Marilouise Palmer Obituary
 
In Memory of

Marilouise Palmer

November 21, 1923 - June 27, 2014
Obituary

On Friday, June 27th, 2014 loving wife and mother Marilouise Palmer, passed away at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. In 1923, Marilouise was born into a vibrant Swiss and Irish family at Morton Hospital in San Francisco. Her grandfather, an immigrant, was co-founder of Franco-Swiss Winery. Her father, Albert Volper, was born in Conn Valley and later resided at the corner of Zinfandel Lane and the Silverado Trail. In 1922 he married Marie Devlin, from San Francisco. Like his father Albert was a vintner, but the Volper ranch was a considerable one, and he also had poultry and livestock to manage. Growing up in this context, Marilouise acquired...
On Friday, June 27th, 2014 loving wife and mother Marilouise Palmer, passed away at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
In 1923, Marilouise was born into a vibrant Swiss and Irish family at Morton Hospital in San Francisco. Her grandfather, an immigrant, was co-founder of Franco-Swiss Winery. Her father, Albert Volper, was born in Conn Valley and later resided at the corner of Zinfandel Lane and the Silverado Trail. In 1922 he married Marie Devlin, from San Francisco.
Like his father Albert was a vintner, but the Volper ranch was a considerable one, and he also had poultry and livestock to manage. Growing up in this context, Marilouise acquired the famous Volper industriousness. There were always chores awaiting her-gathering eggs, cleaning, and helping with deliveries-but there was also time for play in the nearby Napa River.
When Marilouise was twelve, the ranch was sold and the family moved to Alexander Court in St. Helena, where Albert and Marie lived until 1947. Marilouise attended the Ursuline Academy, conveniently located next to them (Albert even built a stile so that she could climb over the fence to get to school every morning).
After graduating from St. Helena High School, Marilouise went to live with her aunt in San Francisco and enrolled in a nurse training program at French Hospital.
Six months short of certification, Marilouise left her studies to wed high school sweetheart Edward Palmer, Jr. World War II was then in its final, harrowing year and Ed was scheduled to report for duty in the Pacific theater. They were joined in marriage at St. Joan of Arc parish in 1945.
After Ed had returned home from the war, the couple started a construction business. Marilouise answered phones, ran errands and handled payroll for the small company. Along with sister Petite, Marilouise also cleaned the houses Ed completed, preparing them for occupancy. During this time they lived at various locations around town but dreamed of building their own house: the one on Dean York Lane that would become their home for 50 years.
Marilouise also worked for Dr. George Wood's practice in St. Helena.
In the early 1960s Marilouise stepped back from nursing to raise her sons Charlie, and then John. This was the beginning of her many years of volunteer work within the St. Helena Unified School District. Marilouise enjoyed her role as a mother and treated all of Charlie's and John's friends as if they were also her children.
When John joined 4-H in the 80s, Marilouise was, of course, ready to volunteer, and she eventually organized a popular gardening group. She was also a member of the altar society of St. Helena Catholic Church.
In the 90s, Marilouise and Ed retired and developed a passion for travel. In recent years her trips were limited to a few hours but she seldom turned down the chance to take a drive with her family, and she delighted old friends and former neighbors a few weeks ago when she ventured out for twilight cocktails on Memorial Day.
Marilouise is survived by her son John, his wife Abigail and their children Charles and Gisella, sister Petite Abruzzini, sister-in-law Shirley Hunley and her husband Bob, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband Edward, son Charlie, sister Albertine Perata, brother-in-law Frank Perata, brother-in-law Jack Abruzzini, and sister-in-law Ramona Delong.

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