Friday, November 30, 2012

Thomas Jackson Burres, BHS 1959

Thomas Jackson Burres, BHS 1959

The Sierra Madre News, March 22, 1984

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 21, 1984, at 2 p.m. for Thomas J. Burres who would have been 43 years old March 20. Rev. Richard J. Anderson officiated at the service held at Sierra Madre Congregational Church. Interment was at Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia.

Mr. Burres died March 18, 1984 two days before his birthday, at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale. He had suffered from cancer for 12 years.

He was born in Burbank and graduated from high school there. He was in the Forest Service for nearly 15 years and mapped out trails for the area from the northern end of the valley through San Gabriel Valley area. He also ran fire crews during major fire in this area.

He was responsible for a major effort to stabilize the local hillsides following the fire of 1978. The large yellow panels put in place to prevent a major mud slide during the rainy season are still visible from the downtown area.

In 1971 he came to Sierra Madre where he started his own electrical business and had been here since. He was with the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years.

He is survived by his father and mother, Bruce M. and Helen M. Burres of Burbank; a daughter, Sherryl Burres of Sierra Madre; a brother, Bob Burres of Cloverdale, and a sister, Marjorie Minns of Cottonwood, Alabama. A grandmother, Anna Jackson of Burbank, also survives. Douglas and Zook Mortuary were in charge of services.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pauline Elizabeth Peterson Cozzens, BHS 1964

Pauline Peterson Cozzens, BHS 1964

Pauline Peterson Cozzens passed away last night, Tuesday, November 27, at her home in San Marcos with her family with her. She was officially diagnosed with Stage Four Colon and Liver Cancer on May 24, 2012, six months and three days before her death. She was 65.

Pauline was a 1964 graduate of Burbank High School, and this message is going to several of her classmates. (1947 is her correct year of birth. She finished school early.)


January 8, 1947 - November 27, 2012

Pauline is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ken Cozzens, three daughters, one son, five grandchildren, her mother, Virginia Peterson, her sister, Debbie Peterson Lewis (BHS '69), two nephews, and many, many Peterson Family cousins. Pauline was predeceased by her father, Dr. Paul Peterson (BHS '35) in May 2000, and her sister, Barbara Peterson (BHS '67) in November 1994.

Published in North County Times on December 9, 2012


Pauline Elizabeth Cozzens, 65, died peacefully in her sleep on November 27, 2012, in the comfort of her home. She had battled colon/liver cancer for six months. She was born January 8, 1947, in San Francisco, California, to Paul and Virginia Peterson. She was the first of three sisters. They grew up in San Rafael and Burbank, California.

On July 9, 1967, she married Ken Cozzens. She was a dedicated stay-at-home mom to their amazing four children. In 1987, she went to work for Tri-City Christian School. She worked for 25 years as the school secretary and affected the lives of many staff, students, and families with her beautiful smile, loving spirit, and godly counsel. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her five wonderful grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, quilting, sewing, doing puzzles, and reading.

She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Barbara. She is survived by her husband, Ken; her daughter, Christy Mages and her husband, Cris, and their children: Alyssa and Luke; her daughter, Cindy Ross and her sons, Evan and Adam; her son, Rob; her daughter, Jenni and her husband Richard, and their daughter, Zion. She is also survived by her mother; her sister, Debbie; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She will be missed by all of those who knew and loved her. Memorial services will be held at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 8th, at Tri-City Christian School, 302 No. Emerald Dr., Vista. 92083 Sign the Guest Book online

Mary M. Pyne, BHS 1958?

Mary M. Pyne, BHS 1958?

Born September 3, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. Mary was born at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Los Angeles where both of her grandfathers were doctors.

She lived in Burbank her whole life. Passed away July 18, 2002 in Glendale, California. She was 61 years old. Mary was a homemaker, skater, dance teacher and a dental assistant. She attended Valley College, Glendale College and Burbank High School.

Survived by husband, Donald Pyne; step-son, Michael Pyne; step-daughter, Vicki Pyne; grandsons, Brett and Matthew Pyne; twenty-eight nephews and nieces, and twenty-two great nieces and nephews.

A Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2002, 10:00 a.m., at The Valley Funeral Home, 2121 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. Cryptside Service at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, time pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society. VALLEY FUNERAL HOME Burbank Directors 818-845-3766

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on July 20, 2002

Note: Her obit did not give her maiden name so am not sure of the right year of graduation.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Joan Bobel Burnette, BHS 1949

Joan Bobel Burnette, BHS 1949

BURNETTE (BOBEL), JOAN  - Joan Burnette, 81, died July 25, 2012, after a long illness. She was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1931.

Her family moved to Burbank in 1942. Joan moved to San Diego in 1951, where she married Richard Burnette.

She is survived by husband Richard, four children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. No service is planned except for a family gathering.

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on July 27, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Edwin S. Schaller, Jr., BHS 1946

Edwin S. Schaller, Jr., BHS 1946

Jan. 16, 1929 - Sept. 16, 2012 Former Resident of Los Gatos

Ed was born in Chicago IL and raised in Burbank CA. He attended Burbank High School where he excelled in sports and served as senior class president. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and was extremely proud of his membership in the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He later attended Santa Clara University, where he earned his MBA.

Shortly before graduating from UCLA, Ed was offered a job at Lockheed (following in his father's footsteps), this would become his home for the next 39 years. In 1954, a newly assigned secretary in his division, Diane Topp, caught his eye. They were married a year later in the Santa Barbara Mission chapel on Valentine's Day "so I wouldn't forget our anniversary!"

In 1957, Ed was transferred to Sunnyvale and assigned to work on the Polaris Missile Program. He traveled extensively and never would, or maybe never could, talk about the nature of his work. Diane Ed raised their 3 boys in Los Gatos and for 10 years Ed coached each as they rose through the ranks of the Quito Little League. Ed was also active in YMCA Indian Guides Gray-Y, in which he coached basketball flag football. He loved the outdoors, especially skiing fishing. The Family skied at Dodge Ridge, thawed out at the Mi-Wuk Motor Lodge, then headed off to Kelly's for dinner and a little pinball. Ed his boys fished together at Yosemite's Saddlebag Lake and, in turn, they taught their own kids how to fish there.

In April 2000, Ed Diane moved to Rocklin CA. Diane would be diagnosed with cancer in June of that year, and passed away in August. Diane was the perfect housewife, but Ed surprised us all by making a home for himself and surviving 12 years without her support. He was active in the Springfield Senior community, especially at the fitness center, until a circulatory condition hampered his mobility. He kept much to himself, living quietly, enjoying daily crosswords puzzles, watching news on CNN and rooting for his beloved San Francisco Giants, UCLA Bruins, and adopted Sacramento Kings.

Ed was lovingly cared for by his entire family during his final days, and he passed away peacefully with his son, Todd, by his side. Not surprisingly, his final words were, "did the Giants win?" They sure did, Dad!

Ed is predeceased by his parents, Edwin Spencer Schaller Sr and Ruth Eppinger Schaller, and is survived by his children- Mark (Amy) Schaller, Adam (Tricia) Schaller, Todd (Cherie) Schaller, and grandchildren- Trace, Alexandria, and Spencer, and Nik Robbins; and a sister, Jan Borchers Adams.

Ed requested that no services be held and the family is honoring that wish. We love you, Dad!

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on November 16, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Elma Mary Fulton Vaden, BHS 1923

Elma Mary Fulton Vaden, BHS 1923

Vaden, Elma M., 86, of North Hollywood, homemaker. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale. Praiswater Mortuary, Van Nuys.

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Tuesday, April 28, 1992

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gregory Norris Davis, BHS 1965

Gregory Norris Davis, BHS 1965

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - October 1, 1989

Davis, Gregory N.

Davis, Gregory N., 42, of Van Nuys, art dealer. Services private. Aftercare Funeral Service, Van Nuys.  No other details at this time.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Juanita Saul Baird, BHS 1956

Juanita Saul Baird, BHS 1956

Juanita Saul was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 11, 1938. She was raised on a farm that began her life long passion for animals and gardening. Her family relocated to Burbank, California when she was a young child. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1956. In 1957 Juanita met Dick Baird at Disneyland. They had their first date at Bob's Big Boy. Dick and Juanita married on March 21, 1958.

