Friday, December 31, 2010

Allen H. Larson, BHS 1954

Allen H. Larson, BHS 1954

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ALLEN H. LARSON 1936-2008 Allen "Red" Larson was born on April 26, 1936 in Los Angeles, California. He passed away on March 8, 2008. He was a life-long resident of Burbank. Red attended Burbank High School and worked at Technicolor as an Expeditor for 46 years. Red was very active in Burbank softball, and was a AAA fast-pitch pitcher for a number of teams over the years, most notably Karl's Shoes. Thousands of area residents would attend the games, cheering on the team and Red to numerous no-hitters. Red later took up golf and was a member of several golf clubs, including the Chic-A-Shay Golf Cl ub. He was also a member of the Burbank Elk's Club.

Red is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gail, his daughter Sandy Diamond of Herndon, VA, daughter Cindy Hernandez of Burbank, son Rich Larson of Los Angeles, daughter Chris Morrow of Seattle, WA, granddaughter Kelly Bush of Burbank and sister Carolyn Manskar of San Diego. He is also survived by many extended family members and wonderful friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hill s, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA, in the North Chapel. Friends are invited to join the family at the Burbank Elk's Lodge, 2232 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to GREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue Education And Training), PO Box 3169, Falls Church, VA 22043 or www.grreat.org/ donate/index.html a non-profit organization run by Red's daughter Sandy.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Richard R. “Dick’ Reinke, BHS 1953

Richard R. “Dick’ Reinke, BHS 1953


Richard R. “Dick’ Reinke, age 75, went to our Lord in Heaven at 11:21 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev. Dick was born June 17, 1935, in Glendale, Calif. to Jack and Mary Reinke. He graduated from Burbank High in Calif. in 1953, and joined the Navy in 1956. In 1958, he married Barbara.

Dick retired in 1987 from his air conditioning business in North Hollywood, Calif., and he and Barb moved to Bullhead City where he became a General Contractor.

“Dick, you put up such a brave fight to live,but now you are safe in God’s arms. We love you so much, and we miss you terribly.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack, mom, Mary, and brother, Don.

Dick leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Barb; two sons, Mark (Deb) and Kurt of Bullhead City; daughter, Mindy (Tim) of Henderson, Nev.; sister, Rosemary; two brothers, Glen and Jon, and sister Marla; granddaughter, Kelli; grandson, Scott (Candace); grandson, T.J.; great-grandson, Bryce; two nephews, Tony and Chris; and other nieces and nephews.

A family viewing and service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at Desert Lawn Funeral Home, 9250 S. Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley. A gravesite service will immediately follow at Desert Lawn Cemetery.

Visit our Obituary Guest Book at www.mohavedailynews.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Raymond I. Gibson, BHS 1960

Raymond I. Gibson, BHS 1960


Herald and News (Klamath Falls, OR) - Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Raymond I. Gibson, 68, passed away on Nov. 24, 2010, in Klamath Falls, Ore., from mesothelioma (asbestos cancer). At Raymond's request , there will be no formal funeral services. A memorial service w i l l take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Keno Fire Department Recreation Hall.


Raymond was born on Oct. 8, 1942, in Glendale, Calif., to Raymond and Ova (Hodges) Gibson. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1960 and became a journeyman plumber in 1966. In 1971, he married Donna Jean Wragg at Knott's Berry Farm Chapel of the Reflections in Buena Park, Calif. Two children were born to this union, Gregory Gibson and Cheri (Gibson) Englestadter.


In 1976 , the family moved from Newport Beach, Calif., to Keno, Ore., and opened a restaurant, The Deli, in Klamath Falls with their close family friends Mary and Gary Williams. In 1979, the family moved to Bonanza, Ore., and resided there until 1997 when they moved back to Keno, where he resided until his death.


Raymond returned to plumbing work in 1979, working for a number of plumbing companies (Baldwin Plumbing, Stites Plumbing, B & D Plumbing). In 1983, he went to work as the plumber at Oregon Institute of Technology and retired from there in 1997.


