Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jacqueline Jean Elrod LeBaron, BHS 1967

Jacqueline Jean LeBaron passed from this life into eternity on October 23, 2015 in Longview, Texas. She was 67. Jackie was born on March 25, 1948, in Burbank, California to her parents, Willard and Lois Elrod. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1967.
Jackie retired from the Gregg County Veteran's Service Office after 21 years of service. She served the veterans of Gregg and surrounding counties by helping them apply for and obtain earned benefits. She made many friends during her tenure with Gregg County.

Jackie was an avid bowler for most of her life, serving on the Longview Women's Bowling Association and Longview Junior Bowling Association Board of Directors. She also enjoyed crocheting and reading.

Jackie is survived by her loving ex-husband, Charles LeBaron; her son, Brian LeBaron and granddaughter--the joy of her life, Brianna; step-son, Charles LeBaron, Jr. and his children, Peyton, Cameron, and Addison; her sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Victor Brint of Roseburg, Oregon; her niece and husband, Denise and Jerry Emery also of Roseburg, Oregon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her infant son, Jeffrey Bush; and her infant brother, Terry Lee Elrod.
Jackie's life will be honored at a memorial service on November 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.
Rader Longview-Henderson Funeral

Lorraine Marie Moore Piela, BHS 1972

Lorraine Marie Moore Piela, BHS 1972
Burbank Review, August 1974

Former Burbank girl dies riding bike

Lorraine M. Moore Piela, 20, a former resident of Burbank, was killed Monday, August 5, 1974 in a tragic hit-in-run accident.
The Burbank High School graduate was killed when an automobile hit her while she was riding a bicycle in Mountain View, California. She moved to Mountain View with her husband two months ago. The driver of the vehicle which hit Mrs. Piela was taken into custody. He was booked on suspicious felony drunk driving and hit and run.

Mrs. Piela is survived by her husband; Jan Piela; mother, Joetta L. Barcus; father, George E. Moore; two brothers, George E. Moore Jr. and Allan Moore, and grandparents, Edna Moore and James Stiles. Funeral Services will be held at Fillbach-Bailey Funeral Home, Saturday, August 10, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow.


Lorraine Piela
Service arrangements for Lorraine M. (Moore) Piela, 20, who died August 5 in Mountain View, California , have been changed. She had been a Burbank resident for 18 years. Visitation will be Friday, August 9 at Fillbach-Bailey Funeral Home Chapel from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Services will be Saturday, August 10 at 11:15 a.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 320 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Officiating clergy will be the Rev. Hazen Simpson. Funeral directors are Fillbach-Bailey Funeral home. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.

Dean Martin Buttress, BHS 1974

Dean Martin Buttress, BHS 1974
Dean died peacefully in his home on February 25, 2017. Dean was 61 years old.
Dean was born in Hamilton, Canada as his parents were migrating to the United States from England. Dean became a US Citizen in 1980 and soon married Cindy in 1981, making their home in Burbank. Together they adopted six children throughout their 35 year marriage. Dean loved his family, friends, coaching football and coaching basketball, watching football and basketball, old western movies and celebrating every holiday at his home.

Dean loved USC and especially watching the Super Bowl with his two best friends, John Rome and Steve Alamillo, and his brother-in-law, Marty Garrison. Dean had a great sense of humor and his devotion to his family, as well as his smile and laugh, will be greatly missed.

Dean is survived by his wife, Cindy; his mother, Emmie and Papa Joe; children, Jason, Kevin, Sarah, Joe, Deana and Laila; his grandson, Gunner; neighbors, nieces and nephews and especially his cousin, Stu, who traveled from England last summer to be with him .

In memory of Dean we ask everyone to love one another every day because life is short!
Published in Los Angeles Daily News from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2017

Christina "Christy" O'Neill, BHS 1968

Christina "Christy" O'Neill left this world and began her journey to Heaven on February 15, 2017. She passed away at the age of 67 in her home after a long battle with cancer.

Christy loved spending time with her family and friends. She cherished the time that she spent with her four grandchildren. As she would always say, she loved them "to the moon and back." She and her husband, Kevin, enjoyed many camping adventures in their motorhome. Her favorite camping spot was Carpinteria where she visited often with Kevin and her extended family and friends. Chris will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her generous smile, warm heart, and kind disposition. She will be missed by all of those whose lives she has touched.

Chris grew up in Burbank, California and graduated from Burbank High School. She was a longtime employee with the Burbank Unified School District at Washington Elementary School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Kevin; daughter Colleen Simon-O'Neill (Jenny) and son Patrick O'Neill (Alison); grandchildren Quinn, Theodore, Peyton, and Andrew; siblings Emilio Ortega, Ana Neria, Fred Ortega, and Tony Ortega. Services will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Burbank on Saturday, March 4, 2017, Rosary at 11:30 am, Funeral Mass at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to City of Hope in memory of Christina O'Neill.

Published in The Burbank Leader on March 1, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thomas David Tyle, BHS 1961

Thomas David Tyle, BHS 1961
Burbank Daily Review, June 28, 1969

Thomas David Tyle
December 4, 1942 - June 25, 1969

Former Burbank resident Thomas David Tyle, of North Hollywood, died Wednesday, June 25, 1969 at the age of 26.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Fillbach-Bailey Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday at Fillbach-Bailey Funeral Chapel. Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

A native of Burbank, Mr. Tyle attended Burbank schools and was employed as a machinist at a local company.

