Elizabeth “Liz” (Teconchuk) Allen, age 87, of Erie and formerly of North Warren, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at UPMC Hamot, in Erie. Born June 11, 1926, Liz was the 10th child of prominent farmers, the late Peter and Catherine Teconchuk, of Pittsfield, PA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Jack” Allen, whom passed away in 1979; five brothers, Metro, William, George, John and Alex; five sisters, Mary, Anna, Catherine, Helen and Pauline.
Liz loved nature, music, reading and traveling, having traveled most of the USA. She also took advantage of a Pan Am around the world trip.
Liz loved the old player piano at the age of 2 and gradually took interest in the accordion, playing at birthday parties, amateur contests and in high school; an assembly wasn’t complete without a solo from Liz!
She showed great interest in the Women’s Army Corps at 16, which was too young to join and her parents would not sign for her, so she did the next best thing by accepting a wartime job in Washington, D.C. She trained at Deshon Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Butler, PA and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to work in the Department of Defense.
She was called home due to the serious illness of a family member and met her husband to be. They were married in 1951 at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. They purchased a home in North Warren and joined the United Presbyterian Church, where Liz was active in youth club, vacation bible school, choir, the women’s association and she was a church deacon.
She was very active at North Warren Elementary School, with the PTA and as a den leader of Cub Scout Pack 13. Liz volunteered at Warren State Hospital, Warren General Hospital and for the Red Cross. She was a member of Warren General Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of Library Theater, Warren County Literacy Society and Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s organization. She was listed in Who’s Who Women of the World.
She joined the Peace Corps at age 60 as she was so impressed by President John F. Kennedy’s speech in 1962 saying “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. She served for five years in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala and was a member of the Peace Corps organization.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda A. Ropelewski, husband Ray; three sons, Dr. Douglas L. Allen, Charles C. Allen, wife Ginger and Richard L. Allen, wife Janis; eight grandchildren, Jackie and Mattie Ropelewski, Kelly and John Allen, Greggory, Gary, and Derrick Allen and Elizabeth Stanek; one sister, Ruth Scheidemantle, of Beaver Falls, PA and several nieces and nephews.
As per Liz’s wishes, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of North Warren or a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.