Sunday, April 30, 2017

James Robert McCauley, BHS 1963

April 24, 2017

Paulist Fr. James Robert McCauley, passed into eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, after a long struggle with kidney disease. He was 72. Fr. Jim was born January 30, 1945, in Corpus Cristi, TX, to James and June McCauley, the first of 11 children. He grew up in Burbank, CA, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1967.

He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1974. His priesthood began with single years as a Catholic campus minister at West Virginia University and then at Boston University. From 1976 to 1983, Fr. Jim was a campus minister at the University Catholic Center at UCLA, serving as director of the center from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1994, he continued his work in campus ministry, for four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara and seven years at West Virginia University. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2000, Fr. Jim served as our director of novices, first at the Mt. Paul Novitiate in New Jersey and then at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C. Fr. Jim became pastor of St. Cyril Church in Tucson, AZ, in 2000, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in that city, serving through 2004.

From 2004 to 2010, he was associate pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Toronto. From 2010 to 2013, he was associate pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. Fr. Jim entered senior ministry in 2013, living at Old St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and then at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.He was preceded in death by his mother and brothers Tim, Tyler and Paul, as well as infant sister, Cara Lisa.

In addition to his brother Paulist Fathers, Fr. Jim is survived by his father, James; sisters Nickalee (Joe) Jung, Molly (Tim) Langley, Colleen (Rick) Britz, Melinda (Lee) Gwyn, Amy (Mike) Elle, and brother, Peter (Vanessa) McCauley; sisters-in-law Pat McCauley and Joan McCauley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A tribute written by Fr. Jim’s family states, “He will be remembered for his devotion to his faith, his priesthood, the Paulists, and his family; his curiosity and enthusiasm for science and gadgets; as well as his courage and grace dealing with the many health challenges he faced throughout his life.”
Fr. Jim’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at St. Julie Billiart Church, 2475 Borchard Rd, Newbury Park, CA, followed by burial at Carpinteria Public Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Paulist Fathers.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Janis Christine Musson Jardine, BHS1970

Janis Christine Musson  Jardine, BHS1970
JUNE 3, 1952 ~ April 13, 2017
Janis passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, about seven weeks before her 65th birthday.  Many of you have seen the notice on Facebook from Karla Musson Alltizer, sister of Janis, saying that Janis passed away due to Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her illness progressed rather quickly within the past three years.  Some of our BHS ‘70 classmates don’t use Facebook, and some others who have a Facebook page rarely check it, so this notice is being sent to everyone from our class for notification of this sad news.
Janis was the youngest of the four Musson sisters, Sharon, Karla, Kathy, and Janis.  They grew up at 1907 N. Kenneth Rd., near Eton Dr., in Burbank. 
Janis attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary, John Muir Junior High, and Burbank High, graduating with us in 1970. 
She and I were in the same 5th grade class at Jefferson with our teacher, Betty Ohs Steinkolk.  Some of the others in that class with us were
Carol Wallace, Ellen Gelbard, Joyce Starleaf, Krenn Wilkinson, Mary Pilkinton, Bill Wallace, Blyden Loutensock, Don McMickle, Mike Zeff, and Stan Shaner.
Janis married Scott Jardine in the 1970’s.  They attended our 10 year class reunion in 1980.  They have two sons, Bryan born in 1982, and his younger brother born in 1984.  Over the years Janis and Scott have lived in many locations, due to Scott’s career.  They began married life in Burbank, lived in Brea, then Oregon, back to northern California for many years, then Midland, Texas, and finally the last few years they have lived in Boise, Idaho. 
Janis always loved to play tennis frequently wherever she lived.
Janis is survived by her husband, two sons, sisters, Karla Musson Alltizer and Kathy Musson Bice (who is from the BHS ‘68 class), and their families. 
She is predeceased by her parents, and her oldest sister, Sharon.
Alan Landros
April 23, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Edgar Allen "Bud" Davis, BHS 1949

Edgar Allen "Bud" Davis, BHS 1949
April 28, 1931 - March 15, 2017

Bud Davis was a former neighbor of mine and he passed away March 15, 2017 in Hurricane, Utah. While at Burbank High, Bud was 2nd vice president and played varsity football and active in many school activities. I was going to write something nice up but his daughter Gerri Lynn wrote about her dad's life in a special way only a daughter could.

"Can't sleep, thinking of the words to say at my Dads celebration of life ceremony. Gathering my strength and my thoughts! Sharing just a glimpse of who he was, a simple man, that worked hard, who loved his family, was short on words and emotions, loved his country, his animals, his faith his sports (football and golf)!! He was a jack of all trades (served his country in Korea, USN,  graduated from the Culinary Art Institute, was a hair dresser, owned
his own salon in Burbank (Avon Coiffures), drove yellow cab, was a golf starter at Debell Golf Course, worked in the trenches of waste water at the City of Burbank Reclamation Center and promoted to clean water and became a Water Plant supervisor! "

"His greatest accomplishments was us, his children and grandchildren in which he instilled the value of working hard! He had a fulfilled life and would have been married to his loving wife, our Mom for 60 years this coming June, she stood by his side through a difficult last year of advanced Alzheimer's! "

