Thursday, February 22, 2018

Judith Ann Onstott Tufts, BHS 1962

Judith Ann Onstott Tufts 

(December 29, 1944 - January 21, 2018

Judith Ann Onstott Tufts,our loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at her home in Lehi, Utah.

The oldest of three daughters, Judy was born to Merle Jones and William Henry Onstott on December 29, 1944, in Glendale, California. Judy enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Burbank, California, with her parents and sisters, Barbara Louise and Linda Marie, that included many hours of playing the piano, organ, and flute, performing on the Burbank High School Drill Team, and where she developed her love of and talent for sewing.

In 1964, Judy moved to Provo, Utah, to study Nursing at Brigham Young University. At BYU, Judy met Devon Clarence Tufts; a fellow student, recently returned LDS missionary, and a young man who Judy described as “tall, handsome, and knocked my socks off.”

Judy and Devon were married and sealed for Time and All Eternity in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 17, 1966. Judy also graduated from BYU in 1966 and moved to Southern California with Devon in 1970, where they raised their seven children together.

Judy’s family was the center of her life, which she illustrated through daily acts of love and service, both large and small, for over a half a century. Judy also found great happiness in her church and has said that “the greatest desire of my heart is that all of my children and grandchildren stay true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Along with callings such as “mother” and “wife,” Judy served as Relief Society President, Boy Scout Committee Chairman, and teacher in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. She absolutely loved being the Pianist for the Leona Valley Women’s Ensemble and, as organist, filled countless church services with beautiful music her entire life.

While raising her seven children and devoting a lifetime of service to her church and community, Judy also spent many years working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, helping to bring many new babies into this world.

Judy and Devon completed two full-time missions for the Church in Birmingham, England, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

To know Judy by any name - mom, wife, daughter, sister, missionary, nurse, or simply Judy – is to love Judy. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Barbara Earle, and survived by her husband, Devon, her sister, Linda Bright, her seven children, David (Suzie), Bradley (Jenna), Daryn (Catie), Lori (Eric), Stephen (Andrea), Emily, and Marianne (Tony), and her 21 grandchildren, ages seven months to 25 years old.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 27 at 12:00 pm at the Ivory Ridge LDS Chapel located at 127 E. 3200 N., Lehi, UT. You may visit with her family prior to the funeral service from 10:00-11:45 am. Internment at the Highland City Cemetery.

Published Wing Mortuary, Lehi, Utah, January 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Albert Edward Copping Jr., BHS 1948

Albert Edward Copping Jr.

March 17, 1929 – July 12, 2014

Albert Edward Copping Jr. passed away on July 12 at the age of 85.Al was born March 17, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the first of two sons of Louisa Alberta Copping and Albert Ernest Copping. He spent most of his life in the greater Burbank/Glendale and La Crescenta areas where he attended public schools and graduated from Burbank High School in 1948.He began work as a machinist out of high school and moved on to become an aerospace manufacturing engineer at Sterer Engineering in Glendale where he worked for 40 years until his retirement.

After high school Al began building, painting and professionally racing motorcycles winning countless races and custom motorcycle painting competitions. He absolutely loved to build and race, and was a top-notch mechanic as well.

Al met the love of his life, Mary Anne, at age 17 while in high school. They were married soon after and lived a wonderful life together. They welcomed three sons, Nick, Al III and Matthew. The family moved to La Crescenta near his parents and Al and Mary Anne spent the remaining years raising beautiful champion Irish Setters and traveling to dog shows throughout California. Mary Anne passed away in 2011 at age 81, and Al continued to show his last Irish Setter, Katie, up until just a few months before he left us.

Al was an amazing man, a devoted husband and father, and a craftsman at all he did in life. He treated people as friends and was well respected throughout the community. He loved to work in his yard and design new additions to the house, right up to the last breath he took. He even drew a picture of a new front porch handrail from his hospital bed the very last day!

The final few months became difficult for Al due to his heart becoming weaker. Finally his heart could no longer keep up with his many ideas and dreams, and he slipped quietly and peacefully into eternal sleep.

Al is survived by two of three sons, Nick and Al III, after the unfortunate passing of his youngest son, Matthew, at age 49 from cancer. He also leaves six granddaughters, one grandson, and one great granddaughter. Al will be deeply missed and always remembered.

