Samuel T. Perrins Sr., 87, of Duryea, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 19, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
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He was born in Plains Township on Sept. 4, 1925, a son of the late George and Isabel (Griffiths) Perrins. Sam was a member of Nativity Of Our Lord Parish, Duryea. He attended Dupont High School and later received his high school diploma from the Pittston Area School District from a program called ""Operation Recognition"" that grants diplomas to honorably discharged World War II veterans who did not graduate because of their entry into the military.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving our country in World War II and the Korean War. Samuel was a recipient of the Bronze Star medal. He retired from Defazio Express Inc.
Samuel will always be remembered for his generosity, kind heart and sense of humor.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Eugene P. Perrins, who passed away Dec. 24, 2010; son-in-law, Alan Celusniak, 1997; sisters, Elizabeth, Eleanor and Sarah; and brothers, George, Arthur, Joseph, Russell and Phillip.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Genevieve (Panetski) Perrins; daughters, Maureen Celusniak, Dallas, and Frances and her husband, James Tomlin, Bellbrook, Ohio; son, the Rev. Samuel, at home; grandchildren, Alan, Michael and Jonathan Celusniak, Justin Tomlin and his wife, Brittany, Joshua and Jesse Tomlin, and Leslie (Perrins) Huntingcut and her husband, John; and great-grandson, Michael Celusniak.
Funeral was held privately on Saturday from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Nativity Of Our Lord Parish (Holy Rosary Church), Duryea. The Rev. Joseph Elston served as celebrant. Interment was held at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Duryea.
Memorial contributions can be made to AMVETS Honor Guard, 111 Lidy Road, Dupont, PA 18641.
Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com..
Published in Times Leader on May 1, 2013