Nina M. Collins

Nina M. Collins

Nina M. Collins, age 73, of Princeton, IL, and formerly of New York City and Cassville and Lancaster, WI, died peacefully at her home of ALS at 12:15 a.m., on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. To honor Nina’s life, funeral services will be held at 6:45 p.m., on Friday, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Nina’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Nina was born on August 28, 1946, in Mt. Pleasant, MI, daughter of Harold Emile and Nathalie Margaret (Fluke) Collins.

Nina grew up in Clare, MI and Brookfield, IL. She attended Riverside-Brookfield High School, and was active in drama and music, playing violin in her father’s orchestra, and volunteering at the Veterans’ Hospital.

Nina attended Drake University and later moved to New York to pursue an acting career. A student of Uta Hagen, Nina appeared in many off-Broadway plays while continuing her education at Marymount College. She subsequently worked in New York law offices and advertising agencies, organizing national conferences for the Society of Plastics Industry, and serving as executive assistant to the Vice-President of Nordeman Grimm, Inc., an international executive search firm, and to the President of Sacks & Rosen, Inc., an international advertising agency.

Nina continued her commitment to volunteer work, spending many weekends and vacations distributing meals for the underprivileged in New York churches.

Nina moved to Cassville, WI in 1992 to care for her father, who was in failing health. She remained in the Midwest after his death, living in Dubuque, IA and Lancaster, WI and working as Human Resource Manager in area firms, and also caring for disabled clients through Homeward Bound.

Nina loved attending the opera, the symphony and plays in New York and Massachusetts with her sister, and later continued this with many trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony, and travels to Greece, Vieques, St. Croix and Puerto Rico, and family vacations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California.

She moved to Princeton in 2018, to be closer to her sister as her health declined.

She was devoted to her family and brought untold hours of happiness to them and to her friends. She is survived by her sister, Dana Collins of Princeton, and her niece Jen Collins (Ouellette) and family of Oakland, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Caitlyn Dane.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Nina’s favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 4th, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 4th, 2019 at 6:45 PM

One condolence for Nina M. Collins
  1. Guy and Joan Marella says:

    It was wonderful to get to know Nina on some of her many trips to Princeton to visit her sister Dana. She was a warm and loving person and we had many interesting conversations about art, music and travel with her and Dana. These discussions were made even more pleasurable since they occured while we enjoyed Dana’s hospiality in her lovely Princeton home. We did not know at that time about Nina’s experience and success as a performer in off-Broaddway theatre. This unscores the fact that Nina was not only a gracious person but also a modest one. It was a true pleasure knowing her.

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