LITTLE FALLS – Barbara Trotto Palmer, a life-long resident of Little Falls, New York, passed away in her home, on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Barb was born November 7, 1940, to Mike and Nellie (Urgo) Trotto, in Little Falls, New York. She was a Class of ’58’ graduate from Little Falls High School. She was married to Kenneth Palmer, on February 11, 1961, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Little Falls. Barb began her working career with the New York State Department of Health as a stenographer, immediately out of high school. She later worked at both the Monroe Street and Church Street Elementary Schools as an administrative assistant and eventually worked for the school district superintendent before returning to the New York State Department of Health, from which she officially retired.
Barb was very active within her community. She served as the President of the Little Falls Hospital Guild, President of the Rosary Society, Service Team Chairman for the Girl Scouts of America, an Election Poll Worker, and District Treasurer/Clerk Typist for the Little Falls City School District, as well as serving on numerous church committees. After retirement, she began her second career as a member of the Little Falls City School Board for over 20 years, having also served as both the Vice President and President. She dedicated herself to the children of her community and had a vision to help every student academically, socially, and emotionally. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for her many accomplishments as a member of the BOE. She remained an active member through the current school year.
Barb is survived by her husband, Ken; their four children, Debora (Brian) House, of Ruckersville, VA, Laura Palmer (Rick Arduini), of Little Falls, Kenneth (Christine Walker) Palmer, of East Syracuse and Donald Palmer, of Little Falls. She was Grandmother “Momma” to Jessica House (Justin) Gibson, Danielle House (Zac) Allen, Andrew House, Alexandra Cummings, Jacqueline Cummings (Will) Dawson, Nena Cummings (Jonathan) Carr, Tristan Cummings, David (Amber Vickery) Palmer, Margaret Palmer, Jesse Palmer (Tara Arduini), Jenna Palmer, Samantha Palmer; and Great-Grandmother “Nona” to Breanna, Leah, and Emily Allen, Rebecca and McKenna Gibson, and Esther Carr. She is also survived by one sister, Elvira Ferjanec; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and countless friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; and five siblings, Mary Colangelo, Josephine Zambri, Louise Guisto, Louis Trotto, and Daniel Trotto. Barb never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. Her family was her pride and joy.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Razia and her staff, the nurses at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital and the Hospice Care Staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020, at 11:00 AM, at the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main & John Streets, in Little Falls, with Rev. Brian Slezak, Pastor, Celebrating her Mass of Christian Burial, and then interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, New York. Calling hours for family will be held privately at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Little Falls.
Barb’s funeral arrangements have been made with her friends, Harry J. Enea Jr., Kevin E. Enea & Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 823-2424.
An online memorial page in her honor may be viewed by visiting www.eneafamily.com on the Internet, provided by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, in Little Falls, New York.