Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Edgar Allen "Bud" Davis, BHS 1949

Edgar Allen "Bud" Davis, BHS 1949
April 28, 1931 - March 15, 2017

Bud Davis was a former neighbor of mine and he passed away March 15, 2017 in Hurricane, Utah. While at Burbank High, Bud was 2nd vice president and played varsity football and active in many school activities. I was going to write something nice up but his daughter Gerri Lynn wrote about her dad's life in a special way only a daughter could.

"Can't sleep, thinking of the words to say at my Dads celebration of life ceremony. Gathering my strength and my thoughts! Sharing just a glimpse of who he was, a simple man, that worked hard, who loved his family, was short on words and emotions, loved his country, his animals, his faith his sports (football and golf)!! He was a jack of all trades (served his country in Korea, USN,  graduated from the Culinary Art Institute, was a hair dresser, owned
his own salon in Burbank (Avon Coiffures), drove yellow cab, was a golf starter at Debell Golf Course, worked in the trenches of waste water at the City of Burbank Reclamation Center and promoted to clean water and became a Water Plant supervisor! "

"His greatest accomplishments was us, his children and grandchildren in which he instilled the value of working hard! He had a fulfilled life and would have been married to his loving wife, our Mom for 60 years this coming June, she stood by his side through a difficult last year of advanced Alzheimer's! "

"We know he is at peace and we will all be together to celebrate his legacy! "

Bud is survived by his wife, Carrie, his daughter, Gerri Lynn Davis McCorkle, sons, Burt Davis and Kirk Davis, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, and several grandchildren.
His celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Center, 171 Main Street, Hurricane, Utah, 84737

Monday, April 24, 2017

James W. Wallace, BHS 1943

James W. Wallace
August 13, 1924 - October 1, 2016
We lost our beloved father, grandfather and friend. Though he was small in stature he was truly larger than life. He never met a stranger or forgot a friend. He was there for everyone who needed him and will be remembered for his outgoing and loving ways.
He was born in Dallas, TX but moved to California as a child. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Navy the following day. His service years were spent in England and Ireland. Upon returning home, he met the love of his life, Patricia Miles and they were married on June 21,1946. Jim had requested that they have 3 daughters, and that is exactly what he got.
He lived a long and happy life and we are all so grateful to have been in his family or one of his friends. He was predeceased by his beloved Patty in 2013. He is survived by daughters Martha (Scott) Nelson, Debbi (Tim) Smith, Mary (Dan) McCarville and grandchildren James (Renee) Smith, Katie (Fernando) Robles and Evan McCarville. His brothers Hank, Robert, David and Michael also survive him in Texas.
Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at La Mirada Christian Church, La Mirada and graveside to follow at Olive Lawn Cemetery, La Mirada.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2016

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Patricia Jean Dawson Ehring, BHS 1948

Patricia Jean Ehring "Pat" 86, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of March 23, 2017, with her children by her side in Pismo Beach after a long battle with emphysema.

Pat was born on January 7, 1931, in Glendale, Calif. She was the second child to Harold H. Dawson and Loetta Pinnick Dawson. Her brother, Richard M. Dawson preceded her in death.

Pat spent her early childhood living in the North Long Beach/Compton area. Her family moved to Burbank when her father changed employers. She attended John Burroughs Junior High School and graduated from Burbank High School in 1948. After a brief try at sorority and college life, she returned home to Burbank attending Glendale Community College where she graduated.

Pat married Theodore Woodbridge Ehring on September 2, 1950, at North Glendale Methodist Church. She and "Woody" met in the 9th grade. While living in Burbank, Pat gave birth to Gregory Woodbridge in 1953 and Karen Lyn in 1955. After Ted graduated form USC in 1957, the family moved to Bakersfield where Ted took his first job as a geologist at Texaco. During those years
in Bakersfield, Pat gave birth to their second daughter Dana Sue and their second son Kevin Richard.

In 1965, Pat and Ted relocated to La Crescenta when he took a new job with Signal Oil. During their time in La Crescenta, Pat obtained her Real Estate license. She was passionate about helping each family find their "perfect" home.

Then in 1974, Pat and Ted, along with Dana and Kevin, relocated to Houston, Texas. Shortly after arriving in Houston, Pat continued selling homes in her new location. In the summer of 1983, Pat and Ted moved back to California settling in Huntington Beach where she obtained her CA Brokers License and got right back to the business she loved. In 1996, Pat and Ted moved one last time to Pismo Beach, and again she continued her career.

