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Remembering Sister Eileen Mary Collins

Posted December 28, 2021 in Obituaries

Teacher and Psychologist

The long life of Sister Eileen Mary Collins included service to countless individuals as a teacher, psychologist, speaker, and writer.  Her 60 years of ministry were spent in the elementary schools of Holy Cross and St. Ann’s; at Villa Angela Academy; and at Ursuline College.  Outside of the classroom, Sister Eileen Mary served as a psychologist and consultant; in congregational administration; and finally in volunteer work in the inner city and in jail ministry.  Even in her final years, Sister called and wrote to her sisters at Regina Health Center and Light of Hearts Villa regularly.  Sister Eileen Mary died peacefully at Regina on December 24th after a brief illness.

Eileen Mary Collins was born to Patrick and Eileen Collins on January 8, 1933, one of four children.  She was educated at St. Philomena School, Sacred Heart Academy, and St. John College.  She did graduate and post-graduate work at Ursuline College, Kent State, John Carroll University, and the University of Detroit.  Eileen Mary entered the Ursuline Congregation in 1950 and professed her final vows in 1956.  

Eileen Mary’s interests included career counseling, mid-life, and aging studies.  She shared her research through scholarly articles and speaking engagements on these topics.  In addition to herprofessional pursuits, Eileen Mary is remembered as a gentle soul, open to anyone who needed her to listen.

Sister Eileen Mary is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and James Kovach, of Copley, Ohio.

Funeral services for Sister Eileen Mary have been cancelled.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland:  www.ursulinesisters.org