Theresa Collins


Spencerport, NY:  Friday, January 22, 2016 at age 70 after a heroic battle with cancer. Theresa is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Robert; her sons, Daniel (Christine) and Eric (Allison); her brother, Paul; and her four grandchildren, Alyssa, Renee, Brady, and Mallory. She is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Nellie Chwazik.

Theresa worked for Monroe County Social Services and in her spare time enjoyed gardening, reading, painting, and golf.   Theresa loved being around her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor, a kind heart, and always put others ahead of herself.

A Celebration of Theresa’s life will be held in the Spring, her favorite time of year.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her honor to the Leo Center for Caring – Hospice Care.

31 Condolences

  1. Dan Collins on January 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Miss you Mom.

  2. Ann McMican on January 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Keeping your family close in our hearts. What a perfect tribute to celebrate in the Spring.

  3. Sandra Abbott on January 25, 2016 at 9:58 am

    All of your cousins will miss you so much. I will always remember your visits to New Hampshire as well as the good times we had in Utica. My memories of you will stay with me for the rest of my life. Love to you, Theresa, and your family.

  4. Craig Stewart and Sharon Bartley on January 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Dear Bob, Eric and Dan – Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Theresa. After receiving the diagnosis last year, her decision to live her life to the fullest at home was not only heroic, it was very wise. We will miss her. With love, Sharon and Craig

  5. Alyssa Collins on January 25, 2016 at 10:04 am

    You were an amazing grandmother, and did so much for me. I will miss you very much. Love you <3

  6. Mary Ann on January 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Bob, Dan, Eric and family, I am deeply sorry for dear Theresa’s passing. I will miss my very sweet friend everyday, and keep her in my heart always. What a very great lady. Her friendship was a great blessing, a true and cherished gift.

  7. Marilyn Dimpfl on January 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Wishing the family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    Theresa will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.

  8. John & Teresa Knight on January 25, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Bob, Eric, & Dan
    Know that we are praying with you for God’s peace and comfort to flow over each of you now and forever. Such a blessing and gift to have a wonderful, loving and caring wife and mother. Theresa’s good works and love are demonstrated thru each of you everyday. Thinking of you. John & Teresa

  9. Christine Collins on January 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you for always treating me like a cherished daughter and for making my children such a priority in your life. Together we have celebrated their accomplishments and milestones and cried over their disappointments. You were always there and showing endless and encouraging support at all of their school plays, Girl Scout ceremonies, sporting events, award ceremonies, Awana ceremonies, dance recitals, school open houses, and the list goes on and on ~ even when you were not feeling well at all, you were there with a smile and positive attitude and no one would have guessed how much you were suffering. Having you so involved in my children’s lives was such a blessing and we already feel the incredible loss. You were always there to watch the girls when they were little, give advice, help us through rough times, and be there with us in good times. You are one of the most generous people that I have ever known, and have served as a good model for our family, teaching us giving through action. My children are blessed to have so many great memories of time spent with you ~ shopping, playing, watching Sponge Bob, making and painting ceramics, going to the park, getting manicures, eating mac and cheese and hot dogs, doing fashion shows with the bags of clothes they would come home with after shopping with you, going to Friendly’s, and more. Our hearts are broken and, even though it has only been days, we already feel a huge emptiness and we miss you so much. Our memories of you and times shared will sustain us and help us pass through these hard times and rise again. Just like you were always physically present in our lives, now you will be present in spirit as you continue to surround us with your endless love.

  10. Bev Newman on January 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Theresa was a happy, giving , and wonderful woman.

    She gave willingly to each member of our family.

    Her time, money, and concern.

    She will be missed

  11. Beth Newman on January 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I will miss you at family parties.

    I always enjoyed visiting with you.

    Thank you for all you have done for our family.

  12. Elizabeth and Andrew Lupien on January 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Eric and family,

    We are thinking of you all during this very difficult time. Your mother certainly raised a wonderful son and her legacy will continue through your kind heart.

    May you find peace and comfort,
    Andrew and Elizabeth Lupien

  13. Renee Collins on January 25, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Grandma, thank you for always being there for me. I’ll cherish the memories I hold dear to my heart, shopping, going out to lunch, our sleepovers, making brownies with grandpa before you came home to suprise you, you are a big part of my life and have been with me through it all. I know you’ll still be with me in all that I do and I miss you tremendously.

  14. Carol & Larry Lang on January 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    So very very sorry for your loss. It has been many years since we saw you & your family but we have the fondest memories to hold on to.
    May you all know we have you in our prayers and our thoughts.
    Carol & Larry

  15. Lorry Chwazik on January 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    My seven-year old self absolutely adored Theresa when she asked me to be a flower girl at her wedding; I couldn’t believe my mother wouldn’t let me skip My First Communion in order to fulfill official flower girl duties. There must be hundreds of people whom Theresa similarly touched with her generous and loving heart. This cousin’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends she’s left behind.

  16. Carrie Heberger on January 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you for always being a ray of sunshine whenever we saw you. You always had a kind word and a smile and made sure to let everyone in your life know that you cared. You will be missed.
    Love, Carrie, Andrew and Kyle Heberger

  17. Ed Bartley and Miriam Erick on January 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Bob, Eric and Dan – We are very sorry to receive the news of Theresa’s passing. We know how close you are as a family and can only begin to appreciate the sadness you are feeling about losing her. She is now with the Lord. Our prayers are with you.

  18. Allison Collins on January 25, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    It is wonderful that we will be able to celebrate her life during her most favorite season, spring. I will always remember Theresa when I plant my flowers each year because she showed me how easy it is and what joy those flowers can bring.

    My heart is with you Eric, Bob and Dan.

    love, Allison

  19. Ron Kochman on January 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    With my cousin Theresa gone, part of my life is gone, too. We were in the same classroom at Transfiguration for 8 years, we took our First Communion together, and we spent many a Christmas Eve at babci’s house in Rome with the rest of the Kochmans. They are wonderful memories. I will miss her, her outgoing personality, and her warmth and friendship. May she rest in peace.

  20. Susanne Pulver on January 25, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    It was such a pleasure to know you. It was amazing that no matter what was going on in your life you always took an interest in our lives and how are children were doing. You were so thoughtful and caring to those around you. Your presence in our lives will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.
    With Love, Jeff, Susanne, Violet, Emma, and Matthew Pulver

  21. Darlene Coon on January 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

    May your memories of your beautiful loving wife and mother embrace you all with the peace of her spirit always, God be with you all, always…..,

  22. Pat Lydick on January 26, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Bob, Dan, Eric and family,
    My sincere condolences. Teresa was a good neighbor and friend. Over the years she taught me gardening, knitting and golf. She enriched my life in may ways. I will miss her. Pat

  23. Bruce, Laura, Tyler and Samantha Cartier on January 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Our family extends its deepest sympathies to Theresa’s family and friends. It is clear from the messages below that comfort can be found in many good memories and the dedication Theresa had to those she knew.

  24. Barbara kochman on January 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Bob and family

    Even though we had grown in different direction , I often
    Thought about Theresa as we were very close as children.
    I’m sure there is a special place in heaven for her. My
    Thoughts are with you. Love
    Barbara kochman

  25. David Pulhamus on January 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Theresa was always welcoming and cheerful to everyone.
    Dave Pulhamus

  26. Bob and Bev Newman on January 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Dear Bob, Dan, and Eric,

    Our prayers are with you.

    May God grant you peace and comfort.

    Theresa was a great woman.

  27. Diana Catanzaro Sadlon on January 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Theresa, keeping you and your family in my prayers. May you be with the Lord now as always.
    Remembering our days singing “Bill Bailey” in talent shows as teens. You will be missed, but remain in hearts and memories.

  28. Bill Coon on January 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss Bob and family, remember that some day we will all meet again.

    Bill and Dolores.

  29. david swiecki on January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I was humbled by the news of the passing of my cousin. I can’t remember the last time we spoke but I believe it was on her wedding day. I was part of the ceremony. Different paths for each of us made space for our own lives. I understand that Theresa enjoyed golf. I played golf with my wife today and felt her presence on the course. We thought of her during the round and I can’t remember not being upset on any of my errant shots. Maybe there is a course in heaven!
    Please accept our condolence’s on you loss.



  30. Mary Lou Altman on January 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Bob, Dan and Eric,

    You have Geo’s and my condolences.

    I will always remember my friend of over 40 years and all the good times we had golfing, shopping, going out to lunch, getting together for holidays and dinner. I praise Bob for his dedicated caregiving this past year as I know how hard it is to be a caregiver.


  31. Sue Wilcox on January 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    My heart is heavy upon hearing of Theresa’s passing. What an incredible friend she was! I shall always cherish the memories of times spent together.

    Bob, Eric, Dan and family….I shall be praying for all of you.
    Know that Theresa is now enjoying the beautiful flowers of heaven.

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