Pat had a gift for cooking and canning and hardly ever used a measuring cup or cook book. Pat was a loving wife and mother to her four children. She dearly loved her seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Jaime, Shannon, Kasey, Austin, Brandon and Matthew, along with 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Kevin Richard and her loving husband, Theordore Woodbridge Ehring.

Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

John Anthony Julian, BHS 1950

John Anthony Julian (PaPa), passed away on December 21, 2016, at his home in Phoenix Arizona. His last days were spent with friends and family. John was an avid outdoorsman, wood carver, musician, Scuba diver, and family man.

He was born January 17, 1932 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania as John Antonino Giuliani to immigrant parents. He learned early on that hard work and dedication were required to achieve one’s dreams. He spent his early years in Endicott, New York prior to moving with his family to Burbank, California.

An athlete, John played football for St. Mary’s College of California, the U.S. Army and Arizona State University; he was also a body builder (winning many competitions such as Mr. Arizona and Mr. Rocky Mountain States) and a marathon runner. John obtained an undergraduate degree in physical education/history and a Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University as well as a Physical Therapy
Degree at University of Colorado Medical School.

During these studies, John met his future wife Nancy. John and Nancy were co-founders of Physician’s Physical Therapy Services.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years (Nancy); his children Gianna (Bradley), Joseph (Amy), Anthony (Belinda), Monica (Scott) and John; his grandchildren Kristina (Luke), Kathleen, Christopher, Megan, Devon, Amanda, Ashley, Toni Lynn, Anthony Jr., Sister Madonna dei Poveri (Giovanna), Joseph, John, Rose and Josephine; great grand-child Addisyn; sister Rita, brother Joseph and loving nieces and nephews. Friends and family will miss his gregarious nature and laughter.

Contributions in memory of John may be made in his name to the Christ Child Society of Phoenix.  A Visitation will be held from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Monday, December 26, 2016 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Rd, in Phoenix, with a reception to follow. John’s Interment will be in Wyoming.

December 23, 2016 By Whitney Murphy Funeral Home

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stephen Earl Whittle, BHS 1972

Stephen Earl Whittle was born in Peoria, Illinois to Horace Raymond and Juanita Mae Whittle. The family moved to California when he was an infant. Steve lived most of his life in Burbank attending Providencia Elementary, Luther Burbank and Burroughs schools.

He married Mary Lea Daly on August 9, 1980. After returning from their honeymoon he began his construction business. Their daughter, Stephanie Marie was born October 5, 1981. Steve loved being a dad. He enjoyed coaching Stephanie in soccer, climbing to Half Dome with her, watching her ballroom dance, and Geocaching whenever possible.

He loved restoring his first vehicle, a 1957 Ford Ranchero, hiking in Yosemite and vacationing in Hawaii. He loved woodworking and making stained glass windows. He had a creative talent in the arts, and it seemed there was nothing he couldn't do.

He was devoted to his wife Mary and daughter Stephanie, and he will be missed by his family as well as many friends, and clients who became friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter, Stephanie, mother, Juanita Ribble, her husband John, brother, Michael Whittle (Pam), sister, Lynn Gurin (Bob), brother, Alan Whittle (Mary Anne), sister, Barbara Whittle, brother, Frank Whittle, brother, Andrew Ribble, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements under the direction of Valley Funeral Home, Burbank, CA.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Marilyn Ann Peterson, BHS 1966

Marilyn Ann Peterson, BHS 1966

Marilyn Ann Peterson, 65, of Escondido, Calif., passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. She was welcomed to Heaven by her loving parents, Max and Mary Peterson.

Marilyn was born in June in Glendale, Calif. She graduated from Burbank High in 1966 and UCLA Dental Assistant School in 1967.

Marilyn spent most of her life living on her beloved Central Coast.

Known as "Grammy" to her four grandsons, Marilyn was a loving and devoted Grandma and Mom who will be greatly missed by her family.

Marilyn is survived by her two children Julie Marca Aaro of Escondido and Tyler Marca of Atascadero; brother, Michael Peterson of Gardnerville, Nev.; and four adoring grandsons Austin Aaro, Colton Aaro, Alex Marca and Jake Marca.

