Friday, October 21, 2016

Margaret Elizabeth Rundle Hightree, BHS 1964

Margaret Elizabeth (Rundle) Hightree, went to be with her Lord, on October 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born to William Weston Rundle and Bethel Virginia (Thomas) Rundle March 19, 1946 in Glendale, California. A graduate of Burbank High School  and Valley College in Los Angeles, California.

She worked for many years in accounts payable and receiving at KFOR as well as channel 43 in same capacity. Margaret enjoyed Red hat ladies, cooking and crafts and was volunteer for SW Hospice. Her greatest joy and passion was spending time with her husband of 43 years, Lyle (Bud) Hightree; son, Allen White and family.

She is survived by her mom, Virginia Rundle; husband, Lyle (Bud) Hightree; son, Allen White and wife, Michele; 4 granddaughters, Danielle, Kaela, Shauna, and Arielle White; sister, Bonnie (Rundle) Arnold and husband, Denny; 1 niece; 2 nephews; and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Rundle; son, Mark Thomas White. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, October 24, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Moore, Moore, OK. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK.

From the John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, Oklahoma, October 24, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Linda Lee Summers Hairell, BHS 1959


On the morning of Thursday, October 13, 2016 Linda Lee (Summers) Hairell passed away at her home in Santa Clarita, CA from her battle with cancer. She was 74. Linda was born in Glendale, CA on October 24, 1941.

She graduated from Burbank High School in 1959. Linda met her husband Michael in 1960 and married him that same year. They resided in Burbank until 1978 when they moved to Placerita Canyon in Newhall, CA.

Linda was a wonderful wife and mother raising a daughter and son. She was instrumental in the running of the family electrical contracting company in Sun Valley before her retirement 2 years ago. She cherished her nearly 40 years of motorhome and boating with the Santa Clarita Valley Boat & RV Club where she was an active member.

She is survived by her loving husband Mike; daughter Deanna and husband Louie Lantieri and granddaughter Katrina. Linda was preceded in death by her son Curtis and grandson Justin.

She always had a zest for life and was an exceptionally beautiful, kind person with a loving heart and warm smile as anyone that knew her would attest to. "Rest In Peace, Lovely Linda"
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506.

The Signal, October 21, 2016
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cynthia C. Reimers Enright, BHS 1961

Cynthia Enright services held Monday

Issaquah Press, November 8, 1972

Funeral services for Cynthia C. Enright, 28, of Pine Lake were held Monday, November 6, 1972 at Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. She passed away suddenly Friday, November 3 at home. Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery. Rev. Richard Birdsall officiated. 

Mrs. Enright was born on August 2, 1944 in Burbank, California. She was raised in Burbank  and graduated from Burbank High School. She also attended Los Angeles State College. She married Richard J. Enright on December 9, 1961. They moved to Pine Lake in 1966. She was a member of the Twins Club.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; three children, John, David , and Pamela; one brother, William Reimers; and two sisters, Rhonda and Ramela Reimers both of Burbank; and her mother, Carol Hunton of New York; and her step-father, William Reimers.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Janet Pruett Dickes, BHS 1926

Janet Pruett Dickes, 81, died December 16, 1989 in Panorama City. Born in Arkansas, she lived in Burbank for 73 years.

She graduated from Burbank High School and received her bachelor's degree in educational psychology from UCLA. She was a member of the Helen Matthewson Club sorority and remained active in the sorority, serving on scholarship committees.

Mrs. Dickes had been a teacher for the Burbank United School District and a master teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was an active community volunteer, a Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank and a Girl Scout leader.

She was a charter member of the Burbank branch of the American Association of University Women and was recently honored with a $500 fellowship endowment in her name to the AAUW.

Mrs. Dickes is survived by her husband, Harold; daughters, Elaine Thomas of Burbank and Elizabeth Ring of San Rafael; four grandchildren.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Memorial Park, with burial following. Forest Lawn is handling the arrangements. Donations may be made to the AAUW Educational Foundation Program or the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Burbank Leader Newspaper, December 1989

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Betty Jane Cord Vreeken, BHS 1952

Betty Jane (Cord) Vreeken, born in Des Moines, Iowa September 18, 1934, passed away peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of Thursday, June 26, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

From the age of 4 to 18 she lived with her family in Los Angeles, then Sun Valley, California. At the age of 17 she graduated from Burbank High School in 1952 and was married in Sun Valley, California on June 21, 1953 to Roland A. Vreeken. They lived in the San Fernando Valley until 1987, when they moved to Renton, Washington.

