Friday, December 23, 2016

Helen A. Hendry Westhead - Martin, BHS 1938

Helen A. Hendry Westhead - Martin
November 15, 1920 - July 20, 2014

Born in Toronto, Ohio a resident Burbank, California since 1934, she passed away July 20, 2014 in her sleep with daughter and son-in-law by her side in Henderson, Nevada.

Helen attended John Muir Jr. High School and Burbank High School (‘38), Glendale College and Los Angeles Valley College. In her working career she was a court clerk to Judge Reid, purchasing agent, escrow officer and Lockheed security administrator.

Helen was Worthy Matron Magnolia Park Eastern Star in 1978. She was a member of and served as deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank. Parties with family and friends gave her great joy.
She is predeceased by her brother John Hendry, sister Agnes Morrison, son Tom Tyle and husband Mike Martin. Survived by her daughter Barbara (Fred) Young, grandson Tom Tyle and many cousins, nieces and nephews who all adored her ever cheerful, smiling personality.

A memorial service will be at First Presbyterian Church of Burbank Saturday August 2, 2014 at 10:00am. Contributions may be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas, NV 89119  ( ) in memory of Helen Martin.
Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2014.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Genevieve Annabelle Suer Isakson, BHS 1942

Genevieve Annabelle Isakson, 90, of Duncombe, Iowa passed away at her daughter’s home in Mustang, Oklahoma surrounded by her family on May 2, 2015. A private service will be held on May 11, 2015 at the Bruce Funeral Home in Fort Dodge with Rev. James Zuehls officiating. Burial will be in McGuire Bend cemetery.
Genevieve was born March 16, 1925 to James and Maude (Richey) Suer in Coalville, Iowa. At the age of 2 the family moved to Otho where she attended school through the 7th grade. The family moved to Burbank, California in 1937 where she graduated from Burbank High School in 1942. Jenny worked for Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Burbank, California during the war years.

She married Alvin L. Isakson on February 26, 1944 in Pasadena, California. After Al’s discharge from the Army in 1946 they moved to South Dakota to his family’s farm. In 1951 the family moved to Duncombe, Iowa, where they resided and farmed for 60 years. She worked for Standard Engineering Co. from 1966-1972, Parish Secretary for the Duncombe-Vincent Lutheran Churches from 1976-1999, and also served as Sunday school teacher, 4H Leader, and on the Home Extension Council.
She is survived by her husband Alvin, daughter Kathryn and her husband Jim Spurlin of Mustang, Oklahoma and son Ronald Isakson of Illinois, sister-in-law Millie Suer of Wichita, Kansas, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Everett. Jenny loved being with her family, growing flowers, feeding birds, and cooking for her friends and family, especially her apple pie. She was loved by everyone she knew and will be greatly missed by all.
Online condolences may be directed to and cards may also be forwarded through Bruce’s.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Richard Aleman, BHS 1983

Richard Aleman, BHS 1983

"It is with great sadness to share that Richard Aleman passed away on October 17, 2016. Richard put up a good fight until the end and his sense of humor was on key always. One liners off the cuff and so funny during a difficult time. He had an amazing positive outlook and it was inspiring to encounter. 

 He enjoyed getting phone calls, video chats and text messages from all of his friends. He spoke of so many who kept in touch with him and he was so touched by people taking the time to come and see him before he left and staying in touch. Please keep his family in your prayers at this time. He will be truly missed by many."

"Richard's family will be hosting a remembrance service for Richard on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00pm at Victory Tabernacle, 1614 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank, Ca. 91504. Please RSVP to Marianne Brunner, Richard's sister."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bruce Evan Thomas, BHS 1954

Bruce E. Thomas

August 11, 1936 ~ July 29, 2016 (age 79)

Bruce Evan Thomas was born in Pocatello, Idaho on August 11, 1936 to parents Glenn and Tessie (Hackworth) Thomas. He lived in Pocatello until relocating with his parents to Burbank, California, where he graduated from Burbank High School in 1954.

Bruce honorably served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Married to Junell Crandall in 1963, the couple moved to Los Angeles where they raised their family. Bruce worked for Hughes Aircraft for over 20 years, followed by a partnership with Sattel Technologies, where he specialized in developing and supplying long-distance telephone systems to third world countries and small communities.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bruce was called to many positions in his ward and stake. He and Junell served a full-time mission in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Mission.

