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Yolanda “Yola” A. Collins, 98,

Yolanda “Yola” A. Collins, 98, of Milford passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born on February 9, 1924 in Milford, Massachusetts, and was the beloved wife of the late Raymond F. Collins “Ripper” who died July 7, 1979. She was the daughter of late Leonardo DeCapua and Felicia Maria (Coscia) DeCapua, and one of 9 children. Yola is predeceased by all of her siblings including Mary (DeCapua) Amantea, Antoinette (DeCapua) Grillo, Lucy (DeCapua) Alphonse, Mafalda (DeCapua) Chiccarelli, Jeanette (DeCapua) Verrier, Dominic DeCapua, Atty Pacifico DeCapua, and Ann Marie (DeCapua) Kane. She is survived by two of her three loving daughters, Mary Jean (Collins) Rodrick and her husband Laurence of Marion, MA, Barbara (Collins) Dimitri of Milford, MA, as well as her late daughter Patricia (Collins) Sinclair and husband Frank “Chip” Sinclair of Natick, MA. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Lauren (Rodrick) Giardini and her husband Vincent of St. Augustine, FL, Timothy Rodrick of Blackstone, MA, Julie Rodrick of Los Angeles, CA, Janai Dimitri of Seattle, WA, Eric Sinclair and his wife Jen of Maynard, MA, Chad Sinclair and his wife Allyson of Millbury, MA, and Greg Sinclair and his wife Elise of Grafton, MA. She also leaves behind 15 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, many extended family members, including nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends who loved her dearly.

Yola was born in Milford and graduated from Milford High School class of 1942. She worked at Fenwal Corporation in Ashland for many years until her retirement.  She was an active member of the Milford senior center where she enjoyed many hobbies such as crocheting, bocce, bowling, bingo, and trips to Foxwoods.  Yola enjoyed watching Ripper play football and she was always the biggest Patriots and Red Sox fan in the room. Yola loved to sing and dance and was known as the life of the party, everybody loved Ma.

Her funeral service will be held Monday, May 23, 2022 at 9 A.M from Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home, 46 Water Street, Milford, MA, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. in Sacred Heart Church, 7 East Main Street, Milford, MA. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Pond Street, Natick, MA. 

Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 P.M 

Guest Book

Rest in Peace, Yola. Prayers and condolences for the Collins family. - The Hesek Family
Rick Hesek

Barbara, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Mum. She was such a nice woman and I can't tell you how many times I would be coming home from grocery shopping, with lots of bags. Yola, sitting outside, always said "Can I help you"?
Jayne Iadarola

So sorry for your loss Prayers to you all at this sad time John Morte
John Morte

With Deepest Sympathy to the Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Theresa, Linda, and Andrew Lizotte

Mary Jean and Barbara, my heart goes out to you and your whole family. May your Mom Rest In Peace.
Carol Nelson

Yola was an amazing young woman and by that I mean regardless of her age she was young at heart. Yola always had a smile for others and warmed your heart with her lively personality. I have so many wonderful memories of Yola. She will live on in my heart forever. She raised 3 very special daughters who carried on her tradition of generously sharing their love with others. Rest In Peace, Yola ❤️
Lorraine Peterson

Barbara,I am sincerely sorry for your loss of your wonderful mother. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but somehow I feel like I know her from the love and joy I always saw in both of you, with every picture and story that I would see. I am so glad that you had her so long to enjoy her love of life. We are never ever ready to let them go. Her life was so rich knowing how much she was loved by her family Remember you have a trunk full of memories that will see you through any sadness. We may loose them physically but spiritually they flutter around us 24 hours a day She will send you messages in many ways. May every day you feel her presence and know that her love runs deep inside of you. May God bring you and your family comfort and strength in the days ahead. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Dottie MacLeod.
Dorothy MacLeod

Barbara, sympathy and prayers for you and your family! You now have another angel to watch over you! Always loved the great pics you had on FB ! You were so lucky to have her for all those years! She will be in good company with Tricia and your Dad! Hugs to you !Cindy & John Drisko🙏😇❤️
Cindy Drisko

Barbara, Mary Jean and family, We are sending our heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your dear mother. May “Yola” Rest In Peace with our Lord✝️
Sincerely, Terrie and Paul Sharp

Mary Jean, Barbara and your entire family we are so sorry for your loss.
Patty & Warren ickler

My condolences for Barbara and your family. Yola was a sweet heart ,loving and caring person. She will be dearly missed. RIP.♥️
Janet Joannides

So sorry for your loss Barbara, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Colleen Wellls

Barbara, Mary Jean and family, my heart is with you...and it's aching. Our world is less without her. She was made from all the good that blesses us. She was a party. And such an imp. Yola and Ripper were a perfect blend. I think of her...and them...and can only smile. You all were blessed to have her, as was I. Deepest sympathies.
Linda Tanfani

My condolences to you and all your loved ones, Barbara. You were blessed to have her in your life for so long.
Judy Fader

Barbara, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gini Willis Larson

Barbara, I’m so sorry for your loss; condolences to all!
Sylvia ( Buchanan) Quatrale

Barbara, I’m so sorry for your loss; condolences to all!
Sylvia ( Buchanan) Quatrale

Barbara, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I wish I had known your Mom, she sounds so wonderful. May your cherished memories help carry you through the difficult days ahead.
Lynn Thorsen Levasseur

Auntie Barbara and Collins family , our condolences to you all. YOLA , always smiling and always beautiful I loved her too hugs to you all .
Terry and Jon Foose

Our prayers go out to Barbara , MaryJean and the whole wonderful family. You are truly a legend Yola and will be missed. Love and prayers, Terry and Doc🙏🙏❤️
Terry and Doc Foster

Barbara, Mary Jean & Family, So very sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Sending my sincere condolences to everyone!
Tom Sebastiao

Sincere condolences for your loss..a life well lived.
Edward Bertorelli

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