Joseph R. Varano
1948 - 2021
C. J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc. - Kulpmont
1053 Chestnut Street
Kulpmont, PA 17834

HARTFORD, Ct. – Joseph R. Varano, 72, of 2 Park Place, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at his residence.

He was born at Shamokin State General Hospital, in Coal Township, July 13, 1948, a son of the late Joseph N. and Patricia (Mellowship) Varano.

Joseph was a 1966 graduate of Mount Carmel Area High School, a 1969 graduate of the Geisinger Medical Center School of X-ray Technology, a 1973 graduate of Alderson Broaddus College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in medical science, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Hartford, where he earned a Master of Science degree.

He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph's Church, in Connecticut, and the Church of the Holy Angels, in Kulpmont. He was also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a founding member of the Society of Physician Assistants in Pediatrics, a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, a fellow member and past president of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants, a delegate to the House of Delegates for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and an associate member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Connecticut Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Joseph is survived by his sister, Deborah Shearn and her husband, John, of Frackville; a brother, Kevin Varano and his companion, Joanne Hangen of Lancaster; two nephews, John Shearn and Tim Shearn; a niece, Rebekah Shearn; three great nieces, Jossi, Madi, and Morgan Shearn; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

VARANO - Joseph R. Varano, 72, of 2 Park Place, Hartford, Connecticut. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 1053 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, with the Rev. Andrew Stahmer officiating. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, in Elysburg. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Physician Assistant Foundation, 2318 Mill Road No. 1300, Alexandria, VA 22314. To send condolence to the family, go to

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Published by The News Item on May 7, 2021.
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C. J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc. - Kulpmont
1053 Chestnut Street, Kulpmont, PA 17834
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C. J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc. - Kulpmont
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Joe was an important person in my life. We were coworkers years ago. He was someone whose work ethic I admired greatly & could always depend on.
We were also friends who shared hours of conversation, many dinners, evenings @ The Bushnell, & many laughs. You will always be in my heart.
Jan Newcomb
May 10, 2021
I worked alongside Joe many years ago at Mount Sinai Hospital. Besides being a very talented practitioner, Joe was also an extremely warm, humorous and gracious coworker. Rest In Peace, Joe, you will be missed.
Elaine Bernier
May 9, 2021