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Allison Roberts Falana

August 03, 1973 ~ May 12, 2021

Allison Roberts Falana, 47, of Vero Beach Florida, died May 12, 2021.

 

Allison was born in New Jersey to Edward and Karen Meyer Roberts.  She graduated from Rutherford High School there, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bucknell University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from George Mason University.  After finishing her education, she lived and taught in Fairfax County in Virginia and Indian River County in Florida.  She taught at Rosewood Elementary in Vero Beach for 19 years.

 

It was in elementary school that she decided to become a teacher and pursued that dream until her last day, never regretting that decision. Many students were thankful for that.

 

She was a whiz at mathematics, scoring a perfect 800 on her Math SATs.  She was so glad her son Alec inherited her math skills but he would be her pride and joy regardless.

 

Allison married the love of her life Robb and spent many happy years with him.  It seemed she never met a dog she didn’t like and many became part of her family from childhood on.

 

She enjoyed travel and especially loved her Irish heritage, visiting Ireland in 1994. Allison loved the beaches both in Vero Beach and at the Jersey Shore where a Kohrs Mint Twist cone was a required treat.  She was fond of everything Disney and her son inherited her love for any amusement park roller coaster/thrill ride. But she also enjoyed reading a good book.

 

Allison shared a love of sports with her Dad and enjoyed playing softball, track, tennis, gymnastics, cheer-leading and a little basketball. She passionately rooted for her beloved teams, the Mets and the Giants although she was a fan of the local teams wherever she lived.

 

Diagnosed in 2018 with metastatic breast cancer, she fought it aggressively with the same enthusiasm and cheerful nature that marked her life.  While she did not beat the cancer, neither did it beat her.

 

She will be remembered as a kind, caring, smiling wife, mother, daughter, teacher, family member and friend.  Her legacy is not measured by possessions but by her example of commitment, love and respect for all.

 

Allison is survived by her loving husband Robb, cherished son Alec, beloved mother Karen and many caring family members, friends and students. She was predeceased by her father Edward in 2010.

 

A gathering to celebrate a life well lived but much too short will be held on Saturday June 5, 2021 at American Icon Brewery in Vero Beach from 4 to 6 PM.

 

All expressions of sympathy including honorary donations to a favorite charity, cards or a donation to the educational trust fund to be set up in Alec Roberts’s name are greatly appreciated.

Condolence

Charlie and Beverly Widmer

May 18, 2021, 2:24 pm

As life goes on, we hope that you will find ways to celebrate the memory of Allison. We know she would want her family to live each day to the fullest and continue the celebration of her contagious love for life. May time speed your healing.

Passing time can never fade
All the special memories made;
Loved ones ever really part
For they live within your heart.
-unknown

Dave Frith

May 18, 2021, 2:33 pm

Such a sad loss. Such a wonderful person. You fought your adversity with a smile always on your face. You will be missed by all that knew you.

Carole

May 18, 2021, 2:45 pm

Sending prayers of gratitude that God would create such a beautiful person to live His Word through her life. Also sending prayers that He would wrap His loving arms around all of Ali’s family and friends at this painful time of loss. He will not
Forsake, but will bring healing and peace to all who loved Ali and will miss her deeply. The beautiful spirit He created in her will live on in the memories and inspiration of her life perfectly lived in His name.

Barbie and Stuart Staples

May 18, 2021, 3:07 pm

Such beautiful words. Karen, even though Stuart and I didn’t know Allison and the family well, the picture shows so much love. Much love and many prayers, Barbie & Stuart

Darlene Srigley

May 18, 2021, 3:14 pm

I was on the team that interviewed Allison for her job at Rosewood and her love and enthusiasm for teaching was very evident. She did not disappoint. I will always remember her walking down the sidewalk yelling out math problems to her students as they went from one class to another or to lunch. I was devastated when she found out that she had metastatic breast cancer as she was way too young and should have had a long life ahead of her. I remember the first year or so Rob’s every day post of encouragement for her. No better way to show your love than to be there even in the bad times encouraging. I also thought of Alec as he and his mom had such a bond and he was way too young to lose his Mom. Each year she survived it encouraged me that she may really beat this thing but it was not to be. She had just had a picture taken with my grandson, Ryan at his team’s year end celebration just a couple of days before she passed and I never would have thought that she would be gone before the week was out. I know that Rob and Alec will have a hard time dealing with her loss but she will help them. It is also sad for all the students that won’t get to learn her love of learning. May God keep you all in his prayers.

