Saturday, June 30, 2012

Donna Jeanne Maiben Lamparter, BHS 1964

Donna Jeanne Maiben Lamparter, BHS 1964
August 14,1946 — June 15, 2012

Donna Lamparter died June 15, 2012, after a two-year fight with cancer. She touched the lives of many, teaching grades 1st through 12th. She is with the Lord now.

A celebration of Donna’s life will be private.

The Mountain Demcrat, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Donald Louis "Don" Agrati aka Don Grady, BHS 1962

Donald Louis "Don" Agrati aka Don Grady, BHS 1962

Don Grady, ex-Mouseketeer and 'My Three Sons' star, dies at 68

Don Grady, who sang and danced as a Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club," played son Robbie on the long-running family sitcom "My Three Sons," and later became a composer and songwriter, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012. He was 68. Grady died at his home in Thousand Oaks after a four-year battle with cancer, said his wife, Ginny.

A native of San Diego, Grady was born Don Agrati on June 8, 1944. His father, Lou, was in the Navy and later became a sausage maker. His mother, Mary, was a talent agent. The family moved to Lafayette in the Bay Area, where Grady developed a talent for music and dancing. He told the Contra Costa Times that he took clarinet and accordion lessons and later taught himself bass, guitar and the trumpet.

His musical talents landed him an audition with Walt Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club" when he was in middle school. He sang and danced on the show for several years but left for a part on "My Three Sons" when he was 16. Grady also appeared in other television shows of the era, including the "Rifleman" and "Wagon Train." Don graduated from Burbank High School in 1962.

He later began a new career as a composer and songwriter for television, theater and films."His passion was music," his wife, Ginny, said. "And it was because he played seven different musical instruments that he got onto the Mouseketeers show. TV was a sideline to all he ever wanted to do, which was play music."

Besides his wife of 26 years and his mother, Grady is survived by two children, Joey and Tessa, and a sister, Marilou Reichel. Another sister, actress Lani O’Grady, died of a drug overdose in 2001.

Burbank High School Yearbook 1962

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stephen Richard Poggione, BHS 1964

Stephen Richard Poggione, BHS 1964
West Hawaii Today (Kailua-Kona, HI) - July 14, 2009

Stephen Poggione
Stephen Richard Poggione, 62, of Waikoloa, died May 25, 2009 at his residence. Born Sept. 22, 1946, in Los Angeles, he was a carpenter and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. July 18 at Waikoloa Villas, 68-3840 Lua Kula Street, north swimming pool near building A, for a celebration of life. For more information, call 937-5897. He is survived by brother, Dan Poggione, of Reno, Nev.
Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Konrad von Schneidau, BHS 1942

Konrad von Schneidau, BHS 1942

Konrad Schneidau went to be with his Lord March 22, 2011. He was born in Los Angeles on April 16, 1925. He leaves his wife, Grace, and his 3 sons: Victor Edward Schneidau, William Howard von Schneidau and Robert Alan von Schneidau. Daughters-in-law Jennifer von Schneidau and Ona McGary.

Grandchildren Zackary von Schneidau, Bryanna von Schneidau, Nichalous von Schneidau, Jenna von Schneidau, and Brittany von Schneidau.

In leiu of flowers, contributions to be sent to Caring Kids Cancer on behalf of Bryanna von Schneidau, 4250 Vienna Way, Marietta, GA 30062

Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Doris Marie Olmstead Allen, BHS 1946

Doris Marie Olmstead Allen, BHS 1946

Doris Marie Allen, 83, passed away at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, CA, on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Doris was born on January 31, 1928 in Flushing, New York. She was the youngest daughter of Laurance and Margaret Olmstead. Her sister's Jean and Alice preceded her in death. Doris graduated from Burbank High School in 1946, and soon after began working at the Studios in the mail room, and as a, go to gal, where she met her husband to be, Wilbern (Bernie) Allen. She had also worked in the manufacturing and printing businesses. After retiring to Yucaipa in 1975 she worked as a teacher's aide at Yucaipa Elementary.

Doris also belonged to the Yucaipa Historical Society, where she gave tours at the Oak Glen School House. In the early 1990's Doris and Bernie moved to Yucca Valley, where she volunteered at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Bernie passed away in 1998, and not long after Doris moved back to Yucaipa, to reside in Sun Park II, where she met many friends helping out in the community's affairs.
Doris had three sons, Bruce who passed on as an infant and surviving sons, Will (Susan Allen) and David; stepdaughter, Kristi (Gary) Osga; grandchildren, Wendy (John) Laswell, Brooke Allen; step-grandson, Adam; great-grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Gregory, Max, Alex and Mathew. Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and always a friend to all, we will miss Doris greatly. May you rest in peace. Services to be held in Yucaipa, CA. Arrangements entrusted to Weaver Mortuary.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Keiko Morimoto Hentell, BHS Principal

Keiko Morimoto Hentell, BHS Principal

Los Angeles Times (CA) - March 19, 2000

Keiko Hentell; Former Educator at Burbank, Van Nuys High Schools In '94, students protested her removal, saying she was being punished for encouraging diversity on campus.

