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Michele Holleman

Michele Holleman, 72, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Monday, January 13, 2020.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Gerald Little officiating with Mills Brock, Buster Bolton, John Adams, Bill Allen, Matthew Livingston and Dean Free serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Heifer Project, P. O. Box 7067, Bainbridge, Ga. 39818 or Archbold Foundation, 910 S. Broad Street, Thomasville, Ga. 31792.

Michele Teresa Klecha was born May 29, 1947 in Hackensack, NJ, the daughter of Michael and Clara Lemanowicz Klecha. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Michele married Bud Holleman and in 1986 they relocated from Maryland to Bainbridge, Ga. She served at both Memorial Hospital and Manor and Grady General Hospital over the last three decades. Michele was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

“Life is about the destination and not the journey” would be the perfect mantra for Michele. She loved the adventure but hated what it took to get there. She was most content in the solitude of home where she enjoyed cooking, bee keeping, gardening and playing bridge. Michele had a knack for making others feel comfortable which opened the door to many new friendships.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Bud Holleman; her daughter, Natalie Holleman Alday and her husband, Mikey; her brother, John Klecha of Pompano Beach, FL; her granddaughter, Clara; her favorite felines, Taz and Trixie; and many nieces and nephews. Michele was preceded in death by her parents.