Veronica A. Marosa Collins, 97, of Fairfield, mother to Theodore Collins and aunt to many nieces and nephews, died April 1, 2010, in St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Born and raised in the old West End of Bridgeport, she moved to Fairfield in 1956. The daughter of the late Joseph and Veronica Puczko Marosa, she attended Longfellow Grammar School, Central High School and Butler Business School.

She was a retired book keeper for much of her working life, and was employed by Silliman & Godfrey Co. and Vincent Oil Co., prior to Dalling Hauling Co.

A gracious woman of warmth and charm, she had a special gift of making all those around her feel loved, accepted and appreciated. She adored children, and was quite giving of her time and focus to care for them. Coolins was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of Assumption Church. When her son Ted was in school, she was an active volunteer for various school and church events, including the St.Stephen's Mother's Club.

Upon the untimely death of her sister Helen, Collins became a second mother to Helen's children, Monica Mancini, Maureen Reppolett, Joseph Montanaro and the late Gregory Montanaro.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Collins, from whom she inherited a little bit of her "Irish" ways; her brother, John Marosa; and sisters, Bessie Litrop, Mary Farkas and Helen Montanaro.

Funeral services took place on Tuesday in Assumption Church, Fairfield; interment followed in St.Michael's Cemetery. Calling hours took place Monday in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield.

In her later years, Collins enjoyed watching daily Mass on the television -- memorial gift to support this program may be made to Inc., 432 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473.

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