Raymond enjoyed traveling around the state of Oregon and the Oregon Coast in their motor home, bowling with the RV Club on Wednesdays, and snowmobiling, but electronics and computers were his love. He was a member of the Klamath Basin Snowdrifters and the Pelican RV Club. An Amateur Radio operator since 1972, h i s c a l l si g n s were W B6BW F (California) and W B70K X (Oregon).


Survivors include his wife, Donna; his son, Gregory Gibson and his daughter, Cheri Gibson-Englestadter, both of Klamath Falls; grandchildren, Joshua, Carly, Whitney and Cai Gibson and Blake and Priscilla Englestadter; two brothers, Donald Gibson of Manassas, Va., and Francis (Shirley) Gibson of San Diego, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Lynda (Jeff) Arimond of Fountain Valley, Calif., Debbie (Rick) Armijo of Yorba Linda, Calif., Kathy Bolkovatz of Orange, Calif., and Laurie (Eddie) Wragg of Corona, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; uncle, Gene (Joy) Boyer; "Favorite Cousin" Ron (Sherry and Eva) Jackson; and "Adopted Big Brother," Clyde (Jean) Freed.


He will be missed by all of his family and many friends. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Gregory Eugene Gibson, sister-i n-law, Viola Gibson, and mother-in-law, and father-inlaw Frances and Donald Wragg. The family would like to give a "special thank you" to Dr. Jon McKellar and Klamath Hospice for their loving care of Raymond during his illness.


In lieu of flowers, the family is asking you to give to your favorite charity or the Klamath Hospice. Disposition will be by Pyramid Cremations. Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, directors, now located at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, Ore., 541-883-3458, is in charge of the arrangements.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lance Gregory Clenard, BHS 1968

Lance Gregory Clenard, BHS 1968

September 05, 2008, Chicago Tribune

Lance G. Clenard, 58, of Barrington.

Beloved husband of Cindy, nee Weber, Clenard; loving father of Jeff (Julie) McElroy, Bryan McElroy and Anna (Jon) Grice; cherished grandfather of Lucas; dear son of the late Vincent and late Barbara, nee Ferris, Clenard; fond brother of Jeff (Colleen) Clenard, Chris (Karyn) Clenard and Carol (Randy) Johnson; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 12 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, 766 Graceland, Des Plaines.

An ice cream social to follow at 2 p.m. Casual attire please.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Hero's Fund, 415 Garnsey Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93309 or Salute, Inc., P.O. Box 236 Prospect Heights, IL 60070.

Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or847-253-0168
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Lance G. Clenard, of Barrington

Lance G. Clenard was born March 6, 1950 to Vincent and Barbara (nee Ferris) Clenard, in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Clenard was a member of the Allegro Choir of Palatine, the Harper Festival Chorus, the Bartlett Community Theatre Productions, a board member of the St. Marcelline Productions and a member of Presbyteria of Chicago.

Lance is survived by his wife Cindy (nee Weber) Clenard; his children Jeff (Julie) McElroy, Bryan McElroy and Anna (Jon) Grice; his grandson Lucas; his siblings Jeff (Colleen) Clenard, Chris (Karyn) Clenard, Carol (Randy) Johnson and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday September 6 from 12:00 PM until the time of memorial service at 1:00 PM at First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, 766 Graceland, Des Plaines. An ice cream social to follow at 2 PM. Casual attire please.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to: Wounded Hero’s Fund 415 Garnsey Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309 or Salute, Inc . P.O. Box 236 Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Monday, December 27, 2010

George Carl Gebby, BHS 1959

George Carl Gebby, BHS 1959

Los Angeles Times, July 1974

George C. Gebby, age 32, beloved son of Francis and Betty Gebby, brother of Donna Simms and Carol Gebby. Founder and director of Carlwood Home for Boys in Crossville, Tennessee.

