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Gail Perno (7-2-12)

Posted on Friday, 13th July 2012 | Jackson County

Gail Desimone Perno, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and devoted teacher, sister, and friend, died Monday, July 2, 2912, following a long battle with cancer.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, on December 13, 1942, Gail was the daughter of the late Joseph “Pigeon” and Grace Ann Desimone.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Dominic Perno; six children; son, Donn Dominic Perno, and his wife, Lane; son, David Desimone Perno, and his wife, Melaney; daughter, Joy Perno Rentz, and her husband, Dodd; son, Joseph Anthony Perno, and his wife, Leigh; daughter, Julie Perno Yates, and her husband, Daniel; and daughter, Jessica Perno Jones, and her husband, Robert; sister, Josa Desimone Davis, and her husband, Richard; and niece, Gayle Davis Cafaro, and her husband, Anthony. In addition, Gail was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Saidee Woodlyn Perno, David Hayes Perno, James “Mac” MacNeill Perno, Dorothy Grace Perno, Diane “Addy” Adelaide Rentz, Lucy Ryan Rentz, Donald “Bo” Dodson Rentz III, Neelie Diane Perno, Leo “Jack” Perno, Trip Sapera Perno, Presley “Danny” Daniel Yates V, and Louise Margaret Yates.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, July 5, at the UGA Catholic Center.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia, P.O. Box 49309, Athens, GA 30604. Donations can also be made online at

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Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.

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