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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette


Minerva Perna (nee Caruso)

Minerva Perna (nee Caruso), 92, a lifelong resident of Hammonton, N.J. passed peacefully on October 26, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Pinto) Caruso and married to her husband Babe Perna for 59 years. Minnie worked for C&C Farms in Hammonton and for the Hammonton School System. She loved her family, decorating her home for the holidays, and cooking and baking for her family and friends.

Minerva is predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Babe” Perna; her parents, Joseph and Margaret Caruso; and her brothers, Sonny and Herbert Caruso; She is survived by her daughter, Geraldine Pruchnicki (Peter) and her Son Gerard Perna. Loving Grandmother of Trisha Perna, Joseph Perna and Great-grandmother of Logan Perna. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial were held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Minerva’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl 17 Chicago, IL 60601. To share a condolence, please visit

Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home Inc.


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