Church & Allen Funeral Service

136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT


Helen Allen

June 9, 1940November 26, 2019

Versailles - Helen Pendleton Allen, 79, of Riverside Dr., passed away November 26, 2019 at Apple Rehab in Uncasville.

Helen was born June 9, 1940 in Norwich, the daughter of the late Carl Marx Wiemann and Susan Pendleton (Lamb) Wiemann.

She married Dennison L. Allen September 15, 1963. He survives her.

She was an avid seamstress and quilter who created many blankets, quilts, toys and clothes for her family and also quilted and donated baby blankets to unwed mothers. She sewed costumes for Church and school productions and spent numerous summers cooking and baking for the Church sponsored Girl’s camp. Helen was known to sew all the gowns for a wedding party and make the wedding cake as well. Her talents seemed limitless. She was a lover of genealogy and served as the chairman of The Family History Library. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Norwich. Above all, Helen was always there to help anyone in need.

In addition to her husband Dennison, she is survived by her son William D. Allen, daughters Lorey Johnson and husband Brian of Florida, Cindy Allen of Taftville, Rebekah “Becky” Allen of Baltic, by her grandchildren Nathan Shwaery and wife Emily of Warwick, RI, Christopher Pelli and wife Vanessa of Cranston, RI, Greg Allen and wife Stephanie of Franklin, Paige Allen of Taftville, Erica Hutchins and husband Rick of Seattle, WA, Allie Madsen of Seattle, WA, Sydnee Golas and husband Corey of TX, TJ Allen of Titusville, FL, Adam Allen of Norwich, and Jake Allen of Versailles and by her 6 great-grandchildren Khloe, Parker and Kolten Golas, Raelynn Hutchins and Alana Shwaery.

Helen was predeceased by her daughters Linda Ann Lavigne and Deborah Allen-Madsen as well as by her parents and brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held at the Church and Allen Funeral Home in Norwich on Friday December 6, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm.

A Memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 519 Scotland Rd. Norwich on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11 am. Burial will be private for the family.

To leave a message of condolence for Helen’s family, please visit her memorial at www.churchandallen.com

Memorial donations in Helen Allen’s memory may be made to Safe Futures, 16 Jay St. New London CT 06360 or to the Salvation Army of Norwich, 169 Franklin St. Norwich CT 06360.

The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich, is entrusted with arrangement


  • Visitation Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019


Helen Allen

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Ed Lamb

December 7, 2019

Helen, I & many others shared numerous good times at the Lamb Thanksgivings. We started as children presenting plays on the Grange Hall stage and later began to bring our families for the next generation.
We also spent many hours researching the Lamb Geneology.
Ed Lamb

Jeannd Chao

December 5, 2019

I never had the pleasure of meeting Helen. But she lives on in her amazing daughter Lorey. I've heard so many stories, and have seen the talents that Helen passed on to her. The love that her children demonstrated in their daily visits and care, are a reflection of the great mothers love that Helen had.
I know she was an amazing mother, and have no doubts that she will be watching over her children remaining.

Kurt Shwaery

December 5, 2019

I want to start by saying, Helen was a very special woman and my favorite Mother in Law. I loved her with all my heart. You felt the love when you walked through the door. I have a few memories that stand out.
I loved her pork chops!!!!
I also loved her Cinnamon/Carmel toast!!!!
I also was blessed enough to pick a kitten from one of the litters. He was black and white. His name was Dellaria. I had him for 18yrs. Until he parted ways to a higher place.
If I can be half the person Helen was, I have succeeded.
Most of all Thank You Helen for the unconditional love.....Never a harsh word or judgment.

Lisa Vincent

December 4, 2019

My prayers are with all of Helen's Loved Ones ... Helen Allen touched my Soul as a little girl into adulthood ... She was and I'm sure still is one of the most Generous, Loving, Kind and Amazing people I will ever meet ... I am a seamstress today because of her ... I made my own Wedding Gown and many of the dresses in my Wedding ... I quilted Blankets, and learned to Cook and made my Children's clothing because I was Blessed to have her in my Life ... I am Eternally Grateful to have been touched by her Sweet Spirit ... Soar with the Angels, as only you can ... I will always hold a special place in my Heart for you ...

Deb Palmer

December 3, 2019

It's impossible to extract something absolutely pivitol from all my memories of this exceptional woman, but two memories do come to mind....a cookie swap and a wedding.
For my wedding she created a Victorian wedding gown of such exquisite beauty, Princess Di's paled in comparison..and as for the cookie swap, well, when platters of cookies were being filled by the Sisters of our church during an annual Christmas cookie swap, I noticed that my cookies remained untouched..turns out they scorched a little on the bottom..
I remember that I turned to Helen and said, "We were supposed to bring EDIBLE cookies!?!?" She laughed so hard and so long..lol..we both were in stitches..
And I know you all can hear her voice as she said, "Yes, Deb, that was the idea!" Lol!
She is a queen...no doubt about that..

Sandra Reynolds

December 3, 2019

Aunt Helen made me feel so welcome when I first joined the family and then for every event I attended after that. She was a lovely and kind person and I will miss her. ❤️❤️