Jolene (Hallas) Holdridge, age 43, passed away tragically, unexpectedly and unintentionally on September 11, 2020. They say the deeper the love, the greater the sorrow. Losing her is unbearable, it was way too soon. She was gentle and free spirited. She could light up any room with her smile and sense of humor, even while struggling inside. She didn’t judge people. She believed in redemption and second chances. She loved her family and friends fiercely. She also loved every animal, but especially her sweet boy, Jackson. He offered her the comfort and unconditional love she had been longing for. Jo will be remembered as a caring, doting daughter; a beautiful, kind and funny sister; and a true, loyal friend. If you encountered Jolene, you would undoubtedly leave with a smile. She made people feel at ease.
Jolene was born in New London, Connecticut to Stanley Hallas and Helen (Holt) Hallas. She was a daddy’s girl, always. She married Giles Holdridge of Mystic, Connecticut in April 2012. Although separated from her family, Jolene still very much loved Giles and his three children Sophie, Casey and Gus. She was so happy and thankful to have experienced the joy of being a mother, something she craved her whole life.
She is survived by her father, Stan Hallas, who is lost without her; three older sisters, Stacy (Hallas) Lowry of Pawcatuck, Connecticut and Karen (Hallas) Katona and Beth (Halls) Jackson, both of Pennsylvania. Lastly, her beloved dog Jackson will miss her daily love and care. She would take him daily for walks in nature, car rides to get an ice cream cone or a hamburger, and outside in the yard to play fetch. He was never ever far from her side.
Jolene was preceded in death by her mother, Helen in October 2012 and her first true love, Christopher Siwinski in January 2010. She missed them both so much, and never fully recovered from losing them.
The family will privately retrieve Jolene’s remains and bring them home to her resting place beside her mom. If you would like to honor Jolene, please engage in a random act of kindness to an animal, or reach out and offer support to someone who is struggling.