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Elaine M. Mendel-Allen

ALBANY – Elaine M. Mendel-Allen, 64, of Albany, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, October 5, 2023. Elaine fought cancer for a courageous 7 years and yet always focused on the positives. Most days you wouldn’t have even known she was sick. Elaine was born October 10th, 1958 in Albany and lived here all her life.  She was a graduate of Academy of the Holy Names, Hudson Valley Community College and the State University of New York at Albany. Elaine was a dedicated worker and spent most of her career working for all the Mendel Family businesses. She was known to many as “Miss Elaine” or “Lainey” from years as a daycare provider both in her home and at Capital Milestone Daycare in Albany. She loved her family above all else and supported them wholeheartedly; especially her two little “lovies.” Elaine loved cooking and making her Greek cookies and desserts. She was known for making food for a crowd even if it was just for a handful. No one was allowed to leave hungry.

Elaine is survived by her beloved husband Francis X. Allen, Sr.; her mother Andriana Mendel; her children Francis X. Allen, Jr. (Amanda “AJ” Mirecki-Allen) of Delanson, and Andrea M. Allen, Katherine M. Allen-Dugan (Kevin Dugan), and Mason “MC” Allen, all of Albany; her sibling Paul A. Mendel of Clearwater, FL; her grandchildren Finn T. Dugan and Liam C. Dugan, and extended family of in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Charles F. Mendel, and her brother Charles M. Mendel, Sr.

Calling hours for family and friends will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave, Albany on Thursday, October 12th from 4-7 p.m. The services and interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit

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