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Obituary for Janice M. Collins

Born: May 18th, 1947
Passed Away: May 7th, 2017


Janice Marie Collins, age 69, departed this life on Sunday, May 7, 2017 and was welcomed into heaven after battling Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma for the last 6 months. She was born on May 18, 1947 to the late, Russell Lowell Rakestraw and Dolores (Stoppels) Rakestraw in Muskegon, Michigan. Jan loved animals from the time she was a child, and went on to breed Shih-tzu, toy breed dogs, for over 25 years, and was instrumental in introducing this breed to the area. Jan graduated from Muskegon Senior High School in 1965. In 1968, she married William Richard Collins II, and he survives her. Together, they raised three children, Kim, Lisa and Bill. Jan worked for several years at Marquette Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and later, she worked and retired from Sanctuary at The Park (formerly University Park) Nursing Home. Jan loved to cook, and was always eager to plan or go on a picnic, with two of her favorite spots being in Muskegon and Ludington. Jan enjoyed being a Grandmother to Nathan Ball, Kristen (Nathan) Black, Kaitlyn, Conner and Chase Maciag, Jesyca Hilliard and Ella Cole, and Great Grandchildren, Hailey and Jackson Black. Jan is survived by her Mother, Dolores Machido, brother, Gary (Barb) Rakestraw, husband, William Richard Collins II, daughters, Kim (Charles) Johnson and Lisa Collins and her son, William Richard Collins III and Sister-in-law, Cora Akershoek. She was preceded in death by her Father, Russell Lowell Rakestraw Jr., Step-Father, Fabian Marchido, Mother-in-aw, Mattie (Dot) Crain, Grandparents, Laura Bird Stoppels Church and Kenneth Church, and Gladys and Russell Lowell Rakestraw Sr. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Joseph Akershoek. Jan grew up attending Unity Reformed Church in Muskegon and for many years, attended Evanston Avenue Baptist Church. Jan’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff and volunteers at The Leila and Cyrus Poppen House Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Janice, and her family during the past six months. Per Jan’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that memorials may be made in Janice’s name, to Harbor Hospice/Poppen House Hospice Residence or Noah’s Project.