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Geraldine Collins, charter member of many civic organizations <br> Oct. 15, 1913 -- Sept. 11, 2009

Geraldine Collins, a charter member of numerous organizations, died Friday in Elderwood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. She was 95.

The former Geraldine Amigone was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of East High School.

She was a charter member of the Sultanas of Cordova, an auxiliary to the Order of the Alhambra of the Knights of Columbus. She was a Parents Guild member of Mount St. Joseph Academy in the 1950s, and a charter member of the Thunder Bay Property Owners Association. Mrs. Collins and her late husband, Paul E., maintained a summer home in Thunder Bay, Ont., for 30 years.

The couple was married for 72 years. Mr. Collins died in 2005.

Mrs. Collins also was a charter member of the Federation of Women's Clubs. She bowled in the City League bowling tournaments with the Sultanas of Cordova and she accompanied her husband to the National Conventions of the Club Managers Association, which were held around the country.

Mrs. Collins also won many awards for her culinary expertise and her proficiency in handiwork and beading through the Federation of Women's Clubs.

She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine LaNasa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Amherst.

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