Services will be at Forest Lawn, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. on Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at The Little Church of the Flowers.

Dad, Wherever we go, no matter how far, you will always be in our hearts
Thank you for being in our lives, and giving yours unconditionally.
Look up to the stars and feel the wind blow across the water
May God speed your way to eternal life, we will always be with you
Love forever, Al III, Nick, Patricia, and our families

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mark Allen Nare, BHS 1974

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks posted this on Facebook about her friend and classmate, Mark Allen Nare, BHS 1974.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our friend Mark Nare this past weekend (February 4, 2018. Mark spent 37 years with the Los Angeles County fire department and retired with the rank of Captain, just a few years ago.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, February 11 at 10 a.m. at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park. Mark is survivied by his wife and children.
Mark Allen Nare

Camarillo , CA

Born to Philip and Caroline Nare in 1956, Mark grew up in Burbank playing basketball, and running cross-country and track. Mark graduated from Burbank High School and joined Fire Suppression Aid (FSA) at age 18 and after working in the camps, Mark was hired onto Los Angeles County Fire Department where he worked for 37 years. Above
all, Mark loved his firefighting career and retired from Station 125 as a Captain in 2011.

Mark met Sarah in 1977 on a blind date at Knotts Berry Farm and they spent the next 41 years together. Mark was fiercely devoted to Sarah and was a loving, patient, and affectionate father to his daughter, Jessica and son, Trevor. 

A natural athlete, Mark was an accomplished marathon runner and golfer. He had a great love for the outdoors, animals, and the underdog in any fight. Mark will be remembered for his contagious laugh, corny jokes, deep compassion, and his unwavering commitment to his family. 

A celebration of Mark's life will take place at Conejo Mountain Funeral Home on Sunday, February 11 at 10:00am. Donations in Mark's name can be made to the Grossman Burn Center or Camarillo 
Published in Ventura County Star from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Marjorie Proctor Colvin, BHS 1942

Marjorie Colvin
7/8/1923 – 11/05/2017

Marjorie was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1923. She moved to California with her family at a young age.  "Mickey", as she was called, attended Kindergarten through 12th grade in Burbank schools. She attended several Burbank elementary schools, Junior High at John Burroughs and Burbank High School.  She remembered two teachers that stood out in her years at Burbank High. One was Esther Winestock. In her class they put on a play, “The Jack Benny Radio Show” and Marjorie played the part of Mary Livingston. Then there was Mrs. Briggs, her gym teacher in Junior High and High School. Mrs. Briggs made her feel special by inviting her to a Mother-Daughter Banquet.

Marjorie met her husband George, at a dance in the Glendale Civic Auditorium. It was the big band era, and they loved to dance. They were proud parents of six children:  Gloria, George, Nancy, David, Cyndi and Chuck.  They also had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Marjorie was
employed during the war years at Lockheed Aircraft from 11/27/42 to 2/22/44 as a Department Clerk. She left Lockheed to have her first child, Gloria Jean, born in August of that year.

Marjorie has been a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Campfire Leader and active in the YMCA. There was always a lot of activity and young people at their home.
After their first child married, she went back to school at Glendale College for three years and then went to Valley College. She enjoyed classes in voice and speech. Her interests are in history, collector items and genealogy.

Marjorie had many accomplishments. In 1965 she was PTA president at Burbank High School, Emblem Club President in 1980 -81, and twice president of the Burbank Historical Society. She was honored by then Mayor Mary Kelsey. She was one of the founding Board Members of the Burbank Historical Society. She was Chairwoman of the Opening Day Ceremonies for the Gordon R. Howard Museum in Burbank. She also gave historical tours at the museum.  She was a charter member of SERVE, in the Civic Pride Committee and was a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society.  She was also a member of the Fine Arts Federation, Friends of the Library and of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.

After her family was grown Marjorie went back to work at the Security Pacific Charge
Card Center. She continued to be active in retirement. In December of 2010, she sold her home of 65 years, and moved to Laguna Woods to be close to her daughters.   Marjorie was pre-deceased by her husband, George and youngest son, Chuck.  She was 91.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Darlene Kay Paul Suhrbier, BHS 1989

From Amy Monroe, BHS 1989 posted this on Facebook today:

Sadly, BHS Class of 1989 has lost another classmate this year. Darlene Kay Suhrbier (aka Darlene Paul) passed yesterday Feburary 1, 2018 after heart surgery complications that she'd been battling since November. She leaves behind her husband Steve, her three kids Kirstin, Erika, and Brad, and a cute little grandson, Trace.