Note: Died in July 1974 in TN and buried in the Crossville City Cemetery, Crossville, Cumberland County, TN.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Patrick Michael Timothy Sheehan, BHS 1971

Patrick Michael Timothy Sheehan, BHS 1971

Patrick Michael Timothy Sheehan, 24, died Friday, January 7, 1977 in North Hollywood.

Born in California, he was a Burbank resident for 24 years.

He is survived by his wife Shelley, two brothers, Dean Sheehan of Burbank, and Jeff Sheehan of Burbank; one sister, Gina Sheehan of Huntington Beach; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sheehan of Burbank.

Mass will be celebrated 9a.m., Thursday, January 13, 1977 at St. Robert Bellermine Church, Burbank. Interment will follow at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The Valley Funeral Home, Fred Kubisak & Sons, directors.
Published in the Burbank Review, Wednesday, January 12, 1977

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Beatrice Mary Hughes Clark, BHS 1927?

Beatrice Mary Hughes Clark, BHS 1927?

Beatrice Mary Clark; Longtime Burbank Resident

October 3, 1990, Los Angeles Times

Beatrice Mary Clark, a resident of Burbank for more than 60 years, has died at age 81.

Mrs. Clark died Monday of heart failure, said her daughter-in-law, Pauline Clark.

Born Beatrice Mary Hughes in Ohio, she moved to Burbank in 1922, graduated from Burbank High School and raised a family there. Recently she lived in a convalescent home in Toluca Lake.

She is survived by her son, Robert Clark of Burbank; a granddaughter; four step-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and eight step-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Jack Clark, died in 1976.

A funeral is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Chapel, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park in San Fernando.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Robert Benjamin Zion, BHS 1964

Robert Benjamin Zion, BHS 1964

Robert B. Zion, 55, died July 15, 2002, in Burbank.

He was born in Glendale and lived in Burbank for 51 years. He worked as a security guard. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Navy on board the U.S. aircraft carrier Tawasa ATF-92.

Mr. Zion is survived by his wife, Sandra; two sons, Robert and David; mother, Maryon; and sister, Julie Ann Coogan.

Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services are private.


Published in the Burbank Leader, July 24, 2002

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dennis Michael MacCaskey, BHS 1961?

Dennis Michael MacCaskey, BHS 1961?

Dennis Michael MacCaskey - Died on October 12th 2006 at age of 63.

Married for 27 years to Susan and has four children.

Dennis passed away on October 12, 2006 at the age of 63. He was a long time proprietor of MacCaskey's Arco Station in Burbank and Glendale, and a resident of Arcadia for over twenty years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Susan; and his children, Andrew, Breezy, Chance and Shane. His greatest joy in life was his family, and they will carry his memory in their hearts forever.

There will be a gathering in memory of Dennis at the MacCaskey home on Saturday, November 4, 2006.

Published in the Los Angeles Daily News on 11/1/2006.

Note: Dennis went to High School in Glendale and Burbank High School. The MacCaskey Arco service station was known as MacCaskey's Richfield Service (Station Number 009) from 1933 through 1969. According to Dennis' Father Graydon "Mac" MacCaskey, he and his Brother (Dennis' Uncle), Michael Nathaniel MacCaskey, purchased this station from the original owner in 1933. Again, according to "Mac", he began working for the original owner in 1925.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joan Dixon Jones, BHS 1947

Joan Dixon Jones, BHS 1947

North County Times, San Diego, 11/1/2005

Joni Dixon Jones, 76

ESCONDIDO - Joni Jones, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, of pancreatic cancer.
Born Dec. 9, 1928, in Los Angeles, she lived in Escondido for 45 years. She graduated from Burbank High School and was a member of the Church of God in Oceanside. She was a tennis and sports lover and an avid reader.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband of 57 years, Daniel Jones of Escondido; son and partner Daniel P. Jones and Ty Taylor of Santa Rosa; and brother Richard Dixon of Thailand.A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m., today, Nov. 1, at the Church of God in Oceanside.
The family suggests donations to the San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Donna Hall Fishburn, BHS 1946

Donna Hall Fishburn, BHS 1946

Donna Hall Fishburn, a veteran Hollywood stunt double and horsewoman who worked in hundreds of westerns in a 40-year career in which she doubled for Barbara Stanwyck in "The Maverick Queen," Debbie Reynolds in "How the West Was Won" and Doris Day in "Calamity Jane," has died. She was 74.

