E. Joseph Perna, 82

December 10, 2008

NOV. 11, 1926-DEC. 2, 2008

BRENTWOOD, Calif. - The Rev. E. Joseph Perna, 82, of Brentwood, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Born, Nov. 11, 1926, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Guiseppe and Amino DiTomaso Perna.

He was a 1945 graduate of Mastbaum Tech High School of Philadelphia, a 1948 graduate of Eastern Bible College, and he received his bachelor of arts in Biblical Studies from Southwestern College in Oklahoma City in 1971.

He pastored churches in Hanover, Pa., South Philadelphia and Walnut Creek until retiring in 1990. He was an associate pastor in Richmond, Calif.


He was a member of Calvary Temple, Concord, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, G. Virginia Perna of Brentwood; two sons, Daryl J. Perna of Auburn, Calif., and Robert D. Perna of Antelope, Calif.; one grandson, Joe Perna of Auburn; and one granddaughter, Lexi Perna of Auburn.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Bambi DiAvico and Fay Genca; and one brother, Alfred J. Perna.

Funeral services will be held at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Cononcocheague St., Williamsport, on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the funeral service on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. Friday for the convenience of family and friends.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Calcutta Mercy Ministries, ATTN: Financial Services Center, 1464 Mt. Pleasant Road, Unit 16, Suite 311 Chesapeake, VA 23322.

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