Jean was raised in Milwaukee, where she later worked at a sewing factory. She moved to Elcho in the 1960s, where she raised her family and dedicated her entire life to raising her children and grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and wonderful mother. Her family loved her cooking. She was very artistic and loved drawing and doing crafts, late night walks, camping, and being outdoors. She had a love of animals, especially her cat Speckydoodles.
Jean was a member of Upper Room Family Church, and formerly attended Monico Church. She was God-loving and strong in her faith, which never wavered.
Survivors include 2 sons, Andrew Palmer (Sherry Spofford) of Green Bay, and William Palmer of Rhinelander; 3 daughters, Jeanne (Steve) Volkman of Antigo, Andrea (Michael) Wanca of Antigo, and Melissa (Terry) Brown of Elcho; 3 grandsons who she raised as sons, John Pergler of Fond du Lac, Justin Pergler of Monico, and Jimi Palmer (Kayla Andraschko) of Antigo; 16 grandchildren, Joshua Caraballo, Kahla Caraballo, Cheyenne Volkman, Jessica Volkman, Jacob Paul Wurtinger, Colton Tyler Wurtinger, Landon Wanca, Brodie Wanca, Emma Pergler-Wanca, Sarah Greiger, Tony Brown, Allen Brown, Keisha Hasby, Tonya Palmer, Lynn Palmer, and Nathaniel Palmer; 9 great-grandchildren, Dade Bauknecht, Isaiah Bauknecht, Emma Pergler-Wanca, Monica Yarber, Mikayla Yarber, Trevon Yarber, Aaliyah Yarber, Cam’Ron Yarber, and Damajion Yarber; a great-grandson and great-granddaughter on the way; a brother, Frank (Patricia) Bocek, Jr. of Crandon; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Susan Rae and Dawn Marie Palmer; her children lost in infancy, David, Rachel, and Dana Palmer; a great-granddaughter, Yazmariah Yarber; and her brother, Cyril “Ike” Held.
A funeral service will take place on Monday at noon at Upper Room Family Church, with Pastor Shane Wheeler officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 until the time of the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Elcho Cemetery.