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J. Palermo webphoto2Jeanne Palermo, of Amarillo, TX, formerly of Mora, died on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Monday, March 2nd at 11:00 A.M. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Jeanne, the family suggests a donation to Youth Haven or Children’s Shelter of Cebu with a note IN MEMORY OF JEANNE PALERMO:

Youth Haven
P.O. Box 97
Rives Junction, MI 49277
517-569-3328                                http://www.youthhaven.org

Children’s Shelter of Cebu
P.O. Box 247
Cambridge, MN 55008
651-493-1551                                   http://www.cscshelter.org

Please contact the church office to let them know if you are planning to attend the funeral, so they can get a count for a lunch.
Emmanuel Baptist Church
536 Union Street South
Mora, MN 55051

Immogene “Jeanne” Madeline Palermo of Amarillo, TX (formerly of Mora, MN) passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the home of her son David.  She was 97 years old.

She was preceded in death by her husband Louis, parents Victor & Carrie Skogman, both sisters and their husbands Marie (Ted) Salmonson & Margaret (George Sr.) Solmonson, and son-in-law Dr. Richard Jensen.  She is survived by her son David (Donna) of Amarillo, Texas and their children Sam and Elizabeth; her son Dan (Laurie) of Blaine, Minnesota and their children Jeffrey and Jackie; her daughter Dianne Jensen of Atherton, California and her children Jeanne, Forrest and Katie; her son Douglas of Torrance, California and his daughter Michele; her son Dean (Sara) of Ramsey, Minnesota and their children Paul (and his daughter Alivya – Jeanne’s only Great Grandchild), David, and Chantelle; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children as is befitting someone who lived for nearly a century.
Jeanne was born on November 9, 1917 at her parent’s home in Mora.  She was the youngest of 3 daughters of Victor and Carrie Skogman.  Jeanne was a daddy’s girl and loved to spend hours with him on the family farm.  Growing up on a farm gave her a love of the outdoors.  Jeanne attended Mora High School, graduating in 1935.  After high school she worked in a variety of secretarial positions and during the war she was the chief clerk in the local selective service office. 
Jeanne was very close to her sisters Marie and Margaret.  The 3 girls along with their parents attended church regularly and in September 1940, Jeanne was baptized and became a member of the Baptist church.  She was faithful in using her musical talents there and often sang in duets and trios.
While attending gospel meetings in 1941, she met one of the evangelists, Louis Palermo.  They corresponded regularly and the group came back to Mora on several occasions to hold meetings.  This friendship developed into romance and on August 18, 1943 they were married.  By that time, Louis’ brother Phil had also married (Edie) and this was the beginning of the Palermo Four.  They traveled around the country holding evangelistic meetings.
In 1945 the family expanded with the arrival of their son David.  Dan came along in 1948, Dianne 1953, Douglas 1955 and Dean in 1957.  The family lived with Jeanne’s sister Marie in a house outside of Mora.  Jeanne still traveled occasionally with the Palermo Brothers but she was mostly a stay at home mom.  Without a doubt, being a mother was her true calling.  You could not ask for a more loving caring person to be your mom.  Jeanne was happiest making her home a warm, loving refuge for the whole family.  We all remember the mouth-watering aroma of Sunday dinner when we arrived home from church.
Jeanne was also a great friend.  If someone needed help or just a call to cheer them up, you knew you could count on Jeanne to be there.
In 1988 Louis, Jeanne, and Marie moved to Minnetonka.  Louis started a new ministry in the cities volunteering at local hospitals where he sang for the patients.  Mom’s new role was to drive him each day back forth to different hospitals around the twin cities.
When Louis, her husband of 59 years passed away in 2002, Jeanne and Marie carried on in the cities until 2006 when they moved to the former Grandview (now GracePointe) complex in Cambridge.  Marie was in a different part of the facility at River Hills – it was the first time they had lived apart in decades.  Jeanne was in the apartments at Mill Ridge and again developed many new friendships.
Her eyesight began to fail and she developed macular degeneration.  This was very frustrating for someone who liked to read her Bible.  Nevertheless she carried on and adapted.  We believe that because of her eyesight problems, her memory stayed sharp because she had to work overtime to recall faces and phone numbers.
As she began the inevitable slow-down in her later years, she had to move to facilities that could provide more care.  The last place she was at was Waverly Gardens, an excellent facility.
In October 2013 the family moved her to Texas to live with her oldest son.  It was a great privilege for David, Donna & Elizabeth to take care of her and to once again experience the love and joy that surrounded her every day.  She never wanted to be a bother to her children and expressed that sentiment several times – like she could ever be a bother to someone – ridiculous!
Jeanne was active and alert for all but the last few weeks.   We are thankful for the excellent help we received from Hospice Care of the Southwest – they are all angels.
Jeanne is now at home in heaven where she belongs, no more eyesight problems, no more difficulty in getting around, no more aches and pains from arthritis, only joy, happiness, and being blessed by the presence of her Savior.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 11:00AM at the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mora.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.  Memorials may be made IN HONOR OF JEANNE PALERMO to Youth Haven (www.youthhaven.org) and Children’s Shelter of Cebu (www.cscshelter.org). 

