Mary Ellen Allen

Nov. 7, 1912-Jan. 12, 2013

FRANKLIN – Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ellen Allen, 100, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday from Church of the Sacred Heart in Franklin with burial to follow in Birch Couley / St. Patrick’s Cemetery in rural Franklin. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue on Thursday at the church for one hour prior to services. The family prefers memorials be made to St. Patrick’s / Birch Couley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls.

She died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Franklin.

Mary Ellen (Regan) Allen, the daughter of James and Annie (Reardon) Regan, was born Nov. 7, 1912, on the family homestead in Bandon Township, Renville County. She attended District #69 and then Franklin schools, and then the College of St. Catherine’s, graduating in 1933.

On Oct. 4, 1941, Mary Ellen married Francis Joseph Allen at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin. Together, they farmed in Birch Couley Township for many years.

Mary Ellen loved her family, her church, and the community of Franklin. She was truly a public relations advocate for Catfish Days and anything else taking place in her hometown. Her efforts were evident in making both the Franklin Health Care Center and the Centennial Apartments a reality in her beloved Franklin. Mary Ellen was a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed the camaraderie of years in both Civic Club and Birch Couley Birthday Club.

She served as a substitute teacher in many area schools. Mary Ellen was a member of the school board in Franklin for 21 years. She was involved with the Worship and Spiritual Life Committee and the CCW, as well as the workings of the New Ulm Diocesan Pastoral Council with Bishop Lucker.

In January 2006, she and Dad moved into Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls. After attending her 75th college reunion at her St. Catherine’s, Mary Ellen moved to the Franklin Golden Living Center in July 2008. She was baptized, married, and now buried in her beloved Sacred Heart Church. Mary Ellen’s infectious, positive enthusiasm will surpass her 100 years of life.

Survivors include her four children: Sister Mary Frances Allen of St. Paul, Richard (and Mary) Allen of Spicer, Jane (and Mike) Sullivan of Franklin, and John (and Julie) Allen of Marshall; nine grandchildren: Megan Allen (and husband Tom Venables), Ryan (and Kristin) Allen, Tara (and Corey) Prachar, Tim (and Sarah) Sullivan, Molly (and Tom) Lorang, Patrick (and Jolynn) Sullivan, Joseph (and April) Sullivan, Tim Allen, and Tom Allen (and fiance Bree Auringer); and 15 great-grandchildren: Whitney and Wyatt Allen; Caitessa and Serena Venables; Paige Prachar; Parker, Spencer and Lydia Sullivan; Kaitlyn and Keegan Lorang; Samual, Emma, and Addison Sullivan; and Grace and Connor Sullivan.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Frank, and her sister Catherine “Babe.”

We love you Mom.