THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: June 10, 2020
Joanne (Langer) Parmelee, 91, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Born July 24, 1928 in Green Bay, shortly thereafter, she became the adopted daughter of A.J. and Vera Langer of Marinette. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes School from first grade until her graduation in 1946. In seventh grade, she began studying voice with Professor George Graham of the Chicago Musical College, meeting him bimonthly in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and she enjoyed the trips to Milwaukee on the虠". After graduation, she attended Mount Mary College in Milwaukee continuing her studies with Mr. Graham, as he was a guest professor at Mount Mary. She graduated from Mount Mary in 1950 and moved to Chicago and continued her studies with Mr. Graham.
She appeared in several musicals with different theater groups and sang several nights a week at Tony's Cellar on Rush Street, a popular Italian lounge. She married Frank Parmelee at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago in 1953. An Army Reserve member, he was deployed to Japan and she traveled to Japan by freighter when housing became available in Tokyo. She worked for the USO, training people who were sent to entertain the troops. She then became Registrar at Yoyogi Elementary School for service personnel.
Returning to the states, she then resided in Champaign, Ill. while her husband completed his education at the University of Illinois. She returned to Menominee and was a member of the St. William's Church before joining Holy Redeemer Church where she served as Lector and Extraordinary Minister.
She is survived by eight children, Joan Heenahan of Arbor Vitae, Dr. Andrea Parmelee of Ventura, Ca., Laura (Dennis) Ebben of Pound, Daniel (Jayne) Parmelee of Menominee, Anne (Mark) Brys of Lansing, Mi., Jennifer Christianson of Mesa, Az., Priscilla Parmelee of Topsail, N.C. and Monica Parmelee of Marinette; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Gail Langer of Marinette.
Including her parents, Al and Vera Langer, she was preceded in death by an infant twin daughter, Martha Jane; two sons, Perry and Christopher; a son-in-law, David Christianson; two brothers, Jack and Francis and many aunts; uncles and cousins.
Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family. A private service will be held close to her birthday. Burial will be in Birch Creek Cemetery.