CHICAGO - Our loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend, Taylor Christine Holecek-McDonald left this world unexpectedly, at 22, on July 3rd 2021. Her loving and caring, yet stubborn personality will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Born in Chicago, IL, on March 19, 1999, to Vanessa Holecek Thun and Christopher McDonald Jr., Taylor grew up in New Buffalo, MI, where she attended St. Mary of The Lake Elementary school, graduated in 2017 from New Buffalo High School, and then attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Taylor loved her community and friends, and even represented her home town as Little Miss New Buffalo in 2008. She was fiercely loyal to her friends and family. She was living in Chicago, but longed for the day she could come back to New Buffalo to build her forever home, surrounded by the people she loved most.
Taylor (Tay, Buzzy, TayTay,) was funny, outgoing, playful, and loved to go see live music. She never had a shortage of friends surrounding her and was a lover of the beach, fashion, and the arts. She had the most beautiful smile that could light up your soul. She loved to connect with people through deep conversations, laughter, debates and just being silly with her family and friends, whether over the phone or text, in her mom's garage, on walks, or cruising down Marquette Dr in New Buffalo. We will always remember her infectious smile and caring personality.
Taylor will be missed everyday by both of her parents, her stepfather Chris Thun, siblings Lucas Thun, and Christopher and Elizabeth McDonald. She also leaves behind loving Grandparents Ramona, Chris, Deb McDonald, Rose Holecek, and Jackie Thun; Aunt Katie McDonald, Uncles Eric (Caroline) and Rob McDonald, Great Uncles Joe Riollano, Frank (Joy) Holecek, Andy (Cindy) Holecek and Great Aunt Barbara McDonald; several cousins, as well as many lifelong great friends. We know Taylor is now with her beloved great-grandma and grandpa Holecek and great-grandma and grandpa Riollano and is loved in heaven as much as she is here on earth.
When you think of Taylor, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest. We LOVE and MISS you so much, our Angel Girl.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to Neighbor by Neighbor in her honor: https://neighborbyneighbor.org/donate