"We know he is at peace and we will all be together to celebrate his legacy! "

Bud is survived by his wife, Carrie, his daughter, Gerri Lynn Davis McCorkle, sons, Burt Davis and Kirk Davis, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, and several grandchildren.
His celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Center, 171 Main Street, Hurricane, Utah, 84737

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gail Whitney Copeland, BHS 1957

Gail Whitney Copeland, BHS '57, passed away the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2013. She had first been hospitalized and diagnosed with cancer on November 21, 2011, a little less than fourteen months ago. She had endured much since then, including surgeries and cancer treatments. She was stable right now it was believed, and doing some better, as she wrote in a note on January 9 that her daughter shared. So, it was unexpected that she would pass away just three days later on January 12.

Gail Copeland worked for the Burbank Unified School District as a teacher and administrator for 43 1/2 years, from 1961 until her retirement in 2004. Her first position was as a fourth grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in 1961, and I was in her first class in the 1961/62 school year, which was in Room 21 at Jefferson as 'Miss Whitney'. Gail attended and graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and as soon as she graduated she began at Thomas Jefferson, not long after she had turned 21!

She married Doug Copeland on February 16, 1963. She passed away just over a month before their 50th wedding anniversry. The last 18 years of Gail's career with BUSD was spent as the Principal of Joaquin Miller Elementary in Burbank, at Providencia and Kenneth Rd. She was a very much loved Principal by all of her faculty over those years, as well as students and their parents.

Gail and Doug Copeland made their home in Glendale, not far from the Burbank border, and very near Miller School. Gail is survived by her husband, Doug Copeland, her devoted daughter, Chris Copeland (who is a current teacher at Thomas Jefferson in Burbank), her son and his wife, Rob and Marci Copeland, and their two children/Gail's grandchildren, Kenzie and Zach.

Arrangements and details for Gail's memorial service:

                                                       MEMORIAL SERVICE
Friday, January 25, 2013
3:30 P.M.
St. Jude's Anglican Church
111 S. Sixth St.
(corner of Sixth St. and Olive Ave.)
Burbank, California 91501
Gail attended St. Jude's while she was in high school at Burbank High.
It is also where Gail and Doug Copeland were married on February 16, 1963, almost 50 years ago.
From the Burbank Leader, December 10, 2013

School to honor Gail Copeland

Joaquin Miller will rename its quad 'Copeland Courtyard' in tribute to longtime educator.

Educators at Joaquin Miller Elementary School on Friday will dedicate their quad to the late Gail Copeland, a longtime Burbank educator who served as principal of the school for 19 years.

A 1957 graduate of Burbank High, Copeland spent over 42 years as an educator with Burbank Unified, beginning as a fourth-grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in 1961.

She worked at Bret Harte and Washington elementary schools before she began teaching at Miller in 1975 and served as the school’s principal from 1984 through 2003. After battling cancer, Copeland passed away in January of this year.

Current Miller Principal Judy Hession, who worked under Copeland as an assistant principal for six years, said she was a mentor to teachers and staff who would offer them her undivided attention, regardless of her demanding schedule.

Hession said Copeland was also a modest leader, who never wanted to take any credit for the school’s success.

“She never liked the limelight,” Hession said, adding that Copeland wouldn’t be pleased if she knew the school was honoring her and renaming its quad “Copeland Courtyard.”

“She would be not happy with me,” Hession added.

Two years after taking the principal’s position, Hession said she regularly called Copeland for her input.

Among Copeland’s best pieces of advice, she recalls, was when she told Hession that the greatest marker of a quality principal is when the school’s staff and teachers are empowered to run the school without their principal there.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher than her,” Hession said. “She gave us the gift of being able to do [our] job, and trusted us to do our job and do it well.”

More than half of all of Miller’s teachers who currently work at the school were hired by Copeland, Hession said.

Among those expected to attend Friday’s dedication will be Copeland’s family, Burbank school officials and Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy.

James W. Wallace, BHS 1943

James W. Wallace
August 13, 1924 - October 1, 2016
We lost our beloved father, grandfather and friend. Though he was small in stature he was truly larger than life. He never met a stranger or forgot a friend. He was there for everyone who needed him and will be remembered for his outgoing and loving ways.
He was born in Dallas, TX but moved to California as a child. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Navy the following day. His service years were spent in England and Ireland. Upon returning home, he met the love of his life, Patricia Miles and they were married on June 21,1946. Jim had requested that they have 3 daughters, and that is exactly what he got.
He lived a long and happy life and we are all so grateful to have been in his family or one of his friends. He was predeceased by his beloved Patty in 2013. He is survived by daughters Martha (Scott) Nelson, Debbi (Tim) Smith, Mary (Dan) McCarville and grandchildren James (Renee) Smith, Katie (Fernando) Robles and Evan McCarville. His brothers Hank, Robert, David and Michael also survive him in Texas.
Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at La Mirada Christian Church, La Mirada and graveside to follow at Olive Lawn Cemetery, La Mirada.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2016

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nino Lubrano Pipitone, BHS 1948

Nino Lubrano Pipitone, Jr., BHS 1948

March 11, 1931 - February 7, 2017

Born on March 11, 1931 in Nyack, NY, passed away on February 7, 2017, in Oceano, CA. Nino was preceded in is death by his wife of 52 years, Charlene (Bobbie) Pipitone and oldest son, Nino Lubrano Pipitone, III.

