Alberta M. Collins

Born: Thu., Oct. 28, 1948
Died: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018


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Northbridge- Alberta M. Collins, 70, of Hill St. passed away peacefully at home on Thursday Nov. 1, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her family was by her side.
     She is survived by her six siblings Barbara Czech of Delanson, NY, Margaret Williams of Custer, SD, Arthur Collins of Schenectady, NY, Paul Collins of Centerville, GA, Grace Collins of Schenectady, NY, and Cecelia Morelli of Seminole, FL; many nephews, nieces; Godchildren Tucker Mahoney, Gregory Lewis, and Polly Bianconi; her good friend Linda Nadeau of Douglas as well as the “usual suspects”, her weekly dinner friends. She was sister of the late Robert Collins and Elizabeth Collins. Born and raised in Schenectady, NY on October 28, 1948, she was daughter of the late Albert R. and Sophie H. (Kaczor) Collins and lived in Northbridge 41 years.
     Miss Collins was a teacher, coach and official for 45 years.  A physical education teacher and a 3rd grade teacher in the Douglas Public School System, she also coached various sports teams, including field hockey, basketball, softball, track, baseball and volleyball. She became an Official in the early 1970’s working both high school and college contests. Also  involved with the school’s hiking and biking clubs, she served as coordinator of the National Honor Society, was a grant writer and a mentor for new teachers. A graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in NY, she earned her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.
      Alberta was inducted into the Hall of Fame-New Agenda Northeast MA  for her lifelong achievement of helping to advance the roles of girls and women in sport.
     According to her wishes there are no funeral services planned. Following cremation a private burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Douglas. Memorial donations in Alberta’s memory may be made to Astra Zenica Hope Lodge, 125 S. Huntington Ave.Boston, MA 02130. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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Janis Cahill
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of your sister Alberta. She was my son's 3 grade teacher and I was a classroom mom. She made a huge impact on my young son. I was so sorry to hear of her illness when I saw her in August. She was a wonderful teacher. I am truly sorry for her passing.

Mary (Lamontagne) Mundell
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
My sincere condolence to family and friends of Ms. Collins. She was my gym teacher 42 years ago as well as my track coach. She was a wonderful mentor who was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.

Ray Majeau
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Ms.Collins, thanks for being a wonderful teacher and making such a difference in my life as a young boy. Thanks for your patience when I acted out and struggled in elementary school...I’ve never forgotten it. Bless you, ma’am and condolences to your family.

BettyAnn McCallum
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Alberta was a warm and loving person who touched so many lives. She will certainly be missed. My sincerest sympathy to her family and all who loved her.

Bob & Melinda Giustina
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
We were both fortunate enough to call Alberta a friend and were very saddened to hear of her illness and passing. She was a dedicated professional for her entire career as well as a dear personal friend for over forty years.

Kathy Barsano
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Alberta's passing. She was my daughters 3rd grade teacher, and was a wonderful teacher and a very special person.

Lisa Farese
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Alberta was one of the most personable officials in the MA/New England volleyball area. It was my honor to work with her throughout my career as a player and as a coach. She cared deeply about all of my players and made each person she met feel respect. Thank you Alberta!

Kathy Brosnahan
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Alberta was my PE teacher as well as my basketball and softball coach. Later she became a co-worker and I had the opportunity to coach basketball alongside her at Douglas HS. She gave so much to Douglas students and sports for many years and she will be truly missed!!

Fr. John Predmore, S.J.
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Alberta Collins. I'm grateful that we can celebrate her life and the goodness she brought to many people. She was always kind, cheerful, and professional as a teacher and physical education instructor at school, and she was always teaching us something valuable. I'm glad I knew her. It is fitting that we remember her life in this Month of Remembrance of All Souls. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Stacey Martinsen
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
I had the pleasure of having her as a teacher and knowing her all the way til I graduated high school. I'm sad to hear of her passing, but I'm happy she is not in pain and is happy in heaven. Prayers to her and the family.

Deb Jameson
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
I have so many fond memories of Alberta... She was my PE teacher my Field Hockey coach and I did the stats for her basketball team.. My senior years she asked me to come along with her when she would go to the elementary school for PE with the little kids. It's funny but I've been out of school 43 years and every time we ran into each other it was like we saw each other all the time. To her family you have truly lost a great lady she will be deeply missed. RIP Alberta...

Casey Landry
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privileged of being one of her students 15+ years ago. She was always a wonderful role model for girls like me who had a big interest in sports. She will be missed!

Angelina Wilson
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
So sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs.Collins as tough gym teacher. She later taught my cousin 3rd grade. I still remember her being with us right after the challenger disaster happened. She helped me deal with my feelings about it.

Molly Guadagnoli
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Sad to see this obituary today. Ms Collins was a good person and I'm sorry for the grief and loss in her passing. She always cared about her students and her work
Although "crab soccer" and push ups caused undue stress between us in 3rd grade...I know she was a credit to her profession and she will be missed and thought of fondly.
Love and support to Ms Nadeau...loss of ur bestfriend is so sad. She was my first thought upon reading this. Xoxo

JULIE ALTMAN
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
“Miss Collins” modeled so many sterling qualities that I appreciated then, and still more so now. She was a leader, no-nonsense and optimistic. Fair, consistent, determined. Smart and friendly. Her kind, genuine spirit will continue to enrich the lives of so many she coached and friended.

Kelly Garber
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
Such a sad day... You will be missed by many. You were such a kind, thoughtful lady. Rest in Peace.

James Collins
   Posted Wed November 07, 2018
Very sad to see. I was a student of her in third grade, and although I don't remember much from those days, she was always one of my favorite teachers I had, and not just because we shared the same last name. My condolences to her family and friends! RIP Miss Collins

Dale Furno
   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
I can honestly say that everyone loved Mrs. Collins. She was an excellent teacher and an amazing person. Alberta showed great compassion to her students. She really cared about each of us, and I will cherish the fond memories from the Douglas school system.

Nancy Norberg
   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
My sincere condolences to Alberta’s family and friends. She played a big part in the lives of my 4 girls through education, sports, and just overall good example of hard work and dedication to dreams and goals. She was instrumental in my youngest daughter making a young leadership trip to Australia at a young age. To this day she has had a love of travel and has a better understanding and appreciation of the world outside of the small town. She always had a good word to say about everyone. Rest In Peace Alberta. ❤️

Marian MacDonald
   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
My sincere sympathy to Alberta's family. I moved away yrs. ago and was sad to hear that Alberta had passed away (way too young). I worked in the Douglas Public Schools when she was a 3rd grade teacher......her love for teaching and her "students" was always so admirable. I remember also how she loved sports, coaching, being a ref and her UConn team. She was a friendly, loving, person and will be missed.

Jeannie Katz
   Posted Sun November 11, 2018
So sorry to learn of Alberta’s passing,
I met Alberta at an educational workshop during our careers.
I found her to be friendly, fun, and very knowledgeable from her extensive experience in sports and physical education.
It was a pleasure to know Alberta.
May she Rest In Peace.

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