Monday, January 31, 2011

Donald E. Watkinson, BHS 1946

Donald E. Watkinson, BHS 1946

Donald Watkinson 1928-2010

Published in the Cottage Grove Sentinel, Cottage Grove, Oregon Tuesday, Nov 2nd, 2010

Donald Watkinson, 82, of Cottage Grove died Oct. 24, 2010 from heart disease. No service is planned.

Donald was born Sept. 12, 1928 in Burbank, Calif. to Peter and Geneive (Van Straten) Watkinson.He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan. On May 3, 1952 in Montrose, Calif., he married Marilyn Carney.

For 31 years he worked for the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International as a machinist and manufacturing engineer. He retired in 1986. In 2000, they moved to Cottage Grove from Canoga Park, Calif.

Donald enjoyed golfing and was an avid Oregon Ducks fan.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Karen Ferrato of California, Teri Ducar of Texas and Linda Abell of Washington, a son, Steven Watkinson of California, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements under the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Cottage Grove.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nick Fido, BHS 1941

Nick Fido, BHS 1941

Nick Fido, 80, was born in Sopris, Colorado December 29, 1921 and passed away on March 3, 2002 in Burbank, CA.

He was a Burbank, California resident for 78 years and attended Lincoln Elementary School and John Burroughs Junior High School. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1941.

Published in the Burbank Leader March 2002

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Richard Oliver Carner, BHS 1967

Richard Oliver Carner, BHS 1967

Burbank Leader, May 01, 2004

Richard Oliver Carner, 54, died April 18, 2004, in Westwood.

He was born August 23, 1949, in Los Angeles, and was a longtime Burbank resident.
He joined the Army in 1973 and served in Korea as a military policeman. He worked for the Burbank Unified School District
He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Louis, Charlie and Travis; father, Oliver; brother, Carl; and sister, Joan Jones.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at Calvary Bible Church, 1101 S. Main St.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ernest Gilmore Cromar Jr., BHS 1950

Ernest Gilmore Cromar Jr., BHS 1950

Ernest Gilmore Cromar was born in Burbank, California to Ernest Royal and Ruth Cromar on July 11, 1932. Ernie grew up in Burbank. He attended Burbank High school, where he excelled in track and basketball. After graduating from Burbank High in 1950, he continued his education at the University of Southern California.
Ernie left USC to serve in the United States Air Force in 1952. He was stationed in Turkey for most of his time in the Air Force. After Ernie returned home upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1954, he began his 40+ year career at Universal Studios.

It was at Universal Studios that he met his future wife, Jean Louise Dow, who he married on November 3, 1956. Ernie and Jean lived in North Hollywood after they married. In 1961, Ernie and Jean moved to Canoga Park (now West Hills), where they raised their three children. Ernie liked nothing more than being at home. From the start, he worked hard as he made his home and raised his family. He delighted in summer afternoons in his back yard watching the kids grow up.

In his later years after the kids left home, he still enjoyed many quiet hours in the comfort of his home. Ernie loved sports. A standout high school athlete, his passion for sports carried through his entire life. And the main focus of his passion was USC football. He steadfastly supported the USC Trojan football teams through all their successes and failures over the years.

While USC was first in his heart, the other Los Angeles teams were there, too -- Ernie followed the Dodgers and Lakers from the time the teams arrived in Los Angeles. He enjoyed surf and deep-sea fishing. Ernie loved the beach -- when the kids were small, Ernie took the family to Faria County Park in Ventura every year to where he spent long summer days in the tide pools or on the beach fishing.

Ernie was surrounded by his family when he passed away on the afternoon of January 3, 2011 in West Hills, California. Ernie is survived by his wife, Jean, his sons Robert Ernest (Kathleen) and Ronald Ernest (Jodi); his daughter Kimberly Joan (Olivia "Libby") and grandchildren Daniel Robert, Rebecca Louise, James Patrick, Gregory Joseph, Lauren Louise, Lindsey Rose and Emily Joan.Ernie, husband, father and grandfather will live in our hearts forever. Gates Kingsley Gates Praiswater Morturay is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial Services will be on Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at Gates Kingsley Gates Praiswater Mortuary, 6909 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Motion Picture and Television Fund at Services entrusted to the care of Gates Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary Canoga Park (818) 348-3354

Inurnment Service is at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth , California
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on January 9, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Donna Schnitzius, BHS 1973

Donna Schnitzius, BHS 1973

Donna Schnitzius who graduated from Burbank High School in 1973, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2002.

