Wanda Palmer

May 11, 1941March 9, 2019

Wanda Palmer

Oakdale — Wanda J. Palmer, age 77, of Oakdale, passed away Mar. 9, 2019 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on May 11, 1941 in Waukegan, Illinois to the late Andrew and Marion (Rybikowskis) Urh. She married David C. Palmer June 11, 1960 in Waukegan, Illinois. Wanda was the former President and Treasurer for the Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department where she started as an EMT and she was also a Den Mother and volunteered for the Cub Scouts. Her family was her most greatest joy in life and spent every moment she could with them. She was a loving and devoted wife, sister, aunt, mother, gramma, great-gramma and friend. She was the one person you could count on if you needed anything at any time. She also had a great sense of humor. She may have been short in stature but the love she had for her family was larger than life. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her children, Carol Palmer, Glenn Palmer, Steven Palmer, Joann Horton and daughter in law Renea Wunderlin. She also leaves behind her grandkids Ashley Palmer, David Palmer, Kayla Palmer-Nobleza, Garrod Street-Palmer and his wife Danae, Jason Horton Jr. and his wife Leoness, Trent Chabot-Palmer, Dylan Wunderlin; and great-grandchildren Logan, Isaias, Jayden, Aleighna, Layla and Sevanna. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Oakdale Fire Department, 444 Chapel Hill Road, Oakdale. Donations may be made in Wanda’s honor to the American Heart Association at or to the American Kidney Fund at . Please visit to leave an online condolence for the Palmer family.


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Maria Palmer-Vertefeuille

March 17, 2019

Uncle David, Carol, Glenn Allen, Steven , Joann & Family,

When we are in great pain, suffering from loss and grieving, Grace strikes within us. It is in that moment when Grace strikes us, a wave of light breaks into the darkness. It is as though Aunt Wanda’s voice can be heard, saying “I Love You.”

One of the most precious gifts we offer to you from the Glenn J. Palmer family (encompassing numerous yet one of a kind cousins) is : our presence to comfort and listen sensitively; loving Hugs; understanding and compassion. We Rise Up to meet you so that you may find strength & peace.

Remember too, as far as anyone knows ... standing together, we are a nice, normal family! For Aunt Wanda ( I can hear her laughing).

Cheryl Burdick

March 13, 2019

Mr Palmer, Carol,Glenn,Steve, Joanne and family.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your wife,mom., grandmother. I remember her always making me laugh She will be truly missed. Sorry I can't attend her celebration of life because of work, I work till 315, know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom & Marsha Steet

March 11, 2019

David & Family,
Tom & I were extremely sad to learn of Wanda’s passing, there are no real comforting words that will remove what you all are feeling at this time.
Please know that we realize what a Hugh Rock Wanda was to your family, not only her love and care of all of you. Wanda was the true Heart of your family and protector of the kids, I saw the “Mama Bear” in her and respected her greatly for her Love, Care and Pride in her family..
She also had a great laugh and her Love was boundless.
Tom & Marsha