BURNSVILLE, Minn. (7/14/08)--Joseph Perkowski, former chairman of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and former president/CEO of US FCU in Burnsville, Minn., died early Thursday morning.
"Former CUNA Chairman Joe Perkowski served the national and worldwide credit union movement with commitment and dedication over four decades," said Dan Mica, president/CEO of CUNA. "His national service culminated in his chairmanship of CUNA from 1985-87, which followed a number of leadership positions with the association. "On the international front, Joe helped in the formation of the Foundation for Polish Credit Unions, served as president of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) from 1992-93, and was honored with the prestigious WOCCU Distinguished Service Award in 1997," he noted. The credit union movement around the world benefited greatly from the enduring consequences of his leadership," Mica said. Perkowski, 72, was chairman of the Minnesota League of Credit Unions from 1983 to 1985 and served on its board for a number of years. He began his career in credit unions as an employee of the Michigan Credit Union League from 1960 to 1966 and served on that league's board from 1967 to 1971, advancing to vice president. While CEO of the former Minneapolis Postal Employees FCU (now US FCU), Perkowski served as chairman of CUNA, CUNA Service Group Inc., and CUNA Mortgage Corp. from May 1985 to Oct. 23, 1987. He also was a former director and treasurer of U.S. Central CU, Lenexa, Kan. Visitation will be today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Roberts Family Funeral Home at 555 Centennial Drive SW, Forest Lake, Minn. 55025. Funeral services will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a mass at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, 13060 Lake Blvd., Lindstorm, Minn.