Helen Bouchard Palmer
Sept. 1, 1924 — Sept. 7, 2015
Helen Bouchard Palmer died on Sept. 7, 2015, at home surrounded by
Helen Palmer was born on Sept. 1, 1924, to Angie and George Bouchard.
She grew up in Oconomowoc and graduated from Oconomowoc High School.
After graduation she joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), where she
attained the rank of tech sergeant during World War II. After her
military service, she attended Marquette University, where she received
a degree in journalism.
She married James D. Palmer in 1948 and they had seven children
together. They helped run the family businesses: Hartland Sand and
Gravel, Lakeland Concrete and Waukesha Redi-Mix.
Helen also had careers as a reporter for the Lake Country Reporter,
Koepp Realty and Ethan Allen.
Helen was an avid reader, gifted writer and was a passionate bridge
player. She loved to travel and made several trip to Europe as well as
Jamaica, Mexico and Canada and most of the U.S.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; son Mark, and brother,
Helen is survived by her children Janet, Kevin, Maureen, Barry (Betty),
Cormac (Tanya) and Brian; and granddaughters Karina and Sierra. She is
further survived by her sister, Doris Halek; sister-in-law, Carol Palmer
(John); numerous nieces and nephews and special friends Sue De Cleene
and Helen Jones.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Charles Parish,
Hartland, with a visitation starting at 10 a.m. followed by Mass at 11
In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorials to Hebron House or
Oconomowoc Alcoholics Anonymous or the charity of your choice.