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Barbara Ann Collins, age 76, of Edmore, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 23, 2016.  The daughter of Michael & Catherine (Weinhardt) Gares, she was born on June 7, 1940 in Romeo. 

On September 12, 1959, in Greenville, she married the love of her life, Michael, and they spent 57 beautiful years together.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Michael Gares.

Surviving are her loving husband and best friend, Michael L. Collins; a daughter, Catherine Collins; a son, Timothy & Christi Collins; four grandchildren, Alexsis Bultema, Gary & Michelle Baker, Ronnie Baker, and Sarabeth Baker; three great-grandchildren, Shae, Luna, and Michael;  one brother, Dave & Midge Gares; her husband's siblings, Jerry & Judy Collins, James & Barb Collins, and George Sidloskas; special dear friends, Frank & Frieda Hoke and Charlotte House; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Barb's life from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 at the Edmore VFW Post 2292, 1490 E. Main Street, Edmore.   In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mid-Michigan Hospice in her memory would be appreciated.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Barbara's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. Tim & Kim VanHoven on October 29, 2016 at 12:00 am


  2. Kim VanHoven on October 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

    God has a new angel to dance with. Your family was a second family to me growing up. Your door was always open. I will cherish all the memories we made!



  3. Daughter on October 31, 2016 at 12:00 am


  4. Mr. and Mrs. Matt Burnett on November 1, 2016 at 12:00 am


  5. Bill, Colette and Family on November 1, 2016 at 12:00 am


  6. Bill, Colette and Family on November 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything , just let us know.



  7. Fran Hills on November 2, 2016 at 12:00 am


  8. Fran Hills on November 2, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Barb was the one person who when you called her your friend she really was just that. Working with her for years at D&W was the most fun anyone could have and even though we did not talk we always stayed in touch with Christmas cards. She will always be in my heart as a special person who will be missed by all. Rest in Peace Barb.



  9. Alex & Connie Paulsen on November 2, 2016 at 12:00 am


  10. Alex & Connie Paulsen on November 2, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Dave, Midge & family,
    So sorry to hear the loss of your sister. May God wrap His arms around you.



  11. Becky Peterson on November 3, 2016 at 12:00 am


  12. Mary Weikert on November 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Mike & family, So very sorry for your loss. Please know your in our thoughts & prayers. Barb was a great longtime friend, she will be missed by many.



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