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Rae Colliton

January 21, 1933 - January 12, 2014


5-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

12:30-1:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

Funeral Mass: 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.


St. Joseph's Cemetery, Moorhead, MN.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Rae Colliton

January 21, 1933 - January 12, 2014


Rae entered into heaven on January 12th, 2014 due to complications from colon cancer.

Rae grew up in Moorhead where she proudly attended St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Joseph Parish. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Joseph.

Rae graduated from Moorhead HS and attended Moorhead St. University. She worked for Murphy Finance Company in Moorhead where she subsequently met her husband Patrick Colliton.

They were married in 1956 after which Pat attended medical school in New Orleans.  Following this, 8 plus years were spent in the US Medical Service with duty in Germany and Japan.  Very interesting years.

Rae enjoyed bridge, the ” Red Hatters”, playing and watching tennis, and particularly her summers at Little Pine Lake including pontoon rides, beautiful sunsets, etc.  This past August, a beach party with 70 people attending, celebrated Rae and Pat’s 80th birthdays.

Rae and Pat spent a loving and adventurous 57 years together. 

Their love for each other has been and will forever be unending.

Survived by:         Husband  Patrick Five children:        Cathryn Colliton Spaeth (Rick)                           Scott Colliton (GayAnn)                           Mark Colliton (Rich)                           Steven Colliton (Roxann)                           Todd  Colliton  (Cherri)

Grand Children:     Steven, Taylor (Steve-Roxann)                           Katelyn, Conner (Todd-Cherri)                           Ana  (Scott-GayAnn) Brother:               William Schill (Kathy)

Donation suggestions:  Presentation Sisters, Shanley HS, Hospice RRV


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  1. Net & George Kupferschmid says:

    Perham, MN
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We remember Mark snowmobiling with us along with Bob Cavanagh. Rae was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  2. Jeanne Aske & Deborah Aske says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Dear Pat,
    Deb and I are saddened by the news of Rae’s passing and extend our sympathy to you and your family. I hope to talk with you soon.

  3. Kirsten Weltmer says:

    Shawnee, KS and Park Rapids, MN
    Scott and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Karen Schmidt says:

    To the Colliton Family,
    My deepest sympathy to each of you. I worked at Daytons with Rae and continue to work at Macys. Rae was always a fun lady to work with and she always had a fun story to share about a customer she had helped. I will miss seeing Rae come in to Macys with Pat to pay her bill and to do a little visiting. What a great caring lady.

    With sympathy, Karen Schmidt

  5. Jim and Joyce lepine says:

    Fargo ND
    Pat we are saddened with the passing of Rae, We are better people for having known her. Our prayers for you and your family will come from our winter home in St. Martin. may God bless you, Joyce and Jim.

  6. S. Petronilla Metzger says:

    fargo ND
    My sincere sympathy to you, Dr. Colliton and your family. Though I did not know Rae personally, I had the greatest respect and admiration for her presence whenever I was in her company. May she enjoy the peace of our loving God and may you know this peace also as you grieve her loss.

  7. Norm Buktenica says:

    Everyone will miss Rae’s radiant smile & personality reflected continuously in tennis, Red Hatters, enthusiastic & compassionate relationships with friends & family Rae’s exemplary courage in making such difficult decisions about her health status during the last several months. Surely Rae’s family, in her loss, will find some comfort in the life-long memories of having her in their lives.
    Good fortune to you all, Norm

  8. Patty Neuharth says:

    Moorhead MN
    Dear Todd and family,
    We send you our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. I was blessed to see your Mom in November at St. Joseph’s. As always I loved sharing with her.

    She was truly a good and faithful servant to The Lord. May she rest in peace forever in the arms of Jesus.

    God Bless you all.

    Patty and Christine Neuharth

  9. Mary Margaret Mooney, PBVM says:

    Long Beach MississippiA beautiful, gentle presence has left us. However, she lives on in the kindnesses she shared and the light she brought into many lives. May she rest in peace and may her family find consolation in their memories and comfort in their faith.

  10. Lyn & John Erickson says:

    Red Lodge MTI am so sorry to hear of Rae’s passing. She and the Shanley Ladies came into Luna Coffee each week when when we owned it for 2 years and it was a pleasure getting to know her. She always had a smile on her face and had a wonderful glow about her.
    Our sincere sympathy and prayers today and in the weeks to come.

