Collmer, who owned a property management company in the Dayton area with her family, said she wanted to pursue more opportunities in the Miami Valley region.
“I’m very honored to have improved the Hamilton community and its economy and small business development and job creation,” she said in a 2014 interview.
Shawn Stidham, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, remembered Collmer for her positive, outgoing personality.
Collmer was “very welcoming” when Stidham met her in 2008, a time, he said, when Hamilton wasn’t “moving forward” like it is today as a city.
“I never saw her being negative,” Stidham said.
One of the largest tenants in the business center was ODW Logistics, which now has 56 employees and is located in the City Building. Brian Woods, director of human resources for ODW Logistics, said Collmer was the “go-to person” whenever the company had any requests.
“She was very kind and she did anything that you needed,” Woods said.
Collmer was preceded in death by her husband, David Franer.
Her funeral was held today in Dayton and she will be buried in her hometown of Pittsburgh.