MARIE ALLEN (PAT)
Age 80 of North Ft. Myers, Florida, formerly of Fairlawn, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2014. Born February 11, 1934, to the late Wayne Allen and Marie Catherine (Patterson) Flanigan. She graduated from Brentwood High School and Penn State University in 1956 with a B.S. in Physical Education and Recreation Education. While at Penn State, she trained with the U.S. Navy at the Reserve Officer Candidate School for Women. After graduating, she was honored with a position as Recreation Director for the Air Force in Germany. For 35 years she was a Physical Education Teacher in Patterson, New Jersey. Pat is the sister of Nancy Ann (David) McSteen of Pittsburgh, brother, Carl R. (Laura) Caracia, Sr. of Chesterfield, VA. Her nieces, Deborah McSteen (Dennis) Kelly, Karen M. Boyle and Lisa M. McSteen, were the light of her life. Also an aunt to Christine M. Caracia (Wilmington, DE) and Carl R. Caracia, Jr. (Glen Burnie, MD). Her cherished friend, the late Rusty Gates, of 50 years was most prominent in her life as well as her friends at Carefree and her beloved dog, Misty. Auntie Pat will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. A special thanks to all her caregivers at Concordia. She was a fun-loving aunt to her great-nieces and nephews and a loyal friend to so many others. Her hardy laugh will always ring in our memory. Private interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned for the future. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to CREMATION & FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 11, 2014