Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Albert Harry Shabazian, BHS 1966

Albert Harry Shabazian, BHS 1966 Millville, CA January 26th, 1948 - September 16th, 2015......................... On Wednesday September 16th, 2015 Albert "Al" Harry Shabazian passed away at his home in Millville after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. During Al's passing he was surrounded by family and love; his beloved wife of 45 years, Carol, was by his side, as was his brother-in-law and best friend of 55 years, Eddie....................... Al was born in Los Angeles on Monday January 26th, 1948. Al grew up in Burbank, California with his three sisters (Nancy, Barbara, and Joyce) and Richard, his brother. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1966 and enrolled in Pierce Junior College shortly thereafter. After realizing college wasn't for him, he was drafted into the Vietnam War. During Al's years of service with the United States Army (1968-1969) he was combat wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts. Al Shabazian was recognized as a "local war hero" by the "Burbank Leader" newspaper in 1969. Al was proud to have served his country in the United States Army and of the camaraderie and companionship he shared with his fellow soldiers both in Vietnam and back in the states years later........................ Upon returning from Vietnam, Al married the love of his life and his girlfriend of five years; Carolyn (Nemecek) Shabazian in 1970. Al and Carol went on to have two children together; Lisa Lynn Shabazian (born 1973) and Albert Adam Shabazian (born 1976) before relocating their family to Northern California. Al's family was very important to him and raising his children in the best environment possible led him to move his wife and children to Palo Cedro, California in 1978. Being established as a knowledgeable, effective, personable, and humorous automotive mechanic enabled Al to embark on a 30 year career at Fritz's Auto Repair in Palo Cedro, until his retirement December 31st, 2008.....................
Al Shabazian was an avid hunter, fisherman and shooter. He looked forward to out of state big game hunts and weekend shooting with his son and grandsons. He loved hunting dogs and trained and enjoyed the companionship of two Weimaraners and a German Shorthair over his adult lifetime. Al was also a fan of music from the 1960's........................ Al is preceded in death by both of his parents; Al and Agavine, his older sister Nancy, and his mother-in-law Marguerite (Watson) Nemecek. Al is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol, his son Al, daughter-in-law Molly, his grandsons Conner and Cooper; from Millville, and his daughter Lisa from Quartz Hill, California. Al Shabazian's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 26th, 2015 at 2:30 p.m at Millville Cemetery; located at 23799 Old 44 Drive, Millville, California 96062......................... Flowers may be sent to the cemetery and are welcomed. Donations in the name of Al Shabazian may be made to the Patriot Guard Riders. Please sign the guestbook at http://obits.redding.com Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Sept. 22, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jack Chamberlain, BHS 1950

Jack Chamberlain, BHS 1950........ Jack Chamberlain passed away on August 27, 2009 in Arroyo Grande, California. He was surrounded by his family. Jack will be remembered as a nice guy with a quick wit and a fine athlete, particularly as a baseball pitcher.He graduated from Burbank High School with the Class of 1950. He is survived by his wonderful wife of 56 years, Joanne Couch Chamberlain JBHS 51, his daughters Kim and Nikki and son Tim, and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jack had many friends there on the Central Coast and was very active in the community. He will be sorely missed.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Paul Christopher McGrew, BHS 1985

Paul Christopher McGrew, BHS 1985 1967 – 2015---------- Paul Christopher McGrew passed away in Tehachapi, CA, on September 10, 2015. He was 48 years old.......... There will be a viewing on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will directly follow the funeral service at Tehachapi Public Cemetery – Westside. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. Paul Christopher McGrew passed away in Tehachapi on Sept. 10, 2015.......... Paul was born to William and Barbara McGrew on July 2, 1967, in Glendale. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1985 and has been employed by Terra-Gen for many years. Paul loved camping, Dodgers baseball, hunting, gardening and cooking for his family and friends........... He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Stephanie; his 9-year-old daughter, Holly; his parents; his two sisters; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many friends. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel in Tehachapi............ Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Mesothelioma Foundation at PHLBI 10780 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Gene Schultz, BHS 1946

