Edward “Ed” Perra, age 95, of Waverly, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 15, 2019.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Father Kenneth O’Hotto will be the celebrant, and music will be provided by the church choir. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
There will be visitation Friday, June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday one hour prior to the Mass.
Serving as pallbearers are Eugene Boehlke, Dan Sawatzke, Chuck Dressen, Mike Gagnon, Jim Rozeske and Jeff Jaros.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.
Ed was born March 14, 1924, the son of Frank and Christine (Paumen) Perra of Marysville Township.
He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly for nine years, then transferred to Howard Lake High School and graduated with the class of 1942.
The next few years were spent with a stint in the Merchant Marines and jobs in the Twin City area.
During this time, he met Sue Antil of Maple Lake. Ed and Sue were married Sept. 25, 1946. This marriage was blessed with six children.
The couple decided to operate the family farm near Waverly. This proved to be a successful lifelong occupation. Ed loved the farm and the constant challenges it presented, such as maintaining a quality dairy herd and always planning for next year.
He was named Wright County Farmer of the Year in 1981, for modern waste disposal and soil conservation practices.
Ed and Sue were lifelong members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, and Ed served as an usher for several years.
He was also a true history buff and when spare time was available, a trip to some historic destination was the thing to do.
After retirement, Ed continued to be involved on the farm for many years doing the things he loved to do, until he relocated to Buffalo in 2012.
Ed was preceded in death by Sue, his beloved wife of 66 years; his parents; a sister, Elaine Cullen; a daughter, Elaine Luhman, who passed away from cancer in 2002; and two sons-in-law, Tom Parnell and David Wohlenhaus.
He is survived by five children: Tom of Waverly, Lu Ann Parnell (Elroy) of Elk River, Jerry of Waverly, Frank (Zoila) of Waverly, and Mary Wohlenhaus-Schmitz (Francis) of Buffalo; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, two great- great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.