Wood Funeral Home


Peter Vincent Varsalona

June 29, 1943January 8, 2021

Peter Vincent Varsalona, 77, of Branchville passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, at Newton Medical Center.

Peter was born in Jersey City and a longtime resident of Sussex County. He proudly served the United State Air Force during the Vietnam War. Peter worked as an Electrician at Yard’s Creek for JCP&L for many years.

Peter was a proud member of the American Legion for 49 years where he accomplished numerous achievements. He started at Post 86 in Newton, NJ in 1973, then transferred to Post 157 in Branchville, NJ in 1985. Some of his roles were Post Commander, County Commander, and Department of New Jersey Vice-Commander. Peter was also very active with New Jersey Boys State for more than 30 years.

On May 27, 1967 Peter married Joanne (Mautone) they spent 53 years together with their children and grandchildren. Peter’s memory will live on with his loving wife, Joanne; daughter, Debra Grifone (Varsalona) and her husband, Marty, with their children Derek and Meghan; son, Anthony and his wife, Megan, with their child Colin; daughter, Danielle and her partner, Thomas Mendal. He was preceded in death by his sister, Angel Siekers, and has two surviving sisters, Carol Corby and Johanna Scouras.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St, Branchville, with an American Legion Service at 2 pm. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Joanne (Mautone) Varsalona, Wife
  • Debra Grifone (Marty), Daughter
  • Anthony Varsalona (Megan), Son
  • Canielle Varsalona (Thomas Mendal), Daughter
  • Derek, Meghan & Colin, Grandchildren
  • Carol Corby, Sister
  • Johanna Scouras, Sister
  • Angel Siekers, Sister (deceased)


  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • American Legion Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Maureen Kaman

January 16, 2021

My most sincere condolences, Joanne. to you and your family. Maureen

Sandra Mendel

January 14, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time!! He will be missed!! So many Christmas eves spent together and so many picnics!! How he loved his ice cream!! So sorry for your loss!!

Christopher Ackerman

January 13, 2021

I mourn the loss of "Uncle Pete" Varsalona who was a prominent part of my later childhood in Sussex County, NJ. I first got to know "Uncle Pete" during a school trip to Washington, DC where I now live. Soon I got to know him and the Varsalona family through our school wrestling teams, building my family's house with Tony, and summer days and night swimming in the pool at the Varsalona house. Uncle Pete proudly served our country and inspired me to join and maintain my own membership to American Legion Post 157 in Branchville for the past 24 years.

Gabriella Cavagnaro (Stabile)

January 10, 2021

Dear Joanne, Debra, Anthony, and Danielle,

We are so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. We have many fond memories of times together with him and your family. May the memories you hold dear ease your sorrow.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy,
Kathy Stabile and family