Gene Schultz, BHS 1946 Passed away on Sunday May 10, 2009 in Sedona, Arizona. He had relocated permanently around 1987. He successfully owned and operated two large facilities, selling Indian artifacts and jewelry known as "Turquoise Buffalo Gallery" and "Buffalo Indian Traders". Gene leaves his wife, Geri, four sons and his sister Miriam Schultz Laird BHS 48 who lives in Camarillo, California. ----------------------- His friends recall many stories about Gene, all of them interesting and fun. Norm Waters BHS 46 recall Gene wanted to play Varsity Football, not "B". He was too thin and light so he ate as many bananas before the weigh-in. Alas, he remained a "B". One classmate recalls that at an assembly, to the surprise of all, Gene appeared on stage and sang a popular song of the day. He had little experience or training, but did a great job! May he Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Judy Loscito Bolander, BHS 1964

Judy Bolander June 29, 1945 - October 11, 2006 Resided in Salinas, CA Today we celebrate the life of Judy Bolander, who was called to rest on Oct. 11, 2006 in Santa Clara. She was born on June 29, 1945 in Los Angeles to John and Josephine Loscito. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1964. In school, she loved boys more than Math. She remained close with all of her school chums. To this day, they still met two or three times a year, and keep in constant contact by e-mail or the Burbank Loop. She was married in 1965, and then moved to Monterey County in 1973, where she has resided in Salinas. She raised her daughter, Christa Eve, as a single mother. Judy was devoted to her daughter and grandson, Connor. She has been a customer service Representative at Weyerhaeuser Paper Company for the past 20 years. Judy was somewhat a local legend at Christmas time, starting in November with a wild cookie party for all of her Salinas pals and ending with spectacular Christmas open house. If anyone was ever lucky enough to attend, they would find every inch of her three bedroom house, top to bottom with a Victorian Christmas. Every nook and cranny filled with her love of the Holiday Spirit. Whether it was the room designated for her 200 plus Santa's, or the fabulous feast that awaited all her guests, lasting into the wee hours of the night. Her outgoing warm Italian heart would welcome anyone, anytime. Her friends brought her great joy. Judy is survived by her daughter, Christa Eve Gempler, who now resides in Idaho with her husband Chris and son, Connor, age 4. Her Mother, Josephine Loscito of Salinas, whom she shared special Friday night dinners. Her sister Janet and husband Dr. Gary Simmons, nephew John and
nieces Jennifer, and Sue. Memorial service is to be held at First Presbyterian Church located at 830 Padre Dr. Salinas, CA on Thursday Oct. 19, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Reception immediately following funeral services. Please come celebrate Judy's beautiful life. If you think you have lost your best friend, you have. Donations can be made in her name to: Relay for Life American Cancer Society 1184 Monroe St. #1 Salinas, CA 93906 (800) 227-2345 and Rob's Run PO Box 679, Gonzales CA US 93926

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Job Jun, BHS 1992

Job Jun, BHS 1992----------------- Job Jun passed on Friday March 27, 2009 after a battle with cancer. He was 34 years old. He was born in Korea and was a fun loving guy and full of life. He will be missed. No other details at this time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Michael Douglas Gough, BHS 1970

JULY 16, 1952 - BURBANK, CALIFORNIA ~ JULY 22, 2015 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ........... Mike Gough passed away on July 22 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,after a long illness, less than a week after his 63rd birthday. ................ Mike was the third of four sons in his family. They lived on Frederic St. in Burbank while Mike was growing up. He attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary,Luther Burbank Junior High, and Burbank High School. At BHS Mike played Varsity Football,starting at nose guard on the defensive line. He was an outstanding shot putter on the Track Team. ........... While at Burbank High in 1968 Mike met Denise Cooper. They were both in Dance Performance at BHS. Mike and Denise were married on July 1, 1972, and just had their 43rd anniversary. Mike became a Burbank Police Officer in 1973, and was a detective with the department before he retired in 1993 after 20 years of service. ............. Mike is survived by his wife, Denise Cooper Gough, of Valencia; daughter and son-in-law, Erin Gough Wehrenberg and Kevin Wehrenberg,and their two boys, Charlie and Henry Wehrenberg, of Burbank;son and daughter-in-law, Michael Patrick Gough and Ashley Gough of Pasadena;older brothers, Alan Gough and David Gough; younger brother, Steven Gough;and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucienne Cooper, of Canyon Lake..........
A memorial was held for Mike on Sunday, August 2, at sea aboard the "Wild Goose". The photo of Mike holding Jazzie was taken only a few weeks before his passing. ........... Alan Landros, BHS 1970

