Tuesday, July 22, 2014

William "Bill" Henry Stollmeyer, BHS 1946

William "Bill" Henry Stollmeyer, BHS 1946 Sept. 29, 1928 — March 16, 2014 Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) - Monday, April 7, 2014 William "Bill" Henry Stollmeyer, 85, passed away at home peacefully of natural causes on March 16, 2014, in Apple Valley, Calif. Bill was born to Henry "Hank" and Doris E. Melvin Stollmeyer on Sept. 29, 1928, in Burbank, Calif. He was the brother to two younger sisters, Betty Jane and Lauretta Lee. As a teenager, he enjoyed taking classes in architecture, riding horses, taking violin lessons and working on his car. When not in school, he worked at a grocery store, which may have inspired his entrepreneurial spirit. In 1946, Bill graduated from Burbank High and joined the U.S. Navy. He served four years during the Korean War. After being stationed in San Diego, he was transferred to Pensacola, Fla. Before transferring, former high school friends Jim and Eleanor introduced him to Betty Alice St. Clair. Soon after, Bill and Betty were married on Nov. 6, 1949, in Pensacola. Two years later they welcomed their first daughter, Christine. For three years, Bill was stationed at Pensacola at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Saufley Field. He was an Aviation Machinist's Mate and in charge of having the planes ready each morning for takeoff. He was assigned to the USS Valley Forge. He was honorably discharged in July 1952. Happily, Bill, Betty and Christine returned to their native state of California and settled in Granada Hills, where their second daughter, Pamela, was born. Here, Bill enjoyed working for his uncle Neil at his lighting fixture business in Van Nuys, Calif. Eventually, the family moved to Pleasant Valley, where Bill and Betty established a grocery store, Bill's Ranch Market, which they ran for eight years working seven days a week. He was also interested in building homes and built seven houses around the Pleasant Valley/Placerville area. When building, he was known to hand select each board for his projects. When friends or family members needed house plans, ideas for remodeling, or help with the building of their home or vacation home, he was always happy to share his ideas, expertise or elbow grease. Bill and Betty resided in the Placerville area until 1970, when they sold the grocery store and moved to Oak Harbor, Wash., where they reconnected with a former Navy buddy/family (Ed and Jeanne), but returned to California the following year. In the mid '90s, they again moved from California to Apache Junction, Ariz. In Arizona, they enjoyed forming numerous new friendships while maintaining the old. Through the years they enjoyed traveling to California and Utah visiting their daughters, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, trips to Hawaii and a memorable Panama Canal cruise with long time friends Eva and Campbell. Bill was a member of the Apple Valley American Legion and the American Legion in Placerville. His achievements were many but perhaps his biggest disappointment was when Betty, his wife of nearly 50 years, suddenly passed away from an aneurism in 1999. Five years later, Bill remarried Roberta Eaton, a California native, on July 10, 2003, in Laughlin, Nev. Subsequently, the couple returned to California and settled in Apple Valley, where Bill passed away.
Bill is survived by his wife, Roberta; his daughters, Christine (Ed) Stetler and Pamela Denicke; stepchildren, Eugene (Pam) Eaton and Ginny (Dan) Campa; three grandchildren, Heather Stetler, Christa Denicke Lindhardt and Brandon Denicke; three California great-grandchildren, Joe, Josie and Talon; four Utah great-grandchildren, Ethan, Avery, Kimberlee and Krew; sisters, Betty Jane (Jim) St. Clair and Lauretta (Perry) DeWeese; nephews, Brad and Carey St. Clair and Scott DeWeese; niece, Jerilyn DeWeese; a favorite Uncle, Dick (Leora) Melvin; and many beloved cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Alice; his parents; eldest grandchild, Shannon Stetler; great-granddaughter, Hope Stetler; and a brother-in-law, Perry DeWeese, who Bill loved like a brother. Ever proud of being a U.S. Navy veteran and honoring Bill's wishes, a memorial is scheduled on Monday, April 7, at Riverside National Cemetery, at 12:45 p.m. The Apple Valley American Legion will officiate. Arrangements are being handled by High Desert Funeral Chapel. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery. Bill will be remembered for many reasons, but primarily for possessing a strong work ethic.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pamela Beans, MM, BHS 1971

