Memorial service were held in Lutheran Church of the Redeemer,Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 19.
Denise Caroline Zipf was born Dec. 5, 1957 in Omaha, Neb., the second daughter of Bonnie (Cleveland) and Maynard Zipf Sr. She graduated from Albert City High School in 1976. She attended business school and worked in an attorney's office for several years.
On June 1, 1985, Denise and Michael Collins were married in Minneapolis, Minn. They resided in Chicago for some time and later moved to the Atlanta area. In Atlanta, Denise worked for Columbia Pictures.
On July 16, 1989, their son Nicholas was born, the light of their lives. They enjoyed taking trips together, walking the dogs in the park and biking in earlier years.
Denise was a consummate shopper, loved going to the beach, was interested in photography and became very skilled in computers. She took great joy in coming from a big family and they spent many happy times together all through her life. She courageously battled cancer more than once and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents in Iowa and Nebraska.
She is survived by her husband Mike Collins; her son Nick Collins; her mother Bonnie Zipf; her father Maynard Zipf Sr.; her four sisters - Diana (Randy) Foster, Julie (Mike) Mailliard, Leah (Matt) Jimenez, Elizabeth (John) Leiknes; her two brothers - Maynard (Sheila) Zipf Jr. and David (Sherry) Zipf; her two sister-in-law - Cindy (Dennis) George and Pat (John) Vanhandel; her aunt Lila Murray of Storm Lake; her uncle Marvin Cleveland of Kansas City; several cousins; and her many nieces and nephews.