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Official Obituary of: Jeanne M. Collins, 79, on January 31, 2024

Jeanne M. Collins, 79, on January 31, 2024

Jeanne M. (Cronin) Collins of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Born in North Attleboro MA on October 30, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Daniel J. Cronin Jr and the late Virginia (Buffum) Cadoret.

She was the devoted wife of the late Arthur Collins Jr., who passed away July 11, 1986, and with whom she shared her life with since June 22, 1963.

Jeanne also shared 10 wonderful years with her partner the late Ralph “Ralphie” Boyle.  During those 10 years together, they welcomed their grandchildren. Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Ralphie were very proud grandparents! 

Growing up in Attleboro, Jeanne graduated from Attleboro High School in 1963 and shortly after graduation married her sweetheart Arthur who she met at Jolly Cholly’s.  Jeanne held various jobs which included working at Balfour, Fernandes Supermarket where you would find her in the bakery department where she developed her love of baking and cake decorating. She also worked at Howard H. Sweet & Son and later moved to the North Attleboro School Department where she worked as a cafeteria worker “Lunch Lady” at the Martin School until her retirement. 

In her younger years, Jeanne loved decorating special birthday cakes for her children and she was well was known for her chocolate chip brownies and peanut butter balls which were frequently requested by family and friends!  Jeanne also enjoyed hosting summer cookouts and many holiday gatherings, She loved to visit the local casinos, holiday craft fairs,  lunch with her girlfriends at Chelo’s, taking her grandchildren to Friendly’s or IHop for alone time with Gram.  She also enjoyed card nights, taking Caribbean cruises and spent many summers vacationing in Bridgeton ME. Jeanne also loved watching The Hallmark Channel and Lifetime EXCEPT when the Patriots were playing, she was a True Patriot Fan!

She is survived by her three daughters; Colleen (Collins) Champagne and her husband Paul of South Attleboro, their children Kimberly Masinda and husband Jason of Attleboro and Stephanie Champagne and fiancée Darcey Thomas of Lanesville, IN, Cheryl Collins and her children Dylan and Haleigh of North Attleboro, Christine (Collins) Varjian and her husband David of Franklin.

Jeanne cherished spending time with her family and her 4 grandchildren; Kimberly, Stephanie, Dylan and Haleigh and her 2 great grandchildren Aubrey and Connor.  

She was the dear sister of Michael Cronin and his wife Marilyn of Norton MA, Carol Cronin and her husband Robb Rollins of Hampton CT, Stephen Cronin and his wife Leanne of North Attleboro MA, Maureen Cronin and her partner Bill Pariseau, Mary Ellen Cronin, Daniel Cronin III and his wife Theresa all of Attleboro MA, Julia Murphy and her husband David of Summersville SC and Gerald Cadoret and his wife Denise of Pascoag RI.  She also leaves behind several adored nieces and nephews.

Per Jeanne’s request, visiting hours will be omitted. All services will be held privately and Jeanne will be laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery and Arboretum in Attleboro Falls, at which time she will be reunited with her late husband, Arthur.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, North Attleboro, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 No. Main St., Providence RI 02904 ATTN: Philanthropy

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  • So sorry to hear of Jeanne’s passing. I worked with her for many years she always talked about her daughters and grandchildren and love to laugh!!  Very sorry for your loss  RIP????

  • Jeanne was a sweetheart !! I met her while working at martin school in the cafeteria.she used to call me cheryl beryl.she would always make me laugh. I was able to reconnect with her when we were roommates at lifecare for the month of august 2023.where we watched  lifetime movies together ,and talked about when we worked together and what went on in our lives after.

  • To Jeanne’s Family, My name is Sarah Knowlton, I had the pleasure of taking care of Jeanne at Life Care. We enjoyed talking to each other and she would give me advice if I asked her for it. We both shared many laughs and even some tears. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Fly High with the Angels Jeanne until we meet again. Fondly, Sarah Knowlton 

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  1. To Jeanne’s Family, My name is Sarah Knowlton, I had the pleasure of taking care of Jeanne at Life Care. We enjoyed talking to each other and she would give me advice if I asked her for it. We both shared many laughs and even some tears. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Fly High with the Angels Jeanne until we meet again. Fondly, Sarah Knowlton 

  2. Jeanne was a sweetheart !! I met her while working at martin school in the cafeteria.she used to call me cheryl beryl.she would always make me laugh. I was able to reconnect with her when we were roommates at lifecare for the month of august 2023.where we watched  lifetime movies together ,and talked about when we worked together and what went on in our lives after.

  3. So sorry to hear of Jeanne’s passing. I worked with her for many years she always talked about her daughters and grandchildren and love to laugh!!  Very sorry for your loss  RIP????

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