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RICHFIELD SPRINGS - Jennifer Collins, 91, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 13, 2017, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Grand Gorge, a daughter of the late Osmer and Hazel Whispell Mondore.
She was raised and educated in Grand Gorge.
Jennie was the widow of Perry Collins, who passed away in 1985.
For many years she worked as a nurse's aide and retired in 1985 from the Bella Vista Nursing Home in Richfield Springs.
She will always be remembered as a caring person who brought sunshine and joy to the lives she touched. She loved to play Yahtzee and cards with her grandchildren. Her family was the love of her life and she took pride in their accomplishments. She will be truly missed.
Surviving are three sons, Charles Mondore and his wife, Helen-Eileen of Richfield Springs, Pete Collins (Angie) of Fly Creek, Robert Collins and his wife, Peggy of Schenevus; a brother, Bill Mondore of Hobart; 13 very special grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; son-in-law, Marvin "Butch" Bender of Central Bridge; several nieces, and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Perry, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Bender; three brothers Glen and his wife, Helen, Hamford and his wife, Frances and Gerald Mondore, who died in World War II; daughter-in-law, Maxine; sister-in-law, Linda; two sisters, Margaret Beardslee and Rosetta Duncan and her husband, Earl and great-grandson, Zachary.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. The Rev. David Tosi, pastor of the Richfield Springs Bible Church, will officiate. The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home Saturday one hour before the funeral service (from 1 to 2 p.m.) Interment will follow in Schuyler Lake Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the ALS Association, Upstate NY Chapter, 135 Old Road, Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090.
Published on September 14, 2017
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