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June Hall of Fame Resident of the Month

6/1/2022

Congratulations to our June Resident of the Month Jeannette Palcisko!! Thank you for all you do!!
Jeannette grew up in the City of Seven Hills from age 5, along with her parents Joanne and Dave, and siblings John, David, Christine, Andrea and Angela.  Her parents were both active in the community when she was growing up.  Her father was a coach for both boys and girls teams in the Seven Hills Baseball Federation, (and was her coach for 7 years), he also was a CYO Track Coach at St Columbkille as well as a lifetime parishioner, he coached girls basketball at Padua, and was elected to Ward 1 Councilman in fall 2005 until his passing in December, 2005.  Joanne Palcisko was very active in the campaigns for Richard Dellaquila and Tony Biasiotti, and was also appointed Treasurer of the City of Seven Hills.  It was her parent's example that instilled in her to serve others and planted the humanitarian qualities.
Jeannette attended John Glenn Elementary, Hillside Middle School and Normandy High School, participating in their softball, basketball and volleyball teams.  After growing up in Seven Hills she moved to Parma and other surrounding cities, and raised 3 children, Randy, Shannon and Rocky and worked 2 jobs to help put them through college.  She began working at The Garland Company in Cleveland in 1996, and it was there that her service to others and animal rescue began.  She helped rescue over 15 stray or abandoned dogs while working at Garland over 26 years.  She organized an "Adopt A Family" fundraiser for many years, collecting clothing and toys for a needy family and delivered the gifts in time for Christmas.  She tutored on her lunch hour around the corner at Paul Revere Elementary on E. 93rd.  In 2019 she joined a National Donor Registry after reading a Chicago father's story about his 12 year old son desperately needing a kidney transplant.  She offered to test across the miles and was found to be an exact match.  With a government grant, she flew to Chicago and underwent extensive kidney transplant testing at Northwest Medical Center and was approved to be the boy's donor in September 2019.  Two weeks before their scheduled transplant, the boy received a cadaver kidney in place of hers.  She still keeps in touch with the boys' family and sends holiday and birthday gifts each year.  Jeannette also created a Facebook Page that went viral for a Boca Raton, Florida Doctor that needed a liver transplant after she could not donate hers.  The doctor found a match and received a successful transplant in 2020 at the Cleveland Clinic. 
This past fall she purchased her parents' home, the home she grew up in, after her mother's passing and is now residing there.   She is recently retired and volunteers in the morning at the Northeast Ohio SPCA, a non profit Pet Shelter.  She takes care of the shelter dogs and particularly works with the abused and frightened dogs to help rehabilitate them and help them get adopted.  She makes many social media posts on shelter dogs that desperately need adopting.  Currently she is starting the beginning phase of helping raise funds to provide a Safe Haven Baby Box for the Cleveland area and surrounding areas, where young frightened mothers can anonymously surrender newborns  under the Safe Haven Law.  She is speerheading this project in memory of her 15 year old nephew, David Robert Palcisko, a St. Edwards Freshman who unexpectedly passed away this past January. 
In addition to her humanitarian efforts, she spends time taking care of her elderly neighbors with snow shoveling or other tasks that are needed.  She also spends much of her free time with her four grandchildren, Kira, Caleb, Jace and Journi and enjoys taking them to the park, zoo and carnivals and other events.