John P. TarayJohn P. Taray, 89, of Meadowlands, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth.
John P. Taray, 89, of Meadowlands, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth.
He was born April 17, 1924 in Bentleyville, Penn., and moved with his parents to Meadowlands in 1926.
He married Ann Cernota in 1958. He was a lifetime dairy farmer, worked in various construction and mining companies ending with Rhude & Fryberger Mining in Hibbing.
John served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater with the 260th and 11th Combat Engineers. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cotton-Meadowlands VFW No. 3044, Knights of Columbus, and Blinded Veterans Association.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Florian and Cecilia Taray; brothers, Michael and Edward; and sister, Cecilia Hunter.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, John (Wanda) Taray of Cherry, Barbara Taray, Donna Perkins, and James (Brenda) Taray all of Meadowlands, Steven (Paula) Taray of Isanti, Mark Taray (Jerry Markovich) of Bovey; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
John’s family wishes to thank the caring staff at the Floodwood Services and Training, the Hummingbird in Meadowlands and St. Mary’s Hospice for their comforting care.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, with recitation of the rosary at 6:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Meadowlands. Visitation will continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 1, also in the church. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Elmer Township. Lunch and fellowship will follow in the Meadowlands Community Center. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
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