Jeanne 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:
P.O. Box 97
Rives Junction, MI 49277
Children’s Shelter of Cebu
P.O. Box 247
Cambridge, MN 55008
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).