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Mary- Kathryn Cook Allen, 96, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at home after a brief illness. She was born December 14, 1920, in Alhambra, CA; the daughter of Franklin W. and Laura M. (Beatie) Cook. She married Robert C. Allen on January 13, 1942; they celebrated 72 years of marriage. She graduated from Beloit High School in 1939 and Ward's Business College. Worked at Beloit Public Schools in the Superintendent's office, and years later in Bergner's Credit Department. .She was an active member of Court Street United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School; enjoyed singing in the choir and playing Bells. She was a member of Chapter CJ of P.E.O. and Winnebago/Boone Genealogy Society.
She is survived by her son Charles of Rockford; son-in-law, Terry Lindemann of Stockton, CA; 3 grandchildren, Kristin (Tom) Sansone of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew (Julie) Lindemann of Stockton, Calif., and Lucas (Rashel) Lindemann of Cheney, Wash.; 3 step-grandchildren, Luke (Kelly) Blum, Mat (April) Blum, and Jennifer (Victor) Cabrera; 2 great-grandchildren, Duncan and Madison Lindemann; several great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary O. Cook; nephews, John J. (Sherrie) Allen and Dr. Paul F. (Sue) Cook; niece, Karen (Steven) Herdklotz; cousins, Elizabeth Ann (Leonard) Ringstad and John (Margaret) Allen, Carolyn F. (Foster) Udell, John Plumb; grandnephews, Taylor (Shondra) Cook, Nicholas (Sally) Herdklotz, and Jason Allen; and grandniece, Ashley (Brandon) Wright. Predeceased by her husband, Robert C.; daughter, Judi (Terry) Lindemann; parents; and brother, Charles Cook of Pecatonica.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., with Rev. Calvin Culpepper officiating. Burial in East Lawn Cemetery, Beloit, Wis. Visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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  1. Kristin Sansone

    Mary Kay is my grandma and I will miss so many things about her…her smile, her kind heart, her gentle soul, her hugs and kisses, and her influence in my life. Even though she no longer walks this earth, she will forever be in my heart and my memories of her will sustain me; she now joins my guardian angel list. Grandma, rest in peace, say hi to mom and grandpa for me…I love and miss you dearly. Your granddaughter, Kristin

  2. Dave & Kay Rumple

    So sorry for your loss. May warm memories ease your pain and sorrow at this difficult time.

  3. Bonnie Jansen Kuehl

    Mary Kay was such a gentle soul who would provide stability in the neighborhood when I grew up across the street from the family. She will be missed by all. Your precious family is in my prayers as you walk in this valley. I know each of you carry precious memories of her in your hearts as you celebrate her earthly life and her passing into the Kingdom of Heaven.

  4. Karen Swenson

    Mary K. and Bob were the first to welcome me and my kids to Court St. Methodist in the 80's when we joined there. I t was so nice to have welcoming and caring people welcome a single Mom. My daughter, Shana, was one of the people who took care of Mary K. in her last days and became a friend to her and her son.

  5. Diane Kirkland

    A beautiful lady and a special P.E.O. sister. Our chapter will miss her very much.

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