Wilfred Perra, Jr.

Wilfred Perra, Jr., 71, of East Bethel, died at his home Aug. 3, 2011. 

Wilfred Francis Perra, Jr. was born Nov. 15, 1939 in Minneapolis to Wilfred and Margaret (Pikala) Perra. He was raised in Brooklyn Center and graduated from North High School. Wilfred married Gayle Bernhardt Oct. 21, 1961 and they made their home in East Bethel. Wilfred was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and going camping.

Wilfred is survived by his wife, Gayle; daughter, Christine (Jeffrey) Wisen; son, Steven (Shelley) Perra; 8 grandchildren, Aaron, Joe, Felicia, Caylee, Collin, Steffany, Jessica and Nick; mother, Margaret Perra; sister, Margaret Buszta; uncle, Donald (Marlene) Pikala; sister-in-law, Kay Kessler; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove with Father David Blume as celebrant. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The cantor was Mark Schlangen and Kyle Picha served as pianist.

The pallbearers are Aaron Perra, Joseph Wisen, Felicia Wisen, Caylee Perra, Collin Perra and Donald Pikala. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.