Friday, February 24, 2017

Geraldine Lillian Mann, BHS 1970


Geraldine Lillian Mann, BHS 1970
Burbank Daily Review, November 6, 1971

Burbank's 11th victim of the year
Death believed caused by drugs

A 20-year-old Burbank woman became the city's apparent 11th victim of drug abuse when she died sometime Thursday November 5, 1971. The woman Geraldine Mann, was found by Burbank police lying in the front seat of her car about 11 a.m. Friday at 9th Street and Angeleno Avenue.

Of 13 previous drug-related deaths in the city so far this tear, police said it appears that five were accidents.
The body was actually discovered by a Burbank woman who was out to water her lawn near the curb where the vehicle was parked. She looked inside and saw the body, then called police.

"It's looks like she has been dead since 7 or 8 p.m. Thursday," said police Investigator J.V. Rodriguez. He said the cause of death appeared to be an overdose. "But a coroner's report should tell for sure," he added.
Miss Mann, a longtime Burbank resident, was described as a wonderful person, who was saving her money to go to Hawaii. She was the third child in a family of five children. Police said Miss Mann had no prior record of drug abuse.

"She visited me two weeks ago and seemed happy and excited about the possibility of going to Hawaii," said Mrs. Dorothy Rowles, a former neighbor of the girl.
Burbank's vice squad has arrested 253 persons this year so far in 199 drug cases. "And these are only adults." said Don Brown , vice investigator.

Police found a note in Miss Mann's car, apparently from her mother. The note told the girl to pick up a radiator cap for the car, then to go 4210 W. Magnolia and speak to Laura Tutich.
Mrs. Tutich is the director of The Bridge- A Way Across, an informal center for drug and other youth-related problems. And 4210 W. Magnolia is the address of Bridge. Mrs. Tutich said the girl never came to the center.

DeEtte Hungate, Former BHS Secretary

Burbank Leader, August 1987

DeEtte Hungate,

Services are at 3 p.m. today for DeEtte Hungate, 91, who died August 7, 19. DeEtte was a 62 year resident of Burbank, a homemaker and attendance secretary at Burbank High School. She was also a member of the Burbank Symphony Association, charter member of ESNPEO, a past PTA president, a La Providencia Guild member and member of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.

The services will be at the Eckerman Heisman Funeral Service Chapel, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd. There will be a private burial.

She is survived by daughters, Edie Debney of Glendale, California and Nancy Meagher of Rohnert Park, one sister, Edith Moore of Chicago, Illinois; four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. The family request that donations be made for the American Heart Association.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

David Stephen Craig, BHS 1938


David Stephen Craig, BHS 1938

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, August 16, 1989

David Stephen Craig, 69, former resident died August 8, 1989 in Eureka, California. He was born in Los Angeles, California. Craig was a graduate of Burbank High School and the University of Southern California. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.  

Mr. Craig is survived by his niece, Erin Craig of Imperial; cousins, Tom Fien of North Hollywood and Winfred Spohr of Burbank. Inurnment was at Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale, California.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Frank Payson Summeril, BHS 1943

FRANK PAYSON SUMMERIL
November 2, 1925-December 22, 2016

BURBANK – Frank Payson Summeril , 91 , of Burbank , passed away December 22, 2016. Born November 2, 1925 in Los Angeles to Stanley and Loretta Summeril. Frank attended Burbank High School and graduated from Brown Military Academy previously located in San Diego, California. Soon after graduation Frank joined the United State Marine Corps and served with honor from October 21, 1943 until July 2, 1946 after World War II ended. While serving in the Marine Air Corps as a Machine Gun Crewman he earned the rank of Corporal along with rifleman and good conduct medals. After receiving his honorable discharge he found his calling in the telecommunications industry where he worked for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company for 35 years retiring as a 2nd Level Engineer in 1982. After retiring he continued to remain active in the telecommunications industry as a life member of the Tel Co Retirees Association and Telephone Pioneers of America. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association and an active member of the Burbank High School alumni association.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Naomi Marie Summeril. Surviving to cherish his memory are his son, Scott and wife Robbie of Carlsbad, California ; son, Frank and wife Cindy of Woodland Park, Colorado; and daughter Sandra of Encinitas, California; as well as 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. All were his pride and his joy.

The family will greet friends at a Chapel Memorial Service held at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and Mortuary, 10621 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 20, 2017.     

