Janet M. Allen

March 25, 1947 ~ November 13, 2019 (age 72)


Janet M. Allen 72 of Dubuque passed away Wednesday November 13, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital following a sudden illness. Friends may call from 1 to 4 pm Saturday November 16, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will follow at 4pm. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Janet was born on March 25, 1947 in Dubuque the daughter of Wilfred and Louise (Gerken) Coakley. She married Edward Allen on Sept. 9, 1967 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2014. Janet worked for the Dubuque Community Schools for many years, later as a Para-Mutual at the Dubuque Greyhound Park, and lastly at Saint Pete Downs. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards with her senior group, watching the Cubs, playing computer games, and crocheting, making many blankets for her family and friends. She also enjoyed babysitting for her family especially her great niece Maranda, and attending any activity that involved her grandchildren.  

Janet is survived by her two sons Jason (Trisha) Allen of Whiteland, IN, and Tim Allen of Dubuque; five grandchildren Christopher, Kentley, Kamdyn, Parker, and Kayson; a sister Patricia Coakley of Dubuque; sister-in-law Marilyn Coakley of Dubuque and two uncles Ewald Gerken of Cascade and Bill (Donna) Gerken of Farley along with many nieces and nephews and two children that she gave up for adoption who were not in her life, but never left her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother Robert Coakley, and three sisters Mary Kay Coakley, Margaret Lawrence and Ann Coakley.

The family would like to thank everyone at Crescent Health for all the care and kindness they showed for Janet.

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