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MaryAnn (Piurkowski) Palmer

July 21, 1934 ~ December 15, 2018 (age 84)

MaryAnn  (Piurkowski) Palmer 84, of rural Stoddard died Saturday December 15, 2018 at her home.  She was born on July 21, 1934 in Chicago Il to Stanley and Bernice (Kowalski) Pazdzioch. She was the youngest sister to Irene, Geri and Delores.

MaryAnn met and married Walter Piurkowski and they had two sons, Glen and Dale. They moved to Wisconsin in 1966 to a small farm on Hunder Coulee. “The Farm” became a gathering place for family and friends from Chicago. No one can forget the reward of a large bowl of ice cream after a long days work. Wally passed away suddenly in 1977. MaryAnn then went to work at Gundersen Lutheran. Her smiling face and beautiful personality was met by many as she worked at the Information Desk for most of her 23 years.

MaryAnn met and later married John (Jake) Palmer in 1980. They loved to go to garage sales, and gambling.  They became snowbirds wintering in Arizona for a few years settling back on Hunder Coulee in a home overlooking “The Farm”.

MaryAnn was the most beautiful person inside and out, yet she was the one telling everyone else how beautiful they were. She truly had a gift to make everyone that knew her feel special. The earth really was a better place by having her on it. She will be forever missed!

She is survived by her husband, Jake, sons Glen (Lynn) and Dale (Penny) Piurkowski. Step-children; Vicky (Todd) Haefer, Danny (Heidi) Palmer, Wanda (Jared Greeno) Palmer, and Judi Palmer. Her grandchildren; Seth (Tiffany Richardson), Adam (Stephanie) Piurkowski, and Jenna (Brian) Kolve, Nikki (Ryan) Venner, Jason (Amy) Piurkowski, and Alex and Zach Engstler. Great-grandkids; Gavin, Addison and Rylee, Kendall, Braelyn, and Savanna Piurkowski, Brock, Camryn, and Kylee Venner, Grace and Josie Piurkowski. Her sisters, Geraldine Jurewicz and Delores Bettencourt, also brothers-in-law; Jerry (Audrey) Palmer, Ronald (Mary) Palmer, and sister-in-law Sharon (Bradley) Johnson and many nieces and nephews. Also, old friends Arlene Crisp and Marty Osinski.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wally, and sister Irene Kaminski.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2018 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Genoa, WI.  Visitation will be from 10:00 am until service time. Online condolences may be given at 

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