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Mary Frances Collins

Claremont, N.H. — Mary Frances Collins, 97, of Claremont, N.H., passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Sullivan County Health Care in Unity, N.H.

She was born in Bellows Falls, Vt., on Dec. 27, 1915, the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Switak) Hitrusko.

She had resided in Claremont since 1945.

She worked for a year in the ‘30s at Super Set, a paint brush company in Bellows Falls, and later years as a stitcher in the shoe shops in Claremont and Newport.

Mary was the widow of James V. Collins, to whom she was married on June 8, 1942. He died May 3, 1987.

The surviving family includes a niece, Marie King Darnell, of Wakefield, Mass.; a nephew, Joseph Cancellieri, of West Newton, Mass.; a cousin, Blanche Mitchell, of Bellows Falls, Vt., and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Bernard Hitrusko, in 1979; two sisters, Stephena “Tina” Fontaine in 1993, and Blanche Cancellieri in 2001.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Father George Majka, officiating.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Bellows Falls, Vt.

Friends may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St., Claremont, from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the funeral Mass.

Donations may be made in her memory to Sullivan County Health Care, Attention: Stearns II, Comfort Room, 5 Nursing Home Drive, Unity, N.H. 03743.

To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, www.stringerfh.com.