Roberta M. Collins

July 16, 2021

Roberta M. ‘Bobbie’ Collins, 78, of Newton, died Friday evening, July 16, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Bobbie, the daughter of Charles L. and Mariann (Peterson) White, was born Feb. 8, 1943, in Marshalltown. She was a graduate of the Des Moines Technical School, Class of 1962.

On March 26, 1963, Bobbie was united in marriage with Carl E. Collins, Jr. They moved to Newton in 1965. In 1974 they purchased Newton Office Supply Company, a business they operated for more than 40 years. Bobbie was also employed by the Newton McDonalds and the Jasper County Care Facility. She retired from Progress Industries in 2008 after 11 years of service. Bobbie was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteered at the Jasper County Genealogical Society and the Jasper County Historical Museum. In the 1970s and 1980s, she and Carl enjoyed western-style square dancing. Bobbie was a 20-year member of the Central Iowa Square Dance Caller’s Association.

A funeral service for Bobbie will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton, with a visitation an hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Progress Industries, Wesley Life Hospice or a charity of your choosing. Burial will be in the Newton Union Cemetery.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Larry and Dennis White. Those left to honor Bobbie’s memory include her husband, Carl of Newton; her daughters, Laura Collins of Coralville and Carla (Tim Bennett) Kolpin of Newton; her grandchildren, Lacy (Scott) Wadle of Carlisle, Joe (Jennifer) Kolpin of Newton, Courtney (Chris) Lindo of West Des Moines, David Kolpin of Des Moines and Kyleigh and Devan Bennett of Newton; her great-grandchildren, Ramsey, Ryder and Greysen Kolpin of Newton; her sisters, Jacqui McCollun of Fort Dodge, Rhonda Kaebel of Fallon, Nev., and Mary (Earnest) Filippi of Porterville, Calif.; a brother, Dale Waltz of Tipton, Mo.; brother-in-law, Jerry (Melinda) Collins of Clive; and her numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.

The family would like to extend a special and heart felt thank you to all the kind and caring staff at Nelson Manor and Wesley Life Hospice.

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