Tuesday, January 31, 2012

William 'Bill' Stone Van Orsdol, BHS 1942

William 'Bill' Stone Van Orsdol, BHS 1942



William "Bill" Stone Van Orsdol, 83, of Simi Valley, passed away after a brief illness with cancer on July 21, 2007.


Bill was born on Dec. 21, 1923, in Topeka, Kan. He moved to Burbank, Calif., in 1938 and attended John Muir Junior High and Burbank High School until 1942, when he then went into the Navy in World War II and was a first class cook on the USS Portland until October 1946.


After he was out of the Navy, he cooked for Van's Drive Inn and Eaton's, and soon after opened his own ice cream, hamburger and breakfast shop called Snow Birds in Burbank. He dedicated 33 years, from 1948 to 1981, working as a clerk and manager for Vons grocery stores throughout Southern California.


He lived in (Santa Susana) Simi Valley since 1962, raising his family with his wife, Alys, who preceded him in death in 1998. During that time he was an avid deer hunter, golfer, fisherman, a great cook and the best maker of homemade fudge ever.


He took his family on wonderful vacations each summer throughout the Midwest and to Bass Lake to water ski. Bill was an upstanding member in the Rotary Club and American Legion in Simi Valley and the Elks Lodge in Kernville, Calif.


He has enjoyed and treasured the past seven years with his lifelong friend, adoring wife and companion Kathy Ervin Van Orsdol. They have enjoyed their business, Penny Pinchers Antiques, and helping in the community, specially remembering those tri-tip dinners for St. Peter Claver Church Bingo.


Bill will be greatly missed by his family, friends and customers knowing that he was a man of pride and dedication during his life with a very soft heart.


He leaves behind his wife of seven years, Kathy Ervin Van Orsdol, and her son, Bill's primary caregiver during his illness, Jim Ervin of Simi Valley; son, Robert Van Orsdol and wife Linda of Quartz Hill, Calif.; grandchildren Justin Van Orsdol, Jason Hooker, Belle Hodapp and Adam Herpe; son Steve Van Orsdol and wife Nancy of Ventura; granddaughter Lori Carrese; daughter, Cindy Merwin and husband Geoffrey Beebe of Junction City, Calif.; grandchildren Naomi Merwin and Julian Beebe; daughter Karen Belluomini and husband Dennis of Campbell, Calif; grandson Jim; great-grandson, Michael; and brother Wayne Van Orsdol and his wife Carol of Granada Hills, Calif.


Our special thanks to our wonderful family and friends during these trying times, especially Elsie and Kenny, Shelly and Mike, George and Judy, Bob and Georgie, and Bob and Sherri.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bill's name to a charity of your choice.


Family and friends are invited to attend memorial services at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, at St. Peter Claver Church, on the corner of Stow and Cochran streets, in Simi Valley, with a Bethany repast after services in the church hall.


Please sign the guest book at obits.VenturaCountyStar.com

Monday, January 30, 2012

Robert Grueter, BHS Teacher

Robert Grueter, BHS Teacher


Robert "Bob" Grueter, 75, Bradenton, died Aug. 29, 1999.

He was born May 31, 1924, in Harvey, Ill., and came to Manatee County 12 years ago from Burbank, California. He was a mathematics teacher and a football and baseball coach at Burbank High School. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a sailor and a licensed pilot.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda; a daughter, Pam Dito of San Mateo, Calif.; two sons, Corby of Winter Haven and Barry D. of Orange County, Calif.; a sister, Barbara Stutzriem of Park Forest, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


There will be no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, is in charge.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - September 2, 1999

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ronald J. Faris, BHS 1969

Ronald J. Faris, BHS 1969


AIR FORCE FLIER DIES IN DESERT JET CRASH

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Wednesday, February 12, 1986

Author: PATRICIA FARRELL AIDEM, Daily News Staff Writer


An Air Force flight engineer was killed Tuesday when the supersonic aircraft he was aboard crashed in the remote desert north of Edwards Air Force Base.

The pilot -- the only other occupant of the F-4 Phantom II -- ejected from the plane and parachuted to safety. The 8:27 a.m. crash near Boron, 10 miles north of Edwards, killed Maj. Ronald J. Faris, a 1969 graduate of Burbank High School . An unknown civilian pilot in the vicinity radioed the base when he spotted Phantom pilot Capt. Douglas M. Moss on the ground waving for help, said Don Haley, an Air Force spokesman.

Faris was seated in the rear of the two-seat Phantom, said Haley, adding that officials are uncertain why he did not eject. The planes, built in St. Louis by McDonnell-Douglas Corp., have a good safety record at Edwards and are flown daily by trainees, he added.


