Charles W. Collins, 92, of Harveys Lake passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at his home with his only daughter, Charlene, and his loving caregivers at his side.
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Born March 11, 1922, in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Elizabeth Gallagher Collins and was raised in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre.
After graduating from Coughlin High School in 1940, he joined the Navy, where he served as an aviation ordnanceman first class aboard the USS Chandeleur and USS Kearsarge in the South Pacific during World War II. As a gunner in Patrol Bombing Squadron 21 (VFB-21), he received many awards and citations for his crew's relentless attacks on enemy vessels and aircraft.
After his honorable discharge in 1947, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 1982. Many people in Forty Fort, Swoyersville, Edwardsville and Kingston will remember his smiling face while delivering their mail.
Loving the outdoors, he enjoyed gardening, walking, swimming, traveling overseas, bowling, shuffleboard and his winter home in Florida.
After raising their daughter in Forty Fort, Charles and his wife, Gloria, moved to the house he built at Harveys Lake, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He was an usher at the Church of Our Lady of Victory for more than 30 years, and was a member of American Legion Post 967, Harveys Lake, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 283, Kingston.
His wife, Gloria Dally Collins, died Dec. 13, 2010. Sisters, Catherine Leonard, Betty Mulhern, Alice Collins, Ann Clarke and Elaine Lehman, a nephew, Bobby Collins, and great-grandson, Jonathan Prandy, also preceded him in death.
He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Charlene and her husband, Bob Prandy, Maryland; grandsons, Eric and his wife, Anna Prandy, Maryland; and Keith and his wife, Natasha Prandy, Georgia; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Nicholas, Abby and Zoe Prandy; sister, Joan Eagen, New York; brother, Bob Collins, New Jersey; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
The entire family thanks his Griswold caregivers who gave such loving care to him and his wife in their final years. Special thanks to Toni Kaufman, who became his second 'daughter'; Karen for her calming personality; Donna, Kassandra and Carmelita, his VA nurse, Beth and his Erwine Hospice caregivers who saw that his life passed lovingly and peacefully.
A celebration of Charles' life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday with visitation in the Church of Our Lady of Victory, Harveys Lake. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by his nephew, the Rev. Kevin Mulhern, at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the
, Alzheimer's Foundation, or the charity of your preference.
McLaughlin's — The Family Funeral Service is assisting Charles' family with arrangements.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Charles' family at www.celebratehislife.com.
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 26, 2014