Nancy Beatrice Holewinski, 87, Krakow, died Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at her home from complications of COPD. Born in Milwaukee on October 14, 1932, Nancy was raised by her grandparents, John and Ida Milewski, on a farm near Krakow. They moved to Krakow where they established a bar, the “Village Tavern,” with living quarters in the back. She fell in love with polka music at a young age, as Krakow once had a dance hall where bands would perform every Sunday.
Nancy attended the Catholic grade school in Krakow, and was a 1951 graduate of Pulaski High School. During her high school years she had been highly active in the PHS marching band, where she played the clarinet in addition to many other instruments. It was at Pulaski High School that she met her sweetheart, Donald Lawrence Holewinski. The couple married on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1956. Her love of polka music continued to flourish as she became a member of the Mike Ryba Orchestra. She traveled with the band throughout Wisconsin and several other states, but she especially enjoyed being home for Pulaski Polka Days.
A bit of a ‘tomboy,’ who excelled in sports, and was an especially good member of the Krakow Blue Jays baseball team. She also enjoyed fishing and shooting her .22 caliber Winchester rifle. She was exceptionally talented in scroll saw woodworking. Her work was featured at Spielman’s Woodworks in Door County.
She was much loved and will be missed by her two children: Kim Cofrin, Green Bay and Kyle (Jennifer Craanen) Holewinski, Neenah; her grandson, John Donald Holewinski, who will greatly miss her; other relatives and friends. She will also be missed by her best friend and “good boy,” Freddy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie, on July 3, 1998.
Private family graveside services will be held.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the many people and organizations for their help and assistance during Nancy’s illness including, but not limited to, Shanda Hubertus and the entire staff of the Wisconsin Professional Homecare Providers of Shawano, Sue Beaudo-Bricker of Helping Hands Caregivers of Green Bay, Southern Care Hospice Services of Green Bay, Care Wisconsin, Inclusa, Aging and Disability Resource Center, and Lauri Baranczyk at Premier Community Bank in Pulaski. You are all angels on earth.