Obituary of Joseph Collins (1928 – 2021) – Houston, TX
Joseph (Joe) Edward Collins Sr., 93 years old of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 17, 2021. Joseph was born on February 16, 1928 in Mount Savage, Maryland. He was the son of Angela Farrell and John Anthony Collins. He is predeceased by his parents, his devoted wife Bertha of 72 years of marriage; and his son Joseph Edward Collins, Jr. Joseph is survived by his son John A. Collins; her daughter Jeanne T. Wallace and her husband Kevin Barker; small children. Kara Trista Wallace, Caleb S. Collins, Bryson C. Wallace, and Samantha B. Collins; he is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren and his brothers James Collins, Johnny Collins and Michael Collins.
Joseph, also known as Eddie in his youth, grew up in Mount Savage and Cumberland, Md., Where he graduated from La Salle High School and quickly enlisted in the Army Air Corp. which later became the United States Air Force. He met the love of his life, Bertha, in June 1948 at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumpter, South Carolina. The couple married in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 1949.
Joseph retired from the Air Force in 1968 after reaching the rank of Master Sergeant with 20 years of specialized service in computer programming. He then worked as a computer programmer for RCA, then for Sperry Univac which later became Unisys Corporation. He was well known at Unisys as a knowledgeable and reliable programming troubleshooter for major projects until his retirement after 20 years.
Joseph was a good man, honest and modest, of exceptional humility. He has always reminded us of the true meaning of family, and his most precious gift to each of us was his unconditional love and support. As a tireless supporter and generous benefactor of Bertha and her extended family, he helped countless family members in times of need and always put the needs of others before his own. Joseph’s kind and considerate spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew him and he will be dearly missed.
Joseph’s life was centered around God and family, and the many cherished companion dogs over the years. He and Bertha have been loyal members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church for the past 36 years. He was a lucky man in every way, always leading others and dedicated to supporting his family. He has also provided wise advice to many young people on life and career, and his impact is a testament to the power of kindness, love and respect for hard work. His generous and compassionate spirit is manifested in the loving care he has provided over the years to members of his immediate and extended family.
Joseph will be sadly missed by his beloved family and by the many devoted friends he has made over the years in the service of his community, his country and his God.
The Collins family will be present to receive friends and family on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a Holy Rosary recited at 3:00 p.m. at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 29th November 2021 at 10:30 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079. The funeral mass will be broadcast live at this link: https://youtu.be/-le6pETlByQ. Joseph will rest alongside his wife Bertha at the Houston VA National Cemetery in a private family ceremony. Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com leave words of condolence to the family.
“Eternal rest grant to Joseph, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon him, and upon all the souls of all the faithful who have passed away, and may he rest in peace in the mercy of God. Amen “
Posted by Houston Chronicle on November 25, 2021.