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In Memory of John "Jack" Persico


1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI

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2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI

John Victor “Jack” Persico, age 86 of Hudson, WI, passed away August 16, 2018 at Woodland Hill Senior Living. Jack was born October 6, 1931 in New York, NY, to Victor and Margaret (Halligan) Persico. He attended the Good Shepherd School in Manhattan, and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Upon his return to civilian life, Jack attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Engineering. Jack was united in marriage to JoAnn Flammang on September 15, 1956, in Spokane, WA, and their marriage was blessed with seven children. Jack worked as a Ceramic Engineer for 3M for many years, retiring in 1992.

Jack loved his family above anything else. He was extremely proud of his Irish and Italian heritage and New York roots. Jack was a lifelong Yankee fan, had a great sense of humor and was a very witty story teller. He enjoyed bird watching and playing bridge. Jack was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus, and an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where he had served on the building committee and as a reader.

Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, JoAnn; children, Lawrence (Sandra) Persico, Therese Larson, Edward (Kim) Persico, Mary Jo (Tim) Filipiak, Timothy Persico, Peggy Persico, and Ann Marie (Jason Ruen) Persico; 17 grandchildren, Joseph Persico, Jamie (Anne Marie) Persico, Jessie (James) Brown, Jennifer (Richard) Yarl, Sarah (Colin) Marnach, Maria Larson, Luke Larson, Tristan (Lindsay) Persico, Margaret (Josh) Edison, Nicholas (Lindsey) Filipiak, Jack Filipiak, Emma Filipaik, Anthony Persico, Allison Persico, Alex Pruyn, Megan Ruen and Ruby Ruen; 11 great-grandchildren; three nieces and a nephew; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas (Maureen) Persico; and granddaughters, Katie Jo Filipiak, and Lucy Ruen.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment with military honors at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and School, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Hudson VFW Post 2115.

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    • Dear Anne and the Persico family,
      I am very sorry to for the death of you Dad. I remember him fondly; as a child I had given him the positive nick name of ‘Big Guy’. Jack took it in stride and I think he understood that I meant Big in a metaphysical way. …I spied, through my childhood eyes, a guy who seemed to have a big heart/caring person, who seemed to try and mask it through some bravadoness. (That kept me on my toes some, guessing where exactly he was coming from.) But he seemed to really care about his family and the world around him. And he seemed to be an empowered person; whom I believed had the intentions of doing good and positive things with that power.
      I wish I had the magical/healing words that are needed when dealing with the death of a loved one. The depth and breadth of such a loss is too large a subject matter to fit on any card or confined space. ‘May he rest in peace.’ Seems like a step in the right direction, but is like a bunt in the game of baseball, that makes it two inches past home plate…just not at all enough to get a runner home or in this case the needed words of condolence, solace and peace to the bereaved.
      I offer my condolences. My heart is very heavy and sad at the death of Jack Persico a.k.a. ‘Big Guy’. I am thankful for having known Big Guy and his family members, especially Anne, who was/is closest to me in age. I am thankful for the positive energy that Big Guy brought forth and shared. I am sorry to see him go.And I extend a big metaphysical hug to you all. May you knowing this give you(s) a step toward comfort, solace and peace. I will remember Big Guy, Jack Persico.

    • To my dear sister, Dodie, and her children. You have been in my thoughts for days. I hold you in my heart as you put your husband and father to rest.
      I know he was extremely proud of each and everyone of you. And loved you very much.

      I have and will miss the fun times we had together.


    • Cuz; you are loved and greatly missed. You were a terrible tease & always brought a smile to our faces! Sending love and prayers Dodie and all the Persicos!