I met Darlene when we were at John Muir together. I thought she was so cool with her awesome red hair, not to mention she had Cabbage Patch kids and I didn't. My brothers and I even started taking ceramics classes with Darlene's grandmother on Saturday mornings. In high school, Darlene and I were on Drill Team together. And if blue polyester uniforms with white knee-high go-go boots and blue eye shadow doesn't bond friends, tell me, what does?

When I moved back to L.A. after a 17-year long absence to the east coast, Darlene was one of the first people I reconnected with. And she introduced me to Lemon Drops! She made me feel at home again even though so much time had passed.

Always an outgoing, caring soul, loved by many, Darlene will be missed greatly.

Frank Des Enfants, Former BHS Baseball Coach

Published in the Burbank Leader, March 28-29, 1998
Jim Roggio, The Leader

Players, friends mourn coach
Former Burbank High baseball coach Frank Des Enfants dead at 52

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Former players and friends were among the mourners Thursday at the First Christian Church in North Hollywood to pay their final respects to former Burbank High baseball coach Frank Des Enfants. 

Des Enfants, who coached at Burbank High during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, died Monday at his home in Burbank of an apparent heart attack. The 52-year-old Des Enfants was well known and respected in the baseball community throughout the San Fernando Valley."He was a good person who really cared about kids," said Atlanta Braves scout Bill Marcot. "He will be missed."

Marcot said there was one incident with Des Enfants that sticks in his mind about how much the coach cared about his players. Last season, Bulldog standout shortstop Freddy Sanchez was having trouble attracting Major League Baseball scouts, despite a fine season. Marcot said Des Enfants relentlessly hounded him to take a closer look at Sanchez. The Braves ended up drafting Sanchez.

"He kept calling me on the phone," Marcot said. "If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have drafted Freddy." Marcot said it was apparent Des Enfants had a love for his player. Sanchez, who was among 100 who attended the service, said Des Enfants was a coach he looked up to. He also said he enjoyed the positive attitude Des Enfants brought to Burbank High. "He never got mad. If you made a mistake, it wasn't the end of the world. He just told you to correct it the next time," he said. 

Dan Jaramillo, who played catcher for Burbank last year, said Des Enfants always made sure his players had a chance to be successful after high school. "In our senior year, he made sure that we at least talked to someone at the next level," Jaramillo said.

Leonard Silva, who graduated from Burbank in 1997, said Des Enfants didn't stop caring for his players. "After I graduated, he called me and asked me how I was doing in school," Silva said. "He always wanted everyone to succeed in whatever they did."

Des Enfants is survived by his wife, Sandra, two sons, Jean-Paul and Justin, a daughter, Jaime, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Ralph David Fanderlik, BHS 1954

Burbank Leader, June 03, 2000

Ralph David Fanderlik, 63, died May 30, 2000, in Burbank. Mr. Fanderlik was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was a Burbank resident for 46 years. He worked as a mechanical engineer for 20 years. An avid outdoorsman and gardener, Mr. Fanderlik was a Scout master for eight years and a member of the National Rifle Assn. for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Etta; sons, David and Daniel; daughter, Sheri A. Kennedy; sister, Barbara Adams; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at Valley Funeral Home in Burbank.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Arnold W. Siegel, BHS 1950

Arnold W. Siegel, BHS 1950
March 23, 1932 – June 23, 2017

Arnold (Arne) W. Siegel, a resident of Montana and West Yellowstone, and formerly of Encino, CA, has always followed, in both his personal and professional life, the motto “Give a little, take a little, and we’ll all have some.”

Mr. Siegel had received the Montana Ambassador’s Plenipotentiary Award for his work in STEM Education throughout the State. He had served on the Montana Community Foundation Board and he and his wife Stephanie are the Founders of the West Yellowstone Foundation. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Foundation provides scholarships for local students who graduate and go onto additional education for one, two, four, or five year programs. In addition, the organization grants funding to other non-profits in the West Yellowstone/Hebgen Basin area. For several days a week, a Foundation bus provides round-trip transportation for seniors and others who have medical appointments and other needs in Bozeman. He was also on other boards in West Yellowstone, including the Library Board, Medical Board and the Founder and a Board member of the Yellowstone Historic Center (Transportation Museum), a member of the West Yellowstone Chamber Board and also the Co-Chair of the Little Ranger Learning Center Board.

