Joan Marie (Martin) Collins, 80, of Kenosha, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her residence in Waterford. She was born May 27, 1935, in Kenosha. Joan attended St. Thomas Aquinas school in Kenosha, and graduated from Bradford High School in 1953. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
Joan was an officer and member of the Employees' Mutual Benefit Association (EMBA) with the Wisconsin Natural Gas Company in her younger years, and an officer and member of Women of the Moose in her later years. She worked for 38 years at Kenosha Memorial Hospital/United Hospital until her retirement at age 73. Joan enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, and gardening. She was devoted to feeding birds outdoors, and kept a wide variety of pets indoors.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Collins of Yorkville, and Nancy Collins of Yorkville; two sons, Ray (Diane) Collins of Kenosha, and Robert Collins of Idaho Falls, ID; seven grandchildren, (Stephanie (Andrew) Szabo, Valerie Collins, Zachary Kaminski, Nicholas Kaminski, Emily (Matt) Maccari, Kyle Collins and Ryan Collins); two great grandchildren (Sienna and Madisen) and many nieces and nephews; a brother, Gerald Martin, Kenosha; two sisters, Mickey Christenson of Arizona, and Judith Dullinger of Kenosha; and fiancé, Edward Gascoigne of Presque Isle, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Martin; a brother, James Martin; and a granddaughter, Audrey Collins.
A gathering to celebrate Joan's life was held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Fireside Restaurant in Kenosha.