Former Winter Park motel owner Patricia (Pat) Gwen Johnson Hanson Collins dies |

Former Winter Park motel owner Patricia (Pat) Gwen Johnson Hanson Collins dies

Patricia (Pat) Gwen Johnson Hanson Collins

1931 – 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Patricia (Pat) Gwen Johnson Hanson Collins, 80. Patricia died of pneumonia on Nov. 25, 2011, at Sandy Regional Rehabilitation located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Patricia was born on June 16, 1931, in Phelps, Wis., to Henry and June Johnson. She married Reuben Hanson in 1953. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and the couple would be stationed in different parts of the country including Hawaii for his career.

They had three children: David, Diane and Patti Ann. Reuben passed away in 1968. After his death, Patricia moved her family to Winter Park, where she bought the resort hotel, the Alpenglo.

She married her second husband, Richard M. Collins, in 1976 at the Alpenglo Motor Lodge. She and Richard partnered together to run the Alpenglo, and owned the business until 1994 when they sold it and retired to Arizona. Richard Collins died in 1999.

In 2000 Patricia moved back to Colorado and lived with her daughter, Diane’s family for five years. She then moved to Salt Lake City in 2005 to be closer to her other daughter, Patti Ann.

Patricia is preceded in death by her mother, father and husbands Reuben and Richard. She is survived by her brothers and sister, Bruce, Jerry, Jim and Mary; her children David, Diane and Patti Ann; her grandchildren Jason, Jessica and Elizabeth; and her great-granddaughter Lilah.

Patricia’s greatest achievement was being a successful business owner for more than 25 years, as well as an active member of her community in Winter Park. Patricia’s family would say that they remember her for her strong commitment to family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A service will be held in Winter Park, time and location to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to the family at or c/o Patti Hanson, 3990 S 855 E #C, Salt Lake City, UT 84107.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Patricia’s memory to the American Health Assistance Foundation whose mission is to fund research to seek cures for Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Patricia courageously fought each of these diseases. More information about the American Health Assistance Foundation can be found at or by calling 1-800-437-2423.

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