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Roger J. Pernick

Roger J. Pernick, age 87, of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Detroit, MI, died suddenly on January 12, 2022 at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital.

Roger and his wife of 65 years, Ruth F Pernick, owned H. Feinberg’s Furniture, formerly located on King and Market Streets in Wilmington, and in later years they operated the company as an independent interior design business.

Roger was a past President of the Downtown Business Association and a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club for many years where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Roger was a Board Member of the Jewish Community Center of Delaware and was honored by Jewish Family Services of Delaware for his contributions to the agency. He was also a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and Brandywine Partners.

Roger’s favorite past times included spending time with family and being an involved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He also enjoyed playing tennis three days a week into his 80’s, including outside in the winter as part of the “Model T’s” group. Perhaps most apparent, Roger was a rabid and vocal Philadelphia Eagles fan, attending 36 years of home games with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and an “extended family” of fans who became friends and sat near each other at Veteran’s Stadium and who later moved their seats together to Lincoln Financial Field.

Roger graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University, where he met his wife. He served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s.

Roger is survived by his wife Ruth, his son Norman and daughter-in-law Paula, daughter Debbi and daughter-in-law Catherine, granddaughters Jessica and Sallie, grandson-in-law Adam and two great granddaughters, Hope and Olivia, and his always present sidekick Buddy.

A private in-person funeral service with public Zoom access will be held on Friday, January 14 at 12:30 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home. To join the Zoom meeting, go to and enter meeting ID 852 9450 6142 and passcode 712088. In Roger’s memory, contributions will be welcome at Jewish Family Services of Delaware (, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (, or any charity of your choosing.

Funeral Services

A private in-person funeral service with public Zoom access will be held on Friday, January 14 at 12:30 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home. To join the Zoom meeting, go to and enter meeting ID 852 9450 6142 and passcode 712088.


