October 6, 1968 – October 11, 2023

Michele Lynn Tiller born on October 6, 1968, died peacefully in her beloved Hollister home on October 11, 2023. Michele loved her community and cherished her Sacred Heart Parish School community where she taught for 28 years after receiving her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts Degrees from California State University, Fresno. Most recently, Michele taught fourth grade and was the student council moderator. During her tenure at Sacred Heart, she made countless friends including her principal, fellow teachers, extended staff, and most especially, the children and their parents. The school community has always held a special place in her heart and she was truly loved by them in return.

Michele was preceded in death by her adoring father, Robert, and is survived by her loving mother, Kathleen, her brother, Eric, and many extended family members.  Michele was always very family-oriented and enjoyed spending time with and traveling with them. 

Michele’s love extended to both dogs and plants. Accordingly, she founded and chaired a charity entitled “Plants 4 Paws.” She lovingly grew plants, sold them at various functions and garage sales, subsequently donating the proceeds to various animal charities in the community.  It was her way to stay engaged and a part of her two favorite things. 

The entire community mourns this wonderful woman who loved freely and unconditionally her students and her animals. 

A Funeral Mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1200 Fairview Road in Hollister, will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 9:30 am, followed by a luncheon at the Sacred Heart School gymnasium located at 670 College Street in Hollister. 

If you wish, donations may be made to the Michele Tiller Scholarship Fund, c/o Sacred Heart School at 670 College Street, Hollister,  CA 95023 or to an animal charity of your choice.