EAGAN, Minnesota — Edward Joseph Persico, age 59, of Hot Springs passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Eagan, Minnesota. Edward was born on Oct. 6, 1960 in Arvada, Colorado to John Victor and Jo Ann Arlene Persico (nee Flammang). On April 15, 1989, Edward married the love of his life, Kimberly Ann Persico (nee Kotz) in Hudson, Wisconsin. Edward worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for FEMA, which well represented the kind of person Ed was; someone who always strove to serve the public, no matter the personal cost.
Edward was known as a devoted public servant. He volunteered at the World Trade Center after it was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and he will join the elite and the best of the best on the wall at the 9/11 Responders Remember Park. Edward will have his name etched in granite and it will be read aloud, followed by the ringing of the bell on Sept. 12 at 10 a.m., 2020. He was also known as a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Edward was an avid and skilled woodworker, whose attention to detail and knowledge were well known.
Edward will remain in the hearts of his wife, Kimberly Persico; children, Tristan Persico and Margaret Edison, their spouses Lindsay and Josh, and grandchildren Briger and Quincy Peterson, Mason Persico and Alara Edison.
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There will be a private gathering of family and friends to honor Edward.
Edward’s interment will be open to the public at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 12 p.m.
Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Edward greatly valued public service, in lieu of a donation please consider volunteering your time in a local organization or getting involved in your community.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wisconsin.