Faris, 34, and Moss, 32, are assigned to the Edwards flight test center and were on a required proficiency training exercise, Haley said. The two were returning to the base 10 minutes after takeoff when they declared an emergency, Haley added. An investigative board was formed immediately to determine the cause of the accident.

Faris, a Glendale native, is survived by his wife Judith and the couple's two daughters, Kasey, 5, and Brook, 2. His parents, John and Marian Faris, recently moved from their Glendale home, Haley said. Faris has been in the Air Force since 1973 and had been stationed at Edwards since December 1981.


Burbank High Principal William Bertrand, Faris's gym teacher at Muir Junior High School, remembered Faris as a "good strong student, the kind of kid that always accomplished the extra effort." "Usually you remember two types of students -- those who present a problem and those who always excel," Bertrand said. "Ron was the second kind."


Tuesday's crash came exactly two weeks after the space shuttle explosion that killed seven astronauts, including two men who had trained at Edwards. The accident also came in the wake of Edwards' announcement of its perfect 1985 flight safety record.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jean Nellis Cadwallader, BHS 1937

Jean Nellis Cadwallader, BHS 1937



San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - September 20, 2007


Jean Nellis Cadwallader, with her family at her side, passed away in San Diego, CA, on September 16, 2007, following a brief illness.


She was born in Russell, Illinois, on February 15, 1919, the daughter of Robert Landon Nellis and Hattie Zander Nellis. Her father had a grocery store in Elburn, IL. In 1925, her family came by train to California and settled in Burbank. Jean attended Burbank schools. She was the valedictorian of her Burbank High School class, the youngest student in her class. Jean attended Glendale College and Glendale Business College. She started work with Smart & Final Co. in Los Angeles and then transferred to the Bakersfield office.


Jean met her future husband, William Y. 'Red' Cadwallader in Bakersfield. They were married in 1944, at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, between Bill's World War II Army assignments on Kodiak Island, Alaska, and the European Theatre after D-Day. During the war, Jean worked at Lockheed Overseas Corp., located in the Disney Studios in Burbank, and Navy Lockheed Service Center in Van Nuys. The Disney Studios were especially fun during the war because, in the evenings, the workers were allowed to come back to view movies.


After World War II ended, Jean and Bill came back to Bakersfield. Bill worked in oil field sales and Jean worked at Shell Oil Co. After the birth of their first child, Jean stayed home to raise their family. Jean returned to work after her children were all in school. She worked at the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium as executive secretary to the manager for 20 years before retiring.


An important part of her life was her membership for over 50 years in the Sigma Chapter of Phi Epsilon Phi sorority and her friendships with this special group of women. Jean enjoyed bridge, reading, travel, and collecting paperweights. She was an outstanding rose gardener with many awards from the Kern County Fair, including Outstanding Exhibitor. She also was a breeder of AKC registered Beagle puppies and an accomplished pianist.


Jean is survived by Bill, her husband of 63 years, children Janis Cadwallader (Larry Edwards) of San Diego; Lynn Cadwallader (Richard Barran) of Cambridge, MA; Bill Cadwallader (Lois) of Las Vegas, NV; Neil Cadwallader (Ellen) of Vista; and Suzanne Cadwallader (Arthur Raybold) of La Mesa; and grandchildren Sarah Cadwallader of Lake Eildon, Australia; Sam Cadwallader of Del Mar; and Chloe Barran of Cambridge, MA.


She also leaves a brother, William Nellis of Woodstock, CT; and nieces and nephews Brady Nellis, Kirby Nellis, Nancy Nellis, Terry Baurley, William Montgomery, Matt Cinquini, and Valerie Bennett. Jean and Bill had recently relocated to San Diego to be closer to their children. We will remember her as witty, clever, and humorous, and we will miss her very much.


Private services will be Friday, September 21st, at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, CA. Condolences may be sent to W.Y. Cadwallader, 11588 Via Rancho San Diego G2076, El Cajon, CA 92019.Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dorothy Alice Shiells, BHS 1926 ?


Dorothy Alice Shiells, BHS 1926 ?



Ventura County Star (CA) - May 2, 2003


Dorothy Alice Shiells 94 passed away peacefully in her home on April 29 2003.


Dorothy was born in Brooklyn N.Y. on Oct. 23 1908. At a young age Dorothy along with her parents and two other sisters made the long auto journey from West Haven Conn. to Burbank at a time when such trips were measured in weeks not days.


Dorothy grew up in Burbank attended Burbank High School and after graduation enrolled at UCLA where she received two teaching credentials upon completion of her studies in 1930. She was accepted for a teaching position at the old San Cayetano grade school in Fillmore. Dorothy taught there for several years before she met and later married Lester T. Shiells a local rancher. After her marriage in 1933 she devoted herself to being a wife and mother.


