Sally A. Allen

Almond, NY / Hornell, NY

Sally A. Allen, loving mother, Nonna, and devoted educator, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love on Saturday, October 14, 2023. The sadness of this departure, however, does not reflect the uplifting theme of her life and its profound impacts.

Her journey began on November 24th, 1951, when she was born to Salvatore J. and Antoinette M. (Carretto) Constantino, hard-working Italian immigrants who settled in Hornell, NY.

Sally married in 1971 and had three children. Our mother dedicated her life to raising us. When the youngest started Kindergarten, she followed him to Alfred-Almond Central School, and never left (haha). AACS is where she found her calling in Special Education. She spent the next 39 years there, with an open door, an open mind, and an open heart. It was never a job – simply love – for every student, colleague, staff member, and on and on… Her humble influence and infinite generosity of spirit will echo through the halls of Alfred-Almond forever.

No words can truly capture the beauty of her character and the power of her heart.

Our mother was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Frank Constantino and sister-in-law Sarah (Clark) Constantino.

She is survived by her son, Christopher (Ginger Veneziani) Allen; her daughters, Andrea (Randy) VanWey and Amy (Jamie Sick) Allen; her former spouse and father of her children, Larry M. Allen; her grandchildren, who meant the world to her: Sarah Antoinette (Spenser Ormsby) Johnson, Abbey Rose VanWey, Lauren Pamela Johnson, Mia Ann VanWey, Kevin James Shinebarger; and two bonus grandchildren, Colin and Ethan Sick.

The family of Sally A. Allen will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 Noon until 2:00PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, our mother would like donations to be made to The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), 730 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

Additional contact information for MRA: Phone (202) 336-8935 or Email

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6 Responses to “Sally A. Allen”

  1. Shawn Hogan says:

    I am so saddened to read this tragic news. A wonderful, wonderful person full of compassion and empathy for all.
    A shining light to hundreds of students at A-A. A finer person you could not know.
    Rest in Peace Sally.

  2. Victoria Vanskiver says:

    My heart goes out to all. She was such a great mother and grandmother. Everyone will miss her wonderful humor and smile. So so sorry for your loss.

  3. Cris Greene says:

    The world has lost a caring, smart and compassionate woman, she will be so missed . I will miss her humor, her advice and our chats, and her kindness.
    My condolences to her wonderful family whom she loved so much.
    I’ll remember you forever Sally.

  4. Kate Albrecht Fidler says:

    Sally, you will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. As teens we tried to give you a run for your money but you found a way to allow us to make memories and be safe too. Thanks for all the laughs and great company, and for long phone cords. May your rest be full of love and beauty.

  5. Terry Bedard says:

    My condolences to Sally’s family. Alfred-Almond students and staff will always remember and honor the years Sally dedicated herself with true compassion and devotion. Sally, may you rest in peace and your shining light never to be forgotten.

  6. Sharon Ames says:

    I’m so sorry about your mother. I was very sad when I found out. I lived below her in the apartment in Arkport for many years. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed visiting with her. She was a hard worker also. She always mowed the yard and did a great job. She offered to do it and I let her. However, I moved 4 years ago and haven’t seen her only to wave to when I went by. There aren’t enough words to express how I feel for you with your loss. Take care one day at a time.

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