Surviving are his wife, Susan; his son, Thomas Jr.; and his mother, Mrs. Helen Westhead, all of Burbank; his father, David Tyle, of Marietta, Georgia, and his sister, Mrs. Barbara Young, of Burbank.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Geraldine Lillian Mann, BHS 1970

Geraldine Lillian Mann, BHS 1970
Burbank Daily Review, November 6, 1971

Burbank's 11th victim of the year
Death believed caused by drugs

A 20-year-old Burbank woman became the city's apparent 11th victim of drug abuse when she died sometime Thursday November 5, 1971. The woman Geraldine Mann, was found by Burbank police lying in the front seat of her car about 11 a.m. Friday at 9th Street and Angeleno Avenue.

Of 13 previous drug-related deaths in the city so far this tear, police said it appears that five were accidents.
The body was actually discovered by a Burbank woman who was out to water her lawn near the curb where the vehicle was parked. She looked inside and saw the body, then called police.

"It's looks like she has been dead since 7 or 8 p.m. Thursday," said police Investigator J.V. Rodriguez. He said the cause of death appeared to be an overdose. "But a coroner's report should tell for sure," he added.
Miss Mann, a longtime Burbank resident, was described as a wonderful person, who was saving her money to go to Hawaii. She was the third child in a family of five children. Police said Miss Mann had no prior record of drug abuse.

"She visited me two weeks ago and seemed happy and excited about the possibility of going to Hawaii," said Mrs. Dorothy Rowles, a former neighbor of the girl.
Burbank's vice squad has arrested 253 persons this year so far in 199 drug cases. "And these are only adults." said Don Brown , vice investigator.

Police found a note in Miss Mann's car, apparently from her mother. The note told the girl to pick up a radiator cap for the car, then to go 4210 W. Magnolia and speak to Laura Tutich.
Mrs. Tutich is the director of The Bridge- A Way Across, an informal center for drug and other youth-related problems. And 4210 W. Magnolia is the address of Bridge. Mrs. Tutich said the girl never came to the center.

DeEtte Hungate, Former BHS Secretary

Burbank Leader, August 1987

DeEtte Hungate,

Services are at 3 p.m. today for DeEtte Hungate, 91, who died August 7, 19. DeEtte was a 62 year resident of Burbank, a homemaker and attendance secretary at Burbank High School. She was also a member of the Burbank Symphony Association, charter member of ESNPEO, a past PTA president, a La Providencia Guild member and member of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.

The services will be at the Eckerman Heisman Funeral Service Chapel, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd. There will be a private burial.

She is survived by daughters, Edie Debney of Glendale, California and Nancy Meagher of Rohnert Park, one sister, Edith Moore of Chicago, Illinois; four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. The family request that donations be made for the American Heart Association.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

David Stephen Craig, BHS 1938

David Stephen Craig, BHS 1938

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, August 16, 1989

David Stephen Craig, 69, former resident died August 8, 1989 in Eureka, California. He was born in Los Angeles, California. Craig was a graduate of Burbank High School and the University of Southern California. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.  

Mr. Craig is survived by his niece, Erin Craig of Imperial; cousins, Tom Fien of North Hollywood and Winfred Spohr of Burbank. Inurnment was at Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Frank Payson Summeril, BHS 1943

November 2, 1925-December 22, 2016

BURBANK – Frank Payson Summeril , 91 , of Burbank , passed away December 22, 2016. Born November 2, 1925 in Los Angeles to Stanley and Loretta Summeril. Frank attended Burbank High School and graduated from Brown Military Academy previously located in San Diego, California. Soon after graduation Frank joined the United State Marine Corps and served with honor from October 21, 1943 until July 2, 1946 after World War II ended. While serving in the Marine Air Corps as a Machine Gun Crewman he earned the rank of Corporal along with rifleman and good conduct medals. After receiving his honorable discharge he found his calling in the telecommunications industry where he worked for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company for 35 years retiring as a 2nd Level Engineer in 1982. After retiring he continued to remain active in the telecommunications industry as a life member of the Tel Co Retirees Association and Telephone Pioneers of America. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association and an active member of the Burbank High School alumni association.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Naomi Marie Summeril. Surviving to cherish his memory are his son, Scott and wife Robbie of Carlsbad, California ; son, Frank and wife Cindy of Woodland Park, Colorado; and daughter Sandra of Encinitas, California; as well as 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. All were his pride and his joy.

The family will greet friends at a Chapel Memorial Service held at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and Mortuary, 10621 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 20, 2017.     

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 16, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Fecht, Retired BHS Teacher

Gerald "Jerry" Fecht was born in Mexico Missouri, the fifth child of Mildred Crites Fecht and William Thomas Fecht. He was the beloved baby boy in a large Catholic family who came to California in his teens to pursue opportunities for a better life. His Catholic education lead him to Notre Dame High School, through Los Angeles Valley College, and into USC where he earned Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees. Jerry met the love of his life, Janne Shreves Fecht, while they were studying for their teaching credentials; they were married for 49 years and raised two sons, Brendan and Damon.

"Dr. Jerry" enjoyed a long and much heralded career as a professor at Moorpark College, where he guided countless students and helped them achieve their dreams. In retirement, Jerry founded The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, volunteered for AIDS/LifeCycle, enjoyed time with his grandchildren, and explored every inch of Los Angeles, the city he loved so dearly. 

On January 26, 2017, he lost his long battle with Amyloidois at the age of 78. Jerry is survived by his wife, Janne, his sons, Brendan and Damon, his daughter-in-law, Rebecca, his grandchildren, Jake and Emily, and his brother, Robert. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 11, 2017, 12PM, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Old North Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley or the Amyloidosis Foundation.

Memorial service
Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
Saturday, Feb 11th 2017 12:00pm
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, California, United States