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Carolann (Sklarz) Collum

Carolann (Sklarz) Collum, 79, of Agawam Village, Ipswich, wife of the late Richard E. Collum, died Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington following her brief illness.

Carolann was a lifelong resident of Ipswich. She was born at the former Cable Memorial Hospital on July 31, 1942, one of nine children of the late Alexander and Pauline (Sucharski) Sklarz. Following graduation from Ipswich High in 1960, she was married to Richard Collum with whom she shared forty-one years, making a home in town and raising their three sons.  For many years she enjoyed working for the Ipswich Public School Department in the cafeteria watching over her boys and their friends. She was also employed at the Castle Hill Estate in Ipswich and the St. Lawrence Literary Society. As a member of the St Lawrence Literary Society in Ipswich, she was involved in many of the community events, giving freely of her time and talents.  She played cribbage on several leagues and was undoubtedly an avid Boston sports fan, wearing sports memorabilia and cheering on her teams with her large family and many friends.  Knitting was her favorite hobby and donated countless beanies for newborns at several hospitals. It has been said, she may have broken a record for knitting the most dishcloths in Ipswich and rest assured all family members received them as gifts.

Carolann is survived by her two sons, Mark R. Collum and his partner Karen Egounis and Gary E. Collum both of Ipswich; four grandchildren, Brynne Collum of Beverly, Christian and Randyll Collum of Ipswich and Chyna Rinaldi of Peabody, all who will miss her dearly.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Caleb and Colby Gates of Ipswich, Aubrey Bowman of Ipswich; two brothers, Joseph Sklarz and his wife Candace of Ipswich, David Sklarz and his wife Lisa of RI; two sisters, Nancy Lavoie of Ipswich, Sandra Bayley and her husband Don of NC. and many nieces and nephews. I addition to her husband she was predeceased by her eldest son, Michael T. Collum; daughter in law Lisa and granddaughters Lindsay and Carly Collum all formerly of Ipswich; a brother Edward Sklarz and three sisters, Cynthia Lemieux, Eleanor Riley and Barbara Martel all formerly of Ipswich.

Her funeral will be held 9 am, Monday, November 29, 2021 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich.  Family and friends vaccinated and or wearing facial masks will be cordially invited. Interment will be in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester MA 01930.

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