Obituary: Carol Sawyer Hollen

Carol Sawyer Hollen
Carol Sawyer Hollen

Feb. 11, 1937-Oct. 26, 2017

Carol Sawyer Hollen passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, in Glendale, California, surrounded by her family. She was 80 years old.
Carol was born to Iona and Walter Sawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she spent most of her childhood. She later moved with her family to Pasadena and attended John Muir High School and Pasadena City College. She was proud of the fact that she was a flag twirler in the Tournament of Roses Parade while in school, and watching the parade as an adult was one of her greatest joys. She worked in the banking business for many years, both at Security Pacific and Glendale Federal.
She was a volunteer at Verdugo Hills Hospital for many years, and had numerous close friends there. She was an avid bridge player, belonging to many groups in the Verdugo Valley. She was a very competitive card player. Baking cookies was a favorite pastime, and quickly made platefuls for anyone sick, helpful to her or in need themselves. A tremendous sports fan, she loved her Dodgers and UCLA Bruins like no other, knew every statistic of each player, and she never missed a game. She proudly wore the color blue every chance she got.
Carol was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 44 years, Jack Hollen. She is survived by her daughters, Patti Maloof and Cindy Porcell, and their spouses, Joe Maloof and Gaspar Porcell. She adored her five grandchildren, Stephanie and Allison Porcell, Rachel Maloof-Nomann, and Richie and Kevin Maloof. She loved her newly acquired grandson-in-law, Rachel’s husband, Nick Nomann. Carol also leaves behind Jack’s four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carol’s life will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 10, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Volunteer Services.
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