  11. Kathy Lynch Ashe says:

    Grand Forks ND

    So sorry to her that Rae has left us. She was a great lady with a great sense of humor. I have pray for you and the family.
    She will be greatly missed but will be taking care of us from above.

  12. Shirley and John Adrian says:

    Albany MnCathryn and your family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Cathryn, you are beautiful like your mother.
    God Bless you all.

    Shirley and John Adrian

  13. Fr. Tim Bushy says:

    Newberg ORDear Colliton’s,
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in the death of your wife and mother, Rae. What a wonderful woman of faith and a woman who loved her family and her God and lived her faith in community at Nativity for years.
    I remember her beauty and charm but also her graciousness and beaming personality. May her legacy of love and faith live on in all of you.
    Fr. Tim Bushy

  14. Mary Tallman says:

    Romeoville ILDr. Collition, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember so clearly your kind words regarding my father at his passing. All of the Tallman family are keeping you in our thoughts and send our most sincere sympathy.

  15. Matt Walk says:

    Albertville MN
    Pat and Family,

    We were sorry to hear of Rae’s passing and offer our deepest sympathy to you and your whole family…we treasure the many great memories and hospitality you all offered at your home on Little Pine.

    Matt and Family

  16. Margaret Anderson says:

    I was so sorry to read of Rae’s death. She was such a beautiful lady inside and out and I always enjoyed our time together. We are out of town now so will not be at her service. Thoughts will be with you Pat and your family.
    Margaret Anderson

  17. Jon Hotter says:

    Waukesha WIThe Hotter family sends it condolences. Our prayers are with you.

    Jon and the Hotter family

  18. vivian dunford says:

    fargo ndRae will surely be missed at
    daily mass.

    Wish to extend my sympathy.

    Vivian Dunford

  19. Penny wolf says:

    Rae was such an elegant, classic, beautiful woman inside and out. I’m so glad to have shared life with her. We met at Dayton’s and did shows together. This past November she had told me what she was going through and I told her she wasn’t going anywhere because we needed people like that here. I’ m already missing a great mentor and friend. Love you, Penny

  20. Matthew Stafford says:

    Dear Colliton family,

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. I pray that the God of all comfort and peace will bless your family during this difficult time with joyous memories of time spent with your mother, grandmother and friend.

    God bless you all!

    Matthew Stafford

  21. Kathy Kowitz says:

    Perham MnMy very deepest sympathy is extended to your whole family. I will not be able to attend The service as I am in Hawaii but the memory I have of Rae will never disappear. She was one of the most humble and beautiful women, both inside and out, I have ever known. She always put her family before herself. Special thoughts extended to the grandchildren, as it is more difficult to understand for them. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Many prayers sent for peace and comfort.

  22. Cheryl Radtke says:

    Oakbrook ILSteve & Family –
    my sincere condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  23. Colette Liles says:

    Odessa MOI am so sorry for your lost. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Colette

  24. Rose Fritz says:

    Perham MN
    Todd and family
    My sincere sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  25. sharon wolf says:

    mesa aznativity has lost one of it’s most, lovely, gracious parshioners. through the years, i have always thought of rae as such a special lady. she will be missed. my thoughts and prayers are with you rae and your family and many friends.
    sharon wolf

  26. Jan Neudeck Luhning says:

    St. Louis MOAs I looked at your beautiful picture and read the words of love, I was reminded of the beautiful lady who graced the South Shore of Little Pine Lake. I will miss you and your beautiful smile. Thank you Rae for your friendship to the generations of Neudeck’s. You will be missed by many. I am so glad I was able to attend your Birthday celebration last summer. My prayers are for Pat and your family you leave behind. I know there is a beautiful celebration of family and good friends “Welcoming you into your Heavenly Family.” God Bless the Collitons…………

  27. peggy jacobson says:

    I am a caregiver and I sat with Rae for a short time when she came home from the hospital. I feel very honored to have
    had the chance to be with her and make
    her comfortable. She talked a lot in that short time about her loving family and how much she loved you all.
    My prayers are with all of you at this very
    sad time.

  28. Cris DuBord says:

    Chaska MN
    Dear Todd and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Rae’s passing. She was a lovely woman. I remember how much I admired her as a teenager….that fantastic wardrobe, sassy haircut, and her cool red covertible. I wanted to be just like her! Most of all, I remember how kind she was to all us kids invading her house until all hours of the night. Kindly, C

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