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Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski of Pinckneyville

  • Sgt. Hollie R. Bolinski

    Sgt. Hollie R. Bolinski

updated: 3/18/2019 2:03 PM

PINCKNEYVILLE -- Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski, United States Army, 37, of Pinckneyville, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 while serving her country in Kuwait.

Holli was born on Sept. 2, 1981 in Pinckneyville, a daughter of Janie (Lee) Sroka-Meier. She married Robert M. Bolinski on Nov. 4, 2017 at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville, and he survives.

Holli was a sergeant in the United States Army, 657th Transportation Company, 419th Transportation Batallion, 103rd Sustainment Command, Mt. Vernon, where she worked as a unit administrator.

She was a loving wife and mother and was always on the go. Holli loved crocheting, being outdoors, cutting the grass, cleaning her cars and gardening (especially her roses). She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert M. Bolinski of Pinckneyville; her five children, Kendal Woodside, Kamden Woodside, Bryson Shearer, Hayden Shearer and Eva Shearer; her mother, Janie (Richard) Meier of Fort Myers, FL; her father-in-law, Robert J. Bolinski of Pinckneyville; her maternal grandparents, Ronnie and Kitten Lee of Tamaroa; her siblings, Graci (Eric) Crawley of Pinckneyville, James (Abby) Sroka of Du Quoin, and Mendi Sroka (Josh Compton) of Pinckneyville; her sister-in-law, Jayette (Chris) Miller of Springfield; her brother-in-law, Jake (Rebecca) Bolinski of Pinckneyville; eight nieces and nephews, Matthew and Henry Miller, Ian and Kalen Crawley, Lincoln Sroka, Cruz Abel, and Litian and Faith Compton; special friends, Amy and Matt Fraembs, Wendy and Sean Rick, and Sgt. Sami Gorman; and numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Holli will be dearly missed by all of her friends and military family of the 657th.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Virginia Sroka.

A mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21 at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville, with Fathers Augustine Ibezimako, Jim Nall and John Iffert officiating.

Interment will be held in St. Bruno Catholic Cemetery, Pinckneyville. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Presswood-Daffron American Legion Post #2504 and the United States Army.

Visitation will be held at the church from 3 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday and again from 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The Rosary will be recited at the church at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski Scholarship Fund, St. Bruno Catholic Cemetery or the Catholic Daughters of America.

Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville has been entrusted with arrangements.

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