During her lifetime Dorothy was active in and president of many organizations including Children's Home Society Ebell Club Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW) Fillmore Republican Women's Club and Soroptomist International. She was a life member of the Ventura County Museum of History and Art and honorary life member of the Convalescent Hospital Auxiliary. Dorothy was a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and a district director for three years. She was selected to sit on the Ventura County Grand Jury in 1965 and accepted that honor with great humility and dignity.


Always involved in one way or another with the best interests of her community in mind Dorothy and her beloved husband Lester gave of themselves in so many ways never seeking recognition for their never-ending donations to the community over the years.


Dorothy was predeceased by her daughter Sandra in 1978 and her husband Les in 1985. She is survived by her son Larry; daughter-in-law Carol; grandsons Ryan and Chad Shiells; and great-granddaughter Isabella Madeline Shiells.


A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday May 5 at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Dorothy's name be made to the Ventura County Children's Home Society an organization Dorothy loved dearly.






Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pat Webster, BHS 1978

Pat Webster, BHS 1978

TEMECULA: Late coach saluted by team, others

Published: 20 January 2012, The Press-Enterprise

A vigil Saturday in Temecula will honor longtime and well-loved youth baseball and basketball coach Pat Webster.

This week, family members and friends sat around the kitchen table in a Temecula home pouring over pictures of Mr. Webster, who died suddenly of an apparent heart attack in his home office on Jan. 13. He was 51.

“He was such a wonderful son,” Mr. Webster’s mother, Doris Van Buren said as she choked back tears. “As a child, I never had to tell him to do his homework or anything at all. He was a self starter and always helped others.”

The 2 p.m. vigil is at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula.

Jan. 13 started out like many days at the Webster household. Mr. Webster’s wife, Gaby, shuttled the kids to school and said goodbye to her husband of 18 years before she headed out to run errands. “It was a normal day, nothing seemed out of the ordinary,” she said, sobbing. She added that they both had recently lost a fair amount of weight and enjoyed a healthy lifestyle and diet.

In the afternoon, the Websters’ 12-year-old son Cade returned from school and ran into his father’s office to greet him. “Cade called out to me and said that Dad looked like he was sleeping at his desk and didn’t look right,” Gaby Webster said. She said that she ran in and realized her husband was in grave condition and immediately called 911.

“Cade ran to a neighbor’s house for help,” she said.

Mr. Webster had been a fixture in the baseball community for the past seven years and often managed and coached teams. “You never know when you meet someone what role they will play in your life,” Mr. Webster’s close friend and coaching partner Rob Hays said. “We met on the field and became the best of friends.”

Sports played an important role in Mr. Webster’s life. He was a high school basketball star at Burbank High School. “He attended the John Wooden sports camp and was given the nickname Mr. Hustle,” Van Buren said. “He was always active and always into sports.” Mr. Webster still holds a basketball record for the Burbank Recreational Center for successfully making 38 free-throws in a row in 1972.

As for the travel ball baseball team he coached with Hays, it will continue. The Temecula Tritons played in a baseball tournament that began the day after Mr. Webster’s death. They pointed skyward in his memory. Then they won the championship. “I put this team together for a great group of athletic boys and great coaches,” Hays said. “We are a baseball family and Pat will be greatly missed.”

Burbank Leader, January 23, 2012

Pat Webster, BHS 1978

October 26, 1960-January 13, 2012

Pat graduated from Burbank High school 1978. He leaves behind his wife Gabby daughter Hailey son Cade, mother Doris, sister Sharon brothers Mike &Billy. Pat has lived in Temecula for the last 12 years.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Peggie Valentine Steinauer, BHS 1927

Peggie Valentine Steinauer, BHS 1927



Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - May 31, 1998


A private memorial service has been held for Peggie Valentine Steinauer, who died May 27, 1998, at age 87.


Mrs. Steinauer was born Oct. 1, 1910, in Portland. Her maiden name was Valentine. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1927 and attended the University of Southern California. She married Henry C. Shaw in 1928 and lived in San Francisco. She later divorced Shaw.


She graduated from the Webster College School of Business and was an instructor in the U.S. Army Air Force Technical School during World War II. She married Willard A. in 1945,and they moved to Alaska in 1948. She was administrative assistant to the president of Alaska Methodist University from 1959 to 1961. She also worked for the Kenai School District. She moved to Arch Cape in 1977. Mr. Steinauer died in 1980. She had lived in Portland for two years.


Survivors include her son, Donald H. Shaw of Snohomish, Wash.; daughter, Celia S. Wiebe of Portland; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.