Arne was a pioneer in the field of automotive safety innovation. His research has led to numerous safety technologies that are now standard, consumer-demand features in production vehicles. He helped to lead research initiatives on barrier, side-impact, rollover, head-on, motorcycle, and pedestrian crashes. He built the first infant and child crash dummies and designed the first rear-facing infant safety and child booster seats.

As a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Arne had served on its International Board of Directors and also on its Foundation Board. He was a Fellow in that organization, a recipient of and had initiated several awards there --- the Abelson Leadership Award, the Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award, and the Medal of Honor recipient. The A.W.  Siegel International Transportation Safety Award gives an honorarium and gold medal annually at the Honor’s Convocation.

Arne Siegel loved life, his family, and the community of West Yellowstone and Montana. He spent time fly fishing, enjoying a cup of coffee with friend, and gardening during the summers. Arne passed away on June 23, 2017.

Arne was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jonathan. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, his children, Carrie, Ethan and Oren and his grandchildren, Joshua, Jennifer, Justin, Abigail, Samuel, Julia, Alexa, and JJ.

Published in the Burbank Leader, June 2017

Robert Edward Gilbert, Sr., BHS 1946

Burbank Leader, Weekend, May 20-21, 2006

Robert Edward Gilbert, Sr.
June 12, 1928 - May 6, 2006

Robert "Bob" Gilbert was born in Glendale, California in 1928. He lived in Burbank for 24 years and in Glendale for nearly 55 years with his wife, Patricia.

Bob grew up in Burbank, attended Burbank schools including Muir Junior High School and graduated from Burbank High School. He also attended Glendale College and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business.

Bob was an entrepreneur and the long-time owner and operator of Gilbert Cleaners in Burbank, a family business that had been started by his father. He retired from the dry cleaning business in 1986 to enjoy life with his wife and family.

Bob was an avid sports fan and was especially fond of USC Trojan football. He also enjoyed golf and loved to travel, Bob was well known and loved by many long-time customers and friends and remembered for being a generous man with an outstanding sense of humor,

Bob will be dearly missed by his friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; his four children, Bart Gilbert, Robert Gilbert, Jr., Claudia DiMonte and Catherine Dennett; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life memorial is planned for June 10, 2006 in Glendale.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Thomas Allan White, BHS 1960

Thomas Allan White 
May 13, 1942 - November 3, 2017 

Thomas A. (Tom) White, quintessential gentleman, real estate developer, and longtime Balboa Island, CA, resident, passed away November 3, 2017 in Newport Beach, CA. He was born in Burbank, CA, where he went to Burbank High School. He attended California State University, Northridge, majoring in Finance and Accounting. He later received his Executive MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

During his time in Chicago, Tom worked as Senior Vice President for Homart Development and later for Arthur Hill and Company, a major mixed use developer. He was also a Principal at T.A. White and Associates. A Captain in the U.S. Army, Tom received the Army Commendation Medal. While in college, Tom traveled the world on one of the very first Semester at Sea journeys. Tom was past president of Hoag Hospital's '552' Club. 

He was highly involved in the Newport Center United Methodist Church in Corona del Mar, CA, the same church his grandfather-in-law, Dr. Harry W. White, had been a minister of when it was located on Balboa Island. In addition to acting as finance chairman, he also was an active member of the church choir. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boating and travel. He skied, played tennis, loved to challenge anyone to a game, and was the number one fan of his grandchildren's sports and activities. He was a pensive observer with an omnipotent presence. 

Tom's greatest joy was his extended family, children, and grandchildren. 

He is survived by brothers Bill (Karen) and Steve (Miha), sisters Joan Basore and Ginny Leck (Jake), as well as many nephews and nieces. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Kathy, his sons Kevin and Brian (Nadia), his daughter Amy Stefano (Robert), and his grandchildren Opal, AJ, Violet, Owyn, Maggie and Bode. A Celebration of Life will take place on 12/2 at 1:00 at Newport Center United Methodist Church.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017