Sister Pamela Beans, MM, BHS 1971 March 26, 1953 - July 22, 1981 On July 22, 1981, at 11:00 a.m., on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, Sister Pamela Beans was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. She was knocked unconscious and died shortly after. Pam was 28 years old and had been in Maryknoll for less than four years. Pamela Beans was born on March 26, 1953 in Los Angeles, California to Irene Katherine (Nosco) and Roger Beans. She had a younger sister, Cathy. Pamela attended grammar school at St. Francis Xavier and continued her education at Burbank High School, graduating in 1971. She received a B.A. from California State University, Northridge in 1975 and continued another year to gain a teaching credential. She then began teaching within L.A. Schools as a language teacher and later that year began teaching at St. Francis Xavier in Burbank, California. She first became interested in Maryknoll through a magazine subscription to "The Field Afar." She communicated with the Maryknoll Sister's for several years before entering on September 2, 1977.
Pamela began her mission work in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. While there she contributed to the youth work of the Maryknoll Sisters. She had many skills as a teacher, musician, and artist. However, her own words tell us what was central in her life: "I believe that it is not the job that really matters. I really feel that my only commitment is to God and the person of Jesus and my relationships with the people I've been sent to love. It is my person that I give, rather than my skills, which are secondary." Pamela's next assignment brought her to Chile in January of 1980. Whether it was doing Mission Education work, studying the language in Cochabamba, or visiting the different houses in Chile, she endeared herself to the people. Today, we celebrate Sister Pamela's birth and entry into Life in all its fullness and mystery; and we remember with gratitude how we have been touched and graced through the sharing of her life in Maryknoll and in mission.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Muriel Medd Berry, BHS 1946

Muriel Medd Berry, BHS 1946 December 26, 1927 - February 7, 2012 Muriel Berry, 84, formally of East Stroudsburg, passed away Tuesday evening, February 7, 2012 at the Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA. Muriel was born on December 26, 1927, a daughter to the late Howard and Cora (Driver) Medd and graduated from Burbank High School, Burbank, Calf. She was preceding death in addition to her parents by her husband Albert K. Berry who passed away on September 14, 1996 and several brothers and sisters. Surviving is a daughter: Pamela Hosler and her husband Gregory of Carlisle, PA.; 3 grandchildren Sarah Hanner and her husband John of Newville, PA.; David Hamilton and Kristen Hamilton both of Carlisle, PA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, with Pastor Kofi Ashley officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Cemetery, Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, PA18301. www.lantermanallenfh.com

Monday, July 7, 2014

Charles Edward Griffin, BHS 1979

Charles Edward Griffin, February 16, 1961 - June 13, 2014 Burbank Leader, June 26, 2014 Charles (Chuck) Edward Griffin, 53, passed on 06/13/14 in Sylmar, CA. He was born 02/16/1961 in Fort Campbell, KY. He leaves behind, daughter Jaclyn Griffin, step son Jason Scott, parents Robert and Alyce Griffin, brother Gary Griffin, god-son Gary Arellano. Some places Chuck lived were Oregon, Castaic and Burbank. Chuck worked for Crown Disposal and NBC Studios. Chuck enjoyed working on old cars, motorcycles and trucks. Chuck was a wonderful father to his daughter, Jaclyn, who will miss him greatly. A good friend to so many – he will be greatly missed. Celebration of Life will be 07/12/14 1:00 pm. American Legion, Sun Valley, CA.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

REV. George W. Southwick, D.D., BHS 1936

REV. GEORGE W. SOUTHWICK, D.D. 1918-2006 Longtime Santa Maria resident Rev. George W. Southwick, D.D., 87, passed into glory at his home on January 21, 2006. Rev. Southwick was born December 1, 1918, in Lakeland, Florida. When he was a young boy he and his family moved to Burbank, California. He was always interested in sports and was a star football player on the Burbank High School football team, graduating in 1936. George attended Life Bible College, Los Angeles, after high school and received his divinity ordination in the Foursquare denomination. He further went on to three more ordinations in the Assemblies of God, Apostolic Holiness and Whosoever Will denominations. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in the late 90's in Jacksonville, Florida. He has lived a life of service in the ministry pasturing several churches and preaching at many, many locations all over the country and also spending time on evangelistic tours, which he truly enjoyed. He and his wife, Leona, began The Bible Educator Ministry, Inc. in 1975, and maintained a tape ministry until his death. He has friends all over the world, having received phone calls to talk about theology daily. He loved reading, learning, researching, sharing and collecting religious material. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Leona R. Southwick, in 1996. He is survived by his children, Carol J. DeKorte and her husband James of Central Point, Oregon; Philip R. Southwick and his wife Linda of Santa Maria; Wanda J. Stouffer and her husband Steven of Mill Creek, Washington and Paul J. Southwick of Penngrove, California. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be tremendously missed by his family and all who loved and knew him. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM, January 27 at the Santa Maria Foursquare Church, 709 N. Curryer Street, Santa Maria, California. Contributions may be made in his name to any Christian organization of your choice. Read More Here

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Douglas Michael Hunter, BHS 1976