With family at his side, Bruce peacefully passed away July 29, 2016 at his home in Mesa, Arizona, just 22 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Junell, his children Terri, Glenn, Suzie, and Kathie, his son-in-laws, Richard and Steve, and his grandchildren, Colette and Cooper.

Graveside services will be held Friday August 5, 2016 at 10:00 am at Mountain View Cemetery, (53 West). Military Rites will be provided by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. The family warmly invites friends and extended family for respects from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave.  




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Steven Heath McDowell, BHS 1959

Steven Heath McDowell, BHS 1959
75, Irvine, California

July 29 1941 - October 28, 2016

It is with great sadness that we say good bye to this gentle and beautiful man.

Steve was born in Seattle, Washington, the first son of Nathan Heath McDowell and Barbara Hall McDowell and graduated Burbank High School and the University of Redlands. He enlisted and completed USMC training in 1963 at Parris Island, South Carolina and went on to attend United States Marine Corp Officer Candidate school at Quantico Virginia graduating first in his battalion and earning the designation of Naval Aviator. In 1967, he trained as and was designated Marine Combat Fighter/Attack Pilot (Supersonic F4-B Aircraft). Steve was a certified FAA Flight Instructor, helicopter qualified, and flew over 110 combat missions in Viet Nam as a Combat Section Leader.

After his war experience, Steve immersed himself in the Southern California Real Estate Market establishing his own real estate company in Orange County. He later closed down his company to work in real estate investments nationwide with TCW Realty Advisors of Los Angeles, as well as Coldwell Banker, KBS and PM Realty Advisors in Orange County.

First and foremost, Steve was a Marine Fighter Pilot. Flying was his greatest love. If he weren't flying, he loved motorcycles, non-fiction and travel. He was an accomplished sailor. Steve was married for 26 years to Ann Nelms McDowell of Scottsdale Arizona, his greatest admirer and best friend. They had one child: a black Cocker Spaniel named Miss Pug.

Steve is survived by Ann; his mother, Barbara McDowell of Old Saybrook, Connecticut; brother, Peter McDowell and family of Rosemont, Pennsylvania; and sister, Bobbie McDowell of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

A small graveside service will be held in the Garden of Valor at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar on Friday November 11th at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steve's name to support our veterans and first responders who bravely put their lives on the line to protect our lives and liberties.

Published in Orange County Register on Nov. 10, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Joseph H. Lazara, BHS 1963

Mr. Lazara was born in Rochester, NY to his parents, Samuel and Josephine Lazara. He graduated from the San Fernando Valley State College and went on to law school at Southern Methodist University.
He is survived by his children Wes, Alex, and Spencer, and his dear friend and companion Judy Robertson. Mr. Lazara was instrumental in the inception of the Glendale Youth Orchestra. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to the GYO.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Amber Marie Stimac White, BHS 1984

Amber Marie White
November 13, 1966 - October 16, 2016

Our beloved Amber Marie White, born Pontiac, MI on November 13, 1966, ascended to a higher plain peacefully on October 16, 2016, at her home in Burbank, CA.

Born to Gale Moore and Joseph Stimac. Amber graduated from Burbank High in 1984 and married Rick White on May 4, 1991. Amber was a hairdresser at Joseph Lamar Hair Salon for over 20 years. Her cherished son, Nicholas, was born on November 24, 1993. She was also devoted to her beloved son, Shaun, who passed on June 27, 2011.

Amber is survived by her family, Gale Moore, David Stalrit, Nancy Rushing, Kathleen McLean, Nancy Stimac, and Jean Himebaugh. Her husband's family, Richard and Nancy, and Ronald, Susan, Ashley and Derek Casella. Amber's beautiful life and spirit will be celebrated at the First United Methodist Church of Burbank, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA on Sunday, October 30, 2016, 2:30pm.

Published in the Burbank Leader, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Attila Lesley Juhasz, BHS 1973

Attila Lesley Juhasz, BHS 1973

The Record Gazette, Banning, CA, Thursday, May 1, 2014
Attila L. Juhasz passed away April 12, 2014 in Loma Linda at the VA hospital after a serious illness.
He was born in Toronto, Canada on Feb. 28,1955 but he grew up in Burbank. He lived in Beaumont since 1997. He was a great man, a loving husband and father, and also a Vietnam veteran. He battled his illness in the last 14 years and he mostly was a stay-at-home dad.
He was very much involved in his children’s education and in their school life and activities. He had a great heart and he always tried to help out the less fortunate. 
 He will be greatly missed by his wife, Eszter, of 16 years; his three children AJ, Attila and Elizabeth; his mother, Catherine; and his brother Csaba.

