Helen E. (Janack) Allen

December 11, 1923 - November 25, 2018
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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

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Visitation Information

Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Service Information

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.

Donation Information

Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc, MA/NH Chapter, 264 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104.


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Born: December 11, 1923
Died: November 25, 2018

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Lee posted on 11/28/18

We miss seeing Aunt Helen at the visits we used to have with Uncle Harvey and Auntie Mona. Whenever we saw her, Aunt Helen was bubbly and sparkly and so full of life and always smiling. She reminded me of Aunt Clara on the TV show "Bewitched." At her 90th birthday celebration, she was the life of the party. She'll be gathering all the old-timers for a great big party in the sky! -- Much love and condolences to her family, Lee & Howard Hendrickson