Mary Pluso Allen, 92, of Moosic, passed away on November 21, 2019 at St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst Township. Mary was born in Bellefonte, Pa. on May 30, 1927 to the late Vito and Margaret Mesarch Pluso. She was a lifelong member of Queen of the Apostles Parish where she served as Eucharistic Minister and was active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She graduated from Archbald High School in 1945.
Mary was elected Tax Collector for Moosic Borough, serving from 1995 to 2007. She was highly respected for her competence, fairness, and integrity. Having the opportunity to serve the community she loved was a great honor for her. Mary was an environmental activist, advocating for the protection of watershed lands. An expert seamstress and quilter, she loved working with her hands as well as solving crossword puzzles and word games.
Her love for and dedication to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren drove Mary to work hard to make sure they had the opportunities to reach their potential. Her family was her greatest pleasure and achievement. They will deeply miss her.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, William “Bunker” Allen, on January 24, 1994. Also preceding her in death were sons, Bill (“Nic”) and Frank Allen, granddaughter Kelly Allen, brother John Pluso, and sister Eleanor Winders.
She is survived by daughters Carol (John) Geron and Lynn (Per) Nordin, son Alfred (Alberta) Allen, and daughter-in-law Susan Allen. Grandchildren: John (Helena) Geron, Tony (Brigit) Geron, David (Jennifer) Allen, Brigid (Alex) Kaselis, Jason (Kyle) Federoff-Allen, Matthew, Ian, Linsey, and Brooke Allen, Gabriella and Alexandra Nordin, Nathan Carthwright and Taylor Trombly. Great Grandchildren: Corey, Jack, Robert, Corbin, Seneca, Makena, Lyra, Alexi, Millicent, Thomas and Jagger. Sisters: Helen Kammer, Gertrude Dragon, Catherine Wivell, Victoria Pilosi, and brother, Vito Pilosi.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 7th from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with the Rev. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Friends may call on Friday evening, December 6th from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702.
The family wants to thank the staff of St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home for their compassion and care for Mary.