Her most important life's work was being a wife and mother of four children. Along the way, she had many career opportunities. She worked in retail furniture sales before marriage. When her youngest child was a teenager, she opened a floral business called the Posy People. After her partner passed away, she became a wedding coordinator at a nearby Protestant Church. Later, she and her sister, Carol, and their sister-in-law, Karen, began a manufacturing business known as the Three Sisters, producing Friendly dolls that sold in national department stores. Next she worked at her son Mark's printing shop, (Mark IV Printing), as bookkeeper and office manager. Finally, in Renton, she worked in the office of her son David's wholesale food distribution company (Pop's EZ Popcorn and Supply) until retirement in 2003.

Betty loved to serve and help others. She exhibited this as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in a variety of assignments. She served as the president of the Young Women's organization (12-18 yr. olds) for many years, as an active leader of a Young Single Adult congregation (18-30 yr. olds) in the women's organization, and as President of the Relief Society (the adult women's organization) in her local ward. During most of those years she was a member of the ward choir. She also taught many classes for women and children throughout the years.

While raising her children, she and Roland also had a foster daughter (Charlene DeClay) for three years who was of Apache descent. She came from the reservation during the school year and went home to her family in Arizona during the summer with the hope of receiving a better education than was available on the reservation at that time. Charlene is still in contact with the family all these years later.

Among her hobbies, Betty loved to sew, read, cook, and make floral arrangements. Although she was not an athlete or camper, she loved picnics, and loved to attend girls camp and youth conferences with the young women to help them learn more of faith and womanhood, and to have good clean fun. She also loved musical plays and orchestrated family theatrical presentations at Christmas or Thanksgiving to provide all the children with an appreciation for the arts.

Betty was pre-deceased by her father, Carl Victor Cord, and mother, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Lambert, her younger brother Gerald Raymond Cord, and his son Christopher Cord.

She is survived by her husband, Roland A. Vreeken; her younger sister Carol Diane Walder and her two children and three grandchildren; her brother's widow, Karen Cord and one child. She is also survived by her four children (Laura Mattson, David Vreeken, Mark Vreeken, and Steven Vreeken) and their spouses; 18 grandchildren (11 of whom are married); and 25 great-grandchildren.

On June 21st, Betty and her husband celebrated their 61st anniversary of marriage. She was respected by all who knew her as a kind, considerate, loving, sharing and caring person. She was always ready to help, serve and support others

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ruth Ione Kendig Luttge, BHS 1935

July 13, 1916 - October 1, 2016

Ruth Ione Luttge passed away on October 1st, 2016. Daughter of George and Frances Kendig, she was born on July 13th, 1916 and came to Burbank, CA in 1920.

She attended Burbank schools, and graduated from Burbank High School in winter of 1935.Ruth married Andra William Luttge in 1936. They were married for 68 years before Andra passed on, on October 9th, 2004. Together they had a daughter, Andrea Ruth of Burbank, and son, William Wayne Luttge of Santa Rosa, CA.

Ruth is survived by four grandsons: Craig and Steven Heintz of Northridge, CA; Douglas Luttge of Idaho; and Daniel of Santa Maria, CA. As well as her great grandchildren: Samantha Heintz; Cash Mcoy and Scarlett Luttge; and Briana, Emma, Grace and Doug Luttge.

Ruth will be placed together with Andra in Valhalo Cemetery in a family plot purchased in 1923. All five brothers, their wives and children will rest together.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Oct. 8, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Robert Alan Irey, BHS 1964

Robert  Alan Irey was born on July 7, 1946 and passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Robert was a resident of Lake Havasu City, Arizona at the time of his passing.
Robert attended Burbank High School and then continued on with his schooling when he entered college and earned his Doctorate degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic.
He was married to Beryl.
A memorial service will be held at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake Havasu Humane Society or the Make A Wish Foundation.RR

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Iris Lorraine Nelson Simmons, BHS 1945?

Iris Lorraine Nelson Simmons, 91, of Lebanon died Sunday at her home.

