Wood Funeral Home

16 Main St., Branchville, NJ


Arthur G. Pettenger Sr.

April 26, 1935July 19, 2020

Arthur G. Pettenger, Sr., 85, of Lafayette died Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Newton Medical Center. Arthur was born in Franklin to the late Arthur S. and Mary (Scarpona) Pettenger, he was a lifelong Sussex County resident. He was a self-employed construction worker for many years, then became a Construction Supervisor for Sphere Construction. After his career in construction, Arthur worked at Sussex Honda for 10 years prior to retirement. Arthur was a past member of the Masonic Samaritan Lodge and was on the Sparta Ambulance Squad from 1954 to 1957. He was also a Franklin Little League Football Coach and served on the Lafayette Township committee for several years. Arthur loved fishing, hunting, gardening and traveling. In addition to his parents, Arthur was also predeceased by his brother, Louis Pettenger; and his sisters, Patricia Vealy and Kathleen Pettenger. He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Claire M. (Sigler) Pettenger; his sons, Douglas A Pettenger and Arthur G. Pettenger, Jr. and fiancé, Debbie Pierce; his grandchildren, Kevin and Julia P. Pettenger; his siblings, Ronald P. Pettenger and wife, Linda, Eileen Williamson and husband, Bruce, and Nancy P. Doyle; and his sister-in-law, Dolores Pettenger. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St, Branchville. Cremation will follow and burial of cremains will take place in N. Hardyston Cemetery in Hardyston at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Wallkill Valley Football League, PO Box 603, Franklin, NJ 07416. Online condolences may be made at www.woodfuneralhome.net.


  • Arthur S. Pettenger, Father (deceased)
  • Mary (Scarpona) Pettenger, Mother (deceased)
  • Claire M. (Sigler) Pettenger, Wife
  • Douglas A. Pettenger, Son
  • Arthur G. Pettenger Jr. (Debbie Pierce), Son
  • Kevin Pettenger, Grandson
  • Julia P. Pettenger, Granddaughter
  • Ronald P. Pettenger (Linda), Brother
  • Eileen Williamson (Bruce), Sister
  • Nancy P. Doyle, Sister
  • Delores Pettenger, Sister-in-law
  • Louis Pettenger, Brother (deceased)
  • Patricia Vealy, Sister (deceased)
  • Kathleen Pettenger, Sister (deceased)

  • Walkill Valley Football League


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020


Arthur G. Pettenger Sr.

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Martha Strait

July 25, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Joseph Caruso

July 23, 2020

My deepest sympathies and condolences
go out to the Pettenger Family I am so sorry for your loss Uncle Art holds a special place in my heart and the memories will be cherished for ever. I'm going to miss you buddy you were the best of the best !!
Gob Bless you and May you rest in peace Uncle Art !!

Jane willis

July 22, 2020

It was quite a shock to hear that Art had passed away. I have many fond memories of both Art and Claire. Claire and I have been life long friends. Whenever I returned to New Jersey, Claire had invited me to stay at their home. We had shared many meals and conversations. I wish I could come back to visit the family. My deepest sympathies to Claire, Doug, Glenn, Julie, Kevin, Debbie and all the family. Love you all. Beth Willis

Marjorie Griffin Cohen

July 22, 2020

I am so very sorry I won't be able to be with the family at this sad time. Arthur and Claire were very important parts of my family before and especially after our father died. Arthur had helped my father (Harry Griffin) build the house in Ogdensburg where my sister Kathy and I grew up. I always loved his big laugh and good humour. We all remember Xmas days when Arthur, Claire, Doug & Glen would visit -- a special event. My very best wishes to all of you who were close. Arthur will be remembered as a very good man.

Midge (Margaret) Demarest Price

July 21, 2020

Words cannot express my sadness when I received the news from Claire Sunday morning about Art's passing. When I saw his name on the ID on my cell phone I thought he was calling to check up on my latest cancer treatment. He and Claire were so thoughtful in calling me often to see how I was doing. I'm going to miss Art when I make my trips to New Jersey. I enjoyed my visits with both of them. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Claire, as well as Doug, Glenn, Ron, Linda and Family. May God wrap His everlasting arms around you all and give you the strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. Thank you for so many memories over the years. My love, hugs and prayers, Midge (Margaret) Demarest Price