Nellie C. Pallotta of North Tonawanda, who did volunteer work with developmentally disabled children, died Jan. 22 in ElderWood Health Care at Crestwood, Niagara Falls, following a lengthy illness. She was 87.
Born Nellie Thursby in Lakeside, Mich., she moved with her family as an infant to rural Canada and then several years later to North Tonawanda. She graduated from North Tonawanda High School.
She worked in sales at a number of stores, including in the cosmetics section at Parson's pharmacy in the City of Tonawanda and at Kay's drug store in Kenmore.
She retired in the 1970s.
Mrs. Pallotta was past president of the North Tonawanda Action for Retarded Children and a former board member of the Niagara County Chapter of the New York State Association for Retarded Children, now Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. In 1974, she received the Leadership and Help award from the state association.
Mrs. Pallotta also was former chairwoman of the Ohio Street Day Camp, a program for disabled children in North Tonawanda.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Angelo; a daughter, Judith Ann Miskho, and a son, Louis H., both of North Tonawanda; and a sister, Ruth L. Peters of Lansing, Mich.