He will have full military honors during gravesite services on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

James Alfred Rogers, BHS 1949

James Alfred Rogers, BHS 1949
James Alfred Rogers was born 1931 in Los Angeles and moved to Burbank with his family when he was 5. A proud Burbank Bulldog quarterback, he remained involved as Booster Club President when his sons joined the Burbank High football program in 1978.
He joined the Air Force out of high school and was stationed in Nebraska where he met the love of his life and remained married for 62 years. He graduated from UCLA and remained an avid Bruins fan. After over 40 years in management, he retired from Tube Service, a division of Reliance Steel. He loved spending time with his three children and their families, especially watching all of the sporting and dance events. His passion was football, working in the yard and watching the view from his beloved home in the Burbank Hills.
He is survived by his wife Angie, and children, Jennifer and husband Scott, Stephen and wife Gail, Chris and wife Shelly, and eight beautiful grandkids that he loved very much. 
Published in The Burbank Leader from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stephen Hollis Stoll, BHS 2008

The driver of a Nissan sedan that crashed into the wall of a concrete freeway underpass in Burbank in September, killing himself and four passengers, had marijuana and more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, according to reports released by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

Stephen Stoll, 23, and four passengers in the car - Sebastian Forero, 20; Malak Hariri, 19; Sameer Nevarez, 18; and Sugey Cuevas, 19 - were killed Sept. 28, when the car crashed into the freeway abutment underneath the 5 Freeway on San Fernando Road around 4 a.m. and erupted in flames soon after.
 One passenger, Savannah Underwood, 18, was able to crawl from the vehicle before it became engulfed in flames. She suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries but is expected to fully recover.

The driver and Nevarez, who was in the front passenger seat, were both wearing seat belts, according to the autopsy reports. The passengers killed in the backseat were not, and it is unknown if Underwood was wearing one.

There were six people in the car, which is only equipped with five seat belts.
Stoll's blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent at the time of the crash, more than double the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent. The coroner's report indicates the four passengers who died were also highly intoxicated.
Nevarez and Forero had marijuana in their system, and Forero's tests also indicated the presence of the drug Ecstasy, according to the toxicology reports.Drug paraphernalia was found in the car as well, including a glass pipe, a "green leafy substance" and an empty small plastic bag with skulls on it - often associated with drug transport.

Investigators said all six had been at a house party before the accident. Responding firefighters reported smelling alcohol on Underwood's breath, according to The Associated Press.

The Burbank Police Department is continuing to investigate the solo crash but has said speed played a factor. The report noted that, by Underwood's account, the car was "traveling faster than freeway speeds on the surface street" prior to the crash. The speed limit along the stretch of road near the Scott Road off-ramp drops quickly from 65 mph to 40 at the point of the turn into the tunnel underpass. Stoll lost control of the car, investigators said, crashed through a guardrail and crashed into the cement freeway abutment. Underwood was able to crawl from the car, and a bakery delivery man heard her screams. He carried her away from the crash, and she reportedly asked him to help her friends. When he turned back to the car, he heard a series of small explosions and saw the car on fire.

 When firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene, the car was completely engulfed. All five died of a combination of injuries from the crash and the subsequent fire.The six occupants were recent graduates of area high schools, and the community was shocked by the violent crash. Makeshift memorials of flowers, candles and signs expressing grief and condolences, sprang up at the site.

Grief counselors were called to Burbank and John Burroughs high schools to help students, staff and faculty deal with the sudden loss.
The Burbank City Council observed a moment of silence in memory of the young adults in the week following the crash, with Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy issuing a statement on behalf of the city. "A tragedy of this magnitude affects the entire community, particularly one as close knit as Burbank," she said in the statement.

