Helen Kathleen Collins
September 23, 1948 – October 30, 2019
Helen Kathleen Collins was born to Paul & Dorothy Collins on September 23, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri. “Kathi”, graduated from Andover HS in Bloomfield Hills and then studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany and Marygrove College in Detroit. In the early 1980’s she taught first grade at St Bede Catholic School in Southfield and then she changed her career to work in local radio and television. Kathi worked at WLQV, WJLB, and WXYZ Channel 7. She cherished these days and lived them to the fullest. She left WXYZ to become general manager of Four Bears Water Park, where she organized multiple events benefiting different charitable organizations. She eventually returned to school and earned her Master’s degree from Oakland University focusing on special education, which was her passion. Kathi was a lifelong advocate for all disadvantaged and she was always generous to a fault. Kathi leaves behind a daughter, Erin, from her prior marriage to Jeffrey Collins, one grandchild, Alexandra, with whom she shared her talent as a singer, and artist, and a very special sister CaroI. To quote the words of one of her favorite people, Robert Kennedy, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” Kathi loved life and music. She always said she never wanted sadness when she was gone, she wanted music, preferably Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones or any Motown classic, some good memories and lots of smiles. Kathi fought a horrific health battle for far too many years that devastated her family. Her final peace is our only comfort. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Hugo of the Hills, Stone Chapel, where she will be inurned beside her parents. Donations in lieu of flowers to Angels’ Place (www.angelsplace.com), 29299 Franklin Rd, Southfield, MI 48034.
- Memorial Mass Friday, November 8, 2019
Helen Kathleen Collins
November 5, 2019
My memories of Kathi are only beautiful words from her beloved daughter Erin, never meeting her in person. I would like to thank her for being a large part of the reason her daughter and I are so close. "Kathi I am so grateful to you for raising such a strong, amazing, loving,
empathetic, beautiful, unconditional person in Erin. Tho, her and I have only seen each other twice in 25 years she IS a Forever Friend." There's no such thing as a coincidence Erin.
Now we have Two Angels😘💚❣👭😇🤙
November 3, 2019
What a beautiful tribute! Kathi was a special lady who I would describe as “full of life”. She was a very passionate champion of those with special needs and challenges. Always positive and upbeat! This picture is when she was carrying Erin. No daughter could have been more dedicated to caring for her mother...Kathi was so blessed!!
November 2, 2019