Obituary of Nancy Lee Allocco
Nancy Lee Allocco, formerly of New Vernon, NJ, died on April 14, 2019 after a long illness. Her husband of 61 years, Thomas J. Allocco, predeceased her on December 11, 2018. She is survived by her daughter, Laura (Allocco) Keezing of Avon, CT, son, Scott J. Allocco of Santa Fe, NM, son, Neil J. Allocco, and daughter, Lee Anne Allocco of Long Valley, NJ. In addition to their four children, Nancy and Tom are also survived by eight grandchildren, Sarah Keezing Gay, David Keezing, Zoe Allocco, Faulkner Allocco, Simeon Allocco, Tripp Infinito, Devon Infinito and Topher Infinito and three great grandchildren, Hudson, Ginger and Rosebud Gay, all of whom were their pride and joy.
Nancy was born in Aurora, IN on February 2, 1933 to her parents Charles and Charlotte Campbell. After growing up in Kentucky with her beloved little brother John Campbell, who predeceased her in 1995, she attended the University of Kentucky, where she was a proud member of the Delta Zeta sorority. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1954, Nancy moved to San Diego, California where she was a public school teacher. It was there that she met her future husband, who was serving in the United States Navy. The couple were married on June 30, 1957 at the Naval Air Station, in Coronado, CA.
After her husband's military service ended the young couple moved to Huntington, Long Island in 1959, where three of their four children were born. They then moved to the family homestead on Blue Mill Road in New Vernon, NJ in 1965, where they remained for over thirty years before retiring to Chester, NJ in 2000 and then Long Valley, NJ in 2009 to live with their youngest daughter Lee, who cared for them in the last decade of their lives.
Once their children reached school age, Nancy started a new career as the Court Administrator for the Harding Township Municipal Court. In the early days of her work in the 1970's, the Harding Township "court and municipal administration" was located on the second floor of the New Vernon Firehouse. Harding Township only established a true Town Hall in 1980, with the completion of the Kirby Municipal Building on Blue Mill Road. After 24 years Nancy retired in 2000.
In addition to being a loving mother and wife, Nancy was also very active in the New Vernon community. She was a member of the New Vernon Women's Auxiliary and both she and her husband were lifelong members of the New Vernon Presbyterian Church, where eight generations of their family have attended. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and bake. Best known for her famous carrot cake that graced most birthday parties and church functions for decades.
The Allocco family invites their friends and relatives to join them for a viewing at the Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ on Monday, April 22 from 4-8 pm. A graveside ceremony will occur at the New Vernon Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, April 23 at 11 am followed by a lunch reception at the New Vernon Firehouse 22 Village Rd immediately following.
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