Allen Kalala-Kongolo was a beloved husband, father, brother, teacher and friend who passed away at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA on April 20th, 2023, at the age of 66.
Allen was born on January 24th, 1957 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He moved to the United States of America in 1989 and lived in various cities such as New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Minnesota. In 1997, he married the love of his life, Rachel Kanku Kalala, with the help of their family’s matchmaking. Allen was an exceptional high school math teacher at the Albany School District. He began his teaching career early on and shared his love for math with many students over the years.
Allen earned two master’s degrees - one in Computer Science and the other in Math. He was a passionate educator who dedicated his life to educating young minds. Allen touched many lives through his work as a respected teacher who always went above and beyond for his students. In addition to his passion for teaching, Allen loved sports - particularly football and basketball.
Allen was a loving husband who found great joy in spending time with family and friends whom he cherished deeply. His mother Bernadette Kankolongo preceded him in death but he is survived by his wife, Rachel Kanku Kalala; seven children, Randy Allen Kalala-Kongolo, Thierry Mikobi, Kevin K. Kalala, Victory K. Kalala, Tayshaun T. Kalala, Mireille Kama Kongolo and Phylicha K. Kalala; father, Justin Kalubi; brothers, Kalubi Tshisumpa and Marcel Mikobi along with their families.
Family and friends are welcome to a celebration of Allen's life at Callahan Fay Caswell Life Celebration Home located at 61 Myrtle St Worcester MA 01608 on Saturday, June 24th, 2023. A funeral service will begin at 8:00 am. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery, Howard St., Northborough, MA at 10:30 pm.
Allen's legacy will always be of a kind and loving personality, who led by example with a strong work ethic and dedication to education. He will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched throughout his life.