Disposition was by cremation. Arrangements are by Killingsworth Little Chapel of the Chimes and Telophase Cremation Society.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Meredith Baylis, BHS 1947

Meredith Baylis, 73; Danced With the Famed Ballets Russes


Los Angeles Times (CA) - August 10, 2002

Meredith Baylis, a former dancer in the fabled Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo who went on to become a noted teacher in the Joffrey Ballet School and then taught for two decades in Southern California, has died. She was 73.


Baylis died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank on July 26 of complications from heart surgery.

Of Scottish-Irish descent, Baylis was born in Burbank on April 4, 1929, and came from a theatrical family. Her great-aunt Lilian Baylis was the director of London's Old Vic Theatre from which both the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Ballet eventually emerged. She studied ballet locally and in New York, graduated from Burbank High School in 1947 and shortly afterward joined a national touring company of the musical "Carousel." She later danced on Broadway in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Can-Can" and "The Girl in Pink Tights."

In the 1951-52 season, she joined the Ballets Russes, then the world's most glamorous classical dance company, dancing featured roles and later working as a coach for the company until its closure in 1962. "The Ballets Russes was the first blending of the Old World and the New World in ballet," she told dance historian Jack Anderson when he was researching a book on the company. "It linked St. Petersburg [Russia] with America and Canada."


Five years after the Ballets Russes folded, she was teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, formed as a training adjunct to the ballet company founded by Robert Joffrey. Baylis taught there for more than 20 years, pioneering the teaching of ballet to deaf children. In 1979, she chose Ron Reagan to be a scholarship student, not knowing that he was the president's son.


She left Joffrey in the 1980s and returned to Burbank to care for her father, continuing to teach on her own and with other Ballets Russes alumnae.


She is survived by a brother, Richard Baylis of Huntington Beach.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

John Clarence Duffendack III, BHS 1959

John Clarence Duffendack III, BHS 1959

Ann Arbor News (MI) - March 21, 2006Northfield Township, MI
Age 64, died March 18, 2006. John was born on May 2, 1941 to Mr. and Mrs. John C. Duffendack, Jr. in Glendale, California. He was raised and attended schools through high school in Burbank, CA, where he was active in both school and Boy Scout programs. Upon graduating from Burbank High School, he attended the University of Michigan where his parents met, and where his great uncle, Dr. O. S. Duffendack, held a chair in the Physics Department. There he received a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics and Business Administration.He was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. While pursuing his Ph.D., he began working for ComShare, an Ann Arbor computer services company, serving in a number of executive positions until 1973. From 1973 to 1981, John held various executive positions with The Cypbernetics Corporation (later ADP), responsible for all aspects of the design, implementation, growth, maintenance, operation and management of the company's three large computer centers (Ann Arbor, Boston, London) and its international telecommunications network spanning thirteen time zones with facilities in 180 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.
In 1981, he founded Meridian Instruments, Inc., a biotech start up company in Okemos, MI. As President and CEO for 13 years, he sought funding, marketed and developed world wide sales for the company until 1995. He joined VetGen LLC in Ann Arbor as President and CEO in 1998. VetGen researches and tests for genetic diseases in companion animals, primarily dogs, horses and cats.

John was a private pilot and avid flyer, an accomplished sailor and cook, but most of all, he was a loving husband to his wife, Stefanie, and a devoted father to his son, Ted.
John, Stefanie and Ted raise and show champion Gordon Setters, which was Stefanie's passion and occupation while living in Germany. This common bond offered many exciting week-ends for canines and humans alike.

John is survived by his wife, Stefanie, his son, Edward, his mother and father, his sisters, Linda Mays and Carole Fowler and his nieces and nephews. He was a devoted son, a loyal brother, a doting father, a steadfast friend, and an adoring husband. He will be sorely missed.


A private memorial service is planned. Memorial gifts may be directed to The Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (website: hshv.org) and/or The School of Music at the University of Michigan, Development Office, 2005 Bates Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Please designate gifts in memory of John C. Duffendack. Arrangements by Generations, Ann Arbor.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Glen W. Duke, BHS 1940

Glen W. Duke, BHS 1940


Glen W. Duke, Retired Burbank Fire Captain Dies


By Stan Lynch, Burbank N Beyond


Funeral services for retired Burbank Fire Department Captain Glen W. Duke, will be held on Friday. Mr. Duke died on January 13, 2012 at the age of 89.

Born in Arco, Idaho in 1922, to Roy and Hazel Duke, Glen had seven brothers and sisters. The family moved to Long Beach, before settling in Burbank. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1940, and began working for the City of Burbank in the Public Service Department (now Burbank Water and Power) in September 1940 as a meter reader.
His career with the City of Burbank was interrupted by World War II. Glen enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, serving in the Philippines. He left the Air Force in 1946, and returned to Burbank and his job with the City.


