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Linda J. And Fred W. Karlen

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LINDA J. KARLEN FRED W. KARLEN Linda Karlen, 81, went to be with her Lord on January 19th; her husband, Fred Karlen, 86, joined her six days later on January 25th. The two met at the University of Redlands. They were married December 22, 1951, and lived in Riverside, CA for the past 50 years. Linda was an only child of a first generation Swedish American and an English immigrant, and was born in Los Angeles, CA. Fred was the oldest of three, the son of Swiss immigrants, born at home in his parents' farm house in Holtville, CA. Fred and Linda were active in the Lutheran church, where Fred served in a variety of roles from Elder to financial secretary. Linda served in a variety of roles from Sunday School/VBS teacher to Lutheran Women's Missionary League member. Fred served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, after which he attended college at the University of Redlands. Afterwards he did evening coursework in accounting to become a CPA. He was an advocate for Estate Planning and an active member in Rotary International. Linda was a fulltime mom and volunteered at the Heritage House and Riverside County Museum and was active in children's ministries, including Girl Scouts. She was artistic, enjoying craft projects, guitar, cake decorating and basket weaving. Both Fred and Linda enjoyed camping with the family with an emphasis on State and National Parks. They were members of the camera club and had a love of photography and animals. Fred retired in 1988. In their retirement they continued to enjoy traveling, especially trips to Sonoma County to spend time with children and grandchildren. Locally they enjoyed the coast, the mountains, the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park, bird watching and trips to Disneyland with their grandchildren. They also enjoyed the arts, theater and square dancing. Fred and Linda were both strong in their faith, bringing their children up in the Lutheran Church and encouraging their children and grandchildren to live a life of faith while placing a strong emphasis on developing their gifts through a solid college education. Fred was known for his honesty and integrity. Linda was known for her love of life and generosity toward family and friends. They are survived by son Fred Karlen (Cynthia) and daughter Kathy Karlen, and by their grandchildren Michelle Karlen and Chris Karlen (Laura). Fred and Linda were looking forward to becoming great-grandparents in June. Fred is survived by his sister, Ruth Karlen. Both were preceded by their parents, and Fred was preceded by his brother, John Karlen. Interment will be held on Monday February 11th at 9:45 am at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, March Air Reserve Base, CA 92518, Stage 4. Services will be held Monday, February 11th at 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5545 Alessandro, Riverside, CA 92506. "Precious in the sight of God is the death of His own" Psalm 116:15
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 10, 2013
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