Juanita loved being a mother to her five children, Rose Mariee, Roberta, Richard, Robin, and Renee. Juanita enjoyed being a stay at home mom and was very involved with the kids schools, scouting and sports teams throughout the years. Juanita would later work at Cal State Northridge where she and Dick made many wonderful memories supporting the Women's Softball Team.

Juanita's favorite place to visit with her family was the "Happiest Place on Earth" Disneyland and Disney World. Juanita loved fast rides and roller coasters. Her favorite ride was 'Soarin Over California'. Juanita looked forward to spending time at the Hacienda Hotel in Las Vegas in the early years where Lady Luck was often by her side. More recently Juanita visited the Barona Resort and Casino where she loved the beautiful rose gardens and listening to Jonathan play her favorite requests on the piano. Juanita received great joy in spending holidays with her family which included her children's spouses and grandchildren: Tim, Tommy, Nikki, Karin, Derek, Kyle, Travis, Louie, Alfonso, Catalino, Luisalina, Lisa, Juan, and Cristian.

Juanita died peacefully on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. During Juanita's last hours with family and friends we played her favorite music. The following is an excerpt of one of her favorite songs that truly moved her up until the very end… "Near, far, wherever you are I believe the heart does go on. Once more you open the door and you're here in my heart and my heart will go on and on." You will always be in our hearts "Missy B" and we will carry your spirit and love on and on.

A private Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, October 20, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial contribution in Juanita Baird's name to the Arthritis Foundation Hope Through Heroes by calling 1-800-283-7800. Juanita will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with family and friends.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on October 20, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Adele Cordes Eisman, BHS Teacher

Adele Cordes Eisman, BHS Teacher

Adele went to be forever with the Lord on July 31, 2003. Adele was born May 18, 1909 in Berkeley, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley and began a lifetime teaching career in Biggs, California and then for many years at Burbank High School.

A long time member of St. Paul's First Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School and volunteered for many years as a Lutheran Braille worker. Adele was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, who she married in 1937.

She is survived by sons, Ric Eisman and Bob Eisman (Cathy); grandsons, Bryan (Shannon) and Geoff (Tina); great grandchildren, Amanda and Jake; and many friends and family. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2003, 3:00 p.m., at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 5244 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA. FOREST LAWN MORTUARY Hollywood Hills 800-204-3131

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on August 5, 2003

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Albert D. Seay, BHS 1943

Albert D. Seay, BHS 1943

Burbank Leader, Weekend, July 24-25, 1999

Albert D. Seay, 72, died July 15, 1999, at his Oxnard residence. Mr. Seay was born in Detroit. He was a longtime Burbank resident. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1943. He worked as a superintendent for A.D. Hoppe and Sons Plastering Company prior to retiring.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, son Stephen, granddaughter Stephanie and sister Helen Cates of Burbank. He was preceded in death by a daughter Susan. A memorial service will be held Sunday at the Channel Islands Yacht Club in Oxnard.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Daniel Phillip Yonan, BHS 1973

Daniel Phillip Yonan, BHS 1973


Firefighters from all over the Los Angeles area will come to Burbank on Monday to mourn firefighter Dan Yonan, who died this week of a heart attack at age 43. Yonan, who had been on the Burbank force since 1981 and worked as a paramedic died at his Santa Clarita home on Tuesday, said Burbank fire marshal Dan Forbes.

The father of four was described by colleagues as a passionate firefighter and family man. ``Once he got going, on anything, there was no stopping him,'' said Jeff Howe of Burbank Fire Station 11.

The memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank will be followed by burial at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Hollywood Hills. The turnout is expected to be large, with firefighters from at least 12 departments planning to attend the service, Forbes said. Anticipating a long funeral cortege, motor officers from the Glendale and Burbank police departments will control traffic.

Before Yonan joined the Burbank Fire Department in 1981, he worked for the city's public service and parks and recreation departments for about six years, Howe said. Yonan became a paramedic in 1988, Howe said. The 18-year veteran was at home in his garage Tuesday when he went into cardiac arrest ``It was a great shock to everybody,'' Howe said.

There will be a viewing Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Old North Church at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Dan Yonan Children's Trust, account No. 17474, Burbank City Employees Federal Credit Union, 1800 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506.

Daily News 1999

NOTE: His heart attack was determined as work related so Daniel is one of two Burbank firefighters listed  on the California State Fallen Fighters Memorial at the California State Capital.