Rosemary D. Collins



(January 17, 1911---November 14, 2004)


Watertown-Rosemary D. Collins,93, Gaithersburg, Maryland, formerly of Watertown, died Sunday morning at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse.

Mrs. Collins was a teacher and had taught at the Lincoln School and Lincoln Junior High School in Massena, and then taught 10 years at North Junior High School in Watertown.

Born January 17, 1911, in Utica, daughter of David and Rose Duffy Dillon, she graduated from Franklin Academy, Malone, and from Potsdam Normal School and received a bachelor's degree in social studies from St. Lawrence University, Canton. She did postgraduate work at Cornell University, Ithaca.

She married John B. Collins on July 6, 1940, at St. Joseph's Church, Malone. Mr. Collins died August 26, 1977.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church, and a member of its Mothers Club and Altar and Rosary Society, the New York State Retired Teachers Association and the College Women's Club. She was an avid reader, sewer and gardener.

Surviving are a daughter, Sister Annunciata Collins, Watertown; a son and his wife, F. Hugh and Mary Ellen Collins, Gaithersburg, Maryland; two grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A son, David J., died November 1, 1958. Four brothers, Richard, Francis, William and Robert Dillon, died before her.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday in the Motherhouse chapel with Monsignor Robert J. McCarthy, pastor emeritus of Holy Family Church, officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in Calvary Cemetery, Norwood, with Monsignor Harry K. Snow, pastor of St. Andrew's Church, officiating.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Motherhouse chapel. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service.

Donations may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

(Obituary provided by Robert E. Reagan, Potsdam)