Maria Perego
1923 - 2019
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Maria Perego was an Italian puppeteer best known for creating Topo Gigio, a mouse puppet beloved by viewers of “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

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Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Nov. 12, 2019.
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April 18, 2020
Condolences I really Loved Topo. Looked forward to seeing him. Rest in Peace
Sherry Cenet
Friend
December 12, 2019
My condolences to the family of Maria Perego, we hope many of the encouraging words and thoughts on this site comforts you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. In the days ahead throw all of your sadness, cries and anxieties on the Hearer of Prayers who cares for you.
Pat
November 29, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Perego. Topo Gigio was a family favorite and was also the nickname of my little brother. Thanks for the memories and may the Hod of all comfort help your family endure.
Neighbor
November 25, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My condolence
November 25, 2019
Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the family. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all. We know that you all are so very proud of Ms. Maria's accomplishments and the legacy she left touching the lives of many!

JM, Brandon MS.
November 25, 2019
May God comfort you during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
November 21, 2019
Is so loving for ones to learn to entertain young ones. We thank her for her commitment. I am sorry for your loss.
November 20, 2019
Condolences to the family of Maria Perego,

We send our deepest regrets on the loss of your dear Maria. As you can see from the comments on this site many of us have seen her expertise puppetry with Topo Gigio on the Ed Sullivan Show as adults and as children who are now adults. May the thoughts and encouraging words about comfort help to ease some of your pain in losing a loved one.
Ann Lin
November 18, 2019
My condolences to the family.
November 18, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
November 17, 2019
Thank you Ms Perego for the fun memories I have of Topo Gigio as a child. I looked forward to seeing him on the Ed Sullivan show. I extend my sincere condolences to your family and friends but I hope it helps them to know that you have so many of us these good memories.
Anne
November 15, 2019
I watched that little mouse for a long time as a child and loved him. Miss Perego was a excellent puppeteer. As I offer the family my condolences try and remember all the fund memories that she leaves behind. May God comfort your hearts.
VH
November 15, 2019
Thanks to Maria for sharing Topo Gigio with the world. Topo brought joy to the world, and left us with the sweet memory of the little mouse, who made us smile.
Holly
November 14, 2019
Rest In Peace Maria! I love your cute and lovable mouse Topo Gigolo! I still have DVD. I am trying to watch your Topo Gigolo on Ed Sullivan tv show if he is scheduled to be guest. I love him. Thank you for making cute puppet. God bless you and Topo Gigolo.
Bekky Brown
November 14, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences. Deeply saddened for the loss of Ms. Perego. She is resting in Gods memory.
JE Sowell
November 14, 2019
Grief can be so hard and painful may our Heavenly Father be with the Perego family in their time of sorrow as they reflect on the life of Maria and the joy she brought to so many
Jean
November 14, 2019
What beautiful memories Maria gave to me & so many others. I remember that little mouse on the Ed Sullivan show. Her gift brought so much laughter & enjoyment to not only the children but the parents as we watched the show together as a family. My heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort go out to the Perego family. May the God of comfort give you the comfort needed as you grieve.
L. M.
November 14, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. Please accept my condolences and prayers on the passing of your loved one.
November 14, 2019
My condolences to the family of Maria Perego, I am very sorry for your loss. Boy does this bring back memories, I loved that little mouse. May the God of comfort be with all of you to help you to endure.
Karen
November 13, 2019
Maria, thank you for giving us love and laughter in the form of a mischievous little mouse puppet; his heart was at least as large as his ears! Thank you to the family for sharing Maria with the world. Please accept our prayers and condolences for her passing. Keep her alive in your hearts and homes by speaking her name, sharing your favorite stories of her, and the lighthearted moments that made her laugh. God bless all.
November 13, 2019
Growing up watching the Ed Sullivan show on Sunday nights, I always looked forward to Topo Gigio and when he would always say Eddie, Kiss me good night. One of the BEST entertainment shows ever.
Colletta Kaledas
November 13, 2019
So very sorry to hear about the passing of Maria. May our Almighty God in Heaven bless the Perego Family with all the necessary comfort and love. May his strong arm support you forever as you cope with your grief during the days to come. She will truly be missed.
BRY
November 13, 2019
Your creation brought laughter to millions you would never know. From the heart of a little boy who used to wait to hear Topo Gigio say "Eddy, kiss me good night", thank you. Good Night Maria.
Bob Mobbs
November 13, 2019
You gave us so much joy as children...God Bless...so sorry for your family..
Mary Del Buono
November 13, 2019
I loved Topo Gigio on the Ed Sullivan show! My grandmother would call me into the room when Topo was on. Thank you for creating such a delightful puppet! Condolences to your family.
November 13, 2019
With sincere condolences. May the God of comfort give you peace in this difficult time.
November 13, 2019
Ann Stokman
November 13, 2019
Thank you for the wonderful memories of watching the Ed Sullivan show with my grandparents in hopes that topo gigio would show up. May the God of comfort be with the family, granting them peace, strength and hope in the days ahead.
November 12, 2019
God Bless , and thank you for the little Italian mouse Topo . We enjoyed him very much .. Goodnight Maria and sleep with the Angels ... ❤
November 12, 2019
May the God of all comfort Grant you his peace in this difficult time. Sincere condolences.
November 12, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Perego family, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with all of you.
November 12, 2019
Rest in Peace Maria, and thank you for the wonderful memories....
Harry Simpson
November 12, 2019
Thank you for creating Topo Gigio. I was a very young girl and watched the Ed Sullivan show with my parents and always anticipated and hoped Topo Gigio would be on. My parents purchased a blow up Topo Gigio doll for me; I wished I still had it. RIP Maria
C Brant
November 12, 2019
I remember the joy of watching her puppets. RIP to a wonderful woman.
Lynn Vance
November 12, 2019
One of my most favorite part of the Ed Sullivan show is watching him with my grandparent. May you rest in peace and thank you for great childhood memories.
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