Carlos Muro

Carlos Muro, 52, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 19. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico on Jan. 1, 1959, and immigrated to Los Angeles in 1968 with his mother and two sisters. Having to assume the role of patriarch early on, he delivered newspapers and worked as a vendor at Dodger Stadium to help support his mother and siblings. He graduated in 1976 from Abraham Lincoln Senior High School where he excelled in academics and played on the varsity basketball team. In 1981, he earned a BA in Sociology, with an emphasis in workplace counseling, from Cal State Northridge.

After working his way through college as a Sears’s appliance repairman, Carlos pursued a career as a vocational rehabilitation consultant. In 1988, he started his own Los Angeles-area business, Advance Vocational Evaluators, which he successfully ran for 17 years. Then he earned a designation in Professional Disability Management from the Insurance Educational Association before joining Sedgwick CMS, Inc., where he worked as a benefits liaison for the past four years.

Carlos was known among his family, friends and colleagues as a man of integrity, honor, and great generosity.  He was warm, kind, selfless, and always the devoted husband, father, and son. He exemplified the deep Catholic faith that his mother, Elisa Andrade, instilled in him, and he regularly attended services at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

In addition to his family, Carlos treasured his life-long friends Steve Moser and Henry De La Rosa whom he considered his brothers. He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast, and he will always be remembered as the life of the party.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne; his daughters Monique and Julia; his sisters Lupe and Gracie; and his beloved dogs Duke and Taylor. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

A vigil will be held on Friday, March 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial at 1712 So. Glendale Ave., Glendale. The funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose.


Carolyn Ruth Friesen

Carolyn Ruth Friesen, 76, journeyed to our Heavenly Father on March 18 surrounded by her loving family. Carolyn was born in Norwood, Ohio and moved to Lynnwood, Calif. as a teenager. She attended junior college and graduated from St. Vincent’s College of Nursing in Los Angeles.

While in school, she met a young Marine, Don Friesen, who she married in November of 1957. Carolyn and Don settled in Montrose and raised five daughters while Carolyn continued in her nursing career, first at St. Luke’s Hospital and then at Glendale Adventist Medical Center where she was the night charge nurse for the Coronary Care Unit for more than 30 years.

After retiring from nursing, Carolyn and Don enjoyed spending time with the Leisure Club, walking through Montrose, visiting with their children and grandchildren and traveling across the United States by car.

Carolyn was a woman of great faith and used that faith to overcome her first bout with cancer and critical injuries sustained when she was hit by a car. She amazed the doctors and was able to walk down the aisle to renew her wedding vows after 50 years of marriage. Carolyn’s incredible strength, hope and love will never be forgotten by those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband Donald Friesen; daughters Rose Faler, Paula Gallagher, Eileen Mosher, Carol Smith and Jo Wedekind; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Memorial Mass will be Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montrose. A reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests memorial contributions in Carolyn’s name to City of Hope.

Crippen Mortuary Directors


Irene Marie Sauban

Irene Marie Sauban, born on Sept. 9, 1920 in Hartford, Conn., passed away on March 17 in Victorville, Calif.

Irene was a tax preparer for 25 years.

She was survived by two daughters, Yvonne Barton of Pinon Hills, Calif. and Valerie Sauban of Pleasant Hills, Calif.; son Robert Sauban of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, March 22 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with interment at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Crippen Mortuary Directors