Norine Louise Allen, age 77, of Dalton, MA died Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Craneville Place of Dalton following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born on March 11, 1945, Norine was the daughter of the late John H. O’Laughlin and was raised by her beloved stepmother Rita O’Laughlin. She was educated in the Dalton schools and then attended St. Joseph’s High School. Norine married the love of her life, the late William T. Allen, Sr. on August 27, 1962.
Together they moved to Pompano, Florida where they raised two children. In 1978, they moved to Port St. Lucie where Norine was an active member of the First Baptist Church. She worked for many years at the Port St. Lucie Sherriff’s Department and volunteered for the school systems there.
She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed rescuing cats and dogs whenever she could. She treated her animals like they were her children, especially after her sons grew up and moved out.
Norine was heartbroken after her husband of 47 years died on August 30, 2009. After his passing she spent time with her sister Madeline and her son Chad for three years then decided to move back to Dalton in 2012 and got an apartment not far from her brother-in-law Daniel Allen.
She is survived by her son William T. Allen, Jr. and his wife Michelle Forget-Allen of Pittsfield, MA, her son Chad Joseph Allen and his wife Christine R. Allen of Vero Beach, FL., her grandchildren, Thomas Robert Allen of Pittsfield, MA, Tyler Carliel, Joey Tiffiny and Amanda L. Garrett, and three great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister Madeline O’Laughlin of Broward County, FL, her brother-in-law Daniel Allen of Dalton, MA and many nieces and nephews.
The Allen family would like to extend a special thanks to Craneville Place and to Hospice Care in the Berkshires for the care they provided Norine over the last few months.
Committal services at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam will be private for Norine’s family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to “Hospice Care of the Berkshires” and mailed to the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home at 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201