March 27, 1938 – April 21, 2023
Kathryn Hollett “Chicki” passed away peacefully at home in the presence of family on Friday, April 21, 2023.
True to form, Chicki’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year was met with a determination to live her life on her own terms – with fortitude, elegance, a sense of humor and a renewed commitment to get busy designing the set for AVP’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins. Chicki was a Board member of the Annisquam Village Players, where she worked tirelessly each year since 1992 as Set Designer for the AVP theater productions. She was so passionate about the AVP work that even until the day of her death she was planning the AVP production for Gloucester’s upcoming 400th year celebration.
While in the midst of raising 5 children, Chicki earned a degree in Interior Design at Chamberlayne Junior College. She went on to manage her own Interior Design business and won many design competitions and other awards for her work. Most everything Chicki did was graced with her artistry. She perpetually made the world a more beautiful place. She was a talented painter, gardener, cook, hostess, designer, as well as an avid traveler. She was known to open her seaside home to host family and neighborhood gatherings. Chicki had a strong sense of community, including as a member of the Annisquam Sewing Circle and a founder of the MEG Foundation in Saugus. Her generous spirit was reflected by the outpouring of love and support of family, friends, and neighbors in her last months.
Chicki is survived by her 5 children: daughter Kathryn Hollett and husband Arjen Steegstra of Gloucester, son John Hollett and wife Jeannie Hollett of Boxborough, daughter Lisa Hollett and son-in-law Mike Carrigan of Rockport, Richard Hollett of Lowell, and Stephen Hollett of Windham, NH, as well as 13 grandchildren: Carla Hollett Winthrop, Arjen and Malcolm Steegstra, John and Ben Hollett, Kashlyn, Bryce, Trevor, Jace and Halle Carrigan, and Cooper, Eliza and Max Hollett and a great-grandchild Linc Winthrop.
Chicki is predeceased by her sister, Florence McNair and survived by siblings, Ruth Swanson, Jim Stead, Joan Bromberger, Audrey McCullough, Rich Stead and Gail Cotter as well as many nieces and nephews.
Her visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
In keeping with her wishes there will be no services and her burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Open Door https://www.foodpantry.org/ways-to-give/donate/
For online condolences please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com