Fishburn, whose professional name was Donna Hall, died of lung disease Aug 7, 2002 at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank. Born in Los Angeles, Fishburn was the daughter of stuntman Frank "Shorty" Hall, a former jockey, who put her on a horse almost as soon as she could walk. At 3, she was thrown from a horse for the first time."Dad put me back on the saddle again and I've never been afraid of a horse," Fishburn said when she was an 18-year-old Burbank High School graduate and already wrangling movie horses.

Fishburn made her movie debut at 10 when a little girl was needed to come out of the starting gate in a racehorse picture. After she began her stunt career in the late '40s, she jumped off trains, fell off horses and transferred from horses to moving stagecoaches. She even jumped to a stagecoach while standing on two horses. Fishburn once said she was too scared to become an actress. But doing anything on horseback never frightened her, although movie work sometimes took a toll. In "Cat Ballou," she jumped off a train and hit a rock. And while she was working as a stuntwoman for Stanwyck on location for "Maverick Queen," a horse fell on her."Then," as she once recalled, "I got food poisoning from the catering truck, and the next day they accidentally dropped me on my head. But they paid me well--and I got to see a lot of Colorado."

Fishburn, who did trick-riding in rodeos on the weekends and once appeared at Madison Square Garden, was among only a dozen or so women doing western stunt work in those days. Among her other feature film credits are "Annie Get Your Gun," "Big Country" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang."

Fishburn also worked in numerous TV westerns, including "Kit Carson," "The Lone Ranger," "The Cisco Kid," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Have Gun Will Travel."She appeared frequently on TV's "Annie Oakley," doubling for star Gail Davis, said her husband and only survivor, retired movie wrangler Jay Fishburn, who said his wife did what she loved to do. "We couldn't wait for the sun to come up and hated to see it go down," Fishburn recalled of her movie days in 2000, the year she received a Golden Boot Award.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Josephine N. O'Malley Huismann, BHS 1952

Josephine N. O'Malley Huismann, BHS 1952

Josephine N. “Jo” Huismann, age 64, a resident of Little Falls, MN, passed away October 30, 1998, at her home.

Memorial services were held November 3 at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Rev. David Steffenson officiating.

Josephine N. Huismann was born June 24, 1934, in St. Paul, MN, to Patrick and Ethel (Brooks) O’Malley. She grew up in Mahtomedi and Duluth, MN. In 1948, the family relocated to Burbank, CA, where Jo graduated from Burbank High School in 1952. She worked at Bank of America in Los Angeles, CA, and later at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

She was united in marriage to Daniel Huismann on November 17, 1973, in Monument, CO. In 1975, the couple moved to Onamia, MN, and farmed. They relocated to Pierz, MN, in 1979 and farmed until 1990 when they moved to Little Falls. Jo was very active with Morrison County Social Services foster care. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Little Falls and the Martha Circle. She was the president of the Lutheran Brotherhood Branch 8380, served on the board of Kinship of Morrison County, committee member of Share A Meal, and served on the board of Oasis/ Share A Meal.

