Friday, March 28, 2014

Jamie Lea Gardemann Belmont, BHS 1976

Jamie Lea Gardemann Belmont, BHS 1976 Jamie L. Belmont, 36, died November 14, 1994 in her home. She lived her entire life in Burbank. Mrs. Belmont was a purchasing agent for eight years, last with Redken Lab. She is survived by her husband, Craig; a son, Chad; a daughter, Chelise, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gardemann, a brother, Kim Gardemann, and two sisters, Valerie Silverno and Viki Yonan. Funeral services and burial were Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California. Burbank Leader, November, 1994

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mario J. Ceremano, Jr., BHS 1974

Mario J. Ceremano, Jr., BHS 1974 Ceremano, Mario J. Jr., 40, of Sun Valley, nurse for Broadway Manor Convalescent Hospital. The Valley Funeral Home, Burbank. Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1994 ------------------------------------------ Mario J. Ceremano, Jr., 40, Died December 23, 1994 in Sun Valley. Born in California, he was a former Burbank resident. Mr. Ceremano was a nurse at Broadway Manor Convalescent Hospital for 17 years. In accordance with Mr. Ceremano's respect, no services will be held and burial will be private. The Valley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Burbank Leader, December 1994 NOTE: No other information at this time. There were no Senior, Junior or Sophomore photos in yearbook of him. His name came from the BHS 1974 Facebook page.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Michael Lee Furgeson, BHS 1973

Michael Lee Furgeson, BHS 1973 

Michael Lee Furgeson, age 57 of Maxbass, died Friday, January 11, 2013 at a Minot hospital. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. 

Michael Lee Furgeson, a son of Richard Furgeson and Patricia Johnson, was born on September 2, 1955 at the US Naval Hospital in Corona, CA. He graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, CA in 1973. 

Michael moved to Washington State in 1975 and began working for Evergreen Utilities. He worked there until moving to North Dakota in 2004. He worked on the construction of Wal-Mart in Minot. He also worked in Deering and Glenburn. In his free time, Michael enjoyed fishing. 

He is survived by his father, Richard (Bette) Furgeson of Maxbass; mother, Patricia Busler of Tucson, AZ; Brothers, James (Rene) Furgeson of Mansfield, GA, Terry (Donna) Miller of Hawaii, Don (Sherrie) Miller of Anchorage, AK, and Dan (Linda) Miller of Burlington, ND; sisters, Sheryl (Jon) Thompson of Lake Stevens, WA and Wanda Miller of Snohomish, WA; special friends, Dave and Kate Zeltinger of Glenburn; several nieces and nephews and his faithful dog, Mort. 

In addition to his grandparents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lorene Furgeson and Joanne Blomberg and a nephew, Mathew Blomberg. Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945 Floyd Max Lewis (Bud) was born July 23, 1927 in Gulf Port, Mississippi to Floyd McKinley Lewis and Nellie Ruth Goodman Lewis. Their family moved to California in 1932 where he attended schools in Burbank. Floyd received his JD degree from UCLA. He was a partner of Parker, Milliken, Clark & O'Hara for over 30 years and practiced law for more than 55 years. He proudly served in United States Navy 1945-1946. He is survived by his wife Mary Wilson Lewis and was the beloved father of Christine Ruth Herzog, Bruce James Lewis, Patricia Lynn Lewis Lazenby and Mark Kevin Lewis; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He passed away peacefully on August 21, 2013 after a brief illness. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the chairty of your choice. Services will be private. Los Angeles Times from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thomas Eugene Hughes, BHS 1974

Thomas Eugene Hughes February 23, 1956- April 20, 2011 Tom passed away unexpectedly at his home in Burbank on April 20, 2011. He embraced everything life had to offer and he gave great care and love to his family – as a son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. His interests were many including the great outdoors, nature, and the people in his life. He loved riding his motorcycle in Griffith Park and along Pacific Coast Highway, going camping with his family and friends, and flying kites in the wind. Tom leaves a wife, Marla; two sons, Tommy (28), Jaime (27), and a daughter, Meaghan (14). Services will be held at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills- Chapel of the Hills on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm. Glendale News Press, April 27, 2011

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Jay Richard Sletten, BHS 1967

Jay Richard Sletten, BHS 1967 May 18, 1949 - December 28, 2001 Died December 28, 2001. Loving father of Amanda, brother of sisters Pam Vargo and Sheila O’Kane; uncle of Christopher Vargo and Lisa Vargo Lindsay. Born May 18, 1949 in Glendale, CA. Jay was a long time employee of Kaiser Permanente of Woodland Hills in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, and a passionate woodworking hobbyist. Memorial services will be held at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 6:00 PM in Auditorium A and B, Entrance 5. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Frederick (Fred) Charles Brendel, BHS 1959

Frederick (Fred) Charles Brendel, BHS 1959 December 18, 1941 - February 4, 2014 February 07, 2014, Burbank Leader Retired elementary schoolteacher dies. A longtime Burbank Unified elementary teacher passed away recently, school officials announced Wednesday. Fred Brendel began teaching in Burbank in 1964 at Stevenson Elementary, where he spent the majority of his career except for a one-year-stint in the late 1960s at Bret Harte Elementary. Until he retired in 1995, Brendel taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. On his guest book some of his former students wrote how he was the best teacher they ever had. Fred was a member of the Senior Bulldogs and would sometimes come to the monthly luncheons at the Burbank Elks. Burial arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

