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Obituary: Heather Varrasse

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Today, many in the Hopewell Valley celebrated the life of Heather Varrasse, who passed away on Sunday. Heather was a life Member of the Pennington First Aid Squad where she served as Assistant Captain. Heather was also a Member of the Hopewell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Unit where she served as Chief.

The Wilson-Apple Funeral home obituary is as follows:

“Heather Lynne Varrasse, 42 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Heather was born in Princeton but resided in Pennington, and Lawrenceville. She graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School, Mercer County Community College and completed her Bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison University.

She was employed by Mercer County Central Communication as a supervisor and the secretary for Hopewell Fire Commissioners. Heather was an active member at Pennington First Aid Squad, serving 25 years, where she was Assistant Captain. During her time there, she responded to 2,172 calls and was a top ten responder 14 times. She was also a member of the Hopewell EMU. She served for 16 years and was a past Chief and a current Deputy Chief.

She was a remarkable woman with a heart of gold. In her own way, she met everyone with an unparalleled kindness and patience. She was always the person you could call when you needed a word of wisdom, a trivia fact, or just someone to vent to. No matter what she was doing she always made time to make sure that everyone was cared for.

She had an eclectic variety of hobbies and interests. You never saw her without a book. She was an Elvis enthusiast. She loved doing puzzles and frequently sharing the final product with her family. She enjoyed spending her free time having adventures with her family.

She is survived by her parents, John and Debbie Varrasse, a sister, Holly and her husband, Greg, her grandmother, Donna Paul, dogs, Marley and Milo. She also had a very special relationship with her cousin, Melody. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to Hopewell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Unit, 4 Columbia Ave, Hopewell, NJ 08525, Aloha Zoo, 159 Mini Lane, Cameron, NC 28326 and SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Co Rd 601. Montgomery, NJ 08558.”

The flags at the Hopewell Valley September 11th and Emergency Services Memorial have been lowered to half staff in the Chief’s honor.

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