Joan Marie (Platz) Perius

Mass of Christian Burial was held February 18, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo, for Joan Marie (Platz) Perius, 84, of West Fargo, formally of Wales, who joined our Lord in Heaven on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Bethany Nursing Home, Fargo, surrounded by her family.

Posted 2/7/19

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, where she graduated in 1952 and continued her education at Valley City Teachers College acquiring her certificate in 1957. She went on to teach school for over 10 years in Mount Carmel, Rugby, and Glenwood, Minn. She happily married the love of her life, James John Perius on August 6, 1960. They proudly raised four beautiful children on the Summit Ranch north of the Wales, where they continued the family tradition of farming from 1960 until retirement in 1993 when they moved to Fargo. She partnered with her husband completing the diaconate formation in 1988 and continued to support him in his diaconate mission. She 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. She also worked for Meals on Wheels and Midwest Homecare after their move to Fargo. She was also a “professional” shopper with a keen eye to find many treasures for the family members so very dear to her. She was a fantastic cook and baker and will be remembered for the many incredible dishes including her acclaimed fudge. She was loved by all and always shared the positive spin on every conversation.

Joan is survived by: husband James, Fargo, four children:  Mark (Julie) Perius, Milford PA, Michael (Michelle) Perius, West Fargo, Nicholas (Sheila) Perius, Twin Falls, ID, Maria (Stuart) Clute, West Fargo, 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, Mary (Don) Liming, Apple Valley, Minn., Linda (Paul) Carslon, Burnesville, Minn. and Larry (Colleen) Platz, Minot as well as several treasured cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, siblings: Helen Jehlick and James Platz along with many special friends and family members.

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.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook: