Lorraine "Duffy" Collins

Lorraine “Duffy” E. Collins, age 90, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Jim Goerend celebrating the mass. There will be a two hour visitation prior to the funeral mass at the Holy Family Parish gather space in New Hampton. Burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Duffy was born September 22, 1931, the daughter of Stephen and Agnes (Roths) Adams on the family farm in North Washington. She attended and graduated from North Washington High School. After completing her education, Duffy worked at Holly’s Café in New Hampton for several years. While at a dance in Lawler, Duffy met Walter Collins. The couple were united in marriage on July 15, 1953 on the Adams family farm. They made their home in New Hampton where they welcomed their five children, Steven “Spike”, Tom, Dennis, Rod and Shelly. Duffy stayed at home with her children until 1967 when she began working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in housekeeping and laundry until her retirement in 1993. Duffy and Walter enjoyed 42 years together until his death on April 9, 1996. Duffy enjoyed camping in her earlier years, playing cards and some gambling which included trips to Waterloo, Branson and Las Vegas. She was a member of Holy Family Parish. Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Spike Collins, Tom (Sarah) Collins, Dennis “Elmer” (DeeDee) Collins and Rod (Jane) Collins, all of New Hampton and Shelly (Duane Brown) Collins of Fredericksburg, IA; her grandchildren, Dayna Dahl, Austin Collins, Maggie Means, Kyle Collins, Jordan Collins, Brad Babcock, Dawn Heying, Erin Persichetti and Cole Burgart; her 18 great-grandchildren; her sister, Phyllis Krause of New Hampton and sisters-in-law, Mary Jean Martin of New Hampton and Thelma Adams of Charles City, IA; her brother-in-law, Bill Bucholtz of Alta Vista, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. Duffy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Collins; her great-granddaughter, Brittney Heying; her siblings, Rita (Vince) Rausch, Rosie (Jim) Kramer, Kathy (Ralph) Whiteman, Steve (Edna) Adams, Pete Adams and Mary Bucholtz; her in-laws, Elaine (Bill) Costigan, Joe Martin and Anna Mae (Ray) Roethler.

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  1. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family of Lorraine. Know Prayers and Toughts are with you all during this difficult time of loss of loved one. It was my pleasure to take care of her and have visits with her, good bless you all with peace and stength. RIP “Duffy” Lyn Bailey

  2. Our deepest sympathy to all on the loss of your mother , she was a special lady with a great attitude!!

  3. Sincere sympathies to the family. She was a lovely lady. Enjoyed our visits when working at the hospital.

  4. Sincerest sympathies to all of the Collins family. Enjoyed knowing and working with Duffy at the hospital. Pat Arnold

  5. So sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  6. Sympathy to Duffy’s family. I have many fond memories of chatting with her when we both worked at the hospital. Such a sweet lady!

  7. Tom, Spike, Dennis, Rod, and Shelly and the rest of the family, you have my deepest sympathy. Duffy and my mom were old friends. I remember mom talking about her when they worked together at Holly’s Cafe. I always enjoyed visiting with Duffy when she walked by my place walking her dog. She used to talk about the house I was living in when her and Walter lived in it. And visiting with Duffy when my grandma lived across the street from her. Prayers and Sympathy to the entire family.

  8. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – New Hampton

  9. Our sympathy to the Collins family. Keeping you all in our prayers. Sincerely, Louise and Donn Harris

  10. Our sympathy to the families of Duffy, We will be unable to attend the Service, however, will be in our thoughts. God Bless.

  11. Rod – I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I hope your memories comfort you in the days ahead and please accept my deepest sympathy to you and the Collins family.

  12. Sending thoughts and prayers to the Collins family! May the many great memories that you have of your mom pull you through during this sad time. God bless!! Dick Galligan.

  13. To the entire Collins Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was the sweetest person! Hugs & prayers to you all.

  14. To all the family, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother. No matter the age, it is so hard to say goodbye to a parent. Memories will remain with all of her loved ones and friends who knew her. She will be missed.

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