Annette Agnes Antoun

7 mars 192716 juin 2021

Annette Agnes Antoun, editor and publisher of The Paxton Herald, passed away June 16, 2021, after an arduous battle against injustice. She was 94. Nan, Annette, or “Mrs. A” was born March 7, 1927, to Adrien Adelman and Charlotte (McMullen) Adelman, in Franklin, Pennsylvania. She spent her early years wherever her attorney father’s work took the family: Franklin, New York, Princeton, Washington D.C., and Chevy Chase, MD, but hard times and ill health befell her father, and she grew to adulthood on a remote farm in Mercer County, struggling with her mother and younger siblings to get by. The experience left her with the ability to make something out of nothing and interact with anyone. She graduated from Cochranton High School and worked as a machine operator at Talon Zipper Company during World War II. After the war, she enrolled at Allegheny College where she met her husband, Frederic G. Antoun Sr. In 1955, not long after the death of their fourth child, Fred took a job as a Deputy Attorney General and they moved to Harrisburg with their three boys. While in the hospital to deliver child number 6 in June of 1960, she and Fred edited the first issue of The Paxton Herald newspaper. She published the paper from the attic of her home until the last of her eight children started school. For almost 60 years, The Paxton Herald exhorted readers to “Insist on justice for your fellow man…YOU may be next!” and entertained readers with the ironic innuendo of her popular column, “Hortense and Matilda.” She served on the boards of many organizations, including Catholic Charities, the American Lung Association, and the NAACP. She worked energetically behind the scenes to bring political adversaries together, brokering agreements between people of divergent ideologies and circumstances who came through the doors of The Paxton Herald. Annette was preceded in death by Frederic Antoun Sr.; sons Mark and Lawrence; daughter-in-law DeEtta; brother George Adelman (Marian); and sisters Mary Ann Prather and Margaret Adelman. She will be remembered by her children, Frederic Antoun Jr., Gregory Antoun (Christie), Laureace McCarthy (Ed), Scott Antoun (Carole), Jonathan Antoun (Maryleigh), and Lisa Mulholland; her brother, Adrien Adelman Jr. (Letha); 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and countless others she “adopted” over the years. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 23, at Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, from 11 am - 1 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital www.stjude.org or the NAACP Legal Defense fund www.naacpldf.org


  • Frederic Antoun, Jr., Son
  • Gregory Antoun (Christie), Son
  • Laureace McCarthy (Ed), Daughter
  • Scott Antoun (Carole), Son
  • Jonathan Antoun (Maryleigh), Son
  • Lisa Mulholland, Daughter
  • Adrien Adelman, Jr. (Letha), Brother
  • Annette is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and countless others she adopted over the years.

    In addition to her parents; Adrien Adelman and Charlotte McMullen Adelman, Annette was preceded in death by her husband, Frederic Antoun, Sr.; her sons, Mark and Lawrence, daughter-in-Law, DeEtta, her brother George Adelman (Marian), and her sisters, Mary Ann Prather and Margaret Adelman.


  • Visitation

    mercredi, 23 juin , 2021


Annette Agnes Antoun


Larry Arnold

26 juin , 2021

Sad to see the obit for Annette, and sad too that we missed the viewing on June 23. Was our intent to be there. Our many encounters with Annette and her wonderful "The Paxton Herald" date back to shared concerns about nuclear power and TMI - about which she published as cover articles several of our submissions - and shenanigans in state politics. She was considerate, kind, open to mystery, and perhaps above all, committed to community and justice for the common man/woman. With the closure of "The Paxton Herald" her vibrancy and public service to community and justice became missed, and is remembered.

Timothy & Rebecca McCarthy

23 juin , 2021

There is a time and place when we leave our loved ones to go to the great beyond. It does bring sadness for family and friends that are left behind but brings hope that there is something waiting for us when it is our time. MA always believed in family and that family comes first.

Timothy Prather

21 juin , 2021

I have countless great memories of visiting my Aunt Annette. I marveled at her office in the attic and how much time she spent working there. She always had a funny story to tell and her house was full of fun. The stories of those times are forever burned in my brain.

Thank you Aunt Annette for the wonderful memories you gave me. I will always remember your indomitable spirit and strength when I think of you.

John V Thomas

17 juin , 2021

Many fond memories growing up - visiting the Antouns - still enjoy times together with my cousins!

Katrina Smith

17 juin , 2021

I have joyful memories of visits to the Antoun home as a youngster, which included time spent with my Aunt Annette. The house was full of laughter and adventure, and I will always picture my Aunt cooking in the kitchen and setting the table with fancy dishes.

As a young girl I loved listening to my mother and Aunt’s conversations. To this day I can hear the laughter and the always unique topics of conversation. She was a modern woman in many ways, and someone with real style.

Farewell my dear Aunt, your will be missed.

Katrina Smith (niece)