The Life of Louraine E Collins

Louraine E. (Eckert) Collins (1947 - 2013) Mass of Christian Burial for Louraine E. (Eckert) Collins, 66, of Willoughby Hills, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at St. Noel Catholic Church, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills. Fr. George Smiga will officiate the Mass. Entombment will follow at Western Reserve Cemetery.Mrs. Collins passed away Aug. 1, 2013, in Willoughby Hills.Born June 25, 1947, in Queens, N.Y., Louraine was a faithful member of St. Noel Catholic Church, and a resident of Willoughby Hills after moving from Eastlake 29 years ago. A graduate of Bedford Heights High School and North Central College, she received her master''s degree at Kent State University. She taught elementary computer classes at Bedford Elementary, Cleveland Heights, Immaculate Conception (Willoughby) and St. Therese Schools. She generously spent her time at St. Noel as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of Pastoral Council as well as Birth Right and the Catholic Alumni Club. In her spare time, she shopped, swam and listened to Barbra Streisand. She will be remembered as an outgoing, caring and giving woman who enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything else.Survivors are her daughter, Lesa (Adam) Droe; grandchildren, Alexander and Lilah; brother, Dr. Steven (Susan) Eckert; nephew, William Eckert; uncle, Joseph Thierstein; cousins, Andrew and Bonnie Thierstein; and best friend and soul sister, Irene Bottinelli.Louraine was preceded in death by her husband, Henry E. Collins, Ph.D.Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Louraine from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Family suggests contributions may be made in Louraine''s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Suite 445, Independence, OH 44131.

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