Katherine Kelly Collins

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Katherine Kelly Collins

Kitty Collins (Kitty), a lifelong Mount Kisco resident, passed away on Jan. 2 at the age of 96.

Oldest of seven, Kitty was born on Nov. 5, 1926, to Katherine and James Kelly of Mount Kisco. She was married for 56 years to her dear husband, Jim, who passed away in June 2002.

She is survived by her beloved children, Jack, Eddie (Tracy), Mike (Michele), Joanne (Ed), Jimmy (Mindy), Kevin, Patti and Peggy; her grandchildren, who brought her much joy, Amy (Joe), Eric (Michelle), Courtney (Jason), Sean, Brendan (Tori), Janna, Matt (Abby), Megan (Alex), Lucinda, James (Caroline), Katie (Joe) and Mary (Art); and great-grandchildren Aidan, Anna, Winslow, Alana, Zachary, Riley and Bentley. Kitty is also survived by her sister, Fran, and brother Bill and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Helen, and brothers Jack, Bobby and Buddy. Two granddaughters, Melissa and Emily, also predeceased her.

She attended St. Francis of Assisi School and St. Mary’s High School and worshipped at St. Francis Church her entire life. In 1997, she retired from the Chappaqua School District after working 31 years at Robert E. Bell Middle School, a time in her life she really enjoyed.

Kitty loved the beach. The family discovered the Jersey Shore in 1968 and spent countless vacations in Wildwood Crest, and more recently, Long Beach Island. She loved to travel and took many memorable trips to Europe with her husband. She enjoyed going to Atlantic City and Mohegan Sun casinos. She did not have to be asked twice to go on these trips.

Whether as daughter, sibling, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother or friend, her life was spent caring for and loving others and never drawing attention to herself, or as she would say, making a fuss. The family is forever grateful for Norma and Joyce who selflessly provided exceptional care for Kitty in her last years.

Friends and family called at Oelker-Cox & Sinatra Funeral Home in Mount Kisco on Jan. 6. A funeral in celebration of Kitty’s life was held on Jan. 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco, followed by interment at St. Francis Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Francis of Assisi Church would be appreciated.

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