Editor’s note: This obituary initially ran in September. However, the family has now set the funeral service. So we’re re-running the obituary.

Geraldine Mae Pallesen, 89, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at her residence. Born May 20, 1927 in Racine, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Julia (Nee: Fitzgerald) Lavin.

Geraldine graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1944. On April 21, 1951, she was united in marriage to Donald Pallesen who preceded her in death in 1985. Geraldine worked many years at the Peter C. Beck Company and Blickle Auto Body until the age of 75.  She then volunteered at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints until the age of 88. Geraldine enjoyed traveling, playing schafskopf and dining with friends and family.

She will be dearly missed by her two sons and families, Charles (Peggy) Pallesen and their daughters, Amy (Andrew) Acklam, Carrie Pallesen and great-granddaughter, Annabelle, Patrick (Vicki) Pallesen and their sons, Erin (Andi) Pallesen, Ryan (April) Lecont, and great-granddaughter, Peyton; good friends, Marilyn  and Darlene; niece, Carol (Gene) Simon; other relatives and many dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Kathleen.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5600 Holy Cross Road.  Relatives and friends may meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 until time of service.  Memorials to the American Cancer Society or St. Lucy’s Catholic Church have been suggested.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.