Monday, April 13, 2015

Frank Noriega, BHS 1943

Frank Noriega, 1925 – 2015---------------- Frank Noriega, age 89, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at his home in Santa Clarita, CA after a long illness. He was born March 13, 1925 in Burbank, CA. Frank attended Burbank and Ventura High Schools prior to enlisting into the Navy in February 1943 where he served 30 months overseas and was in three major battles during World War II....................... Frank had numerous careers, as well as owning two businesses, and retired at age 62 as an Aerospace Inspector. He was the first employee of champion trainer of thoroughbred horses, Noble Threewitt. Frank loved sports and found his true passion in the game of golf, achieving five holes in one. He loved teaching his grandchildren how to play. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sharing his good sense of humor.......... He is survived by his children, all of Santa Clarita, CA - his daughters: Alicia Renfro; Rita (Jerry) Wheatley; Nora (Doug) Cheatham; his son Neil (Cathy) Noriega; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Alice Guagliano and brother Tony Noriega. He was preceded in death by his son Frank, his parents, his brothers Arturo and Albert................ Services were held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Santa Clarita, CA 91321........... The Signal, March 22, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ted Ehring, BHS 1948

Ted Ehring, former Pismo Beach councilman, dies at age 84------------ Friends and family of a longtime Pismo Beach resident and former city councilman remembered him this week as a driven, talkative and social person who fell in love with the city and worked hard to serve it well................. Ted Ehring, 84, died Sept. 3, the day after he and his wife, Patricia, had celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, she said. “The day after he died the flags were at half-mast, and they’re going to name a street after him,” Patricia Ehring said. “He’d be embarrassed, of course.”............. Ehring had served on the City Council from 2006 until 2012. Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham said developer Gary Grossman, a Shell Beach resident, offered to name a street in one of his projects in town in Ehring’s honor. “There’s a big hole in this city without him,” Higginbotham said. Ehring was born in Whittier and grew up in Burbank. He and Patricia Ehring met in ninth grade.................. “I picked him out, and I didn’t do anything until he decided all those other girls weren’t it,” she recalled Tuesday. They had four children; Ehring is survived by numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well................. Ehring joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was called to serve in the Korean War; he was stationed in North Africa, she said. He later graduated from the University of Southern California and worked as geologist, manager and eventually vice president overseeing oil exploration or development for oil and gas companies in California and Texas. He started his own company, P/T and Associates, in 1993................. He and his wife moved to Pismo Beach in 1996; Ehring joined the city’s Planning Commission in 2000 and served six years. He was elected to a two-year term on the City Council in 2006 and reelected in 2008 to a four-year term. During his last council meeting in December 2012, council members recognized him for his strong support of Dinosaur Caves Park — he was a founding member of the Dinosaur Caves Preservation Society — his dedication to public safety and his role in approving the city’s new sewage treatment plant, which was completed in 2006. After initially declaring himself “almost speechless,” Ehring spoke at length. “No one does anything by themselves,” he said at the time. “It takes all the people in this city, all the employees ... all we can do is set a little policy and perhaps a little goal for them to follow.”.........................
Ehring was also named the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Citizen of the Year. More than 100 people attended a service for Ehring on Sept. 7 in Pismo Beach. Among the remembrances was one from resident Marc Lebed, which was read by Brian Craig Kreowski. The three men called themselves “The Three Amigos”; friends who were “constantly searching for adventures and projects to benefit our community.”............... Before he died, Ehring was very interested in upcoming research on whether the giant clam could be brought back to Pismo Beach, Kreowski said. The project is a joint effort of Cal Poly, Pismo Beach and the Central Coast Aquarium Society. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Central Coast Aquarium Society, 1435 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, with “Pismo clam project” in the memo.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kay Stephens Judge, BHS 1953

Albia Newspaper, Albia, Iowa, December 17, 2014 Kay (Stephens) Judge passed away on Dec. 1, 2014. She succumbed to a year and a half fight with cancer. Kay was born June 17, 1935, in San Antonio, Texas. She moved, with her family, to Burbank when she was 4. Kay graduated from Burbank High in 1953. Kay worked for more than a decade for Bob's Big Boy at various locations in the San Fernando Valley. She enjoyed a 20 year career in Aerospace retiring from Rocketdyne DeSoto in 1992. Kay is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tony Judge of California City; her son Blayn (Sherri} Corwin of Provo, Utah; sisters, June Biggs of Surprise, Ariz., Pat (Bill) Gahnberg of Northridge, Calif., brother Terry (Jackie) Stephens of Holly Springs, N.C.; and by granddaughters, grandsons, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons, and nieces and nephews too numerous to include here. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Pauline Stephens. Kay requested no memorial service. She will be sorely missed by all.