    Andi and Bob Sokoloff lit a candle and writes,
    Keeping you in our thoughts. Roger was so proud of his family.
    01/13/2022 05:36 pm
    Andrea McCoy-Carty lit a candle and writes,
    Roger you and buddy were what made up 1980/ and the neighborhood. Each and every tenant had a smile on their face watching you and your baby taking daily walks. You are going to be truly truly missed my friend. Love you ❤️ To the family Read and reflect on: When Great Trees Fall- Maya Angelou We are here for you Michael and Andrea Carty
    01/13/2022 05:51 pm
    Debbie eskin lit a candle
    01/13/2022 07:39 pm
    Jennifer Birnbaum writes,
    Thinking of your family and sending our love. -Jennifer, Dan, and Hannah Birnbaum
    01/13/2022 08:26 pm
    Jody Jaeger writes,
    Roger and Ruthie have been the heart and soul of our building for decades. I’ll miss Roger’s warm smile and welcoming demeanor; to see him was to have your day become a little bit brighter. He was a fine man in every way. Jody and Travis
    01/13/2022 09:43 pm
    Cindy Tipping lit a candle and writes,
    Roger always Made Us feel like part of the Family and offered a warm smile and Hug whenever We had the pleasure of His company. At this difficult time We send heartfelt sympathy to Your Family Love Cindy ,Matt and Sarah Tipping
    01/13/2022 09:51 pm
    Barbara and David Blumberg writes,
    We are so very sad and sorry to hear about Roger. What a wonderful man. Thinking of all of you with love.
    01/13/2022 11:34 pm
    MIKE & BONNIE MAIER writes,
    We are sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed working with Roger and Ruth. We always think of you two as a big part of our house interior that has lasted 40 years.
    01/14/2022 07:42 am
    Wendy Arons lit a candle and writes,
    My heart is with you all at this sad time. Holding you in my thoughts! Wendy
    01/14/2022 08:14 am
    Laura Sobel Kalb writes,
    Dear Pernick family, I was so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him Laura
    01/14/2022 10:00 am
    Debbie Eskin lit a candle and writes,
    Roger was amazing man He loved Buddy and both and Buddy will miss him
    01/14/2022 10:38 am
    Joe & Louise Hafesh lit a candle and writes,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Roger's passing. Remembering precious memories shared with the Pernick family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." —Thomas Campbell
    01/14/2022 11:42 am
    Eric Markman and Cindy Kohlmann writes,
    We only moved into 1980 Superfine Ln recently but got to know Roger quickly. What a wonderful person and in that short time it felt we had a good friend.
    01/14/2022 12:25 pm
    Jan and Jim Dalle Pazze lit a candle and writes,
    Roger was a wonderful man. He and Ruth raised a wonderfu, loving family. We are so proud and happy to have known him and all his family for so many years. He holds a very special place in our hearts and will always be so very fondly remebered by us. Jim and Jan
    01/14/2022 12:26 pm
    Peter Dietz writes,
    Dear Pernick Family, Condolences to all on your loss of Roger. He, and Mrs. Pernick, were always very kind to me as I went about my duties at Superfine Lane. I wish I had known him better. God Bless, Peter
    01/14/2022 12:59 pm
    Tina and Wayne lit a candle and writes,
    Today's ceremony was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. We were fortunate to have Roger as a dear friend. May his gentle soul rest in peace. We pray that God brings you and your family strength and comforts your hearts in this time of sorrow. May the beautiful memories of your life with Roger bring you peace. Love, Tina and Wayne
    01/14/2022 07:44 pm
    LuAnn Taylor writes,
    Debbi & Family - So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know how much he meant to you and his loss will be felt forever. May he rest in peace. LuAnn Taylor
    01/15/2022 01:13 pm
    Tabitha Humphreys and George Murray lit a candle and writes,
    Sending our love and deepest condolences to Ruth, Debbi, Norman, and the entire family. Roger was a class act and the world is a bit dimmer without him in it. May he live on in your loving memories.
    01/16/2022 10:27 am
    Paula and Bill Geigle writes,
    Pernick Family, sending love and support to you all while you remember a life well lived. with love, Paula and Bill
    01/16/2022 10:59 am
    Howard Shapiro lit a candle and writes,
    Roger didn’t become a terrific person as years went by. As a classmate at Detroit Central High School, I can assure his family that he was always that way. He will be remembered by all of us who knew him
    01/16/2022 12:24 pm
    Linda Minutella-Francis lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss. Roger was such a kind man. Prayers to your family.
    01/16/2022 01:08 pm
    Edward Marks lit a candle and writes,
    My condolences to the family, accompanied by my memories of our youth together in Detroit, and in recognition of a life well led. Edward Marks
    01/16/2022 01:27 pm
    Inez Sunshine lit a candle and writes,
    Roger and Ruth are some of the first people I met, when I moved to Delaware 60 years ago. They were kind, friendly and welcoming. Our deepest condolences to Ruth, Norman, Debbie and families.
    01/16/2022 02:33 pm
    Brian Foraker lit a candle and writes,
    My condolences to the Pernick family. I worked with Roger and Ruth for some years. So sorry to see him pass.
    01/16/2022 02:40 pm
    David Fleming lit a candle and writes,
    Kathy and I were so sorry to learn that one of the truly beautiful people among us is gone. I’ve known Roger in one capacity or another for almost 50 years. Mench is the singular description I’ll always associate with him. May his memory be a blessing.
    01/17/2022 01:56 am
    Bill Innes writes,
    So sorry to hear. Roger and Ruthie were great neighbors and friends for many years. I saw him in November when he brought Buddy into DHA, where I volunteer, to get his annual distemper shot. I feel like a little sunshine has gone out of the world.
    01/17/2022 11:05 am
    Joanne and Drew Timmins writes,
    We are so saddened to learn of the sudden passing of your husband, dad, and grandfather. We first met Roger at his store in Wilmington when we were in our early 20's. He was a handsome man, that was always impeccably dressed. He would warmly greet us and spend time educating us on our purchase or on other items we had on our wish list. Feinberg's was a favorite destination. We know how much we enjoyed our time with him and we can only imagine your loss. With our deepest sympathy.
    01/17/2022 04:06 pm
    Rosalyn Selber Lieberman lit a candle and writes,
    Ruthie - We met when my husband, Alfred Selber, accepted a job at the JCC as the Assistant Director in September of 1970. And our children, Debbie and Stuart, went to the JCC for kindergarten that school year. Roger and you were very welcoming to us. So saddened to hear of his sudden passing. My deepest sympathies to everyone.
    01/17/2022 09:01 pm
    Priscilla Rakestraw writes,
    To Ruth and the Pernick family: I just learned of Roger's passing and want to share my sadness and my heartfelt sympathies. I so enjoyed visiting with Roger on his walks with Buddy -- we seemed to bump into each other often. Brother Ronald and I are grateful for Roger's support for the Ministry's neighborhood projects; I'm so sad that he won't be with us to see Villa Maria built. I know that your wonderful memories of joyful family times will bring you comfort and I pray that God's love will give you peace. Priscilla
    02/01/2022 06:46 pm

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