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Joseph Perish

October 20, 1935 ~ March 2, 2020 (age 84)


Joseph Robert Perish was born on October 20, 1935 to the Joseph H. and MaryAnn (Wolfe) Perish in Golden, Colorado. When Joseph was seven, his family moved to Minnesota. He attended school at Clarissa High School. From 1955 to 1957, Joseph honorably served in the United States Army.

On December 27,1958 Joseph was united in marriage to JoAnn Smarzik in Clarissa. Their marriage was blessed with eight children: Ross, Robin, Denise, Ron, Mark, Myron, Bridget and Mary. He was employed at Belle Hill in Wadena, Minnesota for 28 years. Joseph enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing especially bear and deer hunting.

On March 2, 2020 Joseph passed away at Maryhill Manor in Enderlin, North Dakota, at the age of 84. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding him in death are his siblings and his parents, Joseph H. and MaryAnn Perish.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife: JoAnn; sons: Ross (Sandy) Perish; Ron (Ronat) Perish; Mark (Mara) Perish; and Myron Perish; daughters: Robin (Jeff) Edwards; Denise and Theron; Bridget (Mark) Biermann; and Mary Jimerson; 22 grandchildren; 12 1/2 great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

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 Service Program


March 5, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Karvonen Funeral Home ~ Wadena
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482

Funeral Service
March 6, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Ann's Catholic Church ~ Wadena
514 1st Street SE
Wadena, MN 56482

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