TICONDEROGA — Geraldine E. Allen, 94, of Ticonderoga passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:22 p.m., surrounded by her family. Born June 3, 1919, Dean was the youngest daughter of Frank and Pearl (LaDue) Burgey of Ticonderoga.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Gertrude Scripter and Mildred Chapleau; her son, Robert E. Allen; and grandson, Richard Robert Allen.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Desmond H. Allen of Ticonderoga, 99 years old in August; son, Richard Allen and his wife Susan of Ticonderoga (grandchildren, Trent Allen and his wife Yvonne and great-grandson Caleb Allen of Hudson Falls; and granddaughter, Rebecca Pelletier and great-grandson, Camden Pelletier of Baltimore, Md.); son, Thomas D. Allen and his wife Judy of Ticonderoga and Broken Bow, Okla. (grandchildren, Holly Allen of Pennsylvania, Kristy Allen of Argyle, and TR Allen and his wife Dawn and great-grandchildren, Shiloh Burgess, Devin Gilley, Thomas (TC) Allen and Sadie Allen of Idabel, Okla.); daughter, Debra Bessette and her husband George of Putnam (granddaughters, Stacie Paquin and her husband Doug and great-grandchildren, Rusty and Keanne of Ticonderoga; and granddaughter, Noelle Smith and her husband Joe of Putnam); daughter, Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba and her husband Ronald Szczerba of West Charlton, N.Y. (grandsons, Mark and Brett Mortensen of Scotia); daughter-in-law, Rose Allen of Ticonderoga (granddaughter, Wendy Allen-Miller and her husband Fred Miller of Clifton Park, great-grandsons, Devon Lewis and Danny Lewis of Argyle, Ryan Miller, Jamie Miller and Brenden Miller; granddaughter, Bobbi Jo TeReile of Ticonderoga; great-grandchildren, Tony, Robert and Sarah TeRiele of Ticonderoga).
Mrs. Allen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born in Ticonderoga and lived there all her life. She managed a 4-unit motel while raising 5 children. She was an active member of the Home Bureau, Catholic Daughters and later in life the Carillon Garden Club. She volunteered at the Moses Ludington Hospital Reception Desk and Gift Shop. Dean enjoyed swimming, boating and being outdoors. She was an avid snowmobiler and ate many hot dogs roasted over a fire in the Adirondack woods. She was also an avid crafter. She did knitting, sewing, embroidery and plastic canvas needlepoint. Her children, as kids, noticed the more dramatic the music was on the TV the faster she knit. She also enjoyed her aquariums and feeding the wild birds with the male cardinal her favorite bird.
In later years, Geraldine and Desmond traveled in their camper and stayed in Estero, Fla. for the winter months. In the three years that Dean resided at the Heritage Commons Nursing home in Ticonderoga, her greatest wish was to go home. She finally has.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Heritage Commons Nursing Home for their loving and kind care they provided to our mom and still provide to our dad who resides there.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga. A funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. The Rev. Mr. Elliott A. Shaw of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ticonderoga, will officiate. The Rite of Committal will take place at a later date at the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Ticonderoga.