Major Pearl Rae (Hanson) Palomaki, a Salvation Army Officer, retired, of Marinette, was peacefully Promoted to Glory from Sun Valley Homes II. She died of heart failure at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, after receiving tender care from a number of ministries, including Unity Hospice.
    Pearl was born at home “on the kitchen table at the back door” on April 16, 1932, in Menekaunee, Wis., to John Norman and Ruth (Jossart) Hanson, the first of their two daughters. Pearl worked in a few different jobs after graduating from Marinette High School and entered The Salvation Army Training College in Chicago in 1951 to begin studies toward officership. She was commissioned as a probationary lieutenant in 1952 to continue studies while in actual field work before receiving first lieutenant status. Pearl met her husband to be, Cadet G. Howard Palomaki, while in training and married on Sept. 10, 1955. The marriage produced four children: Joel Howard of Champaign, Ill., Randall Lee of Eau Claire, Wis., Joy Catherine of Leavenworth, Kan., and Steven Lowell, also of Eau Claire.
    The Palomakis retired from active officership in 1997 after 54 years of service and chose Marinette as their retirement home, living next door to the house in which Pearl was born. She continued her participation in Salvation Army activity until declining health caused a severe sideline. During their officership, the Palomakis traveled some beyond the United States borders, visiting Canada, the British Isles, Jordan and Israel, often with fellow Salvationists. Pearl was proud to represent Menekaunee, Marinette and the Green Bay Packers wherever she went; most recently wearing her green and gold Packer wear on game day.
    A private Committal Service is planned for a later date.
    Cremation services are being provided through Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home of Marinette.