She had been fighting cancer for over a year. She passed away at home a week after having liver cancer surgery. She leaves behind a husband, five children and several grandchildren. She will be missed.
Note: Do not know what her married name was if she was married.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Barry R. Wootton, BHS 1961

Barry R. Wootton, BHS 1961

Barry R. Wootton, 57, died April 27, 2001, in El Cajon. Mr. Wootton, formerly of Burbank, was a graduate of Burbank High School.

He is survived by brothers Gary, Wayne and Dennis Wootton, and sisters Marjory Jenkins and Jacqueline Dye.

Cremation was entrusted to Caring Cremation Services of San Diego.

Published in the Burbank Leader, May 16, 2001

Monday, January 24, 2011

Brian Douglas Duffield, BHS 1980

Brian Douglas Duffield, BHS 1980

Brian Douglas Duffield, an avid musician, runner, hiker and bicyclist who worked in UCLA’s Graduate Division, died on Dec. 28, 2010 from plasma cell leukemia. He was 48.

Duffield joined the Graduate Division in 2006, where he worked in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean. In 2008, he joined the division's Office of Admissions/Student & Academic Affairs. Among his contributions, he played a role in implementing a new online application for graduate admissions and assisted with a comprehensive departmental program review process in conjunction with the Graduate Council and Academic Senate. Previous to joining UCLA, he worked in the music industry and for Fox Sports. He was pursuing an M.B.A. from Cal State Northridge at the time of his death.

A Los Angeles native, Duffield possessed a lifelong passion for music. He earned a B.A. in music industry studies from Cal State Northridge and studied at the Music Institute in Hollywood. A drummer, he played with several local bands. He also helped UCLA’s Friends of Jazz stage “A Great Day in L.A.” a 2008 gathering of more than 250 jazz artists, vocalists, composers and arrangers on the 50th anniversary of Art Kane's legendary photograph, “A Great Day in Harlem 1958.”

He also enjoyed sports and the outdoors as a hiker, bicyclist and runner, completing two Los Angeles Marathons, in 2006 and 2008. Duffield is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Ian and Noah.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Robert William Calvillo, BHS 1968

Robert William Calvillo, BHS 1968

Los Angeles Daily News, May 29, 1991

Robert W. Calvillo, 41, of Burbank, construction worker. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Valley Funeral Home, Burbank.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Burbank. Burial to follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

William Inhelder IV, BHS 1979

William Inhelder IV, BHS 1979

From The Valley News, November 1977


Two Burbank youths were killed Sunday night, November 7, 1977 in a high-speed traffic accident on a winding stretch of Angeles Forest Highway above La Crescenta, authorities said.

According to a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, the youths were traveling southbound, about two miles north of Angeles Crest Highway, when the accident occurred about 11:30 p.m.

The two were identified as James Michael Linkletter, 17, of 621 Irving Drive, and his passenger, William Inhelder IV, 16, of 620 Jamestown Road. Authorities said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when Linkletter lost control, causing the car to strike the mountainside and overturn in the roadway.

The driver was ejected while Inhelder was pinned beneath the car when it came to rest upside down in the northbound lanes, officers said.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Donald M. Lovelee, BHS Teacher

Donald M. Lovelee, BHS Teacher

Press-Enterprise, The (Riverside, CA) - Friday, June 24, 1994


Donald M. Lovelee, 72, died Tuesday of heart disease at Ramona Manor Convalescent Center in Hemet. Services and inurnment will be private. Miller-Jones Mortuary in Hemet is handling arrangements.

