LEESE Holly Elisabeth
of Lake Orion; died October 17, 2015 at age 59. She is survived by her daughter Gillian Gelinas, her son Jacob Gelinas, and their father Larry Gelinas. Also survived by her sister Robyn (Paul) Applebee and brother; David Leese along with numerous nieces and nephews. Holly earned a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in New York. She had retired from Chrysler Group after 32 years, where she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary. She was a friend of Bill W. and volunteered for the Lake Orion Public Library where she mentored adults with reading disabilities.
A private family memorial service will be held. Her ashes will be scattered in the Galapagos Islands.
Donations in Holly’s memory may be made to the Lake Orion Public Library or Leader Dogs for the Blind.
I worked closely with Holly for many years at Chrysler - first in HP then AH. I could share many stories about her spirit, candor and wisdom. The company benefitted from her service, and I benefitted by her friendship.
Dear Family and Friends,
May God be with all of you during this most difficult time.
I was her secretary for many years. She was a very bright and loving person. She will surely be missed.
To Holly's family:
I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Holly from when Chrysler was in Highland Park and then Auburn Hills. After I retired, I was very happy to see that she was appointed to the top legal job at Chrysler. She certainly deserved it! She was dedicated to her profession and put in many long hours helping the company. Getting the top legal job at any company is no small accomplishment. I admired her for her directness and toughness. She always gave me good legal advice and was to the point. "Here is what we need to do, end of story" and not "well, on the one hand, but on the other hand..." A lot of us depended on her for her quick analysis and insight into the many legal issues facing the company. She had a dry sense of humor and a quick wit. Holly was never afraid to take a stand on an issue. Like many others, I appreciated that a great deal. To the family, you have my sympathy and condolences.