March 29, 1948 ~ December 5, 2010
Carolyn Ann Hylander, a 41 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December fourth at the age of 62. Carolyn was surrounded by her many loving friends and her family as she fought to beat the illness that, in the end, took her before her time. Carolyn was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where she aspired to become a teacher and worked her way through college at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After receiving her bachelor's degree she moved to California and started her teaching career at Huntington Park High School. While working as a teacher, she earned her master's degree in Family Finance from California State University of Long Beach and, shortly after, married and started her family. She then began teaching at Mira Costa High School where she created her own fashion design program that prepared many of her students for college at FIDM Fashion Institute. She loved decorating, cooking, sewing, and music and passed these skills on to both of her children. She had an amazing sense of humor and believed that laughter was the best medicine; she always tried to laugh at least once a day. Her great compassion for others resulted in her house always being full. Whether it was band practice, the swimming pool, or even just a place to sleep, she always welcomed the neighborhood children and treated them as if they were her own. Carolyn is survived by her son Jonathan, daughter Jennifer and her husband Jerry; her sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Dan Hylander, her niece Cari Ann Mueller, nephew Joseph Hylander and great nieces, Nena and Ellee. Memorial services will be held on Saturday December 18th at 1:00PM at First Lutheran Church of Manhattan Beach located at 1100 N Poinsettia Ave. The service will be followed by a luncheon at Carolyn's sister's house.
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