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.