8 thoughts on “JEANNE PALERMO”

  1. I was the flower girl for Auntie Jean and Uncle Louie’s wedding. Though I was only 4 years old, I remember it well because it was quite an adventure for a little girl away from home. Auntie Jean was a sweet, kind person who will be missed by her family here on earth. But we rejoice that she is in that ‘wonderful place’ called heaven with our Lord, and reunited with Louie and all those she loved so much here.  

    Blessings and God’s peace to all her family.

  2. We remember Jeanne and her family from when we lived in Mora attending the Emmanuel Baptist Church there. It was always a big deal when the Palermo’s were home and doing singing at the church. Great memories of the family. Best wishes to all of them. We are snowbirding in FL right now so will not be attending the service. Blessings to all of you.

  3. Mrs. Palermo was neighbors to Geo. and Hilma Hancock north of Mora. I remember her as a very sweet, kind and soft spoken person, whom I enjoyed talking to and her sister Marie. When I worked at a local facility, I was able to talk to her again and she remembered me and my parents, so we had a good time remembering the old neighborhood memories.

    My sympathy and God’s Blessings to all her family

    Kay Hancock Pierson

  4. Dear Friends,
    I can’t begin to tell you how very sad I was to learn yesterday that your dear precious Mom had gone home to be with Jesus. My sister-in-law called to let me know because she knew how much she meant to me. She and I had talked on the phone last September and we had a wonderful visit. We got her wonderful Christmas letter and we were saddened to hear of Diane’s loss. And now your dear Mother.

    I loved her so much and she and your family were such an important part of my life growing up in Mora. So many precious memories. I am so glad that she is now with your Dad and her dear sisters, my folks who loved them so as well and so many others gone before.

    You all will always hold a very special place in my heart and I pray God gives each of you daily comfort and peace in your sorrow.

    With my love to you all,
    Jan (Lundgren) Mortvedt
    Roanoke, Virginia

  5. Although I only saw Aunt Jean a few times in my life we received her Christmas cards and letters ever year and enjoyed keeping up with the family through them. She and Uncle Louie were the true meaning of Christians and I believe they are enjoying the blessings of our Lord. God bless you both.



  6. To the Palermo extended family,
    When our family moved to Mora from Grand Rapids in 1956 (I was 10 years old), we immediately connected with the Palermo “celebrities”! Our dad, Cecil, was the pastor @ Emmanuel Baptist for 3 years (until we moved to St. Cloud). During those 3 years, the Lindblom D’s (David, Dennis, Duane, and Darlene) matched up pretty well with the Palermo D’s (David, Dan, Diane, Doug, and Dean…..a couple probably not on the scene @ that time!). I have such wonderful memories of spending time @ the Palermo home, David and Danny @ our home, Diane and Darlene pairing up, water skiing @ their cottage on Mille Lacs Lake, going to BTL Bible Camp together, etc. Staying overnight @ their lovely home just north of town was always special for a young guy! Jeanne was the consummate hostess—such a sweet lady! I will never forget how special she treated us on Friday nights, after a Mora football or basketball game, and a great breakfast on Saturday morning, too! Time has moved along and I have kept in touch with Danny and Laurie @ Christmas time, and have appreciated Jeanne’s annual letters, but those special pre-adolescent memories of a loving family with a loving mother and father (and a wonderful sister, Marie) can never be erased! My mom, Millie passed away on May 20, 2013, and I know that Millie and Jeanne communicated often over the years. May God be near to all of you during this time of sorrow, but rejoice in the fact that as believers in Christ, we will be reunited in glory with saints who have gone on ahead! Looking forward to that great reunion…..maybe soon!
    Love and blessings,
    Dennis (& Genie) Lindblom
    Holden, MA 01520

  7. Thank you for sending Jeanne’s obituary. It was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. The Palermo name brings many happy memories to the Erickson (Thunder Bay, ON) family. For your loss we send our sympathy. For Jeanne’s gain we give thanks.
    Lynden and Karen Erickson
    Orleans, Ontario

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