Keiko Hentell, a former principal at Burbank High School who struggled to promote cultural diversity programs among students, died March 11, 2000 of complications related to cancer. She was 59.

After three years as principal, Hentell was removed by the Burbank Unified School District without explanation in 1994. The move sparked protests from students and human rights groups, who said she was being punished for encouraging ethnic clubs at the high school. Hentell, a Japanese American, sued the district in federal court, contending that she lost her job because of race and sex discrimination. She later settled the lawsuit by agreeing to resign without compensation.

A longtime educator, Hentell was born Keiko Morimoto in 1940. Her early childhood was spent in an internment camp that Japanese Americans were forced into during World War II. She later earned a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in educational administration from USC. "Keiko was well-loved by all of the students and most of the parents who came in contact with her," said Ted McConkey, a former Burbank councilman. "She was just a wonderful person, but she got a rotten deal in Burbank from the school board."

After leaving Burbank High, Hentell worked as an assistant principal at Van Nuys High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Controversy continued to dog her, however, and the district reassigned Hentell to Griffith Middle School in 1996, amid charges that she failed to act on complaints about a teacher accused of molesting female students.

Hentell traveled widely, visiting Singapore, India, Israel, France and Mexico, among other countries. She spent two years studying comparative literature in Tokyo, Japan. Most recently, she worked at the Achievement Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure all students equal access to college.

Hentell is survived by her husband, Marc Hentell of Los Angeles; two sons, Philip and Erik, also of Los Angeles; a brother, Tak Morimoto of Pasadena; and a sister, June Sakaguchi of Fresno. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Contributions in Hentell's memory may be made to the Keiko Morimoto Hentell Scholarship Fund, c/o the Achievement Council, 3460 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 420, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Egbert Edwin "Ed" Sieckert, BHS 1932

Egbert Edwin "Ed" Sieckert, BHS 1932 
(1914 - 2011)

Ed Sieckert of Murphys, CA, passed away peacefully in Lodi, on September 17, 2011, at the age of 97. He was born in Rialto, CA, to Edwin and Marcia Sieckert on June 18, 1914. The family later moved to Burbank where Ed graduated from Burbank High School in 1932. After graduation he attended Los Angeles Trade Technical School where he majored in art and sign writing. On April 5,1941, Ed married Elsie Dort and they made their home in Burbank.

Ed joined the sign department at Lockheed Aircraft Company where he worked through the war years. After the war he co-founded Burbank Sign Company with partner Cliff Sundstrom. The business flourished and served numerous commercial firms in the Burbank/Glendale area for 15 years. Ed then left the partnership to work at Universal Studios and later Columbia, MGM, and Disney Studios until he retired in 1972.

Ed and Elsie then moved to the historic mining town of Murphys to enjoy the beautiful forest and the slower pace of life. In retirement he and Elsie enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and collecting, refinishing, and selling Victorian era antiques. Ed was also a member of the Philatelic Society and a stamp collector for over 75 years. In 1991, Ed and Elsie celebrated 50 years of marriage. Elsie passed away a month later. In 2009, Ed moved to Lodi to be closer to family and became a resident of Chancellor Place.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, his wife Elsie and his sisters Mary Sterling and Nancy Stapleton. He is survived by his only child Ed Sieckert (Kathy) of Lodi, grandson Scott Sieckert (Shannon) of San Mateo, granddaughter Erika Honsinger (Justin) of San Diego and 1 great-granddaughter Bridgette of San Mateo. He is also survived by a brother Harvey Sieckert of Lancaster, CA, and a brother Bob Sieckert of Boise, Idaho. He will be missed by all whom knew him. There will be no service at his request.

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from September 24 to October 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dwayne Lee Fitzsimmons, BHS 1954

Dwayne Lee Fitzsimmons, BHS 1954

February 6, 1937 - May 10, 2012

Dwayne "Fitz" Fitzsimmons
Fitz passed away May 10, 2012 at St. Joseph's hospital after losing a battle with emphysema. Ftiz graduated from Burbank High and lived most of his adult life in Burbank. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for Cal Trans for 42 years and retired in 2001. After retirement, he became active at VFM, ship #8310 and ultimately was elected Captain of the Ship.

Fitz loved playing cards, whether it is Pinochle, Poker, and Hearts of Spades. Golf was an outdoor sport he enjoyed. He was a former President of the Chic-A-Shay Golf club. When it came to baseball, he was definitely an Angels fan. If they were losing, you could hear him holler miles away.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am Friday, May 25 at St. Robert Bellarmine 133 N. Fifth St. "The Fitz Man" will be missed by many!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Jose Eloy “Apa” Aragon, BHS 1946

Jose Eloy “Apa” Aragon, BHS 1946

Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) - October 19, 2006

Aragon, Jose "Apa" E.

