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Evanna M. Collins services Thursday

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Evanna M. Collins, age 81 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 28, 1932 in English Lake, Ind., to Ben and Eva (Smith) Marquardt.

She was married to LeRoy Collins in LaCrosse, Ind., on June 23, 1951.

She is survived by her husband, LeRoy of Chesterton; daughter, Denise (Corwin) Hendricks of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter-in-law, Jane Collins of Chesterton, Ind.; sister-in-law, Joyce Marquardt of St. Helen, Mich.; and granddaughter, Kaylie Ann Collins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dennis Collins; brother, Ben Marquardt; and sisters, Mona Meiss and Norma Buckley.

Evanna was a member of Chesterton United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was actively involved in the Womenís Wesleyan Circle Club, volunteered for Jacobís Table, as well as the Duneland Resale Shop. Evanna retired from the Duneland School Corporation in 1996 after 31 years of service in the cafeteria and transportation departments. She was also active in the Duneland Secretary Club.

Evanna enjoyed social activities with her husband, including dancing, roller skating, traveling and bowling. She acted as Treasurer for her bowling league and she was past president of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of the Women of the Moose. Evanna was always supportive and active with her children and granddaughter, especially in their Scouting and band activities.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 6, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the funeral home with Rev. Terry Rhine officiating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Duneland Resale Shop or the Chesterton United Methodist Church. Online condolences to the family may be left at


Posted 8/4/2014