Los Angeles Daily News

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Alice Tirre, BHS 1966

Alice Tirre, BHS 1966
Burbank Daily Review, November 19, 1974

Alice Tirre, 26, died Thursday, November 14, 1974 in a Burbank hospital. She is survived by her mother; Emma Tirre of Burbank; her daughter, Shawn Rene Ybarra of Burbank; two brothers, Rudy of North Hollywood and Danny of Burbank; and one sister, Mary Tirre of Burbank.
Recitation of the rosary was Monday, November 18, in the Eckerman Heisman Funeral Service Chapel in Burbank. Funeral mass was celebrated today November 19, at St. Robert  Bellarmine Catholic Church. Interment followed at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ralph Walroth, BHS 1933

Our beloved father, Ralph Walroth passed away in the early morning hours of July 22, 2014 at his home in Glendale following a courageous battle with cancer, he was 98.

He was born January 17, 1916 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of Ernest and Notia Walroth. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Virginia (Lester) and second wife Eileen (Rogers).

The Walroth's moved to Burbank, California in 1923. Ralph attended Burbank High School and graduated in 1933. He then enrolled at Glendale Junior College, earning a degree in Business Administration. He was also very active in the YMCA, Junior Chamber of Commerce and especially involved in the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank - where he was a member for 86 years. In 1937 he signed on with Lockheed Aircraft and worked there for the next 41 years!

After retiring from Lockheed he began working part time at the main Glendale Library and has worked there for 31 years until his passing, and was the oldest employee of the City of Glendale.

Ralph had four children with his first wife Virginia. From 1960-1965 he raised his four children as a single Dad until he married Eileen in 1965. When all the children were grown and out of the house Ralph and Eileen moved to Chevy Chase Canyon in Glendale where they lived their lives to the fullest! Golfing, traveling and time with family filled their calendars. After Eileen's passing in 2010, Ralph moved to Scholl Canyon Estates, in Glendale.

 Ralph is survived by his children, Betty Jo Mac Caughtry (Dave), Terry Walroth (Cindy), Nancy Eke (Zoltan), and Rick Walroth (Sue); and stepdaughters, Pat Grigsby (John) and Connie Froeberg (Doug). He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Ralph's Life on August 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, 521 East Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91501. In lieu of flowers, Ralph requested donations to his church or a charity of your choosing. 

Los Angeles Daily News,  Sunday, August 17, 2014                           

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sherry Madden Neary, BHS 1954

Sherry Madden Neary was born in Wenatchee, Washington on Jan. 9th, 1936 to Mack & Lola Madden. The family moved to Los Angeles, California when Sherry was 6 years old due to Sherry's need for a heart operation. Unfortunately the operation was not completely successful and Sherry was physically restricted from doing almost everything until the age of 14 when she had a second operation that was successful, giving her a whole new lease on life.

From 1951 thru 1954 she went on to attend Burbank High School in Burbank California where she joined various clubs, became a song-leader at sporting events and participated in the Schools Christian Club.

After High School Sherry attended Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California for 3 and 1/2 years. On December 14th, 1957 she and Frank D. Neary eloped in order to be married in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Mid-1960's in Placenta, California she joined a Catholic Church Group called the Legion of Mary. She and the group went door to door to talk to fallen away and troubled Christians. 
In the 1970's Sherry found her true calling. She advocated for and protected victims of Domestic Violence. She worked with the Prosecution and provided vital Court Testimonies that were able to protect women from any further Domestic Violence. She worked at Safe Shelters for the Homeless and at abused Mother's and Children's Shelters in Jamestown, North Dakota.

In 1998 Sherry and her husband Frank moved to St. Ignatius, Montana where both of them retired. However, Sherry felt she had a calling and a purpose for being here on the Flathead Indian Reservation. During her entire adult life, Sherry had been researching and acquiring all that was available about American Indian Tribes, Culture, Heritage, Traditions and Spirituality. She had a great love and respect for Indian People. Sherry and Frank together went to many Powwows and made many good Native American friends. Sherry and Frank both felt they were blessed by God because they were able to live in such a beautiful Valley with so many of God's beautiful people.
In 2014 Sherry was diagnosed with cancer at the bottom of her tongue. She opted to have a 1/4 of her tongue surgically removed in hopes that all the cancer was isolated there. Unfortunately that was not the case. She chose not to have another surgery, Chemo or Radiation because of the location of her cancer.

Frank wanted to share with the community that Sherry peacefully passed away at home in his arms. Sherry was and will always be the love of his life. She is resting now with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, she is no longer suffering and she is finally free of pain.

