Peter Joseph Perno, 91, a resident of the Korn Krest section of Hanover Twp., passed into eternal life early Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, 2018, in the intensive care unit of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness. He joined his loving wife, Mildred Ann Matyas Perno, as he entered the golden gates of heaven.
Born April 14, 1926, in Glen Lyon, he was the son of the late Peter and Mary Natalini Perno.
A veteran of World War II, his education was cut short to proudly serve our country with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He earned the rank of gunner's mate upon the time of his honorable discharge on Sept. 28, 1945.
He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre, and held membership in the Goodwill Hose Company.
Until his retirement, Mr. Perno was employed as a truck driver by Ostrander Steel Co. of Pringle. Previously, he worked with the former Biscontini Enterprises of Newport Twp.
Mr. Perno was preceded in death by his beloved wife, the former Ludmilla (Mildred) Anna Matyas, on March 5, 2009. At the time of her passing, the couple shared 62 years of married life together. He was also preceded by his sister, Mrs. Louise Selli; his brother-in-law, Mr. Guido Selli; and his nephews, Mr. Peter Selli and Mr. Kenneth Hughes.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Mrs. Mildred Ann Perno Luba and her husband, Leonard, Hanover Twp.; Ms. Yolanda Jean Perno Humphrey, Dallas, and her fiancé, Mr. Richard Pendolphia; and Mr. Peter Michael Perno, at home; grandchildren, including Leonard Peter Luba, Robert Michael Humphrey, Jeanette Elizabeth Elbattah-Humphrey, Jonathan Peter Humphrey and Peter Joseph Perno; great-grandchildren, Christian Luba, Cayla Luba; Giovanni, Roman, Deano and Maximus Elbattah; Isabella, Luciana and Anthony Humphrey, Julia and Logan Humphrey; several nieces and nephews, including Ruth Sorber, neighbors and dear friends.
Peter's family would like to extend sincere thanks to all in the staffs of both the telemetry and intensive care units of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Dr. Ellis, Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Galasso, Dr. DeSai and their staffs for the excellent care their father received. "Dad appreciated you all over the years for your wonderful care that enabled him to realize 91 years of life ... God bless you all."
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 N. Main St. The Rev. Peter D. Haenftling, pastor, will serve as celebrant.
Interment with rite of committal will follow in Hanover Cemetery, Main Road, Hanover Green section of Hanover Twp.
Relatives and friends may join the Perno family for visitation and remembrances from 9:45 a.m. until the time of services on Monday directly in the church.
In lieu of floral tributes, Peter's family would be humbled if those contemplating a memorial contribution kindly consider St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705, or to the Hanover Green Cemetery, 689 Main Road, Hanover Twp., PA 18706.
To send the Perno family words of comfort, a cherished memory of their father or for further information, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHome.com
Published by Citizens Voice on Jan. 26, 2018.