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Wednesday June 5th, 2019
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Barbara L. Peruso

Peruso – Barbara L., 84, East Taylor Township, ended her earthly journey to be with our Lord and Savior, peacefully and gracefully while surrounded by her family on June 2, 2019. Born May 3, 1935 in New York City. Daughter of the late Alfred Sr. and Catherine (Choma) Kalina. Also preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Russell M. “Rusty” Peruso Jr., and brother, Andrew Kalina. Survived by her children, Christine Zajdel, Michael L. (Brenda), Russell J. (Jill), David A. (Pat), and Carolyn “Chic” (Gary) Baker. Bubbie to 12 grandchildren; Nikita, Jonathan, Rebecca, Danielle, Uriah, Levi, Shiloh, Sarah, Alicia, Brenna, Samantha, and Katelyn. Sister of Alfred Kalina Jr., and Kathleen Livingston, both of East Taylor, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Barb was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School. She was a retired bank teller from First National Bank and later from Dr. Patti Ann Stefanick’s office. Barb was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, choir, and Cantor. She was a former Judge of Elections for the East Taylor #1 Election Board. Barb was an avid Steeler and Penguin fan, enjoyed duck pin bowling, baking cookies for any occasion, reading, dancing and music. She especially loved having a house full of family and food and will be remembered for her fantastic sense of humor. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, 229-231 First Street, Conemaugh. Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, Maple Ave., Fr. Matthew E. Misurda, Pastor. Committal will be at St. Anthony Cemetery, Geistown. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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So sorry to hear about your loss! Although it's been a few years since I've seen her, I will always remember her when our band used to practice at the Peruso's house in Echo. She always had a smile on her face and would always make us feel at home. God Bless and may she rest in Peace!

Joe Siwy Jun 7 2019 12:00 AM

Barb was always such a pleasant, happy person. I'll never forget her unmistakable smile and sense of humor. She and Rusty were wonderful people and I will miss kidding and joking with them. May the family find peace and solace.
Jim Salvia

Jim Salvia Jun 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Peruso

Monica Charney Fuller Jun 5 2019 12:00 AM

We are thinking of you and your family Chief

Raleigh Fire Station 23B Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Peruso

Barbara Mattes Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

We are thinking of you and your family.

Raleigh Fire Department Station 23B Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

A Peace, Prayers and Blessings was sent on June 4, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Peruso family. Knightdale Fire Department

Expression of Sympathy Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

Barb will be sadly missed....she was the first lady at my salon every Saturday morning. She was like family to me. Rest in peace dear angel

Rebecca Marsh Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

I always loved taking Elijah and Larkyn to Barb and Russ's house trick or treating. Barb absolutely loved seeing them! She was always so happy and welcoming. She is loved and will be missed greatly.

Rose Gustkey Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

Ill always remember how Mrs. Peruso was always smiling; I mustve seen her every weekend of my childhood, and she was always in a wonderful mood and so happy. I cant imagine how heartbroken her family is at losing her. May God bless her and them in this difficult time.

Dana Rizzo Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

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