Survivors of Sherry are: Her husband of 59 years, Frank D. Neary, Son Mark Neary, Son Keith Neary, Daughter Ann Hoggarth and Son John Neary, 16 Grandchildren and 12 Great-grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her parents Mack & Lola Madden and her Daughter Karen Neary.
Services for Sherry will begin with the Rosary on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7pm in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. On Wednesday, August 3rd her Funeral Mass will begin at 11am.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bryan Lee Wilkinson III, BHS 1973

February 10, 1954 - October 1, 2016

Bryan Lee Wilkinson III, who was known all of his life as Pete, passed into eternal life on October 1, 2016, in Mojave, California. He was 62 years old. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 29 at 11AM, at the Burbank First United Methodist Church in Burbank, California. Pastor Sam B. Kim will officiate.

Pete was born on February 10, 1954 in Santa Monica, California, to Bryan Lee and Ruth Helen (Foster) Wilkinson. Pete enjoyed education an held an associate's degree in accounting, but he was best known for his accomplishments as a musician. He began playing guitar at age 12, and for the past 50 years played professionally, working with many notable rock bands. In addition to being an unmatched guitarist with a following of numerous fans, Pete was also a talented singer.Pete was a kind and spiritual soul, who naturally attracted admirers from around the world, both for his music as well as for his friendliness.

He possessed the great gift of talk, making new friends everywhere he went. If a wall could have talked, he would have certainly held a conversation with it!Though Pete was loved by all who knew him, he often said that the best days of his life were meeting and falling in love with his future wife, Nancy. When he saw Nancy on the day they were married, his response was simply, "Wow!" From that day forth, Pete and Nancy went on to share a bond that lasted a lifetime.

Pete's interests were numerous and varied. In addition to a lifelong love of music, he enjoyed reading, art, photography, and astronomy. He possessed a fondness for silly, bad movies as well - everything from campy 1950s sci-fi to offbeat comedies. Pete also loved to travel, with Arizona being a favorite destination.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Nancy Ann Wilkinson of Mojave, California; his sister, Krenn Scott of Las Vegas, Nevada; and his numerous pet birds, whom he considered his children. He is also survived by cousins, numerous nieces, great nieces, and great nephews. Pete was preceded in death by his father, Bryan Lee Wilkinson Jr., and his mother, Ruth Helen Wilkinson, both of Burbank, California. Before moving with Nancy to Mojave in 2010, Pete was a resident of Burbank for 56 years.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Oct. 22, 2016

Edwin Lyle McDonald, BHS 1952

Edwin Lyle McDonald

Edwin Lyle McDonald, age 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2016.

He was born on March 13, 1933 in Madison, WI to Lyle and Ella May McDonald. His family eventually moved to Burbank, California where he attended school at Burbank High School. As a “Burbank Bulldog”, he was a two year All-American in football. He graduated high school in 1952 and in 1953 he joined the Navy as an Electrician’s Mate. He honorably served his country for 4 years in the Navy aboard an LST.

Edwin worked at the Hanford Nuclear Site, in Washington State, for over 25 years. He loved to hunt and fish. He especially loved the fishing trips that he and his wife, Jackie, took to Vancouver, Canada. He cared deeply for his family and was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Edwin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jackie; daughter, Susan (McDonald) Fiely (husband Scott and daughter Madison); son, Rick McDonald (wife Julie, son Kyle, and daughter Ally); and sister, Gayle Amato.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Matthews Funeral Home.

Norma Jeanee Beckett Johnson, BHS 1945

Norma Jeanee Beckett Johnson
Ventura, CA

Norma was born on January 12, 1927 to Orville Beckett and Marjorie Smithson Beckett in Hollywood, CA. She passed peacefully at home on July 24, 2016. During her long life she was a brilliant student, a beloved teacher, a dedicated friend, and most of all, a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

Norma met the love of her life, Bob Johnson, in 7th grade at John Burroughs Junior High School in Burbank. They graduated from Burbank High School in 1945, married in 1948, and enjoyed a loving and close union of over 68 years. Norma and Bob both graduated from Occidental College in 1951; Norma began her teaching career at Culver City Junior High School shortly thereafter. She left teaching after four years to raise her two daughters, Valerie and Vickie, and returned to the classroom in 1971 at Jordan Junior High School in Burbank, where she covered such diverse subjects as English, math, and drama, always inspiring her students and forming lifelong friendships with her colleagues.