Douglas Michael Hunter, BHS 1976 February 25, 1958 - April 17, 2014 Doug Hunter of Burbank passed away April 17, 2014. Born in Toronto Canada, Douglas grew up in Burbank, and after raising a family in Hemet, moved back to Burbank for the past 18 yrs. He worked for the Alexander Henry Co. as a machine operator for 17 yrs. Douglas is survived by his children Michael (Jaime), Crystal & Emily; Three Grandchildren, his mom Joann Hunter, five sisters Theresa Cotton, Linda Balding, Sharon Crane, Donna Ryan, & Paula Germann. He is preceded in death by his dad Doug Hunter, & sisters Maureen Larson, & Carolyn Uzzardo. Doug was an uncle to 39 nieces & nephews. He had a pure heart, a great sense of humor, was loving, generous, & a kind son, brother, father, uncle & friend to many.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jerry Robinson, BHS 1961

Jerry Robinson, BHS 1961 He passed away June 20, 2014 peacefully, after a major heart attack, which damaged his heart beyond repair...He had also had only one lung since the age of 6...He was a Christian and a family man...Loved working with cars and racing with cars. His wish was to have Linda drive his '55 Chevy and his son Todd, drive his '29 Model A roadster around the "Shady Side Dragway, North Carolina" at his memorial... He is survived by his Mother, Wife, Linda (of 32 years and BHS '64 grad), Sons Todd and Branden and Daughter Lee. God Bless the entire family...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Charles Herbert Vincent, BHS 1946

Charles Herbert Vincent February 2, 1928 - June 6, 2014 Charles Herbert Vincent, 86, of Burbank California passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, June 6, 2014. Herb was born in Hamilton Montana to Frank Seymour Vincent and Flossie Jewel (Pyle) Vincent. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1946 and married Velma Louise Boren on April 9, 1949 who he met on a blind date in 1947. During the Korean War he served in the Untied States Air Force with the 562nd United States Air Force Band at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia and George Air Force Base in Victorville, California. He played the tuba in the marching band and string bass in the dance band and was eventually promoted to Staff Sergeant. Herb was a member of Emmanuel Church for 60 years and a member of the Burbank Kiwanis Club for 44 years. He owned Vincent Realty and was a member of the planning commission for the City of Burbank in the 1980’s. Herb was a docent and board member of the Burbank Historical Society and for many years the editor of the Senior Bulldog Newsletter.
Herb is survived by his wife of 65 years, Velma Vincent; children Karen Bertholet and her husband, Reverend Dr. Rodney Bertholet of Clackamas, OR, Bob Vincent and Louanne Peterson, of Valencia, CA, Glenda Vincent of Burbank, CA, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Marge and brothers Frank, Donald and Darryl. In November 1993, Herb received a heart transplant and lived an additional 20 years with his new heart. He was well respected and loved by all who knew him. It was only fitting that Herb, a man with a great heart, was given a second chance at life by receiving a heart transplant. Services will be held at Emmanuel Church, 438 East Harvard Road, Burbank, California, on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Herb Vincent can be made to Emmanuel Church or the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club c/o Dave Harris, Kiwanis Club Secretary, 2106 Hilton Drive, Burbank, California 91504

Monday, June 9, 2014

Manuel Lopez Ballesteros, Jr., BHS 1967

Manuel Lopez Ballesteros Jr. U.S. Veteran January 18, 1949 - May 2, 2014 In Loving Memory — Manuel L. Ballesteros Jr. Loving son, brother, father and friend, Manuel Lopez Ballesteros passed on to the hereafter on May 2, 2014 at his home in Payson, Ariz. as a result of a failed heart and other related complications, he was 65 years old. Born in Miami, Ariz. on Jan. 18, 1949 to Alice Soto Ballesteros and Manuel Lopez Ballesteros Sr. Manuel is survived by his mother, Alice S. Ballesteros; sisters, Sarah Guerrero, Theresa Benson and Genevieve Duarte; brother, Henry De Luna; children, Rose Marie Linquist, Richard Ballesteros, Tyrone Ballesteros, Antoinette Ramirez, Esperanza Ballesteros and Gabrielle Ballesteros. Also surviving him are his 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his many nieces and nephews, and his three dogs, Sheba, Yager and Bella. Manuel attended Burbank High School, shortly after he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War with the 1st cavalry infantry division. During his tour of service, Manuel received a Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. Manuel was very proud of this country and his service to defend its freedom. Manuel leaves behind many family and friends who will miss him dearly. In celebration of Manuel’s life, a memorial gathering will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014 beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Philips Catholic Church in Payson, Ariz. Published in the Payson Roundup, Payson, AZ.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Michael Lawrence Carranza, BHS 1974

Michael Lawrence Carranza, BHS 1974 Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA) - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 Michael L. Carranza, 44, of Laguna Woods, a pre-need counselor at Pacific View Memorial Park, died Feb. 24, 2001, of cancer. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach. Mother, Marie Spirer; sister, Carol Burchman; brother, Mario.