Dorothy “Dot” H. Allen, 84, of East Islip died after a short battle with cancer on January 21, 2012. Mrs. Allen, formerly of Sag Harbor, passed away at her home with two of her daughters at her side.
She was born Dorothy Helene Craddock in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 21 1927 to Marion and Charles Craddock. She had two siblings: Marion Craddock (Keene) and Charles Craddock Jr. who died in infancy. Her early years were spent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At a young age her family moved temporarily to Bridgeport, Conn. and then back to Brooklyn — this time to Bedford Stuyvesant — where she met and married James T. Allen on February 26, 1949.
The Allens moved to Sag Harbor in the mid-1950’s where they raised their family. Mrs. Allen, a devout Roman Catholic, found her religion to be a very important part of her life. She loved to travel and did so extensively in her later years. She also liked to go for walks and be taken for long drives in the country. Another love was music and she had very broad tastes that included artists from Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Metallica.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her children, Chickie Montaldo of Wilmington, N.C., Kathleen Allen of Bozeman, Mont., Marion Allen (and Ron Abler) of Forestville, Calif., James Allen of Portland Ore., Timothy (and Melody) Allen of Leland, N.C., and Thomas Allen of Potsdam, New York. She also leaves grandchildren Joseph Montaldo, Michael Montaldo, Rebecca Kinman, Amy Kinman, David Kinman, Sean Kinman, Kevin Keiser, Sister Mary Barbara (Monica) Keiser, Fredrick Keiser, Anthony Keiser, Geoffrey Keiser, Jessie Keiser, Nicholas Allen, and Stephani Allen. Her great-grandchildren are Joseph Montaldo, Nicholas Coffey, Mario Montaldo, Evan Montaldo, Sophia Llerena-Kinman, Xiven Sandstrom, Monica Keiser, Sebastian Keiser, Mathew Keiser, and Patrick Keiser. Other survivors include beloved nieces Veronica Dillon and Maureen Healy.
In addition to her husband, James, Mrs. Allen was predeceased by daughters Barbara (Allen) Keiser and Monica Allen, granddaughter Ellen Montaldo her sister Marion Keene.
Visitation is Wednesday, January 25 at Yardley & Pino in Sag Harbor. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, January 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews RC Church in Sag Harbor with interment to follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.