In loving memory of

Gloria Collins
September 25, 1930 - October 22, 2019

Gloria Jean Collins, 89, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Marian Home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28th at 10:30 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Monsignor Kevin McCoy officiating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Barnum. A visitation will be on Sunday from 3:00-6:00 pm at Laufersweiler Funeral Home, Fort Dodge.
Gloria is survived by her children Jay (Tracy) Collins, Mary (Marlyn) Gardalen, Diane (Bill) Blomker, Kathy (Jim) Kesterson, Denise (Mike) McAnally, and Maureen (Denny) Crimmins, daughter-in-law Kay Collins, 18 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Olive Johnston, husband Richard in 2008, sons Steven and David, granddaughter Teresa (Terri) Gardalen and sisters, Geneva and Kathleen.
Gloria was born September 25, 1930 in Lohrville. Iowa. She graduated from Lohrville High School. Gloria was united in marriage to Richard Collins on February 21, 1949. The couple made their home in Barnum until 1997 when they moved to Fort Dodge. She was a member of The Catholic Daughters of America. She worked part time for the Barnum Ag Center and volunteered over 1000 hours at Trinity Regional Medical Center.
Memorials may be left to The Marian Home.


Deb Starman Kelleher wrote on Oct 24, 2019:

"Our sincere sympathy. Seeing her all those Sundays at the Marian Home Mass made her feel like family. I admire how close and caring her kids were. "

Karen Jensen wrote on Oct 24, 2019:

"I remember going to visit the Marion Home to see my dad Jack. They were next door neighbors and Gloria was always so sweet! Kathy and I have some great memories from there. So sorry for your loss, such a great family !! Thoughts and Prayers, Karen Engler Jensen "

Julie schraeger wrote on Oct 24, 2019:

"Praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow. Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord. Julie Kapustka Schraeger"

JONN HANSON wrote on Oct 24, 2019:


Kurtis & Kely Lawler wrote on Oct 24, 2019:

"We are so sorry for your loss! Your Mom was so much fun to be around. We will keep you on our thoughts & prayers."

Terry O'Grady wrote on Oct 24, 2019:

"Love you, Ma. Was so much fun having you at all the softball games. Terry O'Grady"

Vicki Foster wrote on Oct 23, 2019:

"It was my great honor to care for you these last 2 years. I will cherish the memories of you telling me I was beautiful and your loving hugs and stroking my face as I would kiss you good night and tuck you in. You're beauty and poise will ALWAYS live within me Glo. May you rest in eternal peace."

Linda Henke wrote on Oct 23, 2019:

"I loved Gloria, her wonderful sense of humor and her great laugh. She was a marvelous friend to mom and to the community as a whole. I am so sorry for her passing."

Jeanne Bird wrote on Oct 23, 2019:

"Where to begin talking about Glo? She was such a ray of sunshine in my life, especially during one of the toughest times of my life...the loss of my husband, Michael. She was such an example of how to live your life with the good Lord as your guide. I can still hear her laughter in my heart, which is where she will live forever. "

Gary and Judy Schumacher wrote on Oct 23, 2019:

"Our hearts are aching for each of you...she was a wonderful friend to us all and we shall always remember her and her beautiful smile. Our sympathies and prayers to each of you and may the perpetual light always shine brightly on your Mom"