Marie Magdeline Zebron Perecko, “Nanny”, peacefully passed in Gloucester of natural causes on Sept. 27, 2019, a week before her 91st birthday.
She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on Oct. 3, 1928 to Sarah Elizabeth Boyer and John Zebron. She married the love of her life (Paul John Perecko of Monongahela, Pennsylvania) on Aug. 10, 1949, and traveled across the globe having eight children as an Army Officer’s wife. Upon Paul’s death in 1967, she spent the remainder of her life in Newport News and Gloucester–raising her eight children on her own (all of whom graduated from the same Denbigh High School). Aside from her full-time parenting, Marie began driving a school bus until completing her GED and LPN program at Thomas Nelson Community College. She then worked at Riverside Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse.
Marie loved creating things. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, ceramics, macramé, and gardening. She loved camping and long road trips along the East Coast, visiting family and amusement parks with her children. Marie’s strong faith in God and support from dear friends at Saint Jerome’s Catholic Church gave her strength and guidance in the difficult task of being a single parent. Through the years, those who knew Marie were blessed with her determination, commitment, and sense of humor.
She was preceded in death by three of her four siblings, Margaret, AnaMae, and Edna Zebron; two of her eight children, John and Robert Perecko.
Marie is survived by her children, Steve (Diane) Perecko, Paula (Larry) Staupe, Larry (Christy) Perecko, Mike (Rebecca) Perecko, Theresa (Scott) Duncan, Ruth (Mark) Barnhardt; her deceased sons’ loving wives, Allison and Margaret, and her 93-year-old sister, Audrey Good. Marie is no longer with us, but her gift to this world is a resulting 1,196 life-years, as lived by her eight children, 17 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren … with more on the way!
God bless her and her many loved ones as we mourn her loss.
The family hosted visitation at Hogg Funeral Home, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. A Roman Catholic Mass of Christian Burial conducted by Father Gregory Kandt will be held at noon on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Main Street in Gloucester. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Cemetery, Hampton, at 3 p.m.
In memory of our loved one, please make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101.
Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.