Glen joined the Burbank Fire Department in April of 1953. In 1971 he was promoted to Engineer. In 1974 Glen was promoted to the rank of Captain. During his career with the fire department he was instrumental in setting up their dispatch system. He worked as an arson investigator.


Glen was probably best known for his work in the Fire Prevention Bureau. He taught hundreds of children in the Burbank Schools about fire safety. Glen was the first firefighter to be teamed up with the police department working on the Neighborhood Watch program. He retired from the Burbank Fire Department in 1977.


Glen served on the Burbank Civil Service Commission from 1985-1993. He was a member of the Veterans’ Commemorative Committee since its inception in 1994. He was also a member of the 4th of July Committee.


Active in his retirement, Glen bought a motor home and toured the country. He and his wife enjoyed gold panning. He loved auto racing, having attended the Indianapolis 500. He was well known for his skill as a pool player at Pickwick. Glen leaves a host of friends who enjoyed his humor. He always had a joke or story to tell.


Mr. Duke is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary; and sister Eileen. He is also survived by his first wife, Marma Lee Brehm; son, David Duke; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.


On Friday at 10:30 a.m. a procession will form at the Valley Funeral Home. It will then proceed one block to Fire Station 14, where Engine 14 will escort Captain Duke to Glen Haven Memorial Park for the graveside service at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marian Lynette Wheeler Warren, BHS 1931

Marian Lynette Wheeler Warren, BHS 1931


Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) - April 25, 2007


Marian Lynette Warren, " Aunt Lynette," 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 10, 2007, in Burbank, Calif. Lynette was born December 1912 in Burbank and was a graduate of Burbank High Class of 1931.


After receiving her real estate license, Lynette worked as a loan broker while buying and selling her own properties. She married the man of her dreams and enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage. They settled in San Bernardino, Calif., in 1942 and then retired to Shell Beach in 1970.


Lynette loved people and especially children. Although she had no children of her own, her house was always the favorite place to go. The kids knew they were always welcome, and there was probably a little candy in it for them, too.


Lynette loved fishing and clamming, and took many trips with her husband and friends. What she loved most was her gardens. Everyone who saw her beautiful flowers fell in love with them, too.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Guy F. Warren. She is survived by two nephews Glen (Sharon) Roskilly of Shadow Hills, Calif., and Barton ( Suzette) Campbell of La Canada, Calif.; three nieces Dorothy Campbell Kosmak of Dadesville, Ala., Marian Campbell D'lia of Burbank and Grace ( Sam) Campbell Strong of Tehachapi, Calif.; and 18 great- nieces and great nephews and their families.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jill Barnett Barnfather, BHS 1962

Jill Barnett Barnfather, BHS 1962



I regret to advise you that my sister, Jill Barnett Barnfather, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2011 in Portland, Oregon.


Jill was a passionate quilter, gardener and home decorator and loved by everyone in her family.


In recent years she left Southern California and lived with my Mother in Seaside, Oregon, enjoying the coastal Oregon lifestyle.


Best regards, Jim (Jamie) Barnett, class of 1965

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Elinor H. Goodman Guenther, BHS 1951

Elinor H. Goodman Guenther, BHS 1951



September 16, 1933 - January 6, 2012


Born in Los Angeles, Mom grew up in Burbank, graduating from Burbank High School in 1951. She worked at Lockheed until 1958, when she married Wrynn Guenther, and became a homemaker, and the mother of 4 children.


In 1971, Mom went back to school, and for over 30 years, she worked as a CNA at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. She retired at the age 67, and she moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2006 to be with her daughter and son.


Mom enjoyed reading, movies, music, singing, gardening, socializing, and playing games.


She is survived by her four children, Glenna (John) Dersch, sons Patrick (Barbara) Guenther, Vance Guenther, and David (Sylvia) Guenther, eight grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, several nieces, nephews, and friends. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Manny and Marion Goodman, and brother, D.A.A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date in California.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House, PO Box 1600, Vancouver, WA, 98668.


Published in Los Angeles Daily News on January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Donna Lee Quick Watkins, BHS 1963

Donna Lee Quick Watkins, BHS 1963


Ventura County Star (CA) - Friday, January 6, 2012


Born:1944 - Died:2012


Donna was born on December 13, 1944, in Burbank , California and passed away on January 3, 2012, in Westlake Village, California, at the age of 67. She lived and attended school in Burbank , graduating from Burbank High School in 1963.


