Zita Perron

IRON MOUNTAIN – Zita Marie Perron, 88, of Iron Mountain, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.

She was born on Sep. 2, 1924, in Sheboygan, Wis., daughter of the late Pious and Anna (Groh) Willmas. She attended St. Domenic School in Sheboygan, graduating from North High School in 1942. She married Ernest Perron on May 18, 1946, in Sheboygan and they have spent nearly 67 wonderful years together.

Zita worked at the Volrath Aluminum Co. during World War II making canteens for the war effort. She and Ernest moved to Wyandotte, Mich. after their wedding, and then to Iron Mountain, where they would call home and raise their family. She worked at the Red Owl Store as a checkout clerk, then for Khoury Inc. making furniture. She then went to work for Dickinson County Hospital in the kitchen, where she would later retire. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Zita’s greatest love was her family. She was a loving, kind, and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved being surrounded by her family. From the early days camping at Peavey in a tent with the four kids; to the late night card games with her husband and her in-laws; to her Friday nights with her kids scratching their Lotto tickets. She also loved to just sit and do her crossword puzzles, and Heaven forbid she should ever miss her Sunday morning coffee with her family after church.

Zita was an exceptional cook and baker. She could cook anything from the woods or the water and make it taste fantastic. When it came to filleting fish, she was the fastest and best in the family. She enjoyed making all her special cookies and baked goodies for her family. She also enjoyed making all those special meals that her family came to love.

Zita was preceded in death by her parents, Pious and Anna Willmas; a brother, Florian; a sister, Louise; a granddaughter, Becky; great-granddaughters, Desi and Angela; and a son-in-law, David Crosslan.

Zita is survived by her loving husband of nearly 67 years, Ernest Perron of Iron Mountain; daughters, Sandy Crosslan of Goodman, Wis., and Sharon (Dennis) Izzo of Kingsford; sons, Ron (Mary Ann) Perron of Iron Mountain and Don (Linda) Perron of Kingsford; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary of Sheboygan; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

The funeral service followed at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Msgr. James Kaczmarek officiated. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park at a later date.

She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her and especially her loving family. We will all have a very special angel looking down on us.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Zita Marie Perron online at ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.