Mr. Lovelee, who was born in New York City, lived in California for 50 years, including 26 in Hemet. He owned a printing business in Burbank for 10 years, taught at Burbank High School for four years and taught graphic arts at Mt. San Jacinto College for 18 years. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hemet. He enjoyed piano tuning. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eleanor.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Charles L. "Chuck" Wendling, BHS 1963

Charles L. "Chuck" Wendling, BHS 1963

Longtime local firefighter dies
Burbank High grad Charles Wendling described as last of 'old school' firemen.

Mark R. Madler, Burbank Leader, September 29, 2004

BURBANK, Charles L. Wendling, who served for 30 years with the Burbank Fire Department, died at his home Sunday.

He was 60.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eckerman Heisman Funeral Home, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd.

Fire Department Capt. Ron Bell called Wendling one of the last "old school" fireman at the department, and one who was compassionate and cared for those he helped. Bell also described Wendling as an engaging storyteller around the fire station. "He definitely was a smoke eater, " Bell said. "Even toward his retirement, he was one of the first who wanted to go in and still wanted to do his job."

Wendling joined the department in 1970 and retired in 2000. Wendling, who also went by Chuck or Pidge, was born in Glendale and raised in Burbank. He lettered in football and baseball at Burbank High School. Wendling enjoyed fishing, listening to big band music, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by wife, Mary Ellen; sons, Tim and Michael; daughter, Jennifer; and grand-daughters, Georgia and Ella.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Neil S. Weiher , BHS 1949

Neil S. Weiher , BHS 1949

Arizona Daily Star, The (Tucson, AZ) - Thursday, April 3, 2008

Weiher, Neil S., 77, of Saddlebrooke AZ, passed away March 27, 2008 in Tucson.

Born March 18, 1931 in Glendale, CA to Herman and Ada Weiher, he grew up in Burbank, CA, graduating from Burbank High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954 spending time in French Morocco as a radar operator and then worked in the printing industry until his retirement in 1996. He moved to Saddlebrooke in 1997 and became an avid golfer and traveler.

He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 52 years; two sons, Mark (Geraldine) of Marana, AZ and Ken of Burbank, CA, and a daughter, Janis Fox (Frank) of High Point, NC, as well as three granddaughters and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by both parents as well as his siblings, Clarence and Shirley.

A Celebration of Neil's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N. First Ave., Oro Valley, AZ, where his ashes will be interred in the Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the AZ Chapter of The American Parkinson's Disease Assn. (AZAPDA), 2033 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 203, Tucson, AZ 85719 or The Casa de la Luz Foundation, 400 W. Magee Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Doris Jane Farmer Zipfel, BHS 1938

Doris Jane Farmer Zipfel, BHS 1938
Born: January 27, 1921 in Burbank, CA
Died: August 11, 2005 in Sylmar, CA

Graveside Service Wed, August 17, 2005 at Eternal Valley, Memorial Park, Newhall, CA. at 10:00 am.
Interment: Garden of Whispering Pines, Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, CA.
Survived by Granddaughter, Stacey M. Zipfel of Sylmar and brother Robert Farmer of Grants Pass, Oregon. Doris graduated from Burbank High in 1938. She was a homemaker, a wonderful cook, a talented crafter, loved animals, loved golf and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and aunt.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Alfred Steven DiSarro, Jr., BHS 1970

Al DiSarro passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday morning, January 13, 2011. One day earlier, on Wednesday, January 12, he underwent planned surgery on his elbow as an out-patient. It isn't known yet if that surgery had any impact on his passing.

On Thursday morning he had been up earlier, then returned to bed. Sometime later Janet, his wife, became aware that his breathing was not normal. She tried to wake him without success, and began CPR then. When the paramedics arrived Al was already gone.

Some of you who use FaceBook saw this news about Al beginning Thursday afternoon, and some of you have posted comments about his passing. We waited until now to send out this notice until we could confirm more details about Al's passing.

