In Memory of

Shirley A. Collins

January 7, 1935 - January 13, 2022
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Shirley A. Collins 87, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Bickford of Fort Dodge.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City, with Fr. Lynn Bruch officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial of casket will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, near Lohrville.  Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Church until service time.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

The Funeral Service will be live-streamed via the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home Facebook Page.

     Shirley is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Peter) Erpelding of Bode, Linda (Dennis) Sukovaty of Manson, and Pam (Allan) Kirsch of Dakota City; daughter-in-law Carol Collins of Lohrville; 9 grandchildren, Brandon (Mary) Donahe, Brianne (Dave) Campbell, Katie (Aaron) Keyser, Kelsey (Dave) Cain, Kolin (Anna) Sukovaty, Jason (Raeann) Kirsch, Jenna (Vick Sambola) Kirsch, Chase Willett, and Mallory Willett; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and her honorary sisters from the Red Hat Lady Society.  She was preceded in death by her husband John “Jack” Collins; son Brian; her parents, Edward and Clara (Krebs) Hammen; brothers, Robert, Bernard, and Roland Hammen; and infant brother Paul Hammen.

     Shirley Ann Hammen was born January 7, 1935 at her home in Jolley, Iowa.  She graduated from Jolley High School with the Class of 1953, where she was proud of being a member and key player for the Jolley Blue Jays Basketball team.  In 1954, Shirley graduated from Fort Dodge Beauty Academy and opened her shop in Pomeroy.  On February 8, 1958 she was united in marriage to John “Jack” Collins at St. Mary’s Church in Pomeroy.  The couple made their home on a farm near Lohrville where Shirley continued operating her beauty shop out of their home.  She also helped her husband farm.  The couple eventually retired and moved to Rockwell City.  Jack passed away in 2017.  Shirley was a faithful member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial
11:00 a.m. - Friday
January 21, 2022
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
Brandon Donahe
Dave Campbell
Aaron Keyser
Dave Cain
Kolin Sukovaty
Jason Kirsch
Victor Sambola
9:30 a.m. - Friday
January 21. 2022
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist - Fran Lawson
Cantor - Lisa Wozniak
St. Joseph Cemetery
Lohrville, Iowa


Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 6:26 PM
“Know my prayers are with you. I treasure the times that Shirley shared with our family. Her family, faith, and Red Hat adventures were very special to her.
Sr. Lois Erpelding, OSF”
- Sr. Lois Erpelding, OSF

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 8:22 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, and so suddenly. I know how you feel. I recall your mom as being so kind and sweet when I did sleepovers at your home during junior high. She was good friends with my mom as well. I'm praying for God's comfort (2 Corinthians 3-4)”
- Terri L Brand

Monday, January 17, 2022 at 9:07 AM
“Condolences to all of Shirley's family. I hadn't seen Shirley for probably 65 years. We attended school together for many years. I was well acquainted with the Hammen family. Darrel smith, fellow classmate At Jolley High School, class of 1953.”
- Darrel Smith

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 7:45 PM
“Prayers & sympathy to all the family Shirley will be missed.”
- Janice Wetter

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 7:07 PM
“To the Collins family, my thoughts and prayers are with you! I remember the good times while growing up!”
- Jody Monahan

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 4:07 PM
“We are sorry for your loss. Shirley was always fun to be around at the Hammen reunions over the years, handling all those Hammen brothers & cousins. Due to other obligations we cannot be there Friday but we will keep your families in our prayers.”
- Ken & Colleen Monroe

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:16 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of Shirley's sudden passing. Memories of her will keep her close to you in the days to come. ”
- Randy & Peggy Petersen

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 10:30 AM
“All of you, Shirley's family, are in my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to remember you. ”
- Maureen Hobart

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