HELENA — Helen Marie Antonich Allen died peacefully at home with family on June 14, 2011.
She was born in Anaconda on December 12, 1914, to parents Frank and Vincenzia Antonich, who immigrated to Montana from Bribir, Croatia. Helen was the oldest of three children. Her siblings were Ann Antonich Caskie and Frank Antonich. The family moved from Anaconda to Roundup and the family resided at Number Three where her father worked in the coal mine. Helen attended Roundup public schools and graduated from Roundup High School. She married Hubbard L. Allen in 1936 in Butte. Daughter Susan was born in 1939 in Roundup. Helen and Hubbard worked at Who's Allen's clothing store and after the death of Hubbard L. Allen Sr. were the primary owners and operators of that store located on Roundup's Main Street. Daughter Prudence was born in 1949, followed by daughter Barda in 1954. Helen was very creative and many will remember her window displays at Who's Allen, as well as the many Fourth of July floats that she designed and carried out with the help of young family members. Helen and Hubbard worked tirelessly to promote Roundup and were involved in several community organizations, meanwhile clothing the Roundup area in Levi's, Stetson Hats, and other clothing lines chosen by Helen and Hubbard at "market week" in Billings and from traveling salesmen who made "Who's Allen's" part of their regular route.
Helen served as president of the PTA for several years. After Hubbard's tragic death in a car accident while traveling to Helena to promote Highway 12 in 1961, Helen worked valiantly to keep Who's Allen running. In 1967, she moved from Roundup to Evanston, Ill., to live near her daughter Susan and grandchildren Danny and Lisa Manelli. She worked for many more years in the clothing business at Lytton's Department Store in Evanston, Chicago and Oak Park. She moved from Evanston to Oak Park to live near daughter Barda and niece, Elaine Logan Allen. After the birth of her grandson John Gildroy, she moved back to Montana and resided in Helena.
Helen was in good health and physically active for many years. She enjoyed her family, music, dancing, cooking, clothing, of course, and was an avid reader. Helen taught her children and grandchildren to make Povetica, a family tradition at holidays. Helen spoke fluent Croatian and enjoyed every chance to converse in that language. She loved Croatian music and most recently attended the Folklife Music Festival in Butte in 2009 to see a Tamburitza band.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Susan, Barda and Prudie; niece Natalie Allen Ednie; nieces Janathan Allen and Roberta Allen Dawes; nieces Judy Caskie, Kathy Antonich Langsam and Helene Antonich; nephew Marshall Allen; nephews Tom Antonich and Bob Caskie; grandsons Dan Manelli, Gilbert Allen Gildroy, Hubbard Allen Prudden, John Lennon Allen Gildroy, Nathaniel Prudden, David Prudden; granddaughters Lisa Manelli, Amy Allen Carr, B.J. Prudden; great-grandchildren Greydyn Gildroy, Arcadian Prudden and Leslie Benjamin Carr; sons-in-law Don Manelli, Rick Gildroy, and George Prudden; great nieces Zae Munn, Lorna Ross, Becca Titus, Lucy Ednie; great-nephews Paul Munn, Kirk Munn, David Ednie, Bruce Ednie, and Adam Ednie; and all the children born since, in this beautiful family tree.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Hubbard L. Allen, brother Frank Antonich, grandson Gabriel Allen Racki, brother-in-law Tyner Allen, great-niece Gayle Ednie, niece Elaine Logan Allen, brother-in-law Nat Allen, and sister-in-law Jane Allen.
Helen's family wishes to thank the Area 8 Council on Aging, especially Linda Simmons and Karen George; Sister Elizabeth Henry; Montana Independent Living, the Cooney Home, Rocky Mountain Hospice and all the nursing and home care workers who assisted Helen over these past years. May Helen be at peace.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to funds to help the town and people of Roundup. Services will be announced at a later date.