Alfred Steven DiSarro, Jr. was born December 14, 1951. He grew up in Burbank in the 800 block of Santa Anita Ave. He attended Miller Elementary, Muir Jr. High, and then BHS graduating with us in 1970. He and his high school sweetheart, Janet Henderson DiSarro, were married in October 1970, and this past October celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Janet also grew up in Burbank and attended Jefferson Elementary, John Muir, and graduated with Al from BHS in 1970. For a number of years they have lived in Agua Dulce, California.

Al and Janet attended the Class of '70 40th Reunion this past June at the Castaway in Burbank. That was the first of the '70 Class reunions that they had been to in either twenty or thirty years. They were recognized that night as the classmates who had been married the longest. Please open the attachment to this message to see a wonderful photo of Al and Janet that Tim Tolnay took that night at the Castaway. Our reunions are becoming more special, more precious, by the month, it seems!

Al DiSarro has been a widely known and very well respected Special Effects Coordinator for the studios and movie industry for almost all of his adult life. He owned his own business in that field, and was employed by many different studios. He received an Academy Awards nomination for his Special Effects on the movie "Die Hard". A few of his other well known movies are "Transformers", "Predator", and the other "Die Hard" movies. One of his last movies is "The Last 3 Minutes" from 2010.

Al leaves behind his wife Janet Henderson DiSarro, daughter Amy, son Matt, daughter-in-law Jennifer, granddaughter Madison, and younger brother Mark DiSarro and his family. Arrangements have not been completed yet in the planning of a Memorial Service for Al. We will send another message with those details when they are confirmed.

Alan Landros and Joyce Starleaf, BHS 1970

Friday, January 14, 2011

Constance Aileen Johnson-Kinder-Spolyar, BHS 1942?

Constance Aileen Johnson-Kinder-Spolyar, BHS 1942?
1924 ~ 2009

The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 3, 2009

On April 25, 2009 Constance passed away from pulmonary fibrosis. Born May 29, 1924 in Tujunga, California to Joseph Brink Johnson, Jr. and Marjorie Lewis. Connie graduated from Burbank High School and attended a junior college. Connie married Paul Thomas Kinder, Sr. on June 22, 1947 and bore sons: Paul Thomas Kinder, Jr. and Larry Bryan Kinder. Paul Kinder, Sr. died in 1960. She married Darwin A. Spolyar in 1969 and they took a two week trip to Hawaii for their honeymoon.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years: Darwin Spolyar, her son: Paul Thomas Kinder Jr. (Anne); and son: Larry Bryan Kinder (Wendy); granddaughters: Liana, Taryn (Billy), Hanna and great-granddaughter Ava. Paul's kids; granddaughters Rebekka, Tiffani, Mandi, Jennifer, grandson Larry and great-grandchildren: Bryce, Brok, Reegan, Brenor, and Harley. Stepdaughter Leslie O'Donohue and grandson Frank Yeary and granddaughter Erica Steers provided eight great-grandchildren: Lauren, Harrison. Mitchell, Malcom, Henri, Pierce, Nickolas, and Christopher. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Trudy and Winifred, and a brother Lee.

Connie worked as a riveter and bucker on Vega aircraft in Burbank, California in 1942 and was of the "Rosie the Riveter" fame. She followed up her working life raising two sons with jobs at various technical companies: Varians, Lockheed Missile, Red Cross, ADAC Labs, ending with work at Crocker Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

She loved creating poetry with illustrations on 250 poems and oil painted over 107 paintings. Her paintings and collection of birds hang on the walls. She and Dar enjoyed traveling to Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, England, Germany, along with 23 trips to the Hawaiian Islands. Dar and Connie spent two years in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Connie volunteered with the Red Cross and Dar worked 27 years at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California. They moved to West Jordan, Utah in 2006 to be closer to family members and enjoy trips to Arizona, Wyoming, and Southern Utah.

The family wishes to thank the many family, friends, and associates at McDonalds, IHOP, Chili's, Famous Dave's, Village Inn, Office Max, Meals on Wheels and Hearts for Hospice for showing compassion and love for Connie during her illness.
Funeral services will be performed later in California.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Marjorie "Peggy" Buffington Maine, BHS 1945

Marjorie "Peggy" Buffington Maine, BHS 1945

San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Saturday, September 6, 2008

Marjorie 'Peggy" Maine Peggy Maine, 80, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2008.
She was born April 23, 1928 to Lee and Lesta Buffington graduated from Burbank High School , and spent her working life as a Dental Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, and a position at Hewlett Packard, now Agilent, in Human Resources. She married Bruce Maine in 1949 and had two children, Kathy and Mark. They divorced and spent the last 23 years with her very special friend, Henry Gurrola.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Ruess (John) of Rockwall, Texas and Mark Maine (Shauna) of Yorba Linda, California. She leaaves behind 6 grandchildren, Matt and Christina Maine of Yorba Linda, California, Dianne Ruess, Stephanie (Dameon) Myres, Jackie (Cody) Martin, and Lizzie Ruess all of Texas. She is also survived by her brother, Dave (Delores) Buffington of Sherman Oaks, California. Chapel Blessing to be held Tues. Sept. 9th at 9:00 a.m. at Lima Family Erickson, 710 Willow St., SJ. with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, 2655 Madden Ave., San Jose.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

James Moore Jr., BHS 1938

James Moore Jr., BHS 1938

Ventura County Star (CA) - Friday, April 4, 2008

James Moore Jr., loving husband, father, friend and coach, passed away peacefully of natural causes on March 28, 2008. He was born James Moore on Feb. 21, 1920, in Scammon, Kan., and his family moved to Burbank in 1928. At Burbank High School , Jim met his sweetheart and future wife, Jean Steiner.

Jim was a natural athlete, and with his outstanding ability in football he earned a highly coveted scholarship to University of Southern California. Jim was a member of the Beta Sigma chapter, Kappa Alpha fraternity. While at USC, Jim was a member of the 1939 Pacific Coast Conference and NCAS National Championship football team.

Jim's tenure at USC was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II and his enlistment in the U.S. Navy. As a chief, he served on several destroyers in the Pacific Theater. Toward the end of the war, Jim and his wife, Jean, lived a few years in Tsing Tao, China, with their young son Steve. While in China, Jim coached football and led a Navy team against an Army team in Shanghai.

From 1949 to 1957, Jim and Jean lived in Yuma, Ariz., where Jim served as athletic director and head football coach at Yuma High School and Jean began raising their young family, which now included daughter Martha and youngest son Mark. They loved Arizona and established many lifelong friendships there.

In 1957, Jim accepted the head football coaching job at Ventura College. He coached the Pirates from 1957 to 1966. In 1965, Jim and his staff led the Pirates to their first league championship in several decades. Jim also taught physical education and health and assisted other athletic programs at the college. Jim often served as a guest speaker at local high school sports banquets, community service clubs, and youth groups at the church, always promoting strong personal values, academics and physical fitness.

In 1967, Jim accepted the position as the first athletic director at newly opened Moorpark College. Large and in charge, he quickly became well-known as "Big Daddy." While there, he also accepted a position as a board member of the Western States Athletic Conference. Jim was particularly pleased when Moorpark College's athletic teams won the coveted Western State Conference Athletic Supremacy Award.

In the 1970s, Jim left athletics to become the dean of registration at Moorpark College. He then returned to Ventura as assistant superintendent of the Ventura County Community College District and finally district superintendent. Jim retired in 1982 but remained active in the community.

He was a member and past president of the Moorpark Rotary Club and was active for many years in the American Heart Association. Jim was a longtime member of Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camarillo.

An avid golfer, Jim was an active member and served on the board of directors at Las Posas Country Club. Jim was also very honored to have been uniquely selected to both the Moorpark College Athletic Hall of Fame (2000) and the Ventura College Athletic Hall of Fame (2007).

Jim and Jean enjoyed many wonderful sightseeing and golfing vacations together, including favorite trips to Alaska, Russia, Scotland, Ireland and Hawaii. Jim also loved to fish in the High Sierras, taking the family vacationing there many consecutive years. He particularly enjoyed several horse pack trips into the wilderness. Jim fully embraced life and was never afraid to try something new, which included a helicopter ride to an Alaskan glacier and drift boat steelhead fishing and whitewater rafting in several Northern California rivers.

Jim was tough on the outside but soft on the inside with an engaging personality. He was not afraid to speak his mind and was known as a great motivator. He was fair, positive, quick with a smile and had a great sense of humor, always ready to share a joke. Jim instilled in his family honesty, dedication, fairness, hard work and a sense of community.

In 2003, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, who was the loved of his life for 63 years. He was also preceded in death by his father, James Moore Sr.; mother Georgia Moore; and brother David.

Jim is survived by his brother Ronald Moore of San Bernardino; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Ruth Moore of Oscoda, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Tony Beckman of Arroyo Grande; son and girlfriend Mark Moore and Micki Davis of Eureka; grandchildren, Kathryn McAvoy, Andy Moore, Michelle, Jim and Ben Beckman, Sarah Albrent and June Moore; great-grandchildren, Jerome, Nico, Kai, Isaak, Max, Jayden Lauren and Olivia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim resided in Camarillo for the past 41 years, and his family and friends will deeply miss him. Special thanks go to the many wonderful longtime friends and healthcare professionals who assisted Jim the last five years since Jean's passing and most recently the wonderful staff at Alma Via of Camarillo.

Friends are welcome to visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Griffin Family Mortuary, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Trinity Presbyterian Church at the corner of Las Posas Road and Antonio Drive, Camarillo. A graveside service will be at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park immediately following the service. Please sign the guest book at

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Keith C. Voge, BHS 1957

Keith C. Voge, BHS 1957

Los Angeles Times, April 11, 1972

Keith C. Voge, of Panorama City. Funeral srevices Thursday, 11 a.m., at Calvary Lutheran Church, Pacoima. Eckerman Heisman Funeral Service, Burbank, directors.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Robert Walters Zipfel, BHS 1936

Robert Walters Zipfel, BHS 1936

Born: January 23, 1919 in Los Angeles, California
Died: December 22, 1986 in Mission Hills, California

Graveside Services at Eternal Valley Memorial Park on Monday, December 29, 1986 at 11:00 am.

Interment: Garden of Whispering Pines, Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, CA

Bobby owned San Fernando Sheet Metal for many years and was an active member of the Elks Club. Bob loved golf, animals (raised pidgeons) and was very interested in the stock market.

He was survived by his wife Doris Farmer Zipfel and his son Robert Daniel Zipfel, his granddaughter Stacey Maureen Zipfel (all of Sylmar, CA), his brother Rowen D. Zipfel of Burbank, CA, his brother Donald C. Zipfel of Granby, Connecticut and his sister Patricia Dunham Goodman of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Arlayne Mellon Brotherton, BHS 1949

Arlayne Mellon Brotherton, BHS 1949

Ventura County Star (CA) - Sunday, November 1, 2009

Born:1931 - Died:2009

Arlayne Mellon Brotherton of Simi Valley passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Oct. 28 2009 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Strengthened by the love and support of her family, she battled the cancer with dignity and grace. Arlayne was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Waterbury, Conn. She moved to California in 1948 and attended Burbank High School , where she met the love of her life, Boyd. Arlayne and Boyd were married on Sept. 30, 1950, and they settled in Arleta, where they raised their 2 daughters and son.

Arlayne worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 20 years as a secretary. She was also a devoted housewife. Upon retirement, Boyd and Arlayne moved to Simi Valley to be closer to their family. Boyd and Arlayne became very involved at St. Rose of Lima Church, especially with the Knights of Columbus. She spent countless hours volunteering her time at the Knights' activities.

Arlayne's true passion was her family. She took great joy in her immediate and extended family. Her happiest times were with her family on camping trips, birthday parties and holidays.

Arlayne was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sara Mellon, her sister, Agnes, and her brothers, Hugh, William, Edward, Robert, and Francis.

She is survived by her loving husband, Boyd; her children: Judi Kent (Joe) of Newbury Park, Rick Brotherton (Teri) of Simi Valley and Jill Quercio (Steve) of Victorville; her nine grandchildren: Jackie, Steven, Tina, Nathan, Tracy, Tony, Trisha, Sara and Lindsey, as well as her 25 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, George Mellon, as well as numerous friends she held dear to her heart.

Arlayne's family would like to offer a special thank you to Buena Vista hospice for their gentle and compassionate care, especially nurse Claire. Vigil will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Reardon Mortuary, 2636 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1305 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.

Celebration of Life will be held following at the home of Rick and Teri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arlayne's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alma Adel King Welker, BHS 1940

Alma King Welker, BHS 1940
Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Thursday, January 28, 2010

ALMA A. (KING) WELKER Age 88, passed away January 11, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She was born November 11, 1921 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Harry W. King, WWI Disabled Veteran, and Ethel Wilder Crosier, a WWI Widow with a small son.

In 1934 the family moved to Burbank, California. Alma graduated from Burbank High School in 1940, and then from Cosmetology School and held a license until 1983. She married Rex E. Welker March 28, 1942, in Yuma, Arizona.

They belonged to many square dance clubs and to the Model T Club, both in San Fernando Valley and Las Vegas, Nevada. Alma was very talented at sewing and making afghans and quilts and various other things, including period costumes for the many parades they rode in. Alma and Rex lived in Pacoima, Mission Hills and Las Vegas. After retirement from Lockheed they moved to Pahrump, Nevada, where she lived for 26 years.

Alma is survived by son, Rex E. Welker Jr. and his wife Cathy of Mojave, California; sister, Ethel (King) Millar and her husband Lloyd; 12 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rex E. Welker; half brother, Stuart G. Rowley; sons, Rodney K. Welker (LAPD) and wife Sandy, and Roy Lee Welker and his wife Karen; and grandson, Rex E. Welker III.

Services were held in Pahrump, Nevada, as was Interment on January 16, 2010.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kerry David Sterger, BHS 1970

Kerry David Sterger, BHS 1970

Kerry David Sterger passed away at his home in Yerington on Thursday evening, March 2, 2006. He was 54.

He was born in Long Beach, California on July 12, 1951, the son of Roland and May (Hardee) Sterger. Kerry lived his life as a contractor and truck driver and had resided in Yerington for the past six years. He loved life and the great outdoors; he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved animals especially his Rottweiler. None of this surpassed the love of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Amber; daughters, Lindsey Dillard and Rene Williams; his son, Randy Smith; his brother, Ray Sterger and his sisters, Sandra Harper and Debra Ashby and his father, Roland Sterger. He is also survived by the special loves of his life, his granddaughters, Rebecca and Laura. He was preceeded in death by his mother. Kerry was a loving family member and he will be sorely missed.

Funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, Yerington, with Pastor David Heath officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Asby, Colton Ashby, Jason Harper, Mat Harper, Ryan Harper, Randy Smith and Jerry Sterger. Burial was at the Valley View Cemetery.

Arrangements by Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, Yerington, (775) 463-2911.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Donald C. (Clifford) Zipfel, BHS 1933

Donald C. (Clifford) Zipfel, BHS 1933

Born: September 11, 1914 in Bakersfield, CA

Died: September 6, 1987 in Granby, Connecticut
Services at South Congregational Church, Granby, Conn., on Thursday, September 10, 1987 2PM


Donald C. Zipfel, 72, of Glen Road, Granby, husband of Annette (Peterson) Zipfel, died Sunday (Sept. 6, 1987) at home. He was born Sept. 11, 1914 in Bakersfield, CA, and had lived in the Hartford area since 1947.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. (*He was a pilot, but we are not sure what kind of aircraft he flew). He was employed as surplus property administrator for Hamilton Standard for several years prior to his retirement in 1984 and had formerly worked for Transocean Airlines, serving as president of flight enterprises. He was a member of the Euclid Masonic Lodge No. 109, Windsor Locks.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Donald Peter Zipfel of Worcester, Mass; two daughters, Jacquelyn Sue Brown of Simsbury and Carolyn Desmond of Granby, A brother, Rowen D. Zipfel of Burbank, California, a sister, Patricia D. Goodman of Grants Pass, Oregon and three grandchildren.

Memorial funeral services will be Thursday, 2 p.m. at the South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Road, Granby, with Rev. Gordie Campbell officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of family. There will be no calling hours.

Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, has charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Farmington Valley, Simsbury Office, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury 06070.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Richard "Dick" Lyle Morris, BHS 1944

Richard "Dick" Lyle Morris, BHS 1944

Sun Post News: Orange County Register weekly (San Clemente, CA) - Thursday, December 4, 2008

Richard "Dick" Lyle Morris, born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sioux City, Iowa, entered into eternal life Nov. 30, 2008. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He was in the comfort of his home, surrounded by loving family. He lived life to the fullest.

Richard loved people and could make anyone feel at ease. He always had a story to share. He loved to be active, whether working in his yard, going on long walks, riding his bike, square dancing, etc. He was always planning the next project. He truly enjoyed a good meal, driving his convertible, and the company of women.

Richard's father died when Richard was 3. He was raised in Sioux City and Haywarden, Iowa, by his widowed mother and two elder sisters. He also spent time with his uncles on the farm. Later his family moved to Glendale. He graduated from Burbank High School , then joined the Navy after working at Lockheed. After Word War II, he attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated with a degree in pharmacy. In college he met and married Marjory Voltmer. They settled in Glendale.

Richard began his career as a sales representative for Park-Davis. After the birth of their first child, Patty, they moved to Canoga Park, where Richard and a partner opened a pharmacy. Over the next several years, Richard owned and operated pharmacies in the San Fernando Valley and Glendale.

His family grew to include Betsy, Jennifer and Tom. After a move to Northridge, his last child, Fred, was born (delivered at home by Richard). After renting a house in the summer of 1973 in San Clemente, the family decided to relocate to San Clemente. Richard opened his last store – Sea View Pharmacy. Several years later, Richard and Marjory divorced yet continued to run the pharmacy and share family gatherings.

Richard tried to retire, but missed working. He didn't miss the headaches of owning a business, so he went to work for Sav-On. He relocated to Palm Desert and briefly remarried. He shared the last few years of his life with Jeri Sommers.

Richard is survived by his ex-wife Marjory; children and grandchildren Patty and Chris Thompson (Scott/Christy), Betsy Milner (Garrett/Kyle), Jennifer and Bob DeJong (Braden), Tom and Jackie Morris (Jenna, Matt, Eric), Fred and Jennifer Morris (Bill/Molly); partner Jeri Sommers; sister Ruth Doelz; niece MaryLynn Webster and great-nieces Julianne and Jacqueline Doelz.

He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Molinaro and nephew John Doelz.

Memorial services and burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Forest Lawn in Glendale, in the Wee-Kirk O' the Heather Chapel. Afterward, a reception and celebration of life will be held in San Clemente. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Delois June Henthorn Jackson, BHS 1958

Delois June Henthorn Jackson, BHS 1958

Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Sunday, March 22, 2009
Delois June Henthorn Jackson 1940 ~ 2009

Delois June Henthorn Jackson passed away peacefully March 19, 2009 at her home in Sandy. Delois was born August 20, 1940 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Frederick Miles Henthorn and Shirley Joann Ward. She married Larry Tomas Jackson on July 26, 1958, in Sylmar, California. She graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, California.

Mom had an incredibly strong spirit having overcome many challenges in her life including polio and breast cancer. She was fiercely loyal and deeply loved her family both immediate and extended. She was a great optimist and loved to root for the underdog. She was quite the woman with a wonderful and quirky sense of humor. Most of all, mom was fun. "We love you mom and will miss you so much!"

She is survived by her husband, Larry; children: Leslie Diane (Charlie) Smith, Russell Jay (Miranda) Jackson, and Steven Bradley (Christie) Jackson, and 9 grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery/Mortuary, 1950 E. 10600 So, where friends and family may call Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

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