Thursday, August 13, 2015

William Henry Bertrand, Former BHS Principal/Teacher

William Henry Bertrand, esteemed coach, teacher, and administrator in Burbank Unified School District passed away on June 24, 2015 surrounded by family. Born in Glendale, California on May 13, 1930, he was a proud graduate of UCLA and served in the armed forces, driving a tank into the fallout of the atomic tests in the 1950s. He married his high school sweetheart Della and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Bill dedicated over 40 years to the Optimist International Organization participating as a member of the Magnolia Park club and serving as President of the Optimist Youth Home as well on the Board and helping to establish the charter school. Additionally he was proud of being named a juror to the Los Angels County Grand Jury.A beloved and caring husband, father, grandfather and uncle, he is survived by his wife Della, daughters Susan and Kristi, son William Michael, son-in-laws Jim Rondou, Rene Herrera and Robert Conner, five grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all. A memorial to honor his life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Optimist Youth Home 6975 North Figueroa Street, P.O. Box 411076, Los Angeles, California 90041.---------- Published in The Burbank Leader on Aug. 8, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Joanne Bernice Steen Stolpe, BHS 1953

Joanne Bernice Steen Stolpe, BHS 1953 ....................... Joanne was born on June 9, 1935 in Duluth, Minnesota and moved with her family to Burbank, California at age 8, so her parents could work for Lockheed during World War II. Joanne lived in a house on the hill near Lincoln Elementery and the Burbank Military Acadmy. The house is now gone part of the Los Angeles River. Joanne graduated from Burbank High School in 1953. After high school Joanne married Dan L. Stolpe, BHS 1949. They moved into a home on Lamer Street and lived in the same house for next 57 years. She raised her two children, was a Girl Scout leader, worked as a library aid at Joaquin Miller elementary school, and sold Tupperware and Avon products. .............. Joanne loved to travel. When her children were young, the family traveled extensively across the U.S. , Canada, and into Mexico by camper, but slept outside under the stars most nights. Joanne was proud of her Swedish and Norigan hertiage and would travel with her husband to visit family in Sweden and Norway, and also visited Denmark and Russia. Some of Joane's favorite things to do were short trips to the beach, to the mountains, and day trips with various senior groups. Joanne also loved to go to the Ronald Reagan Library where she would go several times a year................... After the death of her husband Dan, she became involved with the Southern Californian Genealogy Society where she volunteered helping out with membership, stuffing envelopes and putting stamps on envelopes and decoriating our tables at Christmas time for our Christmas Party and meeting. She also traveled with the
Patricians on day trips. ......................... Joanne was preceded in death by her parent, Husband Dan and a brother, Eugene Steen. Joanne is survived by her two children Kevin, Susan and two grand sons, Andrew and Joseph; and sister-in-law Marion McCarrick Steen, BHS 1949. She also leaves behind many friends from the Burbank High Senior Bulldogs Alumni group, The Patricians and the Sourthern California Genealogy Society.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mark Villasenor, BHS 1971

Mark Villasenor, BHS '71. Mark passed away suddenly at his home in Mission Hills on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 7 at 11:00 A.M. at Saint John the Baptist De La Salle Catholic Church, 16555 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills 91344, 818-363-2535. Interment immediately following at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills 91345, 818-361-7387. HAWAIIAN SHIRTS ARE REQUESTED TO BE WORN IN MARK'S HONOR. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: WIDOWS, ORPHANS & DISABLED FIREMEN'S FUND, P.O. Box 41903, Los Angeles, CA 90041. Mark spent 34 years as a fireman with LAFD from February 1975 until his retirement in February 2009. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Darlene; his three children; first grandchild to be born in November; his parents ages 92 and 89; his siblings, Pete BHS '66, Jim BHS '68, Lisa BHS '77, Emily BHS '79, and Melinda BHS '81; also sister-in-law, Beverly Myers Villasenor BHS '70. Many other relatives also survive Mark.