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Ann E. (Shea) Collins
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  • Alzheimer's Association
    309 Waverley Oaks Rd.
    Waltham, MA 02452

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“all of us here at The Elmhurst were so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. We were all very fond of her while she was here with us in our care. She is a...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: kelly McCarthy - Melrose, MA

“We are sorry for the loss of Ann, we enjoyed her friendship for many years in our "Club" from the Class of 1953.Carole & Bob Curran ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Patsy and Family,So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this timeBrian and Nancy Lamson ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy Lamson - Wakefield, MA

“I'm sorry for your loss Joe.Linda and I send our prayers. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Rotunno - Melrose, MA

“Judy- I am sorry I missed the announcement in time to make the wake for your dear sister. Mike and I offer our sincere condolences on your loss ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Caarole Portentoso - waltham, MA

“Our sincere condolences Patsy to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Diane and Tim Keohan - Topsfield, MA

“Thoughts and prayers to the entire Collins family.With sympathy, Janet Selvitella ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Janet Pelletier - Saugus, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, your Mother was a beautiful person, we are with you in Spirit.Fondly,John and Carol Walker ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: John Walker - S.Yarmouth, MA

“Dear Joe And Family Just want To say how Sorry we are To Hear Of Your Moms Passing.Please Know Our Prayers Are With You All At this Time...Ernie And...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“My family is deeply sorry to hear about your Moms passing. She was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy-...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Tracey Butterworth - Wakefield, MA

“All of us in the Taber Family send our heartfelt condolences to Joey, Patsy, Brian and Nancy. Ann was a wonderful neighbor to us and also a fellow...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Ed and Carol Taber - Ossipee, NH

“Dear Joe, Patsy, Brian and Nancy. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was the best friend and next door neighbor from 1968 to 2000. Life was...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Poor - Alton, NH - Friend

“Patsy, Brian and the whole Collins Clan, our condolences to you all! We will miss Mrs. Collins. I'm so glad to have had the chance to have known her!...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Valerie Capanna - Peabody, MA

“Joe, Patsy, Nancy and Brian. I am so sorry to hear about Mrs C. She was so wonderful, my second mom. I stppped by a couple months ago to say...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Don Carlberg - Neighbor

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Ann E. (Shea) Collins passed away at Greenwood Nursing & Rehab in Wakefield on May 17, 2018. She was 82 years of age. Mrs. Collins was born in Wakefield on July 26, 1935 and was one of six children to the late Richard & Anna (Driscoll) Shea. Ann was raised in Wakefield, graduated from Wakefield High School and has been a resident of Melrose for over 50 years. She worked as a receptionist at Massachusetts General Hospital for 23 years. Mrs. Collins enjoyed spending summertime in Acton Maine, taking trips to California to visit family and loved her trip to Ireland she took with her sister Judy. She volunteered at the Melrose YMCA and the Kappa swap Shop in Melrose. Ann was a longtime parishioner at Incarnation Church in Melrose where she taught CCD and was a Eucharistic Minister at church. She was an avid walker and was a member of "The Club", a group of classmates from Wakefield High School who would gather and go out to dinner together. Mrs. Collins was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Collins. Loving mother of Joseph F. Collins of Melrose, Patricia A. Sullivan & her husband Brian of Melrose, Nancy E. Collins of Wakefield and Brian J. Collins & his wife Stacey of CA. Cherished grandmother of Brianna & Madalyn Collins and Reilly, McKenna & Reagan Collins. Caring sister of Judith Sienna She of Wakefield, Richard H. Shea of W. Newbury, Charles Shea of Wakefield and the late Francis & Phillip Shea. Also survived by several nieces & nephews. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St. Melrose, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Thursday morning at 9AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose at 10AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.