Pam Antonaccio, active in Morris County politics, Morris Plains civic scene, and ‘Fashions by Pam’ Morristown shop, has died

Pam Antonaccio
Pam Antonaccio


Palma (Pam) C. Antonaccio passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, with her loving family by her side, at the age of 88. Pam was a lifelong resident of the Morristown/Morris Plains area. She attended Morristown schools, graduating from Morristown High School in 1947.

Pam was a legal secretary for many years at the Morristown law firm of Malehorn & Wiley and Sirota. After retirement she pursued a lifelong dream of owning her own business, opening a boutique women’s wear shop, “Fashions by Palma,” on South Street in Morristown. 

Known to her peers as a cheerful, happy person with a beautiful smile, Pam’s indefatigable energy, and generous spirit motivated her to become a community leader after she moved to Morris Plains.

For more then 40 years she was very active in the Morris County Republican Club, serving in many fundraising capacities and wherever there was a need. She also gave generously of her time to the Morris Plains Municipal Alliance. Typical of Pam’s willingness to help, she worked for a time in the Morris Plains tax office during a shortage of personnel. 

As a community leader, she served for a time as president of the New Jersey Legal Secretary’s Association. She also was president of the Morris Plains Senior Citizens Association for five years, and founded the Red Hats Association, serving as Queen.

Through the years Pam also served as a vital member of the Class of ’47 Reunion Committee, often as Chairman.

Pam is survived two loving sons, Frank of Randolph, and his companion Colleen; and Mark and Fran of Denville. She was predeceased by her husband Frank (Rocco) in 1988.

Surviving are her sisters, Jean Cipparulo of Morris Plains and Marie Pfeifer of Morristown, and her brother Leonard and his wife Nancy of Las Vegas.

Friends and family are invited to gather at Dangler Funeral Home, 600 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, from 2-5pm

A Mass will be said in Pam’s honor at St. Virgil’s Church on Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 am, with interment at Holy Rood Cemetery, Morris Township, following the Mass.

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