Barbara Palmen passed away March 3, 2012 at St. Clare Living Community of Mora. She was 98 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mora with Father Eugene Plaisted officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to service at the church.
INURNMENT will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery of Mora.
Barbara Palmen was born May 29, 1913 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Peter and Margaret Yung. She was the second of nine children.
In 1932, Barbara married Arthur Palmen. They moved to the Pomroy Lake area and farmed for many years. They raised five sons and twin daughters. In 1966, Barbara, Art, and daughters moved to Mora. By 1972, Barbara and Art moved back to the country where they built their retirement home. They were lifelong members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In all of their almost seventy-two years of marriage, they rarely missed Sunday Mass. After Art passed away in 2004, Barbara moved to Park Forest Estates. In 2010, because of declining health, she moved to the Villages of Mora Apartments. She moved to St. Clare Living Community in 2011.
Barbara worked outside of the home after most of her family was grown. She worked as a housekeeper for Mora Motel. Then she worked for the Kanabec Hospital as a cook and later a dietician. Barbara’s work family was very dear to her. After she retired, she worked for a short time in food service for Mora High School.
Barbara enjoyed her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all knew Grandma Barbara loved them and she knew they loved her.
Barbara was preceded in death by husband, Arthur; brothers, Louie, Peter, and Lawrence; sister, Eva Raddatz.
She is survived by sons, Gerald (Irene) of Moses Lake, WA, James (Dona) of Moses Lake, WA, Denis (Jan) of Campbellsport, WI, David of Moses Lake, WA, Robert (Marna) of Mora; daughters, Jane (Mark) Mattson of Mora, Jean (Robert) Christen of Cold Spring; sisters, Liz Foder of St. Paul, Mary (Wesley) Paulus of St. Paul, Katie (Jerry) Sarou of St. Paul, Margaret Langholz of St. Paul; 27 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.