Following retirement and a move to Dana Point in 1983, Norma and Bob both taught for several years at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. Norma was an extraordinary mother, and both girls fondly remember a childhood filled with love and laughter. She was involved in PTA and Ponytail softball, as well as being an amazing cook, seamstress, bridge player, Brownie leader, and loyal friend to all who knew her.

Upon the birth of their two grandsons, Norma and Bob relocated to Ventura, and Norma lavished her love on both boys as they grew up. Whether it was celebrating birthdays, cheering them on at countless sporting events, or cuddling up and reading a book together, she adored being their Nana.

Norma is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Valerie Johnson and Victoria Costigan; son-in-law Carl Costigan; and beloved grandsons Robert and Will Costigan. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, August 8th at 11:00 am at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road in Ventura.

Norma's family would like to extend special thanks to Livingston Memorial Hospice Care for their loving treatment of Norma in her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LMVNA, or to a charity of your choice.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Margaret Elizabeth Rundle Hightree, BHS 1964

Margaret Elizabeth (Rundle) Hightree, went to be with her Lord, on October 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born to William Weston Rundle and Bethel Virginia (Thomas) Rundle March 19, 1946 in Glendale, California. A graduate of Burbank High School  and Valley College in Los Angeles, California.

She worked for many years in accounts payable and receiving at KFOR as well as channel 43 in same capacity. Margaret enjoyed Red hat ladies, cooking and crafts and was volunteer for SW Hospice. Her greatest joy and passion was spending time with her husband of 43 years, Lyle (Bud) Hightree; son, Allen White and family.

She is survived by her mom, Virginia Rundle; husband, Lyle (Bud) Hightree; son, Allen White and wife, Michele; 4 granddaughters, Danielle, Kaela, Shauna, and Arielle White; sister, Bonnie (Rundle) Arnold and husband, Denny; 1 niece; 2 nephews; and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Rundle; son, Mark Thomas White. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, October 24, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Moore, Moore, OK. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK.

From the John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, Oklahoma, October 24, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Linda Lee Summers Hairell, BHS 1959


On the morning of Thursday, October 13, 2016 Linda Lee (Summers) Hairell passed away at her home in Santa Clarita, CA from her battle with cancer. She was 74. Linda was born in Glendale, CA on October 24, 1941.

She graduated from Burbank High School in 1959. Linda met her husband Michael in 1960 and married him that same year. They resided in Burbank until 1978 when they moved to Placerita Canyon in Newhall, CA.

Linda was a wonderful wife and mother raising a daughter and son. She was instrumental in the running of the family electrical contracting company in Sun Valley before her retirement 2 years ago. She cherished her nearly 40 years of motorhome and boating with the Santa Clarita Valley Boat & RV Club where she was an active member.

She is survived by her loving husband Mike; daughter Deanna and husband Louie Lantieri and granddaughter Katrina. Linda was preceded in death by her son Curtis and grandson Justin.

She always had a zest for life and was an exceptionally beautiful, kind person with a loving heart and warm smile as anyone that knew her would attest to. "Rest In Peace, Lovely Linda"
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506.

The Signal, October 21, 2016
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cynthia C. Reimers Enright, BHS 1961

Cynthia Enright services held Monday

Issaquah Press, November 8, 1972

Funeral services for Cynthia C. Enright, 28, of Pine Lake were held Monday, November 6, 1972 at Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. She passed away suddenly Friday, November 3 at home. Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery. Rev. Richard Birdsall officiated. 

Mrs. Enright was born on August 2, 1944 in Burbank, California. She was raised in Burbank  and graduated from Burbank High School. She also attended Los Angeles State College. She married Richard J. Enright on December 9, 1961. They moved to Pine Lake in 1966. She was a member of the Twins Club.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; three children, John, David , and Pamela; one brother, William Reimers; and two sisters, Rhonda and Ramela Reimers both of Burbank; and her mother, Carol Hunton of New York; and her step-father, William Reimers.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Janet Pruett Dickes, BHS 1926

Janet Pruett Dickes, 81, died December 16, 1989 in Panorama City. Born in Arkansas, she lived in Burbank for 73 years.

She graduated from Burbank High School and received her bachelor's degree in educational psychology from UCLA. She was a member of the Helen Matthewson Club sorority and remained active in the sorority, serving on scholarship committees.

Mrs. Dickes had been a teacher for the Burbank United School District and a master teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was an active community volunteer, a Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank and a Girl Scout leader.

She was a charter member of the Burbank branch of the American Association of University Women and was recently honored with a $500 fellowship endowment in her name to the AAUW.