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 16, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Fecht, Retired BHS Teacher

Gerald "Jerry" Fecht was born in Mexico Missouri, the fifth child of Mildred Crites Fecht and William Thomas Fecht. He was the beloved baby boy in a large Catholic family who came to California in his teens to pursue opportunities for a better life. His Catholic education lead him to Notre Dame High School, through Los Angeles Valley College, and into USC where he earned Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees. Jerry met the love of his life, Janne Shreves Fecht, while they were studying for their teaching credentials; they were married for 49 years and raised two sons, Brendan and Damon.

"Dr. Jerry" enjoyed a long and much heralded career as a professor at Moorpark College, where he guided countless students and helped them achieve their dreams. In retirement, Jerry founded The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, volunteered for AIDS/LifeCycle, enjoyed time with his grandchildren, and explored every inch of Los Angeles, the city he loved so dearly. 


On January 26, 2017, he lost his long battle with Amyloidois at the age of 78. Jerry is survived by his wife, Janne, his sons, Brendan and Damon, his daughter-in-law, Rebecca, his grandchildren, Jake and Emily, and his brother, Robert. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 11, 2017, 12PM, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Old North Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley or the Amyloidosis Foundation.

Memorial service
Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
Saturday, Feb 11th 2017 12:00pm
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, California, United States

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Delmar Ackerley, BHS 1939

Burbank Daily Review, Friday, February 19, 1954

Delmar Ackerley, late of 1039-D Spazier, Burbank, California. age 33 years, loving husband of Lilla Ackerley; son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Ackerley; brother of Paul S. Ackerley and Don W. Ackerley and Mrs. Carolyn Mohr.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 22, 1954 2:30 p.m. at the Little Country Chapel, Pierce Brothers, North Hollywood. Interment Valhalla Memorial Park.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Duane Romberger, BHS 1949

Published in the Senior Bulldog Newsletter, November - December 2016 - January 2017

Duane Romberger, December 21, 1931 - January 11, 2017

Duane passed away unexpectedly  with his family at his side, less than a day after being taken to St. Joseph's hospital in Burbank. He was 85. Duane and his wife had been regular attendees of the Senior Bulldogs luncheons in Burbank until their last time in August 2015.

After high school Duane served in the Army with  a Military Police Unit. Later he graduated with a Business Degree from Cal State Los Angeles. He was a electrician, a member of Union #11.

On December 18, 1953 Duane married Mary Jane Kemp at First Baptist Church of Burbank, across the street from Burbank High. They celebrated their 63rd anniversary last month. They have lived in their home on Brighton in Burbank for the last 60 years, the home Duane parent's built in 1940.

Duane was predeceased by his sister, Ellen Romberger Williams, BHS 45 who passed away in 2012. Duane is survived by his wife Mary Jane, BHS 53, his children, Duane Romberger, Jr. and wife Susan; Keith Romberger and wife Michelle; and Jayleen Romberger Budwig and husband Jeff; brother Gordon Romberger, JBHS 54 and his wife Joan of Alhambra. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, David, Jonathan, and Elizabeth Romberger; Kielle and Keaton Romberger; and Jacob, Jessica, Jayme, and Jocellyn Budwig; and nine Great-grandchildren.

Duane and Mary Jane have attended and been members of Calvary Bible Church on Main Street in Burbank for 53 years, and a memorial service was held there for Duane on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Barbara June Peterson, BHS 1967

Barbara Peterson passed away on November 10, 1994 at home in Burbank at age 45. Barbara's earthly remains were cremated and are buried at Grandview Memorial Park in Glendale.

Barbara lived and suffered with Muscular Dystrophy disease for most of her life. Three years before her death she also suffered a debilitating stroke. She moved back home with her parents in Burbank, and from then on until her death they lovingly cared for Barbara themselves in their home.

Barbara's death was due to complications of the Muscular Dystrophy, the stroke, and at the end also pneumonia.

Barbara went to Burbank High School, Burbank, California and should of graduated with the class of 1967, but due to her health issues she fell behind and graduated in 1968. Her senior picture in with the Class of 1967. In our yearbook next to Barbara's senior picture it says College Prep and that she will be majoring in English in college.

During the years that Barbara was on her own she worked for many years for "Joni and Friends", the Christian ministry organization of well known Christian author and artist, Joni Eareckson Tada.