Estelle Mary Rekowski, 90, of Collinsville, Illinois and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri passed away at 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Liberty Village in Maryville.
She was born July 29, 1927 in St. Louis, a daughter of the late Alfred and Clara (Kropp) Gretzschel.
She married Eugene F. Rekowski on August 17, 1946 in St. Louis and he passed away on August 18, 1978.
She retired from K-Mart in Collinsville after 25 years of dedicated service in personnel management.
She enjoyed politics and was a proud supporter of the Democratic Party, serving as a past Nameoki Township Precinct Committeewoman. She loved collecting dolls and stamps, working counted cross stitch and enjoyed her days tending to her flowers.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William R. and Susan Rekowski of Collinsville and John J. and Carol J. Rekowski of Glen Carbon; daughter-in-law, Geraldine Forsyth Rekowski of Highland; six grandchildren and spouses, William Rekowski, Joseph and Elizabeth Rekowski, Neil Rekowski, Jean Marie and Matthew Garcia, Elizabeth M. and Charles Delaney and John David Rekowski; seven great grandchildren; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David E. Rekowski and four siblings, William Gretzschel, Eileen Miller, Jeanne Elz and Inez Gretzschel.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Joseph Havrilka as celebrant.
Burial will follow at Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Snows and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Estelle