Donna married Grant Finster in 1965 and they moved to Newbury Park shortly after they got married, where they soon started a family. First, daughter Josephine was born in 1967 and two years later, son Jeffrey would join the family. They were very active in the Church of Latter-Day Saints ward and made life-long friends. Camping at Leo Cabrillo Beach was a favorite activity that Donna, her family and her LDS family and friends enjoyed for many years and some are still enjoying to this day.


After marrying Lawrence Watkins in 1974, Donna gave birth to daughter Amy in 1975. She and her family moved to Las Vegas, Utah and back to California, where she was the happiest, being closer to her many friends.


Donna loved collecting turtles, live, ceramic, and wooden, at one time had over 1000 turtles in her collection. She also was a very talented seamstress, making clothes and costumes for her children and grandchildren. Another passion was baking, particularly gingerbread houses at Christmas time. She especially enjoyed teaching others how to make this holiday decoration.


Donna was a loving and giving person and loved her family and friends with all her heart, especially her children and grandchildren. Surviving Donna are daughter Jodi (husband Kevin) Keller of Newbury Park, son Jeff Finsterof Hesperia, and daughter Amy (partner/wife Gia de Leon)Watkins of Rancho Cucamonga. Grandchildren include Cassity Keller, Rachel Williams, Michael and Jared Finster.


Also surviving Donna are sisters Diana Johnson, Dawn Livingston and brother David Cooper along with many nieces and nephews. With friends too numerous to name, we'd like to acknowledge the Peterson's , the Barker's, Kenny Estep and Helen Belsheim Moore as some of Donna's most treasured people in her life.


Funeral services will be Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Newbury Park Stake Building, Newbury Park, with viewing at 1 p.m. and services beginning at 2 p.m. Internment will be Monday, January 9th, time will be given upon request, at the Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks. (805)230-2800

Friday, January 13, 2012

Edward DeMutis, BHS 1946

Edward DeMutis, BHS 1946

Passed away on Sunday Jan. 8, 2012. He lived in Murietta, CA with his wife Dorothy Bowen DeMutis. The family has chosen not to publish a obituary in the newspaper so this is all of the information that I have at this time.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Michael Alan Tideback , BHS 1967

Michael Alan Tideback , BHS 1967
February 28, 1949 - January 9, 2012


Michael Alan Tideback passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012, at his home in Lake Isabella, CA. He was 62.


A friend of Mike's, who had talked to him two days earlier, was not able to reach him on Monday morning. He then went to Mike's home about 10:00 A.M. and discovered that Mike was deceased.


The Kern County Coroner's Office believes that Mike passed away earlier the same day that his friend found him, Monday the 9th. The Kern County Coroner was to conclude their testing today, and believes Mike's death to be due to natural causes, probably a heart attack.

Mike Tideback was born in Iowa on February 28, 1949 to George and Frances Tideback. He had one younger brother, Bill Tideback (BHS '68), who was born May 2, 1950. In 1960 the family moved from Iowa to Southern California, first living in Glendale. When the family moved to Burbank Mike was in 8th grade, and Bill was in 7th grade, at John Muir. They lived on Reese Place, between Glenoaks and Tulare. That is where they lived the rest of their years growing up, and where their parents lived until both of their deaths.


George Tideback worked for the L.A. Unified School District as the Athletic Director at Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley for many years, and until his retirement. George passed away in 1998.


Soon after Mike finished at BHS he was drafted by the Army and went to Viet Nam in the late 1960's. Once his service was complete he returned to Burbank and began working. He worked for the same company for many, many years in a supervisory position, and continued to live in Burbank through the years. Within the last couple of years Mike retired. In February of 2011 he moved from Burbank to Lake Isabella, and had been very happy living there. Mike never married and did not have children.


Mike was predeceased by his father George; his mother, Frances Tideback, on July 30, 2010 at age 83; and his younger brother, Bill Tideback, on April 13, 2008 at age 57. He is survived by his niece, Alison Tideback Castaneda (Bill's daughter), her husband, Bob Castaneda, BHS '94, and their three children, Joshua, Matthew, and Emily, all of Glendale.


A private memorial will be held for Mike by Alison and her family. Mike's cremated remains will be placed in the family niche at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills to join his father, mother, and brother.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lavina Oris Archuletta Anderson, BHS 1958 ?

Lavina Oris Archuletta Anderson, BHS 1958 ?


January 5, 2012, Burbank Leader


Lavina Anderson, beloved wife, mother and friend, was born Levina Oris Archuletta on February 8, 1940 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With her parents Levi Archuletta and Oris Hill, the family settled with their only child Lavina in Burbank, California.


Growing up she made many friends from Washington Elementary, Burbank High School and Valley College where she was a member of the Delta Phi Sorority.

