Irene Collins

  • Born: July 2, 1929
  • Died: June 3, 2020
  • Location: Bay Village, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Friend

Irene Marie Collins age 90 of Berea, Ohio passed away on June 3rd, 2020 in Bay Village, Ohio.

Irene was born on July 2nd, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Leon and Mary (nee Barno) Washeruk. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She grew up in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood and raised her family in Lakewood and Berea. Irene was active in Berea politics and volunteered at the Berea Summer Theater. She spent her time between Berea and Lake Worth, FL. Irene loved opera, cooking and travel. She travelled to Mexico and Italy several times and visited Ireland and Ukraine. She never ceased to worry about her children, even when the roles reversed, and it was their turn to care for her.

She is survived by her three loving children: Renee Evans (Mark), Terry (Heli) Collins, Gail Legenbauer (Karl); eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Irene was a second mother to many and often cared for extended family members who she took into her home.

She is preceded in death by her husband John; her parents; sister Sandra Hudak; brother Charles "Sonny" Wilder; aunts Ann Barno and Helen Zaleski; and Uncle John Barno of Richyville, PA.

The hearts of the family of Irene Collins go out to all the families who also have suffered and lost loved ones due to Covid 19.

A Memorial Service to be planned will be announced on our website.

440 933 3202

Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the family. May the love of friends and family and Gods written word I carry you through your grief.

Posted by A friend   June 25, 2020


Aunt Irene was the sweetest most gentle soul with the very best laugh! She always had a smile and welcomed me in her home at any time of the day or night in Berea when I was growing up. I'll never forget all the family dinners and fun times we had in Ohio and Florida. So very sorry for this loss. My Aunt Irene has a very special place in my heart.

Posted by Suzie Wilder - Avon, CO - Family   June 15, 2020


Dear Family,
So sorry for your loss. Aunt Irene was a special lady. I have such fond memories of spending time at your house in Berea. Your mom was always in the kitchen whipping up fabulous dinners. I learned so much from her and to this day still have some of her recipes and tips she taught me. We had so much fun with her. Heaven gained another angel. She was one of the kindest people I ever knew.

Posted by Lori Wilder Kilo - Berea, OH - Family   June 14, 2020


Dear Family,
Irene was very special to me she worked with me on political campaigns. she was tireless in her
support of issues she believed in. Her warm personality endeared her to many and I will miss her.

Posted by Brenda Mayhew - Cave Creek, AZ - Friend   June 12, 2020

My prayers go out to her immediate family. As the last of my first cousins I will miss her. Even though we had an age difference Irene always treated me with respect. She always had a smiling face for me. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Gary Zaleski - Family   June 12, 2020

Our prayers for Irene and family may she rest in peace.
Pat and Mike Adams

Posted by mike adams - Brookpark, OH - Friend   June 12, 2020

I loved my Aunt Irene. She cared for my mother/her sister in her home when my mother was very ill years ago. She hosted many family holidays and many sleepovers for me and Gail. She will be missed.

Posted by Laura Lowery - Brook Park, OH - Family   June 11, 2020

Gail, so very sorry for your loss. Hang on to your precious memories.

Posted by Ana Lankenau - Boca Raton, FL - Friend   June 11, 2020

Please accept the Haynam Family's deepest sympathy

Posted by Cheryl Haynam - Berea, OH - Friend   June 11, 2020

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