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1/10/2014 8:00:00 AM
Gladise M. Collins
Oct. 10, 1935 - Jan. 7, 2014
Gladise Collins
Gladise Collins

Gladise M. Collins

Oct. 10, 1935 - Jan. 7, 2014

Gladise Mary Johnson Collins, 78, Rochester, died at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Kindred Health Care of Mishawaka, following a short illness.

On Oct. 10, 1935, Gladise was born in Winamac to George and Dorthea (Osborn) Johnson. She attended Watervliet High School in Michigan until her senior year. Moving to Indiana, she graduated from Fulton High School in 1953.

Gladise and Melvin R. Collins were married on Oct. 13, 1956, in South Whitley. He preceded her in death on June 23, 2010. Gladise worked most of her life in the Fulton County area. Chamberlins, Marsh Foods, Garver Motors as the office manager, and was co-owner of Collins Trash until retiring in 1999. She loved to go to the casino and to play the lotto each week.

Gladise leaves behind two daughters, Cathy Losch and husband Jean Paul and Christine Bryant and husband Gary; a son, Kenneth Collins and wife Karen, all of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Adam Zimmerman, Aaron Zimmerman and wife Tara, Kaleigh Collins, Kenzie Collins, Shelby Bryant, Brady Bryant and Julia Losch; three great-grandchildren, Addisyn Mary Zimmerman, Aaden James Zimmerman and Kendall Nicole Zimmerman; two sisters, Lavonne "Bonnie" Silberman, South Bend, and Lavada "Candy" Hayes, Rochester; two brothers, Philip Johnson, El Paso, Texas, and Steve Johnson, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Gladise in death are her parents, husband Mel, a brother Carl Johnson and a toddler sister, Patricia Johnson age 2.

A celebration of the life of Gladise M. Collins will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Josh Rude officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home. Gladise will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Mel in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Rochester High School Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to the family of Gladise at Arrangements made by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Mel and Lorene Myers

Kenny and Karen So sorry to read about your mother. Brenda called me to be sure I knew about it. Mel and I send our thoughts and prayers. . Mel and Lorene Myers

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Article comment by: Mark Kern

Chris and Kenny and Family,
Very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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