Carolee Western

Dec 30, 1932 - Dec 15, 2015


Carolee Western passed away unexpectedly on December 15, 2015. Carolee was born in Nebraska on December 30, 1932 and moved to California as a young girl. Her family settled in Monterey, where she attended Monterey High School and was a member of the marching band. Carolee worked at the local library and as a recreation supervisor before marrying Jack Western in 1949. After relocating to Sacramento, the Westerns adopted their oldest child in 1962 and over subsequent years added three more children to their family. In 1967 the family was featured in a Sacramento Bee story highlighting their experience as one of the first area families to adopt multiracial children. In the article, Carolee says, “I hope our story will convince someone else to do the same thing.” In addition to working at the California State Water Resources Control Board, Carolee was a long-time volunteer, and eventually employee, at Immaculate Conception Church. A small food locker she began at the church eventually blossomed into the Sacramento Food Bank Services. Though never acknowledged as a founder of the food bank’s predecessor, she always said, in her generous fashion, “It doesn’t matter who gets credit for starting it; all that matters is that people who needed it got help.” In her later years, Carolee enjoyed knitting, crocheting and puzzles. She was an incredible whiz at puzzles of any kind – word scrambles, Sudoku, crossword and jigsaw. Carolee was predeceased by her husband Jack Western, mother Marjorie Brown and brothers Fritz Myers and Charles Myers. She is survived by her children – Clare Western, John Western, Joel Western and Anna Yamamoto – as well as many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her sunny disposition and nurturing spirit will be missed by all.

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820


  • Pammy & Rudy, our 5 boys Jimenez Family and Vera Moreno says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a dear friend and I wanted you to know that you and your family are thought of and I will hold you in my heart. Be encouraged and know that God holds her in his arms and peace is her covering. God bless you. Please let me know if there is anything, absolutely anything, I can do. You and your mom was so special to me and my family! 916-670-4249 call sometime Clare!

  • Elena Placencia says:

    Joel and Family, Carolee was a wonderful person. She was always so kind and loving to our family. All our love and prayers, Elena Placencia (Joel’s sister)

  • Lorie Freid says:

    Clare and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a unique person whose impact will be felt for years. I’m glad she is at peace, and wish the best for all of you in this time of grief. May God bless you and keep you. Sending Love, good thoughts and many prayers your way.

  • Bette Jackson says:

    Carolee was a good Christian woman

  • Sallie says:

    Your mom was awesome and one of my closest friends at work. She helped train me in working on contracts. She was a smart, fun lady. I know she will be in heaven. Love to the 4 kids and family

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