Donna M. Palmer
12/13/1946 - 05/08/2024

Donna Marie Palmer, beloved wife, devoted mother, cherished friend, and pillar of her Chatham community for over 60 years, passed away peacefully on May 8th, 2024. Donna was born on December 13, 1946, in Norfolk, England, to the late Dominick Bocchino and Vera Lubbock.

Donna leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion that will continue to inspire all who knew her. She is survived by her devoted husband, William Palmer of Chatham, her loving sons Bill Palmer and his wife Valerie of Chatham, Patrick Palmer and his wife Susan of Oldwick, and Joseph Palmer and his wife Tracee of Pittstown. She is also survived by her brothers Dominick Bocchino and his wife Delores of Madison, Joseph Bocchino and his wife Judy of Madison, the late Jean Soanes and her husband Michael of Gosport, England, and Lance Keeler and his wife June of Norwich, England, as well as her nine cherished grandchildren: Jessie, Nick, Emma, Ellie, Ryan, Joseph, Andrew, Christian, and Grace, and one great-grandchild, Theo. Additionally, she leaves behind countless dear friends whose lives she enriched with her kindness and grace.

Her journey as a baby to the United States was one filled with great surprise, as she was carried off the military plane by none other than the legendary Bob Hope. Settling in Madison, NJ, Donna met the love of her life, Bill Palmer, they married on November 9, 1963. Together, they embarked on a journey of love, family, and adventure. Donna was not only a dedicated wife and mother, but also a certified hair stylist and successful real estate agent. As her husband Bill opened Chatham Collision Repair in 1980, Donna served as the office manager and bookkeeper. Beyond her professional pursuits, Donna’s heart belonged to her family and community.

Summers were spent at their Mantoloking, New Jersey home, while winters were enjoyed in Naples, Florida. Retirement ushered in a new chapter of exploration and discovery as Donna and Bill traversed the globe together, creating cherished memories along the way.

Donna’s warmth and generosity touched the lives of many. Whether hosting luncheons at their beach house or presiding over the book club gatherings in Chatham, Donna’s hospitality knew no bounds. Her love extended to her beloved golden retrievers, who were a constant source of joy and companionship. An active member of various community organizations, Donna was a valued member of The Woman’s Club of Chatham and served as treasurer for The Farm & Garden Club, and Fortnightly Club of Summit.

Donna will be deeply missed but fondly remembered for her unwavering love, generosity, and zest for life. May her spirit continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Visitation will be at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home on Monday, May 13 from 4pm to 8pm. There will be a mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, May 14 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chatham followed by committal service at St. Vincent Martyr Cemetery in Madison, NJ.

Funeral Home:
Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home
Visitation Hours:
Wm. A. Bradley & Son, 345 Main St. Chatham on Monday, May 13 from 4pm to 8pm
St. Patrick's Church, 85 Washington Ave. Chatham on Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00am
St. Vincent Martyr Cemetery, Shunpike Rd. Madison
Bradley Funeral Homes
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