Survivors include husband, Daniel Huismann; sons, Paul Bochow and wife Cindy of Little Falls; Steven Bochow and wife Michelle of Pierz; Kevin Jones and friend Lisa of Little Falls; Daniel Huismann and friend Jane of Palmer Lake, CO; foster daughters, Mary Ann Taylor and husband Andy of Little Falls; Alicia Mae Smith of Little Falls; brother, Walter O’Malley and wife Jeanne of St. Cloud, MN; 13 grandchildren and three foster grandchildren. Morrison County, Minnesota

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Amerio Corradi, BHS 1941

Amerio Corradi, BHS 1941
Corradi, Amerio November 10, 1922 - February 17, 2010

Hail to the King of Tea Cakes Amerio Corradi, known in Burbank, for fifty years, as the King of Tea Cakes has passed away at the age of 87. Blessed with an irrepressible lust for life he brought to generations of Angelenos the taste of pleasure and comfort which grew into the cult of the Tea Cake.

Born in 1922 to Italian immigrant parents Rudolpho and Francesca Corradi, Amerio lived and worked his entire life in Burbank. He attended Burbank High School when he met his wife Mary. In 1943 they married before he began his World War ll service in the Army Corps of Engineers. Amerio distinguished himself in service during his participation in the landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944. He subsequently, acted as an outstanding member of his company which liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.Returning to Burbank in 1945 Amerio went into business with his life long, best friend and partner Victor Martino, Jr. at Martino's Bakery which would become the largest diversified commercial bakery in Southern California with fresh daily deliveries via more than sixty trucks to the greater So. Cal. and Nevada areas.

Martino's Bakery became a competitive force to be reckoned using the slogan "a tasty pie, a tender crust". But the enduring legacy of Amerio Corradi and Martino's Bakery is the Tea Cake. The Tea Cake was developed by Amerio and his partner Victor at the behest of client looking for a special light and airy cake, buttery and delicious. The result has been enjoyed by legends of people for more than fifty years.

Martino's Bakery was sold to Campbell's Soup/Pepperidge Farms in 1979. Amerio stayed on with Pepperidge Farms as a consultant for ten years. At which time he kept his creative needs satisfied by financing and directing a retail bakery in Burbank called The Original Martino's Bakery where Tea Cakes continue to satisfy the public each and every day. Amerio had continued to be the driving force- working daily from early in the morning until very recently when he began to contemplate retirement.

He is survived by countless friends and family, his loving and supportive wife Mary, son Dennis, his wife Erika; son Gerald, his wife Christie and his grandchildren Jesse, Alexys and Aron.

Services will be held Saturday February 27, 2010 at noon Old North Church/ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills/ 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. LA 90068.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice in honor of Amerio Corradi.

Published in Los Angeles Times on February 23, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Martin Harry Smith, BHS 1942

Martin Harry Smith<>Martin Harry "Jiggs" Smith passed away on Oct. 26, 2010 in Burbank. He was 87.


He was born on April 18, 1923 in Burbank and lived in Burbank for 31 years. After high school, he served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a hardware clerk for 40 years in the San Gabriel Valley. He was a member of the Presbyterian churches of Burbank and La Puente as well as the Funsters Square Dance Club in Covina and the Burbank High School Bulldog Alumni Foundation.


He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Aleta; three children, Carolyn Pecho, Lowell Smith, Rhonda Gallardo and their spouses; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Oct. 30 at the Presbyterian Church of Burbank and graveside service with a military honor guard was performed on Nov. 1 at Pierce Bros. Valhalla Memorial Park.From the Burbank Leader, November 27, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Richard "Dick" Hesselgrave, BHS 1957

Richard "Dick" Hesselgrave, BHS 1957

From Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Vol.2, Number 10, L.A. Aero Star, October 2001

Richard "Dick" Hesselgrave, former VP Ops, dead at age 61

Richard "Dick" Hesselgrave,61, former vice president of Operations, died September 30, 2001 following a long battle with cancer. He joined Lockheed in 1957 as an electronics development apprentice. Following a two-year tour in the United States Army, Hesselgrave returned to Lockheed in 1965 and quickly rose through a number of management positions.

He joined the Skunk Works as a department manager in 1978 and was promoted to division manager in 1979, where he was in charge of all manufacturing operations on a classified program.

