OBITUARY

Amelia "Millie" Marie Szabo Collins

August 13, 1936May 12, 2019
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Amelia M. (Millie) Collins, 82, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 12, 2019, surrounded by family. Millie was born on August 13, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio, and was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Terence Collins; her son, Patrick Collins, her parents Amelia and Stephen Szabo, and her brother, Stephen Szabo. She is survived by two sons: Michael Collins (and wife Melissa) and Christopher Collins (and wife Cheryl); three daughters, Elizabeth Collins, Cathleen McQuade (and husband Joseph) and Eileen Swetnam (and husband David); and seven blessed grandchildren, Hannah, Rachel, Emily, Andrew, Madeleine, Connor, and Isabella. Millie’s cherished Fergus, the Shih Tzu, will live with the family.

Millie graduated from West Technical High School in 1954 in Lakewood, Ohio, and worked as a Secretary until she met and married the love of her life, Terry, in 1966. They moved from Cleveland to Conneautville, PA in 1973 and raised their six children. Millie’s love overflowed from her family to the whole community. Her door was always open. Her house was filled with the high spirited laughter and hijinks of her children, their friends, and anyone who needed a place to stay. Millie was a passionate community activist, a town councilwoman, active member of St. Peter’s Church, enthusiastic fund raiser for the local high school, and Emergency Medical Technician for the volunteer fire department. Millie and Terry left Conneautville for Connecticut to be close to family in 2004, and moved once more to Jacksonville in 2009, where she continued her community activism. She joined St. Matthew’s Catholic Church and was part of several ministries and even joined the Venetia Garden Club. In Jacksonville her home was again open, this time filled with the laughter and joy of her grandchildren and their friends. She loved crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, reading, grooving to the oldies, spoiling everyone around her (especially her puppy Fergus), and being with her family.

Millie will be remembered for her everlasting love of her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Always quick to share a smile, laugh, or a bit of wisdom mixed with her distinct wit, Millie’s presence will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank the Orange Park Medical Center staff for the care and comfort you gave to Millie and her family.

The viewing will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, Monday, May 20, 2019 at Oaklawn Chapel & Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:00am, St. Matthew's Catholic Church.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Emily Collins

May 18, 2019

My grandma was such an amazing woman who raised a really great son that turned into an incredible father. I wish that I could be there with everyone in Florida right now, but I am thinking of the whole family and grandma everyday while on my trip. I’ll love and miss you forever grandma. 💗

~ Emily

Deanna Goodenow

May 17, 2019

I remember many days enjoyed with her family when I was a child.

Jim Sheridan

May 17, 2019

She was a wonderful lady. I can still hear her voice and her big laugh. She will be missed by many.

I always loved visiting 504 Jefferson Street in Conneautville in the summer. Plenty of adventure and mischief. Playing in the barn, teasing the dog, camping out in the yard, going to the fair.

Great times, great memories, great people. My heartfelt condolences to the Collins Family.

Rita Beasley

May 17, 2019

I will always remember this pretty loving lady. Just in the few years I have known her I grew so close to her. I will miss her dearly. The family are in my prayers.

Kathy Heim

May 17, 2019

To all of your family's.....Soo very sorry to hear of the passing of Millie. She was one awesome lady and neighbor. Oh the wonderful memories in our neighborhood. She was loved by so many...including my family. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. 💖🙏

Dave Zolnai

May 17, 2019

Sorry to hear of the loss of Millie. I remember many times spending the night and sometimes the entire weekend at the Collins house in Conneautville. The "all nighters" Mike and I used to pull, joy rides in the car (one that didn't go so well) and countless other fun times growing up. I hope the entire Collins family can find peace in this difficult time.

Teresa Brinkman (Zicarelli)

May 16, 2019

Millie was wonderful, sweet and kind. My Godmother and my cheerleader! I always loved her energy that was full of laughter and positivity. You told me to not be afraid of something just because it is hard. The best things in life are some of the hardest things to achieve. Thank you and I will miss you dearly.
Tisa

Michelle Barron

May 16, 2019

Mrs. Collins, I loved your sense of humor and spunk! Your sons and daughters are a huge part of my memories growing up. I always wanted to have a big beautiful family like yours. Heaven has been waiting for you! Pat and Terry have been waiting for you to come home. So glad I knew you.

With much love
Michelle Barron

Chris Prince

May 16, 2019

Heaven has another "singing angel". I will always remember Millie's beautiful voice singing above the noise of kids running in and out of the house. I can hear the back screen door slam shut now as I type. I'm certain she appreciated having a barn to keep us hoodlums out!

Mike, Beth, Cathy, Bean, Chris - there are countless memories throughout our years growing up in Connneautville. From playing "kick the can" to learning how to drive cars, your mother somehow kept a smile on her face. I hope those memories bring smiles to you during this difficult time.

For a neighborhood kid, she provided years of love, laughter, and patience. Her joyful energy was contagious. God Bless her soul.

Carolyn Hall

May 16, 2019

From all of us Conneaut Valley alumni that were blessed enough to go to school with one of the Collins kids please accept our heartfelt condolences. Mil was a special Mom, quick to laugh, slow to judge and oh so welcoming and warm. When you entered their house, she had a way of making you feel like you were home. I will miss her, but one of the blessing of knowing someone as special as she was is that you get to pass on those traits you admired to others and pay her special kind of warmness forward. I'm so glad I got to see her a year ago. Her wit was still as sharp and her smile just as quick. Thanks Mil for the memories!

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