Nicholas P. “Buddy” Persha

PAINESDALE – Nicholas P. Persha, 85, a resident of Painesdale, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital following a lengthy illness.

He was born July 12, 1927, in Painesdale, a son of the late Nicholas and Josephine (Cor) Persha. He attended the Painesdale School.

Mr. Persha was a veteran, having served with the United States Army as a medical technician during the Korean War.

On May 17, 1948, he was united in marriage to the former Katherine DeForge. Together, the couple raised four children and celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Buddy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Painesdale and, more recently, Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range.

He retired in 1982 from White Pine Copper Mine where he was a shop mechanic.

Buddy loved spending time in his garden, playing bingo and, most importantly, spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his son, Nicholas, Jr.; his parents; his brother, Joseph; and his sisters, Mary, Frances and Josephine.

Surviving are his wife, Katherine Persha of Painesdale; his children, Patricia (Don) Bendzinski of Jackson, Mich., Debbie (Keith) Blom of Painesdale and Janine (Bob) Wales of Atlantic Mine; grandchildren: Barb (Mike) Jennings, Marc (Becky) Blom, Laura (Jeff) Moggo, Scott (Cathy) Blom, Tracy (Todd) Korpi, Chad Persha, Amy (Mark) Mann and Shawn Rossberg; great grandchildren: Sandy Blom, Mason Blom, Ashlee Mann, Ashlee Blom, Michael Jennings, Carter Korpi, Cameron Korpi and Keegan Korpi; his sisters, Rose Guili of Chassell, Judy Liddy of Helena, Mont. and Nancy Hiltunen of Laurium; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Mass for Buddy will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Spring burial with military rites will be held in the Mt. View Cemetery in South Range. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church on Thursday.

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The Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton has been assisting the family with arrangements.