Marilyn's life will be celebrated with a private family memorial in San Luis Obispo.

Sign her guest book at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries

Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) - Friday, March 14, 2014

Theresa Joann Hunter Cotton, BHS 1967

July 11, 1949-Oct. 10, 2016

Theresa Joann Cotton 67, Louisburg, was born July 11, 1949, in Toronto Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Douglas J. and Joann (Mullen) Hunter. She died Oct. 10, 2016. Services: Will be held at a later date under the direction of Valley Funeral Home in Burbank, Calif. Burial in Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Local arrangements under the direction of Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte, Springfield.

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016, Buffalo Reflex - Buffalo, Missouri

Friday, March 31, 2017

Richard Russell Sonnie, BHS 1947

Richard Russell Sonnie
January 9, 1929 – September 28, 2016

Richard passed away suddenly at his home on Sept. 28th. Richard was 87 years old.
He was a much loved husband, father and uncle. Richard is survived by his wife Lupe of 59 years and his 3 daughters, Celina, Monica (Darryl Hoch) and Elena (Jeff Schweppe). He is also survived by 2 grandsons Charlie and Joey and niece Anna (Tony Valdez) and nephew Ricardo Duran (Cecilia). For all those who met or knew him, Richard "Dick" was known as a kind, friendly man with a quick wit and dry sense of humor.

Services: Wed, October 5th, 2016 Rosary 9:30am, Mass 10:00-11:00am
St. Andrew Church, 301 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103
Internment: San Fernando Mission Cemetery 11160 Stranwood Ave. Mission Hills, CA 91345

Richard was born in Cleveland Ohio but was raised in the Tujunga, Burbank area. Richard "Dick" as we was called, attended both Verdugo Hills High School (1943-45) and Burbank High School (1945-47).

Later, he attended Glendale Jr. College 1947, Los Angeles City College 1950, and Cal State Los Angeles 1954-1956. It was at Los Angeles City College that he met his wife Lupe. During his school years Dick was affiliated with the Boy Scouts (High School), Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and Kappa Phi Sigma Fraternity

Richard was a Corporate Technician 5th grade (class) in the Army 1950-53. He had specialty training in Signal, Radio and Teletype repair and was assigned to Radio Operation Company 97th Signal Operation Battalion, Stuttgart, Germany. Richard received the Army Occupational Medal (G) – Army of Occupation medal to recognize occupation service in Germany.

For over 40 years, Richard was a Secondary School Teacher (High School) with the LA Unified School District, teaching Industrial Education (Automotive, Drafting, and Electronics), Mathematics, History, Social Studies and Drivers Education. He taught at San Fernando High School, Los Angeles High School, Kennedy High School, and Nightingale Junior High

His hobbies included: Automotive repair, electrical repair, Gardening, Reading (Autobiographies, History), Golf, Crossword Puzzles, and Travel with his wife Lupe.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Richard's honor to Nightingale Middle School 3311 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Grace Williams Smith Stephens, Former BHS Teacher

Burbank Leader, March 1, 1989

July 24, 1902 - February 25, 1989

Grace Williams Smith Stephens, 86, died February 25, 1989 in Duarte, California. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she had been a resident of Burbank for 48 years. She had been a teacher with Burbank High School from 1946 to 1966, member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank and the Presbyterian Woman's Club.

Mrs. Stephens is survived by her sons, Roderic of Valencia, California and John Stephens of Burbank; two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank. Private burial will be at Grandview Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

Note: She retired from teaching at Burbank High School at the end of the 1966 school year.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lee Frederic Boebel Jr., BHS 1948

Lee  Frederic Boebel Jr., BHS 1948
Burbank Leader, December 23, 1989

Lee  Frederic Boebel Jr., 69, died December 19, 1989 in Glendale, California. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he lived in La Crescenta, California for 26 years.
He was a member of the Jewel City Masonic Lodge and owner of California Metric. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1948 and served in the United States Navy.

Mr. Boebel is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Michael of Canyon County; daughters, Shelley Wilson and Carrie Charles, both of Glendale, California.; sister, Joyce Kaminski of Burbank; brother, Donald; two grandchildren.
Services were held December 22, 1989 in the Valley of the Oaks, Eternal Valley Mortuary with burial following.