Carol Joan Collins (nee: Ernst), age 79, left this earth Sunday, June 15, 2008, to go to heaven and join her husband John, who passed away one week earlier. Carol was born in Racine on May 30, 1929, daughter of the late Hugo and Mabel (nee: Nearing) Ernst and had been a lifelong resident.
On July 20, 1957, she was united in marriage to John E. Collins and together shared fifty one beautiful years. In her earlier years Carol was employed with Osters Mfg. and last worked with Jacobsen Textron until her retirement in 1985. She was an avid fan of football and baseball and enjoyed testing lady luck with dog racing, horse racing and the lottery. Carol will be best remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.
Survivors include her sons, Michael (Judy) Obuchowski, David (Kathie) Obuchowski; grandchildren, Renee (Arlie) Heider, Norma (Tim) Toutant, Richard (MaryBeth) Obuchowski, Michael Obuchowski, Nicole Obuchowski; great-grandchildren, Anthony (Lisa) Heider, Danny Obuchowski, Richard Obuchowski, Kaitlyn Obuchowski, Tiffany Obuchowski; step great grandchildren, Nicholas Toutant, Dustin Toutant; great-great grandchildren, Angelis Heider, Kimberlynn Heider; sister, Sharon Aukland; sister-in-law, Jane Weise; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her husband and her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her great granddaughter, Tia Heider, great grandson, Travis Toutant; brother, Glenn Ernst; sister, Lois Reading; sisters-in-law, Mary Collins, Geraldine Zuehlke, Bertie Collins; brothers-in-law, Orville Aukland, Herman Reading, Robert Weise, Alexander Zuehlke, Dr. Charles Collins.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 10:30 A.M. Interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. until time of service.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888