Joan Perius

joan perius
Joan Marie (Platz) Perius, 84, West Fargo, ND formally of Wales, ND joined our Lord in Heaven on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Bethany Nursing Home, Fargo, ND surrounded by her family. Joan Perius was the first of seven children born to John “Jack” and Lillian (Lorenz) Platz November 30, 1934. She attended both grade school and high school in Wales, ND where she graduated in 1952 and continued her education at Valley City Teachers College acquiring her certificate in 1957. Joan went on to teach school for over 10 years in Mount Carmel, ND, Rugby, ND and Glenwood, MN. She happily married the love of her life, James John Perius on August 6, 1960. James and Joan proudly raised four beautiful children on the Summit Ranch north of the Wales, ND where they continued the family tradition of farming from 1960 until retirement in 1993 when they moved to Fargo, ND. She partnered with her husband completing the diaconate formation in 1988 and continued to support him in his diaconate mission. Joan was very active in a variety of roles and activities at St Michaels Catholic Church and St Alphonsus Catholic Church including the Christian Mothers, Prolife Movement and St. Michaels Alter Society. Joan also worked for Meals on Wheels and Midwest Homecare after their move to Fargo. Joan was also a “professional” shopper with a keen eye to find many treasures for the family members so very dear to her. Joan was a fantastic cook and baker and will be remembered for the many incredible dishes including her acclaimed fudge. Joan was loved by all and always shared the positive spin on every conversation. Survived by: Husband James, Fargo ND, Four Children: Mark (Julie) Perius, Milford PA, Michael (Michelle) Perius, West Fargo, ND, Nicholas (Sheila) Perius, Twin Falls, ID, Maria (Stuart) Clute, West Fargo, ND. Ten grandchildren: Dawn Berry, Andrew Berry, Macey Perius, Khauner Perius, Joshua Beaton, Chelsey (Jeff) Turnbull, Nicholas Jr Perius, Alex Clute, Adam Clute and Mariah Clute. Two great-grandchildren: Ozzie and Oaklynn Turnbull. Siblings: Janet Dosmann, Langdon, ND, Mary (Don) Liming, Apple Valley, MN, Linda (Paul) Carslon, Burnesville, MN and Larry (Colleen) Platz, Minot ND as well as several treasured cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Helen Jehlick and James Platz along with many special friends and family members. Joan will be remembered as a loving wife and mom, faithful friend, sister and aunt and of course a very proud grandmother who was loved by all and role model to many. As Joan would say “Never lose your joy” and even though we will miss our sweet “Joanie”, we are rejoicing that she is with our Lord and Savior and is now our very special angel watching over us. This brings us much joy. Special thanks to the staff at Bethany Nursing Home for the love, care and support they gave to Joan and our family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ethos Hospice, Fargo and the Alzheimer's Association.

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  1. Im sadly sending you my deepest condolences Mark, I was so sorry to hear about your mother and my heart goes out to you and your family. Your in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏 Teresa Hammell

  2. So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. S he was a great women I am so sorry that I won’t be able to be with you as I am in AZ until the middle of March. MayGod bless all of you

  3. Sending Love and prayers to all of you. Such great memories of her laughter and the joy she brought to all of us at our many get togethers.
    She is in good company with the Lord and all the many other special angels in heaven.

  4. Much Love and sympathy to the ones left behind. Jonie is with our Heavenly Father and at peace.

    Our love and prayers are with you all.
    Love the Jehlik Family.

  5. James and family ………. I just want you to know that I I am with all of you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you deal with this devastating loss. Sending healing prayers to all of you.

  6. Prayers to family, especially, Mike, Nick, and Maria. So sorry about the loss of your Mom. I’m sure she was as fun as all of you.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. May God bring you strength and peace in this difficult time. Sincerely, Susan and Doug Lee

  8. My thoughts and prayers to your entire family. I have such fond memories of Joan as she was such a sweet and
    beautiful lady. You will forever have an angel watching over you. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  9. So sorry Maria and Stuart in the loss of your loved one. May Gods loving arms wrap you in peace in the days ahead. Trudy Wimer.

  10. May God bless the memory of Joanie. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy in the family she loved so much. She has been welcomed home forever.

  11. so sorry about the loss of joan can;t be there so i will sign guest book instead see you james at bethany susie kenna

  12. Family of Joan Our deepest sympathy to you all. May she rest in peace in the loving arm of God. May you find peace knowing that she is at peace Take care!

  13. Was so sorry to hear Joan had died. She was my first communion partner in wales at St Michaels chrurch. and Jim is a second cousin of mine. May she rest in Peace.

  14. Our Prayers are with Your Family at time of Joan’s passing. Our memories of growing up in Wales are treasured. The Perius Family and the Hach Family were long time friends.
    Sincerely Audrey Hach Ward

  15. Uncle Jim and Family,
    We have lost a beautiful wife, mom, grandma, aunt, and friend. Heaven gained a joyful angel. Joanie was certainly one of the very kindest and most sincere women I have ever known. Such a great cook…I still follow several of her yummy recipes. I love you all!

  16. Jim and family,

    How hard it is to say goodbye to this wonderfully precious woman. She taught us so much about living life, family devotion, and loving our Lord. I still smile when I walk by a sale as Joanie would say, “If God wants me to have it, then it’ll be there when I need it.” And it always was…thus, why she claimed to be His pet. Love that woman and all she was. And we love her family, so very much. Our prayers for you have not stopped over the last 35+ years. May the good Lord send His angels to surround you with loving memories and bring you peace.
    Love always, Jim and Julie Deis

  17. To the Perius family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time of loss. May God hold all of your hearts close to his heart. May you find comfort and strength in the love and suport of family and friends! Mike and Cheri Nicolai

  18. James & Family~
    My heartfelt sympathy to you on your loss of Joan. Losing someone so very special in our lives leaves a large hole. Praying for strength for all of you as you move through your grief.

    Hugs to all~
    Cheryl Kram Muhs

  19. So sorry to hear about Joanie. I’ll always remember her smiling eyes and her gentle spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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