George Michael Palko

August 16, 1953April 23, 2021

George Michael Palko, age 67, of Glendale, Arizona passed away April 23, 2021. He was born on August 16, 1953 at Sharon Regional Hospital in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He attended Sharon High School, graduating class of 1971. He continued his education at the American College of Radiology becoming a certified x-ray technician in 1973. Three years later he received certification as a nuclear medicine technologist from Presbyterian University Hospital.

In 1978, George moved to Peoria, Arizona. On May 26, 1979 he married Deborah Supel in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania and they had one son George E. Palko. He later married Julie (Erickson) Gjelhaug on December 9, 1989. They had one daughter Elizabeth (Palko) Gallen.

George worked in the radiology field for 37 years. Additionally, he was a student of history, woodworking and loved watching movies with his family. George was a member of Celebration Lutheran Church in Peoria, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife Julie, children, Amie Gjelhaug, Seth ( Kelly) Gjelhaug, Adam (Heather) Gjelhaug, George E Palko and Elizabeth ( Stephen) Gallen. Grandchildren, Kylin, Kendal and Matthew Gjelhaug (Seth), Austin and Aiden Gjelhaug (Adam) and Amelia and Oliver Gallen (Elizabeth)

He is preceded in death by his father, George R. Palko and step-mother Helen Palko, his mother, Catherine Palko, brother David Palko.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm on Saturday May 15, 2021 at Celebration of Lutheran Church 8726 W. Olive Ave Peoria, AZ


15 May

A Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Celebration of Lutheran Church

8726 W. Oliver Ave
Peoria, AZ


George Michael Palko

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Ilona Steh-Paldino

May 4, 2021

I am so sorry to hear that my cousin George has passed. It's funny how we remember each other as children at Grandma & Grandpa Palko's house. My mother was Ethel Palko Steh. George sent cards to my mother in past years. I often visited his Dad, my Uncle George when he lived in Brookfield, OH where I live. I lost my husband to cancer 3 years ago April 30. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.