Feb 3, 1925 - March 13, 2016

Iris was born in San Francisco, California, to Herman Ira and Mattie Merle (Tipps) Nelson. She was raised in Burbank, California, where she attended Burbank High School.  She met her soul mate and the love of her life, Robert Simmons, and married him in Salome, Arizona, on March 8, 1945. They lived in Garden Grove, California, where they raised their two daughters. Iris later attended California State College, Long Beach where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocational Education. She went on to become the head of the department of cosmetology at Fullerton College. She was also awarded the Vocational Teacher of the Year Award for the State of California in 1974. She exceeded in everything she attempted. After retirement she and her husband moved to Lebanon in 1978.
She had numerous hobbies, such as reading, china painting, oil painting, watercolor, sewing, knitting, gardening, and cooking, all of which she made look easy, which is the case with gifted people! Iris belonged to the Pineway Women’s Golf Club and golfed until she was in her 80s. She also belonged to the Women Elks and the Eastern Star.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, Don Nelson of South Beach; two daughters, Lorrie Gulaskey and Kathie Houdek, both of Lebanon; and three grandchildren, Gregg Gulaskey of Corvallis, Jamie Stinson of Lebanon and Rob Houdek, also of Lebanon. She had five great-grandchildren, Samone Stinson of Philomath, Amber Fortson of Portland, Jasmine Stinson of Salem, Kyler Gulaskey of Albany and Carson Fortson of Lebanon.
A viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Providence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary or a charity of choice and sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Robert Earl Bowen, BHS 1946

Robert Earl Bowen (Bob) died peacefully in his San Diego home on October 29 2012 at the age of 84 with his loving family by his side. He is resting peacefully with his best friend and wife, Claire who predeceased him four years earlier.

Bob was born on June 9 1928 in Ogden Utah to Charles Mack Bowen and Mary Ann Hughes. The youngest of eight children he was raised in southern California. He had great admiration for his Mother who worked hard during his childhood to support her large family on her own.

Following his June 14 1946 graduation from Burbank High School he served in the Army PFC during World War 11 and served in Japan.

Bob spent years in San Bernardino, CA mastering his lathing skills. Bob married Wilma L. McMahan and had four children: Robin, Kim, Tonya and Marla. He moved his Family to Anchorage, Alaska where he became an accomplished carpenter.

He remarried in 1983 to his lovely Helen Claire Corcovelos. They moved from Anchorage back to San Diego CA. where Bob met Claire's seven children from her previous marriage: Tom, Angie, Jim, John, Theresa, Andy and Monica. He had no idea what he was getting into but with grace, dignity and love he earned the respect and love of the whole family. When Angie passed, Bob and Claire took her two young sons, Dominic and Dion in and raised them.

Bob was very grateful to Andy and Mariah for their special companionship and loving care.

When all said and done he had eleven children, twenty grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

We will forever miss his gentle demeanor, kindness, graciousness, patience, his willingness to help and most of all his wonderful sense of humor.

He has been cherished and will be missed by his loving family: Robin and Marcie Bowen, Ron and Kim Marie Hoyem, David and Tonya Piaskowski, Dan and Marla Brown, Tom and Marcia Corcovelos, Jim and Beth Corcovelos, John Corcovelos, Miles and Theresa Johnson, Andy and Renee`Corcovelos, Gary and Monica Hartman, and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sister Mary Afton and his best friend Lou Dionese.

He was preceded in death by loving wife, Claire, daughter Angie Mucciacito and grandson Christopher Corcovelos.

The family wishes to express its immense gratitude to San Diego Hospice for the dignity and care offered to Bob and his family.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to your favorite charity or the Braille Institute.

A memorial service will be held Saturday November 3, 2012 11:00 am at Merkley Mitchell Mortuary 3
3655 Fifth Avenue San Diego, Ca. 92103

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ronald Eugene Holden, BHS 1966

July 18, 1947 - July 21, 2011

While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Ronald Eugene Holden Sr. he had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought his help. Ronald was a forward-looking man whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone he met. He could be quiet and reserved, but his style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Ronald was a master at using imagery when he explained his ideas and concepts. He seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around him. His sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made him a wonderful friend for all who knew him.