In 1962 Lavina married Blayney Nils Anderson. The couple traveled often, including road trips up the Pacific Coast into Canada and a month long tour of Europe. They once visited their favorite destination, Yosemite National Park, over 26 times in one year. Then in 1965, Lavina gave birth to their only child Lance Courtney. The family continued to travel, often times to the family cabin in Big Bear.


Over the years Lavina became a cherished “Team Mother” for Lance’s Little League Baseball teams. With her friends, Lavina shared her sharp sense of humor and her lifetime love of cooking, cards, movies and the holidays.


During Lavina’s final years of life, she fought bravely against several medical conditions, including enduring over 10 years of dialysis. Despite these challenges she enjoyed life to the fullest, including six trips to the Hollywood Bowl this past Summer.


On the day after Christmas, with her faithful husband by her side, Lavina passed away on the morning of December 26, 2010 at St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank. Lavina’s Celebration of Life memorial was held at Descanso Gardens on March 6, 2011 and was well attended by family and friends.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Louis Russell "Skip; Santa" Flinders, BHS 1957 ?

Louis Russell "Skip; Santa" Flinders, BHS 1957 ?
(1939 - 2011)

Skip Flinders, 72, passed away Nov. 21, 2011, at his home in Providence, Utah, after a valiant three-year battle with prostate and bone cancer. He lived more than a year longer than the oncologist thought he would.

He was born Jan. 19, 1939, in Glendale, Calif., to Frederick Roy and Elsie Marie Malan Flinders. He graduated from Burbank High School. Except for two years serving an LDS mission and two years in the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C. (he received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1967), Skip lived in Burbank, Calif., until 1992, then moved to Providence, Utah.

He married Lynne Michele De Mille Fannin on Sept. 21, 1962, which resulted in the birth of a son, Russell Dean Flinders, on June 2, 1964. Their marriage ended in divorce.

He married Carole Lynn Pulley on March 14, 1970, having two sons: Craig "R" Flinders on April 30, 1971, and Brian "L" Flinders on July 15, 1973. The marriage ended with Carole's death Nov. 24, 1989.

He married Janet Skidmore on Oct. 13, 1990. With the move to Providence, Utah, on Nov. 17, 1992, they began their retired lives doing community service. They helped many charitable organizations: Kiwanis Club of Logan, Eccles Theatre, Cache County Chapter of the American Red Cross, USU Aggie Auction Committee, Cache Employment & Training Center's Christmas Party and their 50th celebration this last summer, Utah Festival Opera Guild, the Key Club's booth at the Cache County Fair (Rubber Duckie Derbies), and joined the Hyde Park Lions Club last January.Skip worked 36 years for his father in the Flinders Insurance Agency in Burbank.

He enjoyed his first deer hunt in 1994 and got his first buck in 1995. Traveling and the out-of-doors were some of the joys in his life, along with ice fishing at Hyrum Dam. He attended all but one of the yearly Kiwanis International Conventions since 1995. This year it was in Geneva, Switzerland. He and Janet were able to travel to Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Holland and Germany. His favorite meal during that 21 days was at the Geneva Airport at Burger King.
He was preceded in death by his baby sister, Elaine Marie Flinders, and his parents.

He is survived by his three sons, Russell in Florida, Craig in Wisconsin and Brian in Providence, Utah; ex-wife in Cody, Wyo.; current wife; sister, Evelyn LaVerne Harris in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; his brothers, Robert Frederick in Agua Dulce, Calif., William Oscar in Burbank, Calif., and Charles Steven in Burbank, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Providence 10th Ward chapel, 355 Canyon Road. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North, Logan. A viewing will also be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the ward building. Interment will be at the Providence Cemetery in River Heights, Utah.

Condolences and memories may be shared with family at www.nelsonfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Cache Employment and Training Center (CETC) to the Santa Fund. Send donations to: CETC, 275 W. 400 S., Logan, UT 84321.

Published in Logan Herald Journal from November 30 to December 2, 2011

Monday, January 9, 2012

Elaine Burkett Tulipana, BHS 1967

Elaine Burkett Tulipana, BHS 1967

Elaine Tulipana, 62, of Stockton, California, died December 8, 2011.


Survivors: Jim, California, motherr, Dolores, sister. Gina, niece/nephew Jennifer & James, great niece Joey, Kansas City, Missouri.

Services December 19, 2011, Cathedral. of Aunnciation (209)463-1305, Rosary 12-18, Chapel. of Palms (209)465-0265.

Published in Kansas City Star on December 14, 2011

Note: Elaine suffered from Multiple Myeloma.

Shirley Madden Blocher, BHS 1943

Shirley Madden Blocher, BHS 1943


Shirley (Madden) Blocher 1928-2011


Born May 4, 1928 to Tom and Irene Madden in Griswold, Iowa, Shirley moved with her family to Burbank, California in 1939. She met Dwain Blocher when they both were at Burbank High School. After graduation Dwain served in the Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1945. they were married in 1944. Trusting God, Shirley said it was the best decision she ever made.


