Betty J. Collins, 1938-2013

SOUTHINGTON – Betty Jane Collins, 74, formerly of Sharpsville, Pa., passed away at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer at home with her family at her side.

Mrs. Collins was born Sept. 19, 1938, in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of Charles and Margaret Wasilko Kirsch.

She was a graduate of Sharpsville High School.

Mrs. Collins retired after more than 20 years of employment as a sales associate for J.C. Penney. Following her retirement, she joined the J.C. Penney Retirement Club and enjoyed gathering with her coworkers each month for lunch. Betty Jane also owned and operated Collins’s Country Collectibles, where she sold crafts and antiques.

Betty was a member of Southington Christian Church, where she was involved in the Bible study group. She was also a member of the Southington Women’s Fire Auxiliary. Most importantly, she was a loving mother and grandmother. Those that knew Betty know that she lived her life with one philosophy: “This too shall pass.”

Her first husband, Andrew Brindza, whom she married Nov. 24, 1956, passed away Sept. 13, 1972; Betty’s second husband, Richard E. Collins, whom she married March 8, 1975, passed away May 15, 1995.

Surviving are three daughters, Debra Jane Lawrence of Sharon, Laura (Walter J.) Kramer-Wiewiora of Toledo and Faith (James M. Jr.) Folds of Newton Falls; five sisters, Sherry Ann Frantz, Charlotte Shaffer, Vivian Kirsch, Diana Ginnery and Janet Thomas; four brothers, Eric, Kim, Daniel and Calvin Kirsch; and six grandchildren, Adrienne, Beau, Lauren, Bryce, Jacob and Abigail.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, Betty Jane was preceded in death by two brothers, Bruce and Charles Kirsch Jr.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, PA 16146. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Randall A. Riley, pastor of Southington Christian Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Southington Fire Auxiliary c/o Lois Wortman, 2307 Montgomery N.W., Warren, OH 44485, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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