From the time he was born on July 18, 1947, Ronald showed a deep concern for others. He was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Ronald came into this world at Kern General Hospital in Bakersfield, California. His parents were Angamae and Marshall Eugene Holden. Ronald was raised in Del Ano, California and Burbank, California.

Because fellowship was so important to him, Ronald promoted harmony with his siblings. He was raised with One sister and one brother. He had a sister Shelia and a brother Jr. Ronald was something of the family diplomat. He helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

As a young boy, Ronald interacted well with other children. He was helpful. He was an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Ronald had a number of interests in his youth. He was an active child. Ronald took part in baseball. He was a Boy Scouts and was on the Legislative Community of student body council. In his spare time he liked collected baseball cards and trains.

A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Ronald was considered by many to be a high achiever. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1966. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Wood shop and Auto shop. Student Council.

Ronald's talents in writing proved to be an asset for him during his college years. He excelled in classes, even in some subjects that didn't particularly interest him. Ronald became known to his peers as a seeker of wisdom who appreciated all types of courses, especially those in Liberal Arts which allowed him to build on his remarkable retention of general knowledge. He earned his 1 year masters college 0 degree. His favorite courses were Bible Theocracy.

Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Ronald was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer his group of friends. He was generally friendly to all who knew him, yet to some he seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Ronald, they recognized that he could be full of surprises. Ronald enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. He would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of his ability to read people, he had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, some of his best friends were David Thomas. Later in life, he became friends with Dave and Ruth Thomas.

Ronald was romantic, even poetic at times. He was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show his emotions without going overboard about it.

All who knew him would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Ronald was able to bond with his children. While he could be a firm disciplinarian, he could also fill the role of being a collaborator with his kids. Ronald was always a mentor who helped his family reach its full potential. Ronald was blessed with Three children, Warren oldest son, Daniel middle son and Ron Jr last son. They were also blessed with three grandchild Logan, Savanna and Austin

Ronald projected a subtle but positive influence in his workplace. He was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and he worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While his colleagues did not view him as a high-spirited type, Ronald was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for his ideas. Ronald could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn't one to seek out personal recognitions. He possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. He was an innovator who worked well independently, and he enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. His primary occupation was General Electric Fabricator/overnight stock person at Walmart. He was employed for 27 years at GE and 13 years at Walmart.

As an imaginative and inventive person, Ronald was comfortable showing his creative spirit. He enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Ronald took on a new project, he saw it through to its completion. His favorite pursuits were cars, woodwork and collecting old coins. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Ronald was one who put forth his best effort in every aspect of his life, and that carried over to his participation in sports as well. His sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from his teammates. In high school, Ronald played baseball,. Ronald was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, football, golf and basketball.

Ronald's attitude of working to make every day better was a way of life for him. It was a philosophy that he carried into his community activities and service. Serving on committees for the Senior Circle/Spirit life prime timers.

Ronald was a man with clear convictions and high principles, and his faith was important to him. He was an inspiration to many people who recognized his sense of commitment and esteem for others. He was a member Spirit Life Foursquare for 11 years.

Ronald possessed strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced his travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacations included San Antonio and Grand Canyon.

Ronald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Ronald's favorites was Cocoa-Dog. They were best friends for 12 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Lady, Skeeter his bird and Tiger/Tigger his cats.

As someone who treasured harmony and quiet, Ronald accepted retirement and made the most of it. That day finally came in 1997 from General Electric, and Ronald was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Bullhead City, Arizona. In retirement, he found new pleasure in tending his yard/lemon trees and yard working.

Ronald passed away on July 21, 2011 at Bullhead City, Arizona at home. Quick battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, Sons Warren, Daniel,and Jr., daughter in laws Karen, Michelle and Fabrianne. Services were held at Spirit Life Foursquare. Ronald was laid to rest in cremated and laid to rest at home on the entertainment stand.

Though he could be a private person at times, Ronald was always able and willing to give of himself. He was so in tune with others that he often seemed able to read their minds. Ronald carried with him an almost mystical sense of life. He was a person who was highly original in his thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of his life. A poetic, intuitive "teacher", Ronald Eugene Holden Sr. shared himself freely and family and friends will remember Ronald for the strength of his convictions.s Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City, AZ.
Ronald Eugene Holden, Sr.