Mrs. Dickes is survived by her husband, Harold; daughters, Elaine Thomas of Burbank and Elizabeth Ring of San Rafael; four grandchildren.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Memorial Park, with burial following. Forest Lawn is handling the arrangements. Donations may be made to the AAUW Educational Foundation Program or the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Burbank Leader Newspaper, December 1989

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Betty Jane Cord Vreeken, BHS 1952

Betty Jane (Cord) Vreeken, born in Des Moines, Iowa September 18, 1934, passed away peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of Thursday, June 26, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

From the age of 4 to 18 she lived with her family in Los Angeles, then Sun Valley, California. At the age of 17 she graduated from Burbank High School in 1952 and was married in Sun Valley, California on June 21, 1953 to Roland A. Vreeken. They lived in the San Fernando Valley until 1987, when they moved to Renton, Washington.

Her most important life's work was being a wife and mother of four children. Along the way, she had many career opportunities. She worked in retail furniture sales before marriage. When her youngest child was a teenager, she opened a floral business called the Posy People. After her partner passed away, she became a wedding coordinator at a nearby Protestant Church. Later, she and her sister, Carol, and their sister-in-law, Karen, began a manufacturing business known as the Three Sisters, producing Friendly dolls that sold in national department stores. Next she worked at her son Mark's printing shop, (Mark IV Printing), as bookkeeper and office manager. Finally, in Renton, she worked in the office of her son David's wholesale food distribution company (Pop's EZ Popcorn and Supply) until retirement in 2003.

Betty loved to serve and help others. She exhibited this as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in a variety of assignments. She served as the president of the Young Women's organization (12-18 yr. olds) for many years, as an active leader of a Young Single Adult congregation (18-30 yr. olds) in the women's organization, and as President of the Relief Society (the adult women's organization) in her local ward. During most of those years she was a member of the ward choir. She also taught many classes for women and children throughout the years.

While raising her children, she and Roland also had a foster daughter (Charlene DeClay) for three years who was of Apache descent. She came from the reservation during the school year and went home to her family in Arizona during the summer with the hope of receiving a better education than was available on the reservation at that time. Charlene is still in contact with the family all these years later.

Among her hobbies, Betty loved to sew, read, cook, and make floral arrangements. Although she was not an athlete or camper, she loved picnics, and loved to attend girls camp and youth conferences with the young women to help them learn more of faith and womanhood, and to have good clean fun. She also loved musical plays and orchestrated family theatrical presentations at Christmas or Thanksgiving to provide all the children with an appreciation for the arts.

Betty was pre-deceased by her father, Carl Victor Cord, and mother, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Lambert, her younger brother Gerald Raymond Cord, and his son Christopher Cord.

She is survived by her husband, Roland A. Vreeken; her younger sister Carol Diane Walder and her two children and three grandchildren; her brother's widow, Karen Cord and one child. She is also survived by her four children (Laura Mattson, David Vreeken, Mark Vreeken, and Steven Vreeken) and their spouses; 18 grandchildren (11 of whom are married); and 25 great-grandchildren.

On June 21st, Betty and her husband celebrated their 61st anniversary of marriage. She was respected by all who knew her as a kind, considerate, loving, sharing and caring person. She was always ready to help, serve and support others

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ruth Ione Kendig Luttge, BHS 1935

July 13, 1916 - October 1, 2016

Ruth Ione Luttge passed away on October 1st, 2016. Daughter of George and Frances Kendig, she was born on July 13th, 1916 and came to Burbank, CA in 1920.

She attended Burbank schools, and graduated from Burbank High School in winter of 1935.Ruth married Andra William Luttge in 1936. They were married for 68 years before Andra passed on, on October 9th, 2004. Together they had a daughter, Andrea Ruth of Burbank, and son, William Wayne Luttge of Santa Rosa, CA.

Ruth is survived by four grandsons: Craig and Steven Heintz of Northridge, CA; Douglas Luttge of Idaho; and Daniel of Santa Maria, CA. As well as her great grandchildren: Samantha Heintz; Cash Mcoy and Scarlett Luttge; and Briana, Emma, Grace and Doug Luttge.

