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Kathleen Eschbach

Kathleen L. Eschbach (Collins)

Monday, June 13th, 1938 - Friday, April 19th, 2019
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My mother, the world traveler, the adventurer, and the greatest women I have ever known has gone onto her final adventure. Kathleen Louise Collins Eschbach entered Heaven on Friday, April 19, 2019. Born June 13, 1938 to the late William Paul and Marian Elizabeth (Dillman) Collins in South Pottstown, PA she was the widow of James Robert Eschbach, Birdsboro, PA. (January 19, 2005)
Kathleen was a 1956 graduate of North Coventry, (now Owen J Roberts), Pottstown, PA. Starting in 1956 she worked for Verizon (Formally known as The Bell System, Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania, Bell of Pennsylvania, Bell Atlantic), as a switchboard operator (her favorite job ever) and moved onto become one of the first female engineering supervisors. She retired from Bell Atlantic in 1991. During her years of service Kathleen received many honors, including the honorable Chairman's Award and one of her proudest moments was sitting at the desk of then company Chairman and CEO, Raymond Smith. Kathleen enjoyed volunteering with the Bell Telephone Pioneers, whether it was playing games with the residents of Pennhurst State Hospital or visiting the children of many countries as a visiting Santa. One of the most memorable trips was to Germany she carried home a chunk of the Berlin Wall that she chiseled free herself. My mother had many accomplishments in life; one could write a book of her journey’s and adventures; but she loved her friends and family most. She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or a graduation. Traveling alongside her husband to her most favorite place in the United States, Las Vegas, she would sit at a Pai Gow table for hours while daddy pulled the one-armed bandit.
Kathleen was a faithful member of St. Paul's UCC in Amityville, PA for 53 years and served as past president, secretary, and deacon.
Kathleen resided with her only child, Jacqueline Collins Eschbach fiance of Steven John Clauser, Mount Joy, PA. She is survived by her sisters; Marian Wampole, wife of Vincent, Marsha Peterman, wife of Harvey both of Pottstown, PA. Sheila Rightnour, widow of Peter, Fleetwood, PA, Sister in law Donna Collins, widow of John, Pottstown, PA. Her brothers; William Collins, Andrew Collins (Tami), of Pottstown, PA. Stephen Collins (Anne) St. Clair, MI, and Dewey Collins (Susan) Las Vegas, NV, Donna Collins, widow of John Pottstown, PA., her Aunt Virginia Collins, Naples, FL and Paul and Lynn Eschbach, Birdsboro, PA. She was predeceased in death by her sister Barbara Phillips, brother in law Ben Phillips, and brother John Collins.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am with services beginning at 11:30 am in St. Paul's U.C.C., 1312 Old Swede Rd, Douglassville, PA 19518. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park, 701 Farmington Ave, Pottstown, PA 19464. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com
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  • Visitation

    April 25th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    When
    April 25th, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location
    St. Paul's U.C.C.-Amityville
    Address
    1312 Old Swede Rd.
    Douglassville, PA 19518
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  • Service

    April 25th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    April 25th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    St. Paul's U.C.C.-Amityville
    Address
    1312 Old Swede Rd.
    Douglassville, PA 19518
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    Officiant
    Rev. Steve Simpson
  • Interment

    Location
    Highland Memorial Park
    Address
    701 Farmington Ave.
    Pottstown, PA 19464
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Steve Collins

Posted at 10:48pm
I vividly remember the first trip up the big hill to see my Aunt Kathleen many years ago as a young boy in PA. The pool, the yard, the stories of the T-Bird that used to live in the garage, and of course my Aunt Kathleen and Uncle Jim. (I believe I referred to him as Jungle Jim back then!) So long ago, yet very fresh in my mind. This was likely the mid-1970"s. After moving to Michigan in 1979 I really missed those trips up the long, steep driveway. I am missing that very moment right now for just one more visit. Godspeed, Aunt Kathleen.
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Stephen R. Collins

Posted at 09:02pm
May God bless you Kathleen, we miss you so very much. Our warmest condolences, the Collins family. Steve, Jennifer, Spencer and Weston.
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Posted at 07:55pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. It is never easy losing a loved one. Relying on God in prayer has helped many. He is aware of the pain you are feeling…. He has promised to help those who are brokenhearted. – Psalms 34;18
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Jenifer and Douglassville Hotel Family

Posted at 11:13am
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Sheila Sullivan

Posted at 07:48am
Jacqui, wish I could be there. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs. Sheila
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