Carie Ann Freimuth
1963 - 2018
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Carie Ann Freimuth of Denver, Colorado, passed away on August 19th, 2018, after an 18-month battle with multiple myeloma. Carie was born on February 17, 1963, to Robert and Jolene Freimuth in Denver. She attended Machebeuf High School, followed by The Colorado College, where she received a B.A. in economics in 1985. Later, Carie received her M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York City. Carie enjoyed a happy childhood as a good student, an excellent pianist, and an active member of the Eskimo Ski Club. But reading was always Carie's favorite pastime. This love for books was fueled by an after-school job at Hatch's Bookstore in the University Hills Shopping Center and, during college, at McKinzey-White Booksellers in Colorado Springs. After graduation, Carie moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing, starting at Avon Books. Carie rose through the ranks in sales and marketing at St. Martin's Press, Random House, and HarperCollins. She worked with authors including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, and she published the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Known World. And at Random House she met colleague John Hughes, whom she married on a snowy winter evening in 2004 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Denver. The newlyweds relocated from New York City to Denver and, in 2005, Carie and John welcomed their son, Joseph. Carie continued her publishing career for nine years at Waterbrook Press, and then moved in 2015 to a marketing role at FOCUS, a national non-profit based in Genesee. Their mission of helping college students reinforce their Catholic faith was the perfect expression of Carie's own Catholic identity and beliefs. Carie found great meaning in her work and cherished the friendships built with her like-minded colleagues. Carie was a talented cook and baker, skills she learned from her mother. No visitor to Carie and John's home ever left hungry, and many a kind deed was rewarded with a home-baked thank you from Carie's kitchen. She was a great giver of nicknames, and in return, her family lovingly called her "Little Miss Moxie" or "Big Dog." Carie was preceded in death by her mother Jolene. She is survived by her husband John Hughes, son Joseph Freimuth Hughes and stepdaughter Emily Hughes (Liam O'Brien); by her father, Robert; and by siblings Julie, Chris (Stacia), and Nancy (John Phillips). Carie's quick wit, extraordinary kindness, remarkable strength, and beautiful smile will also be missed by her niece Ella and nephew Will, as well as a large network of friends and family. Vigil Service, Friday, Aug. 24, 7 PM, Horan & McConaty Funeral Home, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO. Family will be receiving guests prior to the vigil from 6 PM - 7 PM. Funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 AM, Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 2250 S. Harrison St. Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to FOCUS, to Clinica Tepeyac, or to the HeartLight Center.

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Published in Denver Post from Aug. 22 to Aug. 26, 2018.
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September 6, 2018
My Condolences! I have know the Freimuth family for 34 years and found them all to be kind, loving and a lot of fun to be around. Carie you will be missed! My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Godspeed!
Dave Ball
September 1, 2018
Carie was so special. All who were fortunate to be her friend surely treasure our time with her. She was an amazing young woman, so compassionate, smart, funny wth a Joie de vivre unmatched. She met my friend John Hughes and they fell madly in love and had their son Joseph and John's daughter, Emily to build a life together. My wife Cynthia remembers Carie as a force of nature which she was. In charge, in business all business, in relationships just plain unassuming, fun, and marvelous. A leader. She was truly unique and special. You noticed her and walking into a restaurant with her, others did too. Not just her beauty but her grace, presence, and confidence. She made the lives of all who knew her a little better and a whole lot more happy.
Jack St Mary
August 31, 2018
Betty Souza
August 31, 2018
I am devastated by the loss of Carie who was a treasured friend and colleague of mine at Penguin Random House. In fact, Carie hired me for a Times Books marketing manager position in 1993 which involved a job transfer to NYC and launched a new life for me and my family there for the next 14 years. I learned so much from Carie during my stint with Times Books and admired her smarts, incredible work ethic and above all her unflagging kindness. My heartfelt sympathies to Carie's husband and my friend John, her son Joseph and her extended family.

Tim Mooney, Brookfield, Wi.
August 28, 2018
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Carie. It has been many years since I have seen her back when we were in the same class at St. Louis School. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and friends.
Gene Roth
August 27, 2018
To John and Joseph and all of Carie's family - so saddened by this news, but so lucky to have worked and spent time with this wonderful woman. Remembering her and her spirit.
Jay Cosgrove
August 26, 2018
Deeply sadden by the news of Carie's passing. She certainly was an angel on Earth and will be one in Heaven.
I will keep her in my heart and prayers, along with her family and friends.

With Love,
Ronnie Nelson
Ronnie Nelson
August 25, 2018
Debbie and I are saddened to hear of Carie's passing. We so enjoyed meeting her during our visits to Denver and wish we'd had the opportunity to get to know her better. She was delightful to be around - warm, smart and wicked funny. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends, especially to John and Joseph. You are in our prayers.
Andrew & Debbie Melnykovych
Louisville, KY
ANDREW Melnykovych
August 25, 2018
Sending my deepest sympathies for your precious loss. Although I didn't know Carie, the good things written about her caught my attention. Also, the God of tender mercies won't forget the good that she did. Hebrews 6:10
August 25, 2018
Such a kind and generous soul. I remember her fondly from SMP and Paris. I hope memories of happier times will bring comfort to those who loved her. God bless.
August 24, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences dear family and friends. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you. And may you find hope and comfort in God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).
August 24, 2018
My deepest condolences to John and to Carie's family. She was one of the best.
Eileen Becker
August 24, 2018
I loved working with Carie, and continuing our relationship when my son moved to Denver. I miss her and am so sad about this news.
August 23, 2018
Julie and Freimuth and Hughes families,
What a beautiful obituary! I am so sorry for your loss. In high school, we had a friend group that included Carie and Julie. Similar to the sentiments in the obituary, I remember Carie as exceptionally kind, smart, beautiful, and faith-filled. I feel blessed to have known Carie! My prayers are with you!
-Julie (Zook) Doherty
Julie Doherty
August 23, 2018
John and Joseph, I am so sorry to hear of Carie's passing. I have such fond memories of our time at Random House. I have always admired her and thought of both of you often.
Peace and love,
Linda Howey
August 23, 2018
Heartbroken to read this. I worked with Carie at Times Books. She was one of the kindest, smartest and completely unflappable souls I ever knew. It was a privilege to work with her. My heart goes out to her son and husband.
Malka Margolies
August 23, 2018
Heartbroken to read this. I worked with Carie at Times Books and she was one of the smartest, kindest and completely unflappable souls I ever had the honor to know. It was a privilege to work with her. My heart goes out to her son and husband.
August 22, 2018
The Freimuth Family have my deepest sympathy. Philippines 4:6,7 says that God has the peace that excel all thought and guards the heart, may that peace be with your family during this difficult time.
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