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COLLINS (Monnier),

Dolores "Dee"

92, of Troy, peacefully passed away after a short illness on January 10, 2021, while in the care of Ohio's Hospice at

Upper Valley Medical Center.

Dee was born on June 17, 1928, to Noah and Esther (Kleinschmidt) Monnier, in Covington, Ohio. She graduated from Covington High School in 1946.

After graduating as an R.N. from Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, Dee worked as a nurse supervisor at Stouder Memorial Hospital in Troy, Ohio. She was passionate about nursing and taking care of others.

In 1954, after starting a family with Charles 'Chuck' Collins, deceased, Dee found another passion which involved assisting others through numerous hours of volunteer work at Stouder Hospital/Upper Valley Medical Center (10,000+hours), The Blood Bank, and St. Patrick Church and School.

Dee is survived by her two children, daughter Anne Collins and son David Collins, granddaughters Emily (Mike) Schlachter, Alison Collins, Caitlin Collins, and Kim (Matt) Early, great-grandchildren Owen, Eben and Sadie, Anne's partner Debbie Badonsky, and daughter-in-law Barb (Collins)


Dee was predeceased by brother Donald Monnier and sister Evelyn 'Boots' Speer.

Dee lived a full life and never wasted a moment of it. Acts of kindness, caring for her family and others, gardening, and making a multitude of friends along the way defined her long life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dee's last act of giving involved donating her body to Wright State

University Anatomical Gift Program.

Services will be held at a later date when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. Patrick Church.

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Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 14, 2021.
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February 2, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken. Everyone should have a best friend like Dee. I met her at work 15 years ago. She was a true friend. I loved our conversations and time together. She was so positive! She made my heart smile and made me laugh so often. I always cherished our friendship. I will miss her dearly...
Bianca Burkhart
January 16, 2021
Dave & Anne, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a great person who will always be remembered.
Denise Leclerc Hodges
January 16, 2021
Anne and Dave: i will be thinking of you and your family. May you receive healing energies.
Michael Christie
January 15, 2021
Anne and Dave-
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Nathaniel Newman
January 15, 2021
Sincere condolences to Anne and Dave and their families. Prayers for God's peace and comfort.
Eve Cusac-Seale
January 15, 2021
I used to sing at 7:30 Mass at St. Patrick and so enjoyed seeing Dee there. We had one conversation in particular that has gotten me through many challenging days. She was so encouraging and such a bright light. All best to all her family through these difficult times.
Mary Knapke
January 14, 2021
A bright light has gone home. RIP.
Alan and Sally Dunavent
January 14, 2021
Dee and I were friends through St Pat’s and StoryPoint. I had so many lovely conversations that left my heart full and she will be dearly missed. There is actually a picture of the two of us from just a few weeks ago that I will cherish forever. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family in this time.
Samantha Stafford
January 13, 2021
Rob Gwisdala
January 13, 2021
I am so sorry! Thoughts and prayers are being sent!

Dee was a very devout Catholic Christian (Roman Catholic). She is now in Eternity. She is not suffering here on Earth anymore. She is in Purgatory being cleansed of her sins in preparation for going to Heaven and receiving a new body.

I knew Dee from St Patrick Catholic Church Troy Ohio USA. She was a Sacristan and a Extraordinary Eucharistic Communion Minister for the Sunday 7:30AM Holy Mass. She also was a Sacristan and a Extraordinary Eucharistic Communion Minister for the Holy Day Holy Mass as well. She taught RCIA for adults and taught CCD for children too.

My mother Connie Gwisdala knew Dee from Stouder Hospital/Upper Valley Medical Center. She worked there as an Registered Nurse from 1978-2004. Dee was my mother’s supervisor and coworker. It is a very small world.
Rob Gwisdala
January 13, 2021
I volunteered with Dee at Upper Valley Medical Center! I always looked up to her! I will miss her so much!
Amy Dawson
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