Ruth will be placed together with Andra in Valhalo Cemetery in a family plot purchased in 1923. All five brothers, their wives and children will rest together.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Oct. 8, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Robert Alan Irey, BHS 1964

Robert  Alan Irey was born on July 7, 1946 and passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Robert was a resident of Lake Havasu City, Arizona at the time of his passing.
Robert attended Burbank High School and then continued on with his schooling when he entered college and earned his Doctorate degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic.
He was married to Beryl.
A memorial service will be held at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake Havasu Humane Society or the Make A Wish Foundation.RR

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Iris Lorraine Nelson Simmons, BHS 1945?

Iris Lorraine Nelson Simmons, 91, of Lebanon died Sunday at her home.

Feb 3, 1925 - March 13, 2016

Iris was born in San Francisco, California, to Herman Ira and Mattie Merle (Tipps) Nelson. She was raised in Burbank, California, where she attended Burbank High School.  She met her soul mate and the love of her life, Robert Simmons, and married him in Salome, Arizona, on March 8, 1945. They lived in Garden Grove, California, where they raised their two daughters. Iris later attended California State College, Long Beach where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocational Education. She went on to become the head of the department of cosmetology at Fullerton College. She was also awarded the Vocational Teacher of the Year Award for the State of California in 1974. She exceeded in everything she attempted. After retirement she and her husband moved to Lebanon in 1978.
She had numerous hobbies, such as reading, china painting, oil painting, watercolor, sewing, knitting, gardening, and cooking, all of which she made look easy, which is the case with gifted people! Iris belonged to the Pineway Women’s Golf Club and golfed until she was in her 80s. She also belonged to the Women Elks and the Eastern Star.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, Don Nelson of South Beach; two daughters, Lorrie Gulaskey and Kathie Houdek, both of Lebanon; and three grandchildren, Gregg Gulaskey of Corvallis, Jamie Stinson of Lebanon and Rob Houdek, also of Lebanon. She had five great-grandchildren, Samone Stinson of Philomath, Amber Fortson of Portland, Jasmine Stinson of Salem, Kyler Gulaskey of Albany and Carson Fortson of Lebanon.
A viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Providence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary or a charity of choice and sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Robert Earl Bowen, BHS 1946

Robert Earl Bowen (Bob) died peacefully in his San Diego home on October 29 2012 at the age of 84 with his loving family by his side. He is resting peacefully with his best friend and wife, Claire who predeceased him four years earlier.

Bob was born on June 9 1928 in Ogden Utah to Charles Mack Bowen and Mary Ann Hughes. The youngest of eight children he was raised in southern California. He had great admiration for his Mother who worked hard during his childhood to support her large family on her own.

Following his June 14 1946 graduation from Burbank High School he served in the Army PFC during World War 11 and served in Japan.

Bob spent years in San Bernardino, CA mastering his lathing skills. Bob married Wilma L. McMahan and had four children: Robin, Kim, Tonya and Marla. He moved his Family to Anchorage, Alaska where he became an accomplished carpenter.

He remarried in 1983 to his lovely Helen Claire Corcovelos. They moved from Anchorage back to San Diego CA. where Bob met Claire's seven children from her previous marriage: Tom, Angie, Jim, John, Theresa, Andy and Monica. He had no idea what he was getting into but with grace, dignity and love he earned the respect and love of the whole family. When Angie passed, Bob and Claire took her two young sons, Dominic and Dion in and raised them.

Bob was very grateful to Andy and Mariah for their special companionship and loving care.

When all said and done he had eleven children, twenty grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

We will forever miss his gentle demeanor, kindness, graciousness, patience, his willingness to help and most of all his wonderful sense of humor.

He has been cherished and will be missed by his loving family: Robin and Marcie Bowen, Ron and Kim Marie Hoyem, David and Tonya Piaskowski, Dan and Marla Brown, Tom and Marcia Corcovelos, Jim and Beth Corcovelos, John Corcovelos, Miles and Theresa Johnson, Andy and Renee`Corcovelos, Gary and Monica Hartman, and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sister Mary Afton and his best friend Lou Dionese.

He was preceded in death by loving wife, Claire, daughter Angie Mucciacito and grandson Christopher Corcovelos.

The family wishes to express its immense gratitude to San Diego Hospice for the dignity and care offered to Bob and his family.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to your favorite charity or the Braille Institute.

A memorial service will be held Saturday November 3, 2012 11:00 am at Merkley Mitchell Mortuary 3
3655 Fifth Avenue San Diego, Ca. 92103