Name: Georganne Genevieve Zeller
Given Name: Georganne Genevieve
Birth: 8 Mar 1929 in Blue Island, Cook, Illinois
Death: 11 Feb 2014 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana of Complications from a small stroke, which led to pneumonia and a collapsed windpipe and lung.
Burial: 20 Oct 2014 Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery, Oak Lawn, Illinois. Atonement 189C #3.
Change Date: 28 Sep 2017 at 13:42:42
Notes for Georganne Genevieve Zeller Parker:
Georganne's father George J. Zeller, Jr. named her Georganne because his own name was George, his father's name was George, and since his third child was also his third daughter (after Rita Marie Zeller and Terese Louise Zeller) he thought that he should name his thirs daughter using a variation of George, in case he never had a son. George J. Zeller later did have two sons, George Richard Zeller and John Joseph Zeller.
Georganne wasn't given a middle name when she was born. But she did take her Aunt Genevieve's name as her confirmation name and thereafter used Genevieve as her unofficial middle name. But before or while applying for a Social Security number she made Genevieve her legal middle name. After getting married, she sometimes signed her name as Georganne G. Parker.
Georganne Zeller attended St. Barnabas Catholic Elementary School. Then she was a student at the all-girls Academy of Our Lady High School, which was also known as Longwood Academy. That school closed in 1999.
After she graduated from high school, Georganne liked going to the beach along Lake Michigan, in Chicago. But after some of that, her mother told Georganne she would have to get an outside job, or else work as a clerk in the family hardware store. Georganne got a job at an insurance exchange in Chicago. Later, she got a job at United Airlines. There she did office work, such as pro-rating ticket money to other airlines when passengers made connecting stops using both United and other airlines, but they had paid the total fare to United.
Before she got married, Georganne lived in a house at 8640 S. Honore St., Chicago. That is the same address listed on Georganne's father's 1954 death certificate. So that house is where Georganne and her parents moved to after the Zeller Hardware building (including the apartment above) was sold in 1952.
Georganne had the forethought to write down major things that happened during her life. She wrote that on February 12, 1954, while at a dance in Chicago, an unknown man named Paul Joseph Parker walked up to her and said to her, "Will you have the next dance with me?" Georganne replied, "Sure".
Georganne's father George died exactly two months later.
Two and a half years after meeting, the couple got married. A little while before the wedding, Georganne's mother Teresa asked her oldest brother (actually half-brother)--Georganne's 68 year old Uncle Tom Shanahan--to travel from his home in Philadelphia to Chicago, to give Georganne away at her wedding. Even though Tom wasn't feeling well, he was at Georganne's wedding and reception, wearing a tuxedo. Tom died less than five months later.
A photo of the couple's wedding invitation:
The wedding happened at the early hour of 10:00 a.m. on October 6, 1956, at Saint Ethelreda Catholic Church, at 88th and Paulina Streets, in Chicago. Georganne's maid of honor was her cousin Carol Ann Reed, the daughter of Georganne's mother's sister Anastasia "Anne" Reed. Georganne's sister Rita O'Connor was a bridesmaid. Paul's best man was his brother Bob, and their youngest brother Rich was an usher.
The couple's first residence was a house at 3422 W. 60th Place, Chiccago. Their rent was $24 per week.
After an unknown number of months there, the couple moved to Long Beach, California. There, Georganne gave birth to three children; Lawrence Paul "Larry" Parker, in 1958; James Francis "Jim" Parker, in 1961; and George Edward Parker on February 9, 1963. But due to what now would be a fairly easily handled medical complication, the baby George was stillborn.
Georganne made at least one trip back to Chicago with her young son Larry in late 1959 or 1960, while Paul remained in California. Georganne's mother made at least three trips from Chicago to Long Beach during the seven or so years the Paul Parker family lived there. The three surviving parents of Paul and Georganne made a trip to visit during the week after Christmas of 1962.
The family of four moved back to the Chicago area in the summer of 1964, by car. Georganne then had two more children; Andrew Damien "Andy" Parker; and Suzanne "Sue" Parker. The family lived in an apartment at 8803 S. Keeler Ave. in Hometown until the summer of 1968. Then the family of six moved to a three bedroom house at 6926 W. 91st St. in Bridgeview.
