LAUREL, MD/STOUGHTON/BLACKSBURG, VA-Devoted mother, grandmother and friend, Janice E. (Leavenworth) Palmer of Laurel, Maryland and Stoughton, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wis.
She was born in her mother's family farmhouse in Bradford County, Herrick Township, Pennsylvania on June 28, 1924. Twelve years ago she was preceded in death by her beloved husband John G. Palmer, mother and father Vera and Arthur Leavenworth, and brothers, Arthur John and Donald Leavenworth.
She is survived by her daughter Carolyn (Carrie), son-in-law Michael and their children Caleb and Camille, son John (Jack) G. Palmer, Jr., his wife Susan, and their sons Jacob and Michael, sister Ellen Wilson of Wyalusing, Penn., as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
As a child, Janice moved from Rome, N.Y. to Washington, D.C. There she attended Eastern High School. There at age 15, she met and fell in love with John, her future husband. While John served in the Navy during World War II, Janice got her degree at Strayer Business College and began her career as a legal secretary at a large law firm in Washington D.C. After the war, Janice and John married and, while living in Bladensburg, Maryland, she worked and supported them as John pursued his PHD. She left her employment after the birth of son Jack and John was stricken with a severe case of Type 1 diabetes. Janice spent much of the next fifty years faithfully caring for her husband's medical needs. After the birth of daughter Carrie, they moved to the USDA Forest Disease Laboratory outside Laurel, Maryland where John was director. Janice served in many capacities, always contributing and organizing for the things and people near to her heart, her church and her children, husband and family. While Carrie was in middle school, they moved to Madison, Wisconsin where John worked at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory. Upon retirement, they moved to Blacksburg, Virginia for the next decade, followed their relocation to Stoughton, Wisconsin to be nearer to Carrie, Jack and the grandchildren.
Her final few months were spent in Milwaukee, Wis. Janice will always be known for her affectionate and caring personality, sharing her compassionate heart and lending an friendly and judgement free ear to any one who might need it. She made friends easily and was always happy to give a hug. As a devoted Christian and member of the Methodist Church, Janice remained active throughout her life in Bible study, choir and numerous church activities, working well into her 80's at the Food Pantry at her church . She loved gardening, reading, the Packers. She was very proud of her grandchildren and loved attending their activities and celebrations.
Funeral services will be held at UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF STOUGHTON, 525 Lincoln Ave. Stoughton, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, with the Rev. Dr. Dawn Jeffers Ramstad presiding. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the church from 11a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Stoughton United Methodist Church Choir or the Stoughton Senior Center, 248 W. Main Street, Stoughton WI, 53589.
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