Helen E. (Janack) Allen, 94, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2018, after struggling with dementia in her later years. Daughter of the late Louis and Eleanor Janack, she was born in Holyoke on December 11, 1923. A longtime resident of Blueberry Hill section of the city, Helen was 1941 graduate of Holyoke High School. She had the distinction of being the first female to work at the Holyoke Post Office. A Gold Star military wife, Helen traveled the world with her husband Richard throughout his career. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross Church in Holyoke.
Helen was an active, multifaceted individual, a member of the Jewish Senior Center for 30 years, a member of the Gold Star Wives Association of America, had a strong affiliation with Westover Air Force Base, was Senior Olympian and volunteered at the Holyoke Senior Center. She was a lover of exercise and the outdoors, and remained active well into her 90’s.
Helen is survived by two sons Bruce Allen of Ludlow and Stephen Allen and his wife Cathy Carney of Enfield, CT. She also leaves her 5 beloved grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband Richard in 1993, her son Richard of Portsmouth, NH and her daughter-in-law Katherine Lemanski of Chicopee and her grandson Scott Allen of Enfield
Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM.
Funeral services for Helen will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 9:45 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA follwed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in Christ the King Church, Warsaw Avenue, Ludlow, MA. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, South Hadley, MA.
Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc, MA/NH Chapter, 264 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104.