OBITUARY

Louise Agnes Collins

January 21, 1928February 16, 2021
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Louise (Lou) Collins, nee Plotner, age 93 of Lisle, Illinois since 1959, formerly of Queens Village, New York, died peacefully at home February 16th surrounded by family. She was born January 21, 1928 in Dorchester, MA. Cherished wife of 67 years to the late Donald J. Collins. Loving Mother of John (Patty Ellen) Collins, Tom (Kristy) Collins, Maureen (Don) Gushurst, Pat (Mary) Collins, Dan Collins, Kathy (John) Weber, and Eileen (Dave) Walls. Adored Grandmother of 17 and great-grand mother of 13. Beloved sister of the late Al, Bob, Kay, Marge and Dick. Loving Aunt of many.

Louise was proud a graduate of Bishop McDonald High School and St. Josephs College for Women, both of Brooklyn New York, and she later earned her Masters in Education from National Louis University. She began her teaching career at the kindergarten level at P.S. 147 in Queens, New York. After settling in Lisle, she began a teaching and administrative career at Saint Joan of Arc in Lisle that lasted 50 years. A junior high Language Arts teacher for 35 years, she spent her last 15 years as Assistant Principal, and in retirement continued to work with the after school program at SJA in several different capacities. She was also, for a period of years, the proud owner and proprietor of the antique shop, The Little Red Schoolhouse in Warrenville. In addition to her own collectibles, she oversaw and managed various other dealers who showed their wares at her shop. Although in her last few years her memory failed her, her personality certainly did not. She was always unfailingly sweet, kind, polite, and funny. She was quick to smile and laugh, and would always let you know that "everything's wonderful". It was a true joy to spend time with her. She was an adored Mother and Grandmother and her family will forever miss her. A very special and heartfelt thanks to her amazing caretakers who looked after her and became great friends to her. D'arcy, Vicky, Jen, Joanna and Grace, our family was extremely lucky to have you in our Mother's life and we will always be so grateful for the compassion and loving care you showed to her.

Visitation Friday, February 19, 2021, from 4:00-8:00 PM at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, Illinois 60532. Mass will be held Saturday February 20, 2021 at 11AM at St. Joan of Arc Church, 820 Division Street, Lisle, Illinois 60532. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Adopt a Student and St. Joan of Arc Church.

The Funeral Mass is being live streamed and can be viewed at https://www.asimplestreaming.com/lacollins

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at the funeral home. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation. Further information 630-964-9392 or www.blake-lambfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Louise Agnes Collins

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Louise Agnes Collins

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Brian Hatch

February 21, 2021

One of my favorite teachers, 1970 - 72. Rest in peace Mrs Collins from the little red headed kid, Brian Hatch

Margaret Kerr (Plotner)

February 21, 2021

My deepest condolences to the entire family. I am here niece from her youngest brother Richard. I spoke to her after he past almost 7 years ago and then lost touch. May she Rest In Peace. I know how hard this is. My mom passed the same day. May they all be together and happy in heaven ❤️❤️

Therese Barry

February 19, 2021

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother, Louise. I enjoyed many years of working with her at St. Joan of Arc. She was a great leader, mentor, and always smiling. She was just a fabulous person. She will be missed very much.

Therese Barry

Suzanne Berg-Chmelik

February 19, 2021

Mrs. Collins was by far my most favorite teacher ever and I know my kids liked her a lot too!!! My sympathy to her family. I know you will miss her.
Suzanne Berg-Chmelik (class of '69 at SJA)

LOUIS DELEO

February 18, 2021

THE END OF A ERA HAS COME TO A CLOSE
NEVER HAVE 2 PEOPLE AFFECTED THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS OF THANKS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT
REST WELL AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING

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