Anne Bodnar Collins, 84, owned Ocean City cottages Anne...

September 30, 2001

Anne Bodnar Collins, 84, owned Ocean City cottages

Anne Bodnar Collins, who with her husband owned and operated cottages in Ocean City since 1946, died of cancer Friday at her home. She was 84.

She lived at Collinwood, a group of traditional cottages surrounded by pine trees and shrubbery on 34th Street amid the high-rises and parking garages that have come to dominate the vacation resort.

Born Anne Bodnar in Pennsylvania and raised in Baltimore, she graduated in 1934 from Eastern High School and later attended secretarial business school. She and her husband, J. Edward "Scoop" Collins Sr., a General Electric engineer, lived at the Ocean City complex for 50 years.

The first cottage was built from a kit by her husband and her father, Peter Bodnar. Mr. and Mrs. Collins expanded the complex over the years, completing the last of six cottages in 1975.

She was a member of the Ocean City Women's Club, the Ocean City Marlin Club and the Dunes Club. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ocean City.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, James E. Collins Jr. and John Sterling Collins, both of Ocean City, and Thomas Hiram Collins of Vero Beach, Fla.; and two sisters, Augusta Spalding of Baltimore and Constance Welsh of Columbia.

Linda F. Shugars, 41, dental assistant

Linda F. Shugars, a dental assistant who suffered from breast cancer for 17 years and inspired other patients with her courageous spirit, died Thursday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 41 and lived in Pikesville.

Linda Adler was born and raised in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Woodlawn High School and the Medix School in Towson.

She was married for 11 years to Virgil Shugars.

She worked for 22 years as a dental assistant at the Pikesville office of Dr. H. Stanley Levin.

After her breast cancer was diagnosed when she was 23, she dedicated herself to helping patients of all ages suffering from the disease. Doctors and nurses who treated her would frequently call upon her to encourage patients who were having a difficult time.

"She reached out to so many other people and had a tremendous impact," said her brother, Paul Adler.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home in Pikesville.

She also is survived by her twin sister, Bonnie Cooke of Sykesville, and sister Lisa Greenfield of Arbutus; her stepdaughter, Jennifer Miller of Baltimore; and a grandson.

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