Then when the war ended, Dwain went to school to become a dentist while Shirley worked as a telephone operator. Once Dwain had his own practice, she worked in his office.


Preceded in death by parents, sister, Marilyn and in 2003 her husband Dwain, she is survived by daughter Rene'e Cavender and husband Bill, son Paul Blocher and wife Dianne, daughter Allie Cossio and husband Daniel, sisters Suzanne Dennis, Mary Foucault and husband Jack, Tomi Smith and husband Gary, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and dear nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to your place of worship or Hospice of Ukiah. Memorial service will be held 1:00pm, Saturday, 12/31/11, at Calvary Baptist Church, 465 Luce Ave., Ukiah. Arrangements are under the direction of the Eversole Mortuary.


Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on December 30, 2011

Friday, January 6, 2012

Robert Duane. 'Bob' Richards, BHS 1946



Robert Duane. 'Bob' Richards, BHS 1946


Robert D. "Bob" Richards passed away at his home in Lander Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 4, 2011. He was 83. Military Honors are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Fremont County Veterans' Memorial at the courthouse in Lander. Military honors will be by the Lander Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Robert Duane Richards was born in Norfolk, Neb., on May 17, 1928, the son of Chas and Irene (Green) Richards. At the age of three, the family moved to Burbank, Calif. He resided there until 2006 when the family moved to Lander. In 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 21. He attained the rank of Sergeant as a forward observer. He returned stateside in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1956. He married Pavilowa Ruth Ann "Peggy" Bickel on March 19, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Burbank, Calif.


Bob was a professional truck driver working as a teamster for 33 years. He started as a machinist, was a mechanic, and drove truck for Hostess Bakeries for 32 years. He was a member of the Southwest Administrators Teamsters and a life-member of the National Rifle Association.


His family said Bob collected trains, enjoyed politics, loved fishing, skeet shooting, was a mechanic, enjoyed being the family comedian, loved cars and built race cars as a youngster. They said "his biggest hobby was his family."


Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Peggy Richards; daughter, Lucinda "Cindy" Richards; three grandchildren, Guy and Robyn Donovan, Steven and Paula Donovan, and Mandy and Josh Hahn; two great grandchildren, Sean Donovan and Angelina Sisul; all of Lander; sisters-in-law, Betty Romero and Joan During, both of California.


Mr. Richards was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Claire Hoover; a brother, Jerry Richards; and brother-in-law, Robert Bickel. Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice or the NRA, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501. On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Joseph R. Goss, BHS 1947

Joseph R. Goss, BHS 1947


Goss, Joseph R., 82, September 23, 1929 - December 23, 2011


Joseph Goss of Huntington Beach, CA, died following heart valve surgery. Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice; son Matthew; daughter Sharilyn Goss Castro, granddaughter Emily Reese Castro, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Reese Stotts Goss, and Eugene M. Goss, his brother Eugene M. Goss Jr., and his sister Mary Goss Barren.


Joe would say he had a great life. He started out poor; he got up at 3A.M. as a youth to deliver the L. A. Times and gave his earnings to his mother. As an adult, Joe has traveled around the world, visited the North Pole, Antarctica and scores of countries and islands in between.


Joe was raised in Burbank, CA, graduating from Burbank High School. He served as an infantryman in Korea in 1951 and earned a BS in Engineering from USC in 1959. While at USC he worked summers at Rocketdyne Division of North American Aircraft Corp. He retired in 1996 from North American Aircraft Division as Vice President. His career began on the J-2 Rocket Engine and progressed with increasing responsibility. He was the B-1B Proposal Manager and upon contract award became Vice President and Associate Program Manager.


Joe climbed and explored the eastern Sierras, California desert ranges and the mountains, mesas and canyons of the Four Corners region. He enjoyed reaching the summits as well finding ancient habitation sites and astronomical observatories. He provided his site survey reports to specialists for detailed exploration of the area.


He will be sorely missed by his loving family and many friends.


The Huntington Beach News, Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sharon Dean Hansen Cerda, BHS 1965

Sharon Dean Hansen Cerda, BHS 1965
April 27, 1947 - December 1, 2011



Sharon Hansen Cerda class of 1965, passed away on December 1, 2011. Sharon was born on April 27, 1947 in Los Angeles County, California and married Frank H. Cerda on June 4, 1983 in Los Angeles, California.


An avid follower of alumni and BHS activities she spent the past many years volunteering for community and civic organizations in her community.

She was last living in Simi Valley, California.


No other details at this time.