Welcome to the memorial page for

Dr. John Louis Varanelli

June 21, 1934 ~ April 27, 2021 (age 86)



Dr. John L. Varanelli, 86, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021.

He was born in Waterbury, on June 21, 1934, the son of Michael and Lucia (Massimo) Varanelli.

He attended Holy Cross College, Georgetown University. He graduated from Maryland University with a DMD degree, in 1964, with his brother, Dr. Pasquale Varanelli, and founded their oral surgery practice.

He was a member of the American and CT State Dental Associations, as well as a Fellow of The American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was on the attending staff of both Waterbury and St. Mary's Hospitals.

Dr. Varanelli was a lifelong resident of Waterbury, and after his retirement, he enjoyed splitting his time between Waterbury and his retirement home in Westerly, RI.

He is survived by his lifelong partner, Deborah Carroll, his sister-in-law, Janet Varanelli, his nieces and nephews: Janet Royal, Dr. Franklin (Giselle) Varanelli, Michael (Judy-D) Varanelli, Lucia (Glen) Dunham, Mary Susan (Robert) Voghel, Katherine Robert, Brendan Robert. He is also survived by his in-laws, Richard and Rita Carroll, Diana Carroll, and Doreen Carroll, his cousin, Michael (Loretta) Lombardi, and great-nieces and nephews, Alexandra Varanelli, Patrick, Catherine, and Matthew Dunham, Lena and Andrew Voghel, and Riley Robert.

He is predeceased by his brother, Dr. Pasquale Varanelli.

We wish to Thank Dr. Ralph Tremaglio, of Naugatuck, CT, and Dr. Walter Curtice, of Westerly, RI, for their care of John. We would also like to give Special Thanks to his friend and Guardian Angel, Cathy Oatley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will held at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 785 Highland Avenue, Waterbury, on May 5, 2021. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery, 2324 E. Main St., Waterbury.  Family and friends are asked to meet directly at Church.

All arrangements have been entrusted to Colasanto Funeral Home, 932 Bank St., Waterbury. To leave online condolences, please visit us at


 Service Information

Mass of Christian Burial
May 5, 2021

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
785 Highland Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

Burial to follow
May 5, 2021

11:30 AM
Calvary Cemetery
2324 East Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06705

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