LEAVITTSBURG - Lois Ann Collins, 78, formerly of Leavittsburg, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at her son's house in Leavittsburg.
Lois was born on April 5, 1935 in Cleveland, the daughter of Louis and Edna Maleau Ressler.
Lois received her formal education from Austintown Fitch High School and graduated in 1953.
She then married the love of her life, William F. "Bill" Collins Sr., on Nov. 29, 1969, and they have enjoyed 44 years of wonderful marriage together.
William and Lois (formerly of Leavittsburg and Newton Falls) retired to Calabash, N.C., in 2004. Lois had a love for the beach and enjoyed many years of relaxation with family and friends at Sunset Beach.
Lois worked at many places, but her last place of employment was the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Warren where she worked as a corrections officer for five years. Lois had a successful ceramic studio for many years in the early 1970s and had lectured at the National Ceramics Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Some of her interests included shopping, ceramics, working outside with her flowers in the garden, watching TV and, most of all, being with her grandchildren.
Memories of Lois will be carried on by her loving family: her devoted husband William F. "Bill" Collins Sr. of Calabash; two sons, William and Lisa Collins Jr. of Leavittsburg and Stephen and Mechelle Drajic of New Middletown; three daughters, Monica Partridge of Calabash, Jennifer and Ron Peterson of Longs, S.C., Lorraine Collins of Calabash; two sisters, Marjie Miller of Lordstown and Kathleen and Dick Dubber of Walhala, S.C.; three brothers, William and Karen Ressler of Maineville, Tom Ressler of Cleveland and Lou and Barbara Ressler of Cleveland; and nine grandchildren.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Doug Owens; one son, Michael Drajic; one brother, Russ Ressler; and one sister, Sadie Skeens.
Per the wishes of Lois, cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Community Church in Leavittsburg with Pastor John Jaros officiating. The family will receive friends for calling hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The family has requested that all donations go to the American Heart Association c/o the Jeremy A. Collins Memorial Foundation, www.thejacmf.com/Support. Donations are accepted online through PayPal or by check to The JACMF, P.O. Box 117, Leavittsburg, OH 44430.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444 330-872-5440.
Family and friends may view this obituary online or send condolences to the family at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.