John Arlotta

May 18, 2021, 3:27 pm

Very sorry to hear this… I will always remember you as a smart, athletic and inquisitive young woman. Rest in Peace.

Claudia Delgado

May 18, 2021, 3:40 pm

I always remember your beautiful smile. May you be at peace and always be remembered with much laughter, love and happiness.

Love always,
Claudia Delgado

Dale Sheehan

May 18, 2021, 4:09 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Allison was a beautiful person inside and out. Her zest for life radiated from her. Our prayers are with you. With sympathy, Tom and Dale Sheehan.

Anita Lawrence

May 18, 2021, 4:25 pm

Sincere sympathy to Karen and family. Prayers of comfort and strength are extended to you, your son in law and grandson.

Tracy Mitchell

May 18, 2021, 4:47 pm

Words alone don’t seem enough to express the deep condolensces showering you and the family.

Allison’s warmth, joy and enduring love for others lives on in the thousands of lives she touched and inspired.

May your loving memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Joan Ross

May 18, 2021, 6:16 pm

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
– John Keats

Karen and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Holding you in my heart.

Laura Pye Axler

May 18, 2021, 6:42 pm

I was in education classes at Bucknell with Allison, and we worked together on the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association club there. I will forever remember her smile and kind heart and spirit. So sorry for your loss.

Gwen Glazier

May 18, 2021, 10:52 pm

Karen, my deepest sympathy on your loss. I didn’t know your daughter, but knowing you, I know how much she was loved by you and her family. I hope you will find comfort & peace in knowing others care. May she rest in peace…

Gwen

Crystal Cade

May 19, 2021, 3:40 am

Allison was an inspiration to all her coworkers at Rosewood!!! So committed to her calling of teaching children! A woman filled with joy and positive thinking and was definitely our superhero!!!!

Mike and Christine LaPlant

May 19, 2021, 4:19 pm

Your smile and laugh will always be remembered! Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

Brenda Barrett

May 19, 2021, 6:12 pm

My condolences to Ali’s family and friends. Ali was a true life Warrior. She never stopped fighting. Always positive. She taught us all how to live life. Ali’s strength and positivity will live forever live in our hearts. Shine shine shine

Karen Davis

May 19, 2021, 8:59 pm

I’m honored to have known and worked with Allison at Rosewood. She loved life and never took a day for granted. She is an inspiration to all of us.

Maggie Lanzaro

May 19, 2021, 11:53 pm

Allison you were certainly a shining star. I don’t think I ever knew anyone so positive. Now we need to focus on all the beautiful memories everyone has. Praying for strength each day for Karen, Rob and Alec.

Maggie Lanzaro

May 20, 2021, 12:03 am

Allison was definitely a shining star. Most positive person I knew. I pray her family gets comfort in all the beautiful memories she gave them. Praying for their strength.

Anonymous

May 20, 2021, 9:07 am

Mrs. Falana was loved by all her students, staff and families. My twins had her in fifth grade she was always so kind and they really enjoyed having her as a teacher. They said she was the nicest teacher. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to her and her family she was a special lady. We are glad that we got to have her come into our lives. She is now an angel and will be watching over her loved ones.

Phyllis Waddell Horner

May 26, 2021, 4:28 pm

I’m so sorry about your precious daughter. I would have loved to know her as I know her Aunt Charlene and know how much family means to her. Allison sounds like such an exceptional and wonderful woman and I know she’ll be forever remembered and missed.

Shawn Barger

June 2, 2021, 5:40 pm

My deepest condolences to Allison’s family. We met at Bucknell and worked together for 4 years at the Bison. Everyone that met her gravitated toward her because of her pleasant and heart warming personality. She was a blast to work with and be around. She was a bright light that was taken away from us much too soon, but we are all better people because we knew her and she is watching over us now.

Charlotte B Harris

June 21, 2021, 3:28 pm

My deepest condolences to your family Allison. Your were always such a smart, friendly, and cheerful presence at Rosewood Elementary. I always remember you smiling. Rest in peace and thank you for your friendship.

Vanessa Mastandrea

September 21, 2021, 1:27 pm

Allison was one of my best friends years ago in Union School. We spent so many days just laughing and enjoying life. Band, sports, music.
Our saying (which is in our yearbooks) is “Follow Your Heart and you will last forever)
It meant so much to both of us.
She will be sorely missed and I will always love her.
I know she’s watching over Alec & Robb with so much pride.
I wish them all the strength I can give.
You are amazing and strong, just like Allison.

Karen, I’m here if you ever need anything.
Vanessa

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