Donald J. "DJ" Collins, 83, of Pine Island passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Methodist Campus. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Pine Island with Father Randal Kasel and Father Christopher Collins co-celebrating the Mass. Burial will be a later date in Pine Island Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
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Donald Joseph Collins was born on Sept. 18, 1930, in Rochester, to Phillip and Alice (nee Kelly) Collins. He grew up in Pine Island and graduated from Pine Island High School. DJ entered the United States Air Force on Sept. 8, 1950. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1951. On Nov. 17, 1955, he married Arlene Keller at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Pine Island.
DJ owned and operated Collins Rug & Furniture Cleaners until he retired from business in the mid-1980's. After his retirement, he worked at the Hardware Hank store in Pine Island for 12 years. DJ also was a friend of Bill's for 54 years.
He enjoyed family, traveling, sporting events, playing cards, coffee with friends, and he was very active in community theater productions.
DJ is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughter, Lisa Collins, of Rochester; son, Mark (Lynn) Collins, of Charleston, S.C.; stepson, Alex Earle, of Greensboro, N.C.; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Janice Keller, of Minneapolis; and countless friends.
DJ was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Alice; brother, Gene Collins; sister, Phyllis Lambo; and son, Scott Collins; Memorials are suggested in memory of Donald "DJ" Collins to Mayo Clinic Hospice, 200 First St. S.W. Rochester, 55905.
Arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home — Mahler Chapel in Pine Island. mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Feb. 1, 2014