Nancy A. Palmer

Age 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Shorewood on Saturday, July 16, 2022. She was born in Peoria on September 15, 1932 to the late George and Hazel Geltmaker.  On December 7, 1954, Nancy married John Palmer and lived in Peoria until they relocated to Shorewood in 1970.  He preceded her in death in 1995.  Also preceding her in death a sister, Evelyn Ross, and brothers, Jack, Thomas, Leroy, and Gene Geltmaker.

Nancy had a love for sewing and crafting throughout her life.  She also enjoyed vacationing with her family in Florida.  Because of her welcoming personality, she made lifelong friends in her neighborhood that became her second family.  Nancy was the beloved “Aunt Nancy” to countless nieces and nephews. She was “Nana” to her granddaughters and became “Nana” to so many others over the years due to her caring and generosity.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Teresa (Robert) Adams and Sue Palmer; and her granddaughters, Meghan (Patrick) Jones and Alyson Adams.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Her family will honor her with a private memorial service at a later date. Memorials in her name to Lightways Hospice of Joliet would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet. For information, please call 815-741-5500, or to leave an online condolence, visit her Memorial Tribute page at