Robbinston - Estelle Marie Petrowski Holloway, aka Kokie, Isabella, Mom, NaNa, 84, passed away at her beloved waterfront home surrounded by family on September 22, 2021. Estelle was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 26, 1937, daughter of Joseph Petrowski and Ann Verak Petrowski.
For many years, Estelle owned and operated an antique business in Frankfort, Illinois. She and her husband David moved to Robbinston where they revitalized and ran the historic Brewer House Bed & Breakfast for 15 years. Her legendary B&B breakfasts were coveted by many. Throughout her life, Kokie enjoyed traveling to far-off places and visited more than a dozen countries, even traveling solo to India and Nepal at the age of 60. More recently she became an avid painter, completing hundreds of distinct paintings for family and friends.
Our NaNa will be missed for many things: her quick wit, sharp sense of humor, passion for knowledge, and her famous pork tenderloin. Our Mom had strong political views yet was open-minded and loved a good debate or discussion.
Estelle was a remarkable woman, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She will be intensely missed and leaves behind her husband of 60 years David Holloway; brother Robert Petrowski; four children: Pamela (Donald) Reynolds, Joseph (Laura) Vlosak, Kimberly (James) Siroky, and Britani Holloway; son-in-law Mike Boyce; 10 exceptional grandchildren: Rachel (Daniel) Smith, Samantha (Jason) Nykiel, Meghan (Brian) Kane, Nicholas Reynolds, Caitlin (Brian) Boyce-Brejcha, Michael (Alyssa) Boyce, Andrew (Julie) Vlosak, Hannah Siroky, Lyndsay (Van) Ainalakis, and William Siroky; 9 great-grandchildren; and adored Havanese dogs, Izzy and Stella.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dolly Schlegel and her cherished daughter SueLynn Boyce.
Following her wishes, a private ceremony was held for family in Robbinston. A celebration of her life will be scheduled in the Chicagoland area at a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests taking time for simple actions in her name – show kindness to a stranger or tell a loved one that you appreciate them. We love you big big bunches Mom!!!