In 1984, he was promoted to production mamager, where he was responsible for manufacturing special projects, prototyping, aircraft modification and proposal efforts for new programs. He was appointed vice president of Operations in 1994 and retired in February 1999.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Jo); mother, Ann Dowsett; daughter, Leanne; son. Scott; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Santa Clarita October 4, 2001.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Leonard "Lenny" Ingoldsby, BHS 1967

Leonard "Lenny" Ingoldsby, BHS 1967

LEONARD "LENNY" INGOLDSBY

A resident of Burbank and Glendale, California, died of complications related to Multiple Sclerosis on December 7, 2010 in Montrose, California. He was 62.

Lenny was born May 6, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, fifth of six children. He is survived by his wife, Denise of Gainesville, Georgia; two daughters, Tiffany Tolbert of Gainseville, and Trish Stires of Kingston, Jamaica; sisters, Sheila Hindery and Roni Dressel; and brother, Dave Ingoldsby.

Lenny attended St. Finbar School, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Burbank High School. He enjoyed being at Toluca Lake Bob's Big Boy restaurant on Friday nights and a "River Road" (Forest Lawn Drive) regular. Lenny loved building up muscle cars and was an excellent self taught metal machinist.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or online at http://www.nationalmssociety.org or your own favorite charity.

VALLEY FUNERAL HOME www.ValleyFuneralHomeBurbank.com Burbank (818) 845-3766

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on December 12, 2010

Lenny Leonard Ingoldsby 1948-2010
Burbank Leader, December 13, 2010
Lenny Ingoldsby, resident of Burbank and Glendale, CA, died of complications related to Multiple Sclerosis on Dec. 7, 2010, in Montrose, CA. He was 62. Lenny was born May 6, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA fifth of six children.
Lenny is survived by his wife, Denise, Gainesville, CA; two daughters, Tiffany Tolbert, Gainseville, GA and Trish Stires, Kingston, Jamaica; sisters, Sheila Hindery and Roni Dressel; and brother, Dave Ingoldsby.
Lenny attended St. Finbar School, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Burbank High School. He enjoyed being at Toluca Lake Bob’s Big Boy restaurant on Friday nights and a “River Road” (Forest Lawn Drive) regular. Lenny loved building up muscle cars and was an excellent self taught metal machinist.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or online at http://www.nationmssociety.org or your own favorite charity.
Assisting the family with funeral arragenes is Valley Funeral Home, Burbank, CA.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Frances "Fran" Whitaker Ziegler, BHS 1933?

Frances "Fran" Whitaker Ziegler, BHS 1933?

March 18, 1915 - Nov. 28, 2010

Frances "Fran" Roth Ziegler, 95, of Albany peacefully passed away Sunday evening November 28, 2010.

Fran was born March 18, 1915, in Albany, the daughter of William and Anna B. (Roth) Whitaker. As a young girl, Fran moved with her family to California, where she graduated from Burbank High School and acquired her associate degree from Glendale Community College.

She met Ernest Ziegler and they married on Aug. 24, 1935, in Vancouver, Wash. Fran attended and graduated from cosmetology college in Salem. She worked at a few salons, then opened her own shop. Fran managed the Pop's Café, now known as Pop's Branding Iron, after managing Tops Café.

Fran attended the Albany Presbyterian Church, and was involved in the Al Kader Shriners and the Shriners Hospital in Portland. She was a member of the Elks lodge, the Eagles lodge, American Legion Post 10, Order of the Eastern Star, the Albany Gleaners and the Daughters of the Nile.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest; and sisters Viola, Elma, Virginia, Margaret and Beverly. Survivors include sister Doris Graupensperger and her husband, George, of Albany; a "special sisty," Leona Schrock of Albany; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends.

