Kenneth B. Persitz
BRIGHTON, MI. – Kenneth Persitz, long time former resident of Marquette passed away this past Friday, April 4, quietly, and peacefully at the age of 91 & 1/2 years.
Born in New York City 9/10/1922 and raised in Boston, MA, Ken first came to Marquette in the summers as a teenager to work in his Uncle Lou’s and Aunt Marge’s clothing store, eventually buying the store from them. He later brought his fiance Margaret “Maggie” to Marquette from New Jersey and had their wedding in Iron Mountain to meet the closest Rabbi at the time from Green Bay.
He attended Brown University in MA until his education was interrupted by WWII where he served in the Navy as a signalman in a construction battalion (Seebees) on Guam until his honorable discharge in 1946. Although he was never in actual combat he helped carry the wounded from hospital ships witnessing the horrific consequences of war.
Prior to the war in the Depression, he worked in the office as a youth in the Conservation Corp. and twice had the pleasure of walking and talking one-to-one with Eleanor Roosevelt on her surprise visits.
He loved to read, especially English literature and history as well as science fiction and was an avid Packers and Tigers fan.
He was best known locally with his wife as the owners of Lou’s Apparel and Just for Her.
He is survived by his sons Mark and Jeffrey and his grandchildren Katherine, Elizabeth, Alexander and Shawn.
Ken has made arrangements to contribute his remains to the University of Michigan Medical School commenting that “Students need someone to learn from.”
No plans for a memorial service have as yet been made. In the meanwhile, the family simply asks you to remember him in your thoughts and prayers.
The family requests contributions to your local Hospice in lieu of flowers.