Marie Holbrooke passed from this earth suddenly from natural causes on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at her home in La Jolla. Marie was born to Frank and Ella Hlavacek in Chicago, IL, on July 7, 1927, and was raised in La Grange Park, Illinois. She had two brothers, John M. Hlavacek of Omaha, NE, and Frank A. Hlavacek, deceased. |
Marie attended Oak School and Lyons Township High School, graduating in 1945. Following her tenure at Lyons Township Junior College, Marie graduated from Indiana University in 1948. She majored in Mathematics and was also a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
Following graduation, Marie went to Bombay, India, to visit her brother, John, a correspondent with United Press International. Upon her arrival in India, October 6, 1948, she met her future husband, Marshall D. Holbrooke, who was stationed in India as a field representative for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. The couple was married on November 19, 1949, at the La Grange Congregational Church.
Following a year in Ft. Worth, Texas, they settled in La Jolla in 1951 where they raised their four children, Marsha (Ron) Winters, John (Winnie) Holbrooke, Helen (Patrick) Keohane and Carol Holbrooke (Dale Duffala). Marie treasured adopted son, Albert Thomas and his wife Beverly, and their five children. She had five grandchildren, Alexandra and Andrew Winters, Hilary and PFC Steven Holbrooke, USMC, and 2nd Lt. Christopher Keohane, USMC. Marshall predeceased Marie on December 7, 1994.
To say Marie enjoyed travel would be an understatement. She had friends and family across the globe and enjoyed visiting, exploring and collecting new friends along the way. As well as hosting AFS International students, the Holbrooke home was a gathering point for extended family and friends. At home she was active in the Social Service League of La Jolla, continued her involvement with the AOPi sorority and American Association of University Women, San Diego Branch. Mrs. Holbrooke was the first woman president of La Jolla Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir. Marie was a loyal patron of the San Diego Symphony where she was recognized on her 85th birthday for her continuous subscription for over 50 years. She also attended La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre regularly and would post her enthusiasm for productions on her Facebook Page.
A private burial, officiated by Pastor Mark Dahle was held this weekend at El Camino Memorial. A memorial service will be held at La Jolla Lutheran Church at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please honor her with donations to La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7111 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037, or Social Service League of La Jolla, 7441 Olivetas Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in La Jolla Light on Nov. 21, 2013