Viewing will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Home. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. It is suggested memorial contributions be made to the Shriner Children's Hospital in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Regnal Hall, Burbank Music Teacher

Regnal Hall, Burbank High School Music Teacher

Regnal Hall relocated to heaven on November 27, 2010, just short of the age of 84.

His career in music began with playing in the Navy band from 1944-46. He taught music in Burbank for 30 years as the instrumental teacher at Jordan Junior High School from 1952-57, and as the vocal teacher at Burbank High School from1958-82.

He was known for his creativity and his willingness to embrace diverse styles of music. He was the forerunner of the Show Choir genre by producing the Pop ‘n Rockananny series of shows that began in 1969 and continue to this day. He helped to establish the national Young Men in Harmony program with the first barbershop boys chorus in 1972. From renaissance madrigals to Broadway musicals, almost no genre escaped his attention. He was a greatly-loved teacher who had two yearbooks dedicated to him.

After “retiring” from BHS in 1983, he served as the orchestra contractor at Disney Studios until 1990. He started a chorus at Burbank’s continuation high school with Disney’s partnership. He also directed 3 different church choirs in Burbank and composed sacred music for St. Mark’s in Glendale for the better part of 4 decades.

He is survived by his sons Steve (McMinneville, OR), Mark (Auburn, CA), daughter Leslie (Santa Clarita, CA) and sister Joyce (Sherman Oaks, CA).His memorial and a reception luncheon will be hosted on Sat. Jan. 15th at 11amat St. Mark’s Episcopal church in Glendale, CA located at 1020 No. Brand Blvd.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Eugene "Gene" Harmon, BHS 1946

Eugene "Gene" Harmon, BHS 1946

Eugene "Gene" Harmon, 73, died Aug. 28, 2001, in San Diego.

Mr. Harmon was born July 20, 1928, in Los Angeles. He was a lifetime resident of Burbank and a 1946 graduate of Burbank High School. He was a lieutenant in the Korean conflict. In civilian life, Mr. Harmon was an investment banker. He was the founder, head coach and president of the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program.

Survivors include daughters, Sheryl Goldberg, Susan Barry and Kimberly Becica; son Kirk Harmon; mother Edithrea Harmon; former wife Shirley Harmon; and six grandchildren.Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Faith Chapel, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jack Raymond Laws, BHS 1948

Jack Raymond. Laws, BHS 1948

Jack R. Laws, 70, died May 8, 2001, in his Burbank home. Mr. Laws was a Burbank resident for 60 years. He was a driver for Aero Powder Coating for 18 years prior to retiring.

He is survived by his daughters, Jackie Reynolds and Laura Laws; son Randy Laws; mother Pearl Laws; two sisters; and six grandchildren.


Funeral services were Monday at Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills.

May 19, 2001 Burbank Leader

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paul C.R. Peterson, BHS 1936?

Paul C.R. Peterson, BHS 1936?

May 31, 2000, Burbank Leader

Paul C.R. Peterson, 82, died May 19, 2000.

Mr. Peterson was born in Chicago and moved to Burbank at 12 years of age. After graduating from Burbank High School he went on to achieve his bachelor's degree from UCLA and amaster's degree at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School.

At the age of 75 Mr. Peterson was awarded a PhD in theology from Fuller Seminary School. After founding San Francisco's Youth for Christ and serving as minister to San Rafael's First Congregational Church, he returned to Burbank to minister First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia; daughters, Pauline Cozzens and Debbie Lewis; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Peterson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 10 at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Daniel Ralph Fanderlik, BHS 1981

Daniel Ralph Fanderlik, BHS 1981

Born: April 5, 1964
Died: November 13, 2010

Arrangements under the direction of Valley Funeral Home, Burbank, CA.

Burbank Leader, November 2010

Note: Passed away from Pancreatic cancer

Sunday, December 5, 2010

William Arthur Jones, BHS 1975?

William Arthur Jones, BHS 1975?

William Arthur Jones, 43, died May 4, 2000, in San Diego.

