Jerald Jerry Palmersheim

jerald palmersheim
Jerald “Jerry” E. Palmersheim, age 65, of Elma, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at his home. A Memorial Service will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, Iowa. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Elma, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, Iowa and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences for Jerry’s family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Jerald “Jerry” Edward Palmersheim was born on June 27, 1954 to Earl and Delberta (Joerger) Palmersheim in New Hampton, Iowa. Jerry attended Immaculate Conception school in Elma. He then attended and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1972. Jerry was employed at Howard County Equity for five years before becoming employed at Ludwig Plumbing and Heating. Jerry later purchased the business and operated it until 1993. He then worked as a maintenance technician for the Howard-Winneshiek School District for 26 years. Jerry was united in marriage to Mary Jane Gardner on May 11, 1974 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. The couple made their home near Elma where they raised their family and have lived ever since. Jerry was well known for a wonderful sense of humor. He was fond of craft or dark beers which friends and family lovingly referred to as “weird beers”. Jerry’s family and especially his children benefited from his “Mr. Fix-it” skills. Camping and bicycling were dear to his heart. Jerry is survived by his wife Mary Jane of Elma, Iowa; children Brian (Andrea) Palmersheim of Iowa City, Iowa, Nick Palmersheim of Newton, Iowa and Suzy (David) Werimont of Byron, Minnesota; grandchildren Addison, Anna, Molly, Kaleb and Daniel; three sisters Deann (LeRoy) Webb of Cresco, Iowa, Dorothy (Joe) Weida of Traer, Iowa and Mary (Mike) Wenzel of Oxford, Ohio; eight brothers Tom (Patty) Palmersheim of Nashua, Iowa, Pete (Connie) Palmersheim of Austin, Texas, Dan (Marian) Palmersheim of Marion, Iowa, Roger (Patty) Palmersheim of New Hartford, Iowa, Mike Palmersheim of Wabasha, Minnesota, Joe (Joanie) Palmersheim of Atkins, Iowa, Ed Palmersheim of Cresco, Iowa and Tim (Belinda) Palmersheim of Ankeny, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Delberta Palmersheim.

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  1. Mary -So sad to hear – lots of good memories, school years and after. I really regret not keeping in touch. My sincere sympathy to you and the family. Dave Boss

  2. Mary Jane, sending many prayers and love for all of your family and Jerry’s multitude of friends. He was a great friend and classmate! Many wonderful memories. Always a smile on his face and brought joy to many. RIP Jerry!!

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family and friends. We are sorry for your loss. Bill and Joanne (Ludwig) Rausch

  4. So saddened to loose this dear friend; a constant source of smiles & jokes, someone who’d drop anything to help a friend, who had a knack of being to fix anything. Our bonfires will not be the same without you Jerry! Love & hugs to Mary, Brian, Nick & Suzy. -Bruce & Callie

  5. Always had a great time working with Jerry on many projects when I worked for the City of Elma, a had many of laughs.

  6. Our sincere thoughts and prayers to Mary Jane and family. May God’s comfort and care surround you all with peace and healing.

  7. Mary Jane & Family, Prayers For Strength & Peace During This Sad Time Of Loss. He Is With God & All Of His Loved Ones Gone Before. He Will Watch Over You All, With Love. Love Never Dies. Our Loved Ones Take It With Them. God bless You All. So Very Sorry For Your Loss.

  8. One of a kind guy who will always be remembered for his humor, wit, and wisdom. Whether it was around the campfire, on a bike ride, or on the job; Jerry would take the time and effort to take you under his wing to impart his pithy one liners of knowledge and comedy. Helluva guy that world will miss. Anyone will tell you, he’s a true treasure of a man if you were blessed to get to know him. Thankfully I got to🙌

  9. Oh, Mary, I’m so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Life is so not fair sometimes. I have so many fond memories of you both from my days at Howard-Winn. Jerry was the best! He always had a smile on his face and was so willing to help anyone who needed it. He truly was our “Mr. Fixer”. My thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathy are with you and your family.

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