William Robert Monday, BHS 1943

William Robert Monday, BHS 1943 May 25, 1925 - January 9, 2014 William Robert Monday was born May 25, 1925, in Long Beach, California, to William Alonzo Monday and Mabel Frazier Monday. He spent his early childhood in the Long Beach area among his father's extended family. During the 1930s he lived in Cody, Wyoming, where his father operated a charter flying business. As a youngster and teenager, he spent many satisfying days at the hangers and airstrip there, absorbing information about aviation mechanics and also learning to fly. He and his father shared a long-running prank: people would pay a small fee to go aloft in his dad's airplane (an uncommon treat in those days). Once airborne, his dad would turn the yoke over to his son and stroll back into the cabin among the passengers, much to their dismay, while young Billy flew the plane alone. Just before World War II, the family returned to southern California and Monday graduated from Burbank High School in May of 1943. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was shipped to the Solomon Islands as part of the Navy's Construction Battalion (Seabees). He spent the duration of the war in the South Pacific as a heavy equipment operator, helping to construct airfields and roads on a succession of islands after each had been captured by the U.S. Marines. After an honorable discharge, Monday moved back to the Cody area, again working and spending time at the airstrip, and this time earning a real pilot's license. In the fall he enrolled in the first-ever class of the new Casper Junior College and enjoyed the distinction of helping select the fledgling institution's colors, mascot, and song. In 1947 Challenger Airlines (which later became Frontier Airlines) hired him as its station agent for Billings, Montana. He subsequently worked for them in Farmington, New Mexico, and Worland, Wyoming. In Worland he met Carolina "Dimmie" Pendergraft and they were married in 1952. In short succession, he was transferred to Flagstaff, Arizona, and then accepted a management position with Frontier Airlines at its headquarters in Denver, Colorado. He and Carolina reared their family of seven children in the Denver area from the 1950s through the 1970s. They were later divorced. Monday spent his entire career at Frontier Airlines. He was a self-made businessman, applying his characteristic intelligence, determination, and common sense to achieve efficiency in the many tasks assigned to him. During the 1960s he took night classes in computer operations to stay abreast of the new technology for managing business data and also attended Dale Carnegie classes in human relations. He was the manager of Frontier's reservations department for many years. Later he became Director of Computer Services and later still Director of Customer Services, a division of about 1000 personnel that encompassed reservations, flight attendants, dining services, and lost and found. In December 1976 Monday married Barbara G. Smith of Denver, Colorado. They honeymooned on Maui and thus began a joyous 37-year partnership that included annual returns to their favorite Hawaiian island. Together they travelled the world with memorable adventures and misadventures in Africa, Alaska, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, Europe, Finland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Russia, Spain, and Sweden—but somehow always missing South America. After 38 years of service, Monday retired from Frontier Airlines in 1985. He later became involved with the Frontier Airlines picnic committee (which was started after Frontier's bankruptcy in 1986), helping to plan, facilitate—and enjoy—the annual reunions of former employees, which continue to this day. A highlight of his later years was the induction of his father, William A. Monday, into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005. Monday presided over the ceremony, giving an entertaining and informative presentation about his father's contributions to early aviation, with emphasis on Wyoming.
Monday was a person of uncommon integrity. He lived by an inner code of honesty, generosity, and loyalty, which he believed could be measured by looking directly at "the guy in the glass" each day and asking if one had done the right thing. He was rigid with himself in that regard and held those around him to the same standard. But he had a ready and dry sense of humor and delighted in gently teasing friends and strangers alike. His sparkling eyes and smile gave away his true intentions every time. Monday was an avid fisherman, enjoying numerous trips by foot, wheels, and wings to destinations in Colorado, Wyoming, the Great Lakes, and Canada. He was a student of history and a lay expert on the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He devoured books and enjoyed recommending and discussing them with his friends and family. Crossword puzzles were a favorite entertainment, and he relished crunching numbers so much that his household budgeting—to the penny—became a family legend. He could fix just about anything, and he taught his children and grandchildren to adjust carburetors, clean trout, mow lawns, build and fly model airplanes, and hang drywall. He was preceded in death by his father William A. Monday (1974), stepmother Joan B. Monday (1989), and daughter Jinine C. Monday (1986). He is survived by his wife, Barbara G. Monday; four daughters: Jacquelyn L. Monday (Robert R. Cox) of Grand Junction, Colorado; JoAnne A. Monday (Daniel H. Daneff) of Parker, Colorado; Jan Monday (Steven D. Winans) of Tensleep, Wyoming; Jeanne S. Lockard (Daniel E.) of Worland, Wyoming; and two sons, William A. Monday (Carolyn B.) of Parker, Colorado; and Thomas R. Monday (Kristine L.) of Glade Park, Colorado. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: R. Galen Cox, Jennifer D. Monday, Neil P. Lockard, Tyler J. Lockard (Molly), Erin R. Lockard, Kelli K. Lockard, and Joshua W. Monday. His favorite saying, passed along repeatedly to his children and grandchildren, was "Don't forget to smell the roses." A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 1:00 in the afternoon at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue in Aurora. Memorial contributions in Bill's honor are suggested to either the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame, 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3924, Laramie, WY 82071 or Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sharon K. Wissmann Begley, BHS 1976

Sharon K. Wissmann Begley, BHS 1976 December 5, 1957 - February 25, 2014 Sharon K. Begley, 56, of Webster Street, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Elkhart Hospice House following a brief illness. Born in California on December 5, 1957, Sharon was the daughter of George and Jeanne Gardner Wissmann. She graduated from Burbank High School in California in 1976. Sharon married Robert M. Begley on Oct 7, 1993 in Plymouth. The couple shared of love of flying single engine planes. After Robert took Sharon on her first plane ride, she got her pilot license shortly after. Sharon worked as an inspector for Hoosier Tire until 2005. Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Robert, of Plymouth and her son Ron L. Reynolds of California. Also six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews that reside in California. Private family services will be held at a later date. Funeral Director - Caryn E. Escher -