After divorcing Paul Parker in 1981, Georganne bought a mobile home in Justice, Illinois, using the bulk of the inheritance money she had received after her mother Teresa died on Christmas day of 1971. Georganne's son Andy lived with her for many years, until he married Sherry Bolda in August of 1994, and moved in with Sherry. After that, Georganne lived alone, but she grew comfortable there.
Georganne got a part-time job as a companion aide, helping people older than herself at their own homes.
She was a member of the Believers Assembly of God Church in Burbank. Religion was a very important part of Georganne's life. She sang and played her guitar at church prayer meetings, church services, and at nursing homes.
In her late 70s and 80s, it was Georganne who needed the help of companion aides.
She had a variety of health problems during her many years in Justice. Finally, in December of 2012, after a fall at home, she was no longer able to take care of herself. Georganne was moved to a nearby nursing home for a short period, then to a health care facility in Carmel, Indiana, near the home of her daughter, Sue Eckl.
A slideshow video of photographs from Georganne's long life is online. Search youtube.com for Georganne Parker. Choose the highest video quality. You may also download the 120 MB file at slideshow file.
127 photos from Georganne's life:
The February 13, 2014 Chicago Tribune newspaper, as well as their website, carried an obituary for Georganne:
Georganne Parker, nee Zeller. Loving mother of Larry, Jim (Belinda) Parker, Suzanne (Bob) Eckl, and the late George and Andy Parker. Cherished grandmother of Jacob (Lindsay), Haley, Sarah, and Mitchell Parker, and Emily, Kristyn, and Brooke Eckl. Treasured sister of Rita (late Don) O'Connor. Aunt to many and a friend to all. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 15th from 1 - 5pm at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home 11333 S. Central Ave. Oak Lawn, IL. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held immediately following at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Crossroads Church, 8461 State Rd. Burbank, Il. 60459. Info 708-636-1200 for complete obituary please visit www.chapelhillgardenssouth.com
A longer obituary was printed on the website of the Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery and Funeral Home:
Georganne G. Parker, 84.
Georganne Parker was born in Chicago on March 8, 1929. She was called home to be with the Lord on February 11, 2014.
Georganne graduated from Academy of Our Lady High School (Longwood Academy) in Chicago before working for an insurance company, at United Airlines, and most recently as a companion aide. Georganne had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Believers Assembly of God (now Crossroads Church) in Burbank, IL. For decades, Georganne used her God given talents for music with guitar playing and singing at church prayer meetings, church services and at nursing homes.
Georganne was predeceased by her parents, George and Teresa Zeller, sister Terese Miller and brothers, George, Richard and John Zeller and sons George and Andy Parker. Georganne is survived by her sons, Larry Parker, and Jim Parker and his wife, Beau, daughter Suzanne and her husband, Bob. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Jacob, Haley, Sarah, and Mitchell Parker, and Emily, Kristyn, and Brooke Eckl. She is also survived by her loving sister, Rita O'Connor, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feburary 15th from 1-5 p.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home, 11333 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn, IL. A Funeral Service celebrating her life will be held immediately following at 5:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Crossroads Church, 8461 S. State Rd., Burbank, IL 60459.
And I will rise when He calls my name,No more sorrow, no more pain, I will rise on eagles' wings,Before my God fall on my knees, And rise - I will rise-Chris Tomlin
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Georganne's FindAGrave memorial:
This is Larry Parker, the compiler of the information in this, my personal ancestry chart. I want to say that my mother Georganne gave her four children everything she had. That would include her time, patience, hard work at home, attention, love, and much of the little money she had. All of that happened even though mom felt tired for most of her adult life. And all of that happened while she was dealing with a difficult husband. I have never forgotten how well you treated us, mom. I helped mom financially on and off during her last three and a half decades or so on this earth, but in my mind, that still didn't pay her back for the fact that she did everything for me during my first two decades on this earth, when I most needed her help. Mom was the only person on this earth who ever loved me.
Father: George Joseph (Jr.) Zeller b: 30 Nov 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Mother: Teresa Agnes Shanahan b: 18 Oct 1895 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois c: 17 Nov 1895 in All Saints/St. Anthony Catholic Church. Chicago
Paul Joseph Parker b: 28 Oct 1929 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Divorced: Y
6 Oct 1956
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Living Parker