Cover photo for Irene G. Collier's Obituary
Irene G. Collier Profile Photo
1922 Irene 2024

Irene G. Collier

December 12, 1922 — March 26, 2024

San Antonio

Irene Gernus Collier passed away on March 26, 2024 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born on December 12, 1922, to parents, Michael and Margaret Gernus, in the small town of Clinton, Indiana.

After graduating from high school in Rockford, Illinois, Irene achieved her nursing training at St. Anthony’s School of Nursing in Rockford, Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UCLA, MA from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She was an avid student and attended schools all over the United States such as the University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural School in Washington, DC, USC Santa Rosa, CA, USC Riverdale, CA, Incarnate Word of San Antonio, Texas and San Antonio College. In May of 1948 Irene enlisted and served in the United States Air Force Nurses Corp for 26 ½ years as a General Duty Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Flight Nurse, Nurse Recruiter and Military Personnel. She completed many overseas assignments and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria, Wiesbaden, Germany, Burderop, Germany and TDY: Alaska, Korea and Vietnam. Her last military assignment was as Director of Nursing at Wilford Hall Medical Center. After retiring from the Air Force, Irene taught for 13 years at San Antonio College. She spent her free time volunteering and serving her community through Citizens Patrol – Windcrest, Community Emergency Response Team, CPR Team – Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and was a Staff Officer of the Military Officer’s Association of America – Alamo Chapter.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, LTC Frank Collier; three brothers and a sister. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews in her extended family.

A Visitation for Irene Collier will be held from 11:00AM - 12:00PM on Monday, April 22, 2024 at Schertz Funeral Home. Immediately following Visitation, interment, featuring full United States Air Force honors, will take place at 1:00PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - Shelter 1.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Irene G. Collier, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, April 22, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Schertz Funeral Home & Crematory

2217 FM3009, Schertz, TX 78154

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Monday, April 22, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio

1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree