Thursday, December 29, 2011

Violet Marie Sellers Mathews, BHS 1936

Violet Marie Sellers Mathews, BHS 1936



The Mankato Free Press, Sun Dec 25, 2011


Violet Mathews, age 93, of Mankato, died Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the Sterling House in Mankato. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Church of the Nativity in Cleveland, with Fr. Dennis Backer officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Peter Funeral Home/Klein Chapel, and will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday. Burial will be in Savidge Lake Cemetery in Cleveland.


Violet Marie Mathews was born to Arthur and Emily (Stepanek) Sellers in Berwyn, Illinois. She was baptized at St. Mary of Celle Catholic Church in Berwyn. She graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, California. Violet was united in marriage to Theodore Mathews in 1938 in California. She was a homemaker for most of her life.


Violet loved playing tennis, longbow archery, jazz music, cooking, tending to her flower gardens, and cats. She also was an accomplished pianist and was an ancestor of the classical composer, Antonin Dvorak. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Violet is survived by three sons, Ted “Ken” (Karen) Mathews of Madison Lake, Richard (Sandra) Mathews of California, Donald (Susie) Mathews of California; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one future great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and special cat “Bunny”.She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted in 1991; daughter, Janet in 1980; two sisters, Dorothy and Merle.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mildred Margaret Pomeroy Deen, BHS 1948

Mildred Margaret (Pomeroy) Deen was born April 29, 1931, in Burbank, CA. She was the third daughter of four children born to native Californians Charles Husted Pomeroy Jr. and Flora May (Fox) Pomeroy.


Mildred graduated from Burbank High School in 1948. She attended Glendale Community College and UCLA.


Mildred met the one true love of her life, Thomas Jerry Deen, USMC, on Easter Sunday 1948. Jerry began writing letters to Mildred at least once a day while they were apart. They got to know each other and fell in love through the letters. They were secretly married in Tijuana, Mexico, on August 8, 1950, just before Jerry left to serve his country in Korea. During their separation, Mildred and Jerry continued corresponding daily, leaving a legacy of love letters that comforted Mildred till the end of her life.


Upon Jerry's return from Korea, they enjoyed an official church wedding on July 13, 1951 in Burbank, CA, then traveled to begin their life together when Jerry began work at Hanford on December 26, 1951. To their union three children were born, Thomas, David and Carolyn.


Mildred was a devoted mother who nurtured and supported each of her children's passions. She was a wonderful cook, an accomplished seamstress, and loved tending and arranging flowers. In 1969, Mildred completed her degree at Walla Walla College, majoring in education. For over 20 years she was a Resource Room and fifth grade teacher at Kiona-Benton Elementary School. She was a no-nonsense teacher who had high academic expectations for her students.


Mildred was devastated by Jerry's early death on November 1, 1988. Following her loss, she retired from teaching, traveled, and volunteered at Kadlec Medical Center Auxiliary and participated in the Benton/Franklin School Retirees Association.


She leaves her younger brother Charles H. Pomeroy III of Burbank, CA; and her three children, Tom Deen & Kristen Myers and grandsons James and Rory of Seattle, WA, and Donald McClusky; David & Julie Deen and granddaughters Kayla, Megan and Hayley of Richland; former daughter-in-law, Tanya Longaker of Kennewick and grandchildren Arthur & Sarah Deen; and great-grandchildren Ezri, Xavier, Tanis, Zarik & Ryker of Rexburg, ID; grandchildren Adam & Kym Deen and great-grandson Ryder of Richland; former granddaughter-in-law Adrienne Deen and great-grandson Vincent of Richland; granddaughter Aleasha Shaw; and Carolyn & Richard Fazzari and grandchildren Eric of Richland and Marisa of Grand Rapids, MI.


Mildred was diagnosed with metastasized small cell carcinoma in July 2011 and chose not to seek treatment, but die as she lived with strength and independence. She was cared for at home by her children with support from Hospice at The Chaplaincy. She died at home on December 4, 2011. At Mildred's request, there will be no services.


Published in Tri-City Herald from December 7 to December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Allen Paul Kuszewski, BHS 1966

Allen Paul Kuszewski, BHS 1966



KUSZEWSKI -- Allen Paul Kuszewski , 60, of Visalia died Monday. Services are pending. Arrangements: Trident Society in Bakersfield.


Fresno Bee, The (CA) - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, December 12, 2011

David Campbell, BHS 1965

David Campbell, BHS 1965


He was in the class of '65 but did not graduate with us because he moved away mid year. His Father was the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church across from BHS until they moved.


Dave passed away this morning December 9, 2011 of a heart attack. No other details at this time.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Karry Ann McEntire Hughes, BHS 1966

Karry Ann McEntire Hughes, BHS 1966



She was born Jan. 30, 1948 at Queen of Angeles hospital in Los Angeles.


She moved to Burbank when she was 13 and went to John Muir and Burbank High School. She married Michael Hughes from Texas and they had one son, Donald Hughes. In the late 70's they moved to Oregon.


Karry was killed in a motorcyle accident July 16, 1985 in Salem, Oregon. Her husband, Mike, was driving the bike and a car did not see them and turned left right in front of them and Mike didn't even have time to break. He was seriously injured but survived and unfortunately for Karry, she was thrown from the bike and broke her neck and died instantly.


Thomas and Sharon McEntire, Karry's Brother

Saturday, December 10, 2011

James Paul Kuszewski, BHS 1962



James Paul Kuszewski, BHS 1962


Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) - Wednesday, December 7, 2011

James Paul Kuszewski was born in June 1944, in Milwaukee, Wis., and passed away Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.


The family moved from Milwaukee to Southern California, where James graduated from Burbank High School. He moved his family to the Central Coast in May of 1992.


James leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth; three children Janel, Jared (Christina) and Ryan; sister, Kathleen Mc- Donald (Vernon); and three grandchildren, Faith, Elijah, and Graci.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Richard Marc Cutter, BHS 1964

Received this from Pam & Jon Kirkwood, BHS 64 via Mickey Depalo, BHS 64.


Hi Pam and Jon,
Another member of Burbank High, class of 1964, has passed away. Marc Cutter passed away on December 5th, 2011.



Marc has been living in Mariposa, California, near Fresno, for the past several years. He and his wonderful wife, Karen, called it their dream home. They were very happy living there, and made periodic trips to Burbank to see friends and Marc's sister, Carol Finkle, BHS, class of '62.


Marc was a VERY PROUD Vietnam Veteran. Marc was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran, with a Silver Star, three Soldiers Medals, and a Purple Heart among his many decorations. Marc was an outstanding example of a Vietnam veteran who came home, raised a family, and made many great contributions to his community.


Marc cared for the welfare of not only veterans, but also for the welfare of everyone he encountered. Marc was also a valuable member of the City of Burbank Veterans Commemorative Committee. He and his wife Karen came up with the idea of shipping items to the men and women serving overseas soon after 9/11. They came up with the name Hands Across the Battlefield. The program has met with a great deal of success and through the generosity of the Burbank residents and surrounding communities, there has been over 40 tons of health and comfort items sent overseas. This would never have happened if not for Marc and Karen.


There will be a memorial service for Marc at the McCambridge Park War Memorials located at Amherst and San Fernando Road in Burbank, on Sunday December 18, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.
I ask everyone to keep Marc, his wife Karen, his children and grandchildren, his sister, Carol, and his entire family in their prayers.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Joan Miller Gordon, BHS 1969

Just received the sad news from Guy Gingell, BHS '66, that Joan Miller Gordon, BHS '69, passed away , November 30, 2011, after a long illness.

Joan went all the way through school in Burbank at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, John Muir Junior High, and Burbank High School. Joan's sisters also went to BHS, , Joyce Miller, BHS '67, and Gail Miller, BHS '65.

A friend Remembers:

Very Very Sad. I went all through school with Joan at Jefferson, Muir and BHS.. We weren't Best Buds, but we were friends. I remember especially at Jefferson, she missed a lot of school because of Illness. She almost died. She had polio and wore a complete body cast and then a metal brace all the way up her back..

She was a wonderful person, so kind and funny. She really had a good sense of humor.. She was such an inspiration to people. I remember even in grade school and you know grade school kids don't think or know much about illnesses like polio, but I remember thinking how impressed I was by someone, so small and so weak, yet it didn't get her down and she seemed so strong.. So sorry to hear of her passing..

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Brian Henry Bartsch, BHS 1970

Brian Henry Bartsch was born on June 10, 1952 in Los Angeles County, California to William and Elaine Bartsch and passed away on October 9, 2005.

While growing up in Burbank Brian lived on Hilton Drive and attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and John Muir Junior High (now Middle School) and graduated from Burbank High School in 1970. He and his brother Bradley was last living in Lakeview Terrace, California.

Brian was interred at Foret Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California. He was preceded in death by his mother Elaine in 2001. He is survived by his father William Bartsch of Burbank and one brother Bradley of Lakeview Terrace.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Karen Rowena Bond Flanagan, BHS 1969

Karen Rowena Bond Flanagan, BHS 1969



July 20, 1951 - November 18, 2011


Karen was born on July 20, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. Karen passed away on November 18, 2011 after losing her battle with cancer.


She married James F. Flanagen on January 19, 1974 in Los Angeles County. While growing up in Burbank Karen attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, John Muir Junior High School and graduated from Burbank High School with the class of 1969.


Karen is survived by her husband Jim and one son and one daughter.










Sunday, December 4, 2011

Phyllis Ann Huette Riggs, BHS 1958

Phyllis Ann Huette Riggs, BHS 1958


A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 749 S.E. Jackson St. in Roseburg, Oregon, for Phyllis A. Riggs.


Hosted by the Roseburg Elkettes. Altrusa and her Precepter Zetz sisters. She died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 25, 2011, at her home in Roseburg. She was 70.


She was born on January 7, 1941, in Glendale, California. She graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank California, in 1958. She and her husband, Roy were married on October 3, 1958, and were blessed with 53 years of marriage.


Survivors include her husband, Roy, son, Mike Riggs of Eugene, Oregon, and her daughter, Lisa Riggs of Medford, Oregon. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Breast Cancer Research. Arrangements by Pearson's Funeral Home of Roseburg.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, The News Review Douglas County, Roseburg, OR

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bradley William Bartsch, BHS 1969

Bradley William Bartsch, BHS 1969


March 29, 1951 - November 19, 2011

Brad Bartsch was born on March 29, 1951 in Los Angeles County to William and Elaine Bartsch and passed away on November 19, 2011 due to Liver Failure.

While growing up in Burbank his family lived on Hilton Drive. Brad attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, John Muir Junior High (now Middle School) and Burbank High School, graduating with the class of 1969.

Brad was preceded in death by his mother Elaine who died in 2001, and his brother Brian who died in 2005.

He was last living in Lakeview Terrace, California.