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Guylene J. Allen

May 15, 1928 - August 18, 2017


Boulger Funeral Home

Guylene J. Allen

May 15, 1928 - August 18, 2017


Guylene (Crain) Allen, 89, Fargo, ND passed away Au- gust 18, 2017 at Sanford. She was born May 15, 1928 in Denver, CO to Guy and Stella (Qua)(Sandow) Crain, and eventually moved to Van Nuys, CA. In 1948, she married Mervin Kalland, Barrett, MN. They had three children, Mary (died at birth), Linda and Guy. She was widowed in 1967. In 1974 Guylene married Charles B. Allen in Van Nuys where they lived until he passed away in 1988. In 2001 she moved closer to family in the Fargo/MN area. She lived 16 years at Riverview then Manor Care.

Guylene loved her family. She was proud of Linda and Guy and adored her four grandchildren Jason, Abby, Clay and Colby who affectionately called her “Grammalene.” She cherished attending their musicals, concerts, sporting events, graduations, weddings, inau- gurations, and births of her four great-grandchildren. She never missed the annual Carleton-Concordia basketball game where she proudly watched Guy coach Carleton’s team play his alma mater. She shared her love for the Twins with her son-in-law Greg and watched many games together. Guylene maintained relationships with members of her first husband’s family, Gordon and Shar- on Kalland and extended family members. She had great affection for dogs, especially her own who brought her great happiness.

Guylene was a 4’10” tiny, tenacious, courageous, per- sistent, survivor with a will without end, which to her ad- vantage was often underestimated. Her children called her “B.M.” (Big Ma). She met adversity with strength and resilience. She taught us to “bloom where you are plant- ed.” She favored the Platinum over the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as they wish you do unto them.” Guylene wished the best for others, without judgment. That is what she taught us, and we teach our children. She rare- ly said an unkind word about anyone. Where ever she was people loved her. She was kind and caring to every- one regardless of her own pain and health issues. She had a delightful sense of humor and loved to laugh.

Guylene is survived by her daughter Linda Kalland (Greg) Schwartzwalter, Moorhead, MN, son Guy (Linda Hanson) Kalland, Northfield, MN; four grandchildren, Ja- son (Cynthia Piette) Isaacson, Shoreview, MN, Abby Kal- land (Ryan) Kershaw, Northfield, MN, Clay Schwartzwal- ter, Shoreview, MN, Colby Schwartzwalter, Duluth, MN; great-grandchildren, Iver, Owen, Esme Isaacson, and Cade Kershaw; niece Judi Bridgestock (Bob) Dalton, nephew Greg Bridgestock, grandnephew Paul (Hannah Kuhzarani) Dalton, great-grandnephew and niece Jacob and Autumn Dalton, all from Morrow Bay, CA; past brother and sister-in-law Gordon and Sharon (Clow) Kalland, Alexandria, MN. She was preceded in death by her sister Betty (Crain) Bridgestock, husband Chuck, parents Guy and Stella, brother-in-law Bob Bridgestock, first husband Mervin, and daughter Mary.
To front-line care givers at Riverview, Sanford, Manor Care, and Hospice: the family extends their deep grati- tude for the kind, compassionate care you provide those you serve. You are unsung heroes and true angels. A Celebration of Guylene’s Life family gathering is planned for October 8th in Shoreview, MN. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.boulgerfuneral.com. Memorial contributions in Guylene’s name can be made to support care of the birds at Manor Care, or Homeward Animal Shelter, Fargo.


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  1. Gregory Dean Schwartzwalter. says:

    Dear Mom II, Thank you for the opportunity to be of Service to you in the past 18 months of your Life. It was Rewarding for my Soul and you were always glad to see me and would always “Thank” me for my time. Sorry for the pain and misery, you were a real Trooper through it all. Will miss you at our family gatherings. Peace and Grace. Love, Gregory.

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