ROCKLAND — Carolyn Jane Flanagan, 81, native of Rockland, recently of Barrington, N.H., passed away peacefully at home Aug. 20, 2021, after an extended illness.

Born in Rockland, July 31, 1940, she was the fifth of nine children to James and Eileen Spinney Flanagan. She graduated from Rockland High School in 1958. Carolyn was married to Charles Allen Jr. Oct. 5, 1963; they were married for 27 years.

Carolyn was a well-known community member of Rockland. She worked as a receptionist, then in advertising sales for the Courier-Gazette and Camden Herald for many years. She relished her relationships with co-workers and clients throughout her career.

Carolyn was passionate about golf and could be found almost every summer day at the Rockland Golf Course, getting in her 18 holes with her family and friends. She often stated that playing golf as the sun was setting was as close to heaven as she could get while here on Earth. Carolyn was proud to be a promoter of the next generation of golfers and was actively involved in the junior program at Rockland Golf Course in the 1970’s and 80’s.

She coached high school cheerleading in the 1980s as well. Above all, Carolyn was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister and took great pride in caring for and supporting all her loved ones.

Other than her parents, Carolyn was predeceased by six siblings James Flanagan Jr., Daniel Flanagan, Rose Marie Flanagan, William Flanagan, Mary Ann Flanagan Juco and Eileen Flanagan.

She is survived by her children Charles (Chip) Allen III, Kevin Allen, Elizabeth Allen Lamarre and her husband John Lamarre, Arthur (Butch) Allen and his wife Elise Kaserman Allen; four loving grandchildren Cameron Lamarre, Sadie Allen, Brandon Lamarre and Cynthia (Thia) Allen; brother Timothy Flanagan and his wife Judy Flanagan; sister Kathleen Flanagan Martin and her husband Jeff Martin; brother-in-law Ricardo Juco Sr.; best friend Nancy Standel, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family whom she loved dearly.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 3 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway in Rockland, Maine. Father Nathan March of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish will be officiating. Burial will follow the funeral at Coughlin Memorial Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home. Reception and celebration of life at 3 p.m. at Rockland Golf Course.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in the name of Carolyn J. Flanagan may be made to AIO Food and Energy Assistance (P.O. Box 113, Rockland ME 04841) or online at

The family of Carolyn Flanagan wishes to thank Cornerstone VNA of Rochester, N.H., and Elise Kaserman Allen for their loving care.