Mr. Jones was born in Burbank. A year after graduating from Burbank High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard eight ships, including the USS John F. Kennedy and the USS New Orleans. He also served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. While stationed in Holy Loch, Scotland, he repaired nuclear submarines

Mr. Jones retired from the Navy as a Machinist's Mate First Class in 1996. He entered many marathon and and triathlon competitions and enjoyed off-road motorcycling and scuba diving. At the time of his death, he was assistant manager of Automotive Hobby Shop at San Diego Naval Station.

He is survived by his daughter, Aimee Erica Jones; parents, Hattie and Richard Pierce, of Burbank; brother, Don Jones; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were private. Interment was at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego.

May 20, 2000, San Diego Union

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gary Leland Miller, BHS 1964

Gary Leland Miller, BHS 1964

Burbank Leader, March 08, 2003

Gary Leland Miller

Gary Leland Miller, 56, died December 10, 2002, in Burbank. Born July 26, 1946, in Los Angeles, he was a 35-year resident of Burbank who worked for Lockheed Company.

Mr. Miller is survived by his daughters, Beauty Carver and Rebecca Aittama. Services will be in May at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.

The Valley Funeral Home is in charge if direction.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lawrence "Larry" Burdorf, BHS 1971

Lawrence "Larry" Burdorf, BHS 1971

Burbank Leader, January 3-4 1998

Mr. Larry Burdorf,44, died December 25, 1997 at his home. Mr. Burdorf attended Burbank High School and graduated from Valley Medical School as a respiratory therapist. He moved to Ventura and was the owner of The Original Plant People for 12 years. He won first place awards for his interior home, hospital and corporate designs.

Mr. Burdorf is survived by his mother, Lena, sister, Roberta Rens, and her two children, Shannon and Robert. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Linda Joan Golden Nicol, BHS 1959


Linda Joan Golden Nicol, BHS 1959

Linda Joan Nicol entered into life on July 30, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri, and entered into rest on November 16, 2007, in Burbank, California.

Linda lived in Burbank, California area from 1950 to the present. Linda graduated from Burbank High School in 1959 with honors. Linda worked as a Bookkeeper for firms such as Community Chevrolet, Westinghouse Elevators, and Best Locking Systems, all located in the Burbank, California area.


Linda marrried Robert W. Nicol on December 23, 1961 in Burbank, California. Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her life was devoted to her church, and her love of Christ. She loved being with her family, especially spoiling her grandchildren. She will be missed, but her love for life, her laughter, and her gentle demeanor will never be forgotten.

Before her death, she said she was ready "to go with the Angels". We know that she is in heaven, dancing with Jesus and the Angels right now.


Linda is survived by her husband, Robert Nicol, son, Douglas Nicol, daughter, Sandra Lieffers, mother, Flora Golden, sister, Judith Durcan, sister, Frances Jean Hardin, and grandchildren Delaney Nicol, Kyle Nicol, Benjamin Lieffers, Gretchen Lieffers, Cort Lieffers, and Coralie Lieffers.

Linda suffered from disabling Systemic Lupus Erythematosus with complications. Donations can be made in Linda's name to: Lupus Foundation of Northern California, 2635 N. First St., San Jose, CA. 95134. Arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Valhalla in North Hollywood, CA.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

James Thomas Woods, BHS 1947

James Thomas Woods, BHS 1947

Burbank Leader, December 25, 2004

James Thomas Woods died Dec. 2, 2004.

Woods graduated from Burbank High School and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was the former finance director for the city of Burbank. He was active in the California Society of Municipal FinanceOfficers and the Government Finance Officers Assn. Woods also received a gubernatorial appointment to the state of California Government Efficiency Team.

Woods was preceded in death by his son, Mark. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter; son- in-law; daughter-in-law; seven grandchildren; brother; sister-in- law; four nieces and nephews.

Services will be Tuesday at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. Donations can be made in Woods' memory to Home Health and Hospice in Murrieta.