Entered life July 10, 1928 in Anton Chico, New Mexico. Passed away Oct. 16, 2006 in Carson, California. Apa moved to Burbank, California at age 17. He graduated from Burbank High School, and then married Pauline Ramos in 1953. They spent the rest of their days together in the South Bay area, 44 years in Carson. He worked at the Unocal 76 refinery for over 30 years.

He is survived by 4 children; 9 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be Thursday, October 19 from 4 to 8 PM and funeral services will be Friday, October 20 at 11:00 AM at Green Hills Mortuary in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please sign the guest book at GREEN HILLS Mortuary 310-831-0311

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Andrew John Docker, BHS 1971

Andrew John Docker, BHS 1971

Andrew John Docker was born February 1, 1954 and immigrated from Coventry, England with his parents when he was 10 years old. They settled in Burbank and Andrew graduated from Burbank High with the Class of 1971.

Andrew passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in the Philippines after suffering a heart attack. He had teaching English, through reading the Bible, to local people.

He was survived by his father, Donald, and his four sons: Jeremy, Bryan, Kyle, and Kevin and Grandchildren.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Louise Rachel Rocke, BHS 1962

Louise Rachel Rocke, BHS 1962

Received word that Louise Rocke passed away on May 25, 2012 after a battle with Lung cancer. She was born December 24, 1944 in Los Angeles County, California.  She will be missed by her family and friends. No other details at this time.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Judson P. Bradshaw, BHS 1930

Judson P. Bradshaw, BHS 1930

Judson Bradshaw, 92; performing arts his passion

By Jack Williams, Staff Writer, U-T San Diego, March 15, 2005

Once he discarded dreams of being an actor, Judson P. Bradshaw found he had the right stuff for a leading role in another field – education. Beginning as a teacher of drama, speech and English, he rose to director of adult and continuing education in the San Diego Community College District. Whether teaching, directing school plays or joining community theater productions, performing arts remained a passion.

In 1993, after moving into a seniors residential community in Spring Valley, Mr. Bradshaw founded and directed a reader's theater program. He died of complications from a stroke March 8, 2005 at Grossmont Hospital. He was 92. "What he liked about education was seeing people grow and expand their abilities," daughter Judith Quiett said. "It always pleased him." "His way to stay in theater was to teach it."

As a young man, Mr. Bradshaw acted in college plays at the University of Redlands and worked as a singing waiter. But his aspirations for an acting career didn't meet with the approval of his parents, who had worked as missionaries in China for several years. Mr. Bradshaw went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Redlands and a master's in speech and drama at the University of Southern California. He also pursued studies at USC toward a doctorate of education.

He taught drama at schools in Coalinga and San Diego before joining the Navy in 1944. Assigned to landing ship transports in the Pacific, he served two years of active duty. In 1950, Mr. Bradshaw was promoted from classroom teaching to administration. As principal of Hoover-Crawford Adult School, he oversaw more than 4,000 students and a curriculum of some 90 courses during the 1950s. The job often entailed reporting to his office at 9 a.m. and tending to administrative duties at various adult education sites until 9:45 p.m. During his tenure in adult education, Mr. Bradshaw held several executive positions locally and statewide. In 1965, he was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Public School Education.

Mr. Bradshaw served as president of the El Cajon Boulevard Civic Association in 1955 and of the East San Diego Kiwanis Club in 1962. When adult and continuing education in the San Diego Unified School District shifted to the San Diego Community College District in 1970, Mr. Bradshaw was appointed director. In 1973, one year before his retirement, he received the George C. Mann Distinguished Service Award from the California Council for Adult Education.

In retirement, he taught a variety of San Diego State University Extension courses and worked part time at Answers to Travel, a Mission Valley travel agency. As a travel agent, he led three extensive tours to China, his boyhood home. He kept his hand in theater by directing community productions and served from 1977 to 1980 as vice president of San Diego Civic Light Opera. While living in the College Area, Mr. Bradshaw helped develop the College Avenue Adult Center. It provided daylong activities for seniors and featured various speakers.

Born in Malden, Mass., he moved as a child to Szechuan Province, where his parents opened a medical missionary clinic and church. At 8, he returned with his parents to the United States and attended schools in Burbank. His first teaching job, while pursuing a master's at USC, was at Burbank Military Academy in 1938.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Shirlee Zoe Bradshaw; daughters, Judith Zoe Quiett of Ashland, Ore., and Peggy Gwen Palm of Alpine; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, 325 Kempton St., Spring Valley. A viewing is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Featheringill Mortuary, 6322 El Cajon Blvd., followed by an interment service at 1 p.m. at El Camino Memorial Park. Donations are suggested to Grossmont Hospice.