David Perunko, 71, husband of Virginia Perunko, of Churchville, Va., died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1941, in the Bronx, son of the late Robert and Monica (Schley) Perunko. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Prior to retirement, he was employed by New York Telephone/NYNEX/Verizon, with 38 years of service, and was also a flight instructor for 47 years.
In addition to his wife, family members include two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel Perunko and Beth Dekker of Grass Valley, Ca., and Robert and Blanca of Gurnee, Ill.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Perunko and her fiancé, Gary Marks of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Michael Perunko of Stem, N.C.; and a sister, Mary Ann Conahan of Grand Isle, Me.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on Monday, July 16, 2012, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church by Father Joseph Wamala. Burial followed in Thornrose Cemetery. There was no public viewing or visitation.
Memorials may be made to the Mulitple Myeloma Foundation International, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607; Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 215, Fishersville, VA 22939; or to cancer research.
Jennifer Perunko, David’s daughter, told the PCN&R that the family lived in Garrison on the Old Albany Post Road for 33 years, with her father working for the phone company in Peekskill for 38 years, and her mother teaching nursery school at St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands for 25 years. They regularly attended mass at Graymoor.
Mr. Perunko taught people to fly at a local private airport, and Jennifer’s grandmother, Monica, lived in Cold Spring for about 20 years. “Our family was part of that community for a long, long time, and we’d like to let the community members remaining there know that my father passed on,” she said.
Henry Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.