Jean Panier
1924 - 2021
Jean Harker Panier
Born: March 8, 1924
Died: July 23, 2021
Jean Harker Panier died July 23, 2021.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jean was born March 8, 1924 in LeMars, Iowa to Leslie and Hazel (Riegel) Harker. The family moved from Iowa to Granville, Illinois when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Hopkins Township High School in 1942, and married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Panier on December 20, 1943 while he was on a weekend pass from the Army, serving in World War II.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church, in which she sang in the choir for over 40 years, and was a member of the church board. Her love of music included singing in the Sweet Adeline's Chapter in Ottawa, participating in the Putnam County Educational Foundation for 10 years, which put on musicals every year to benefit the local high school and she sang in the Putnam County Chorus.
She worked at Hopkins High School for 14 years as a cook. She then served for 13 years as Chief Deputy to the County Clerk at the Putnam County Court House.
She volunteered many years at the Shop and Save in Granville.
Her great joy was working with flowers including hybrid day lilies, iris and hostas. She was well known by many people throughout the area for her beautiful garden. She also loved watching butterflies from the time she could walk. She felt closest to God when she went to the Granville Grade School to teach and share her love of butterflies with the children and when she worked to hybridize her amazing day lilies.
She is survived by her two daughters, Jan (Ted) Querciagrossa and Joyce Zellmer, both of Peoria, AZ, and one son James (Jennifer) Panier of Plainfield, IL; four grandchildren, Dana Querciagrossa of Costa Mesa, CA, Brandon (Bridget) Querciagrossa of Phoenix, AZ, Krista (Mark) Platte of Waverly, IA and Eric (Leigh) Zellmer of Trabuco Canyon, CA.; nine great-grandchildren, and her sister Donna Wink of Golden, CO.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe in 2020; sister Shirle Anderson; her brothers-in-law, Ivan Anderson and Ray Wink; and son-in-law, Ron Zellmer.
Memorials may be directed to the family for later distribution to their favorite charities.
Published by Putnam County Record from Jul. 30 to Aug. 4, 2021.
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