Lake Clear, NY, and Rebecca Vargo, of Schenectady, NY; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, two sisters and a brother, Jill Way-Dillabough, of Malone, NY, Maryanne Frechette, of Georgia, and John Way, of Delhi, NY, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Shawn, who died many years ago shortly after birth.

A private Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to either the COPD Foundation, or, American Lung association.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan.

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Jerry Knitis
   Posted Thu August 13, 2020
A great lady to deal with and to have met.

Jo-Ann Lyndaker
   Posted Thu August 13, 2020
I send my sincere sympathy to all who loved Donna; I pray for that Peace that is not easily understood to envelope you and stay close.
(I hope Donna's sister Maryanne sees this message; I think of her often & her days in Croghan.)


TJ Gage
   Posted Thu August 13, 2020
A fine craftsperson, many skills both in person and in spirit. Love, Teresa and Jean

   Posted Thu August 13, 2020
I have known Jack and Donna many years through French and Indian War Re-enactment at Ft. Fredrick, Ft.Niagara, The Joey Rendezvous and other places. I remember a Redezvous long ago when Donna mother/nursed me through a bout of the flu. I will always be greatful and remember her kindness. Donna and Jack and I always had a fun times together. I can't remember either of them having a cross word. I do now and will always miss both Jack and Donna. My life is richer for having known them. Send with Love, Ernie

Jenifer Scarisbrick
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
A great lady who will be supremely missed as an artisan and as a friend.

There is no death. Only a change of worlds...

Geri Darby
   Posted Wed August 19, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Donna's passing so soon after Jack's..They were both very dear to me and they will be missed. My heart and condolences go out to Becca and her family. May They both rest in peace.

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