Mrs. Patricia M. Montalbano of Millsboro, DE passed away at home on Friday, June 25, 2021. She was 77 years old.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Peter and Mary Pratka Dolan.
Pat began her work career as a telephone operator on Wall Street because ‘that was where the money was’. She went on to advance through the ranks to become a major municipal bond fund manager for Chase Manhattan, Citibank and finally Prudential Insurance, breaking down the ‘old boys’ network and the glass ceiling that most people didn’t know existed at each step along the way. In the process she was a founding member of the NYC Municipal Bond Women’s Forum and was frequently asked to speak at major financial functions throughout the country.
Work did not consume her, though, and she enjoyed many happy summers on Fire Island, NY where she and her future husband, Vincent met, started dating and eventually purchased a summer home.
The true core of her life became their son, Gregory Dolan Montalbano, who came along in 1989.
After moving from NYC to New Jersey and then retiring she and Vince settled in Delaware in a close-knit residential community that ‘reminded her of Fire Island’.
Her quick wit, keen intelligence and scintillating smile will be missed by all who knew, admired and came to love her.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 39 years, Vincent F. Montalbano, Jr. of Millsboro, DE; a son Greg Montalbano and his wife Whitney of Scotch Plains, NJ; a sister Maureen Murphy (Kevin) of Brooklyn, NY, and a brother John Dolan (Linda) of Riegelsville, PA. She also leaves behind six nieces and nephews Peter Dolan, Dennis Montalbano, Andrea Montalbano, Tiva Montalbano, Tea Rich and Daniel Montalbano as well as numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family, and friends.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Patricia’s memory to Special Olympics of New Jersey, 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73223 or the YWCA of Elizabeth New Jersey, 1131 E. Jersey St. Elizabeth, NJ 07201.
Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com
Special Olympics New Jersey
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville NJ 08648
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City OK 73123
YWCA OF ELIZABETH NEW JERSEY
1131 E. JERSEY ST., ELIZABETH NJ 07201