John A Perushek

Born: Tue., May 4, 1926
Died: Thu., Apr. 4, 2013


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Apr. 08, 2013
Location: St. Anthony's Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 08, 2013
Location: St. Anthony's Catholic Church

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John Anthony Perushek, 86, of Ely passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He lost his battle with metastatic prostate cancer at home, with his family members and dog Precious by his side.John was born May 4, 1926 in Aurora, MN to Anton J. and Mary (Markovich) Perushek Sr. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus.He worked for 36 years as a custodian at Ely Memorial High School.  As a young man he worked with the Forest Service in Isabella, and at Canoe Country Outfitters for over 40 years.

John was a huge supporter of the Ely community and proudly told everyone that it was the best town in the world.  His 24 years of retirement were filled with walking, swimming (a favorite was Farm Lake), solving jigsaw puzzles, cooking/baking, string art and socializing with relatives and friends.  John was always there for everyone to lend a helpful hand, always keeping busy and loved meeting new people.  He loved life (and Miller Lite with a good joke). He will be remembered affectionately by all who knew and loved him.  His many social visits were accompanied by homemade buttermilk brownies and a cheerful attitude.

He was married to Frances (Slabodnik) Perushek until her passing on January 10, 1999.  He married Mary Alice (Porthan) on May 14, 2003.  Their initial years of marriage were spent between Ely and Mesa, AZ. They enjoyed traveling the Southwest, socializing with friends at the afternoon pool gatherings and hosting friends and visitors. They returned to Ely in 2010 to reside fulltime. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Pucel, Rose Pucel, Olga Slogar; his twin brother Anton “Tony” and his half-brothers, Joe, Ed and Ludwig Mistek. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice, daughter Francine (Richard) Schaefer, sister Helen Kochevar and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his wife's family from  England, granddaughter Jacqueline Binney and  great grandson Edward.

The family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers to East Range Hospice, 901 9th Street N., Suite 215, Virginia, MN  55792.

Services at 11:00 Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Ely, visitation one hour prior to service.  Internment in Ely Cemetery following the service. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.














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Molly Lenz
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
I am so sad to hear of John's passing, but was honored (as was my mom, Dorothy) to have met him and spent time with all of you in Croatia. Condolences from both of us, as well as Francine's other "sisters" in Chicago.

Danny Wood
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
Really floored by this. I am a truck driver who works for the city and I spoke with him quite often. He would often tell me about his truck driving experiences in the early 50`s. Gonna miss him.....and Precious..... Best to you.

Joel Spaeth
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
I am very sad to hear that "Uncle Johnny" has passed. John was my Godfather, and a great friend. He always had encouraging words and great stories, not to mention cookies when I would go to visit, which was often since they were right across the street from my parents. God Bless you John, you are in a better place.

Johnna (Spaeth) Benke
   Posted Fri April 05, 2013
So sad to hear abut Johnny's passing. He always had a smile ready and was happy and could easily brighten the mood of any one else he was around. I grew up across the street from him and alwasy remember him as a solid fixture in the neighborhood. When my twins were 2, that was our first stop trick-or-treating, and the boys felt so immediately comfortable with him and his home that when John opened the door, they both took off their shoes and went right in! Johnny thought that was a "hoot" and showed them around.

Dale Schmidt
   Posted Fri April 05, 2013
It’s sad to learn about John’s passing. He was a truly great person. I met John through his daughter Francine many years ago when Francine and I were in a running club. John and his wife would always be at every running event, rain or shine, supporting their daughter. He always had a positive outlook, and stayed active well into his eighties. He was a great example of how to live life to the fullest.

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