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Corporal Joseph Verga

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Corporal Joseph Verga

Corporal Joseph Verga landed at Omaha Beach with the 134th Infantry Regiment on July 5 - 6, 1944 and returned to the United States on the Queen Mary after the war's end in September 1945. He passed away on June 27, 2013 at the age of 92.

Joseph Verga, age 92 of Sanford died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. The son of the late August and Josephine (Perona) Verga was born in Cleveland, Ohio November 26, 1920, moving to St. Charles as a youth where he was raised and educated. On February 11, 1947 Joe married the former Lorene Gozesky in Angola, Indiana and after 58 years of marriage she predeceased him August 21, 2005. Joe had served with the U.S. Army during WWII. As CPL AT Co 134th INF he was in action from Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, most of the time spent with Patton's 3rd Army receiving the combat Infantryman Badge and one Silver Battle Star. He was a lifetime member of St. Charles VFW Post 5695. Joe had been a barber in Saginaw for 17 years, and retired from Wick's Engineered Material in 1982. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved to camp and travel the United States.

Joe is survived by his half brother, Lawrence Verga of Luzerne, Michigan; many wonderful nieces, nephews and loving and kind friends. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by sisters, Esther Hoten, Augustine Waswick, Irene Conklin, Lucille Hoover and Victoria Verga; a brother, James Verga and a half brother, Robert Verga.

Funeral and committal services for Joseph will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday July 2, 2013 from the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home with Reverend Paul Theiss of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bay City officiating. Military Rites are under the auspices of the United States Army Funeral Honors and Midland Area Veterans. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, St. Charles, Michigan.

Thanks to Cpl. Verga's niece, Debi Verga Ferrall, for the photograph and this information about her uncle.

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