He is survived by his daughters Nanette (husband Frank) and Cammy and son Paul. Nino had six grandchildren: Brian, Paul (wife Sarah), Sarah, Mandi (husband Jose), Frank (wife Rachelle) and Eric (wife Abbey). These six grandchildren gave him a plethora of great grandchildren: Jonathan, Jeremy, Matthew, Serenity, Anya, Ayla, Zoe, Ella, Eleanor, Cristian, Jose, and Rico.

Nino took pride in being a police officer for most of his adult life. He spent four years as a City Councilman in Morro Bay, what he referred to as his “home base” Nino moved to Verdi, NV with his wife Bobbie, and after her passing he moved back to the Central Coast. Nino spent several years traveling the globe with his lady friend Pat. He loves his football games and watching Bill O’Reilly...everybody knew not to call or visit him during these times! He will be missed.

A celebration of Nino’s life will be held on Saturday, February 18th at noon.

Los Osos Valley Mortuary and Los Osos Valley Memorial Park

Patricia Jean Dawson Ehring, BHS 1948

Patricia Jean Ehring "Pat" 86, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of March 23, 2017, with her children by her side in Pismo Beach after a long battle with emphysema.

Pat was born on January 7, 1931, in Glendale, Calif. She was the second child to Harold H. Dawson and Loetta Pinnick Dawson. Her brother, Richard M. Dawson preceded her in death.

Pat spent her early childhood living in the North Long Beach/Compton area. Her family moved to Burbank when her father changed employers. She attended John Burroughs Junior High School and graduated from Burbank High School in 1948. After a brief try at sorority and college life, she returned home to Burbank attending Glendale Community College where she graduated.

Pat married Theodore Woodbridge Ehring on September 2, 1950, at North Glendale Methodist Church. She and "Woody" met in the 9th grade. While living in Burbank, Pat gave birth to Gregory Woodbridge in 1953 and Karen Lyn in 1955. After Ted graduated form USC in 1957, the family moved to Bakersfield where Ted took his first job as a geologist at Texaco. During those years
in Bakersfield, Pat gave birth to their second daughter Dana Sue and their second son Kevin Richard.

In 1965, Pat and Ted relocated to La Crescenta when he took a new job with Signal Oil. During their time in La Crescenta, Pat obtained her Real Estate license. She was passionate about helping each family find their "perfect" home.

Then in 1974, Pat and Ted, along with Dana and Kevin, relocated to Houston, Texas. Shortly after arriving in Houston, Pat continued selling homes in her new location. In the summer of 1983, Pat and Ted moved back to California settling in Huntington Beach where she obtained her CA Brokers License and got right back to the business she loved. In 1996, Pat and Ted moved one last time to Pismo Beach, and again she continued her career.

Pat had a gift for cooking and canning and hardly ever used a measuring cup or cook book. Pat was a loving wife and mother to her four children. She dearly loved her seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Jaime, Shannon, Kasey, Austin, Brandon and Matthew, along with 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Kevin Richard and her loving husband, Theordore Woodbridge Ehring.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

John Anthony Julian, BHS 1950

John Anthony Julian (PaPa), passed away on December 21, 2016, at his home in Phoenix Arizona. His last days were spent with friends and family. John was an avid outdoorsman, wood carver, musician, Scuba diver, and family man.

He was born January 17, 1932 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania as John Antonino Giuliani to immigrant parents. He learned early on that hard work and dedication were required to achieve one’s dreams. He spent his early years in Endicott, New York prior to moving with his family to Burbank, California.

An athlete, John played football for St. Mary’s College of California, the U.S. Army and Arizona State University; he was also a body builder (winning many competitions such as Mr. Arizona and Mr. Rocky Mountain States) and a marathon runner. John obtained an undergraduate degree in physical education/history and a Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University as well as a Physical Therapy
Degree at University of Colorado Medical School.

During these studies, John met his future wife Nancy. John and Nancy were co-founders of Physician’s Physical Therapy Services.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years (Nancy); his children Gianna (Bradley), Joseph (Amy), Anthony (Belinda), Monica (Scott) and John; his grandchildren Kristina (Luke), Kathleen, Christopher, Megan, Devon, Amanda, Ashley, Toni Lynn, Anthony Jr., Sister Madonna dei Poveri (Giovanna), Joseph, John, Rose and Josephine; great grand-child Addisyn; sister Rita, brother Joseph and loving nieces and nephews. Friends and family will miss his gregarious nature and laughter.

Contributions in memory of John may be made in his name to the Christ Child Society of Phoenix.  A Visitation will be held from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Monday, December 26, 2016 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Rd, in Phoenix, with a reception to follow. John’s Interment will be in Wyoming.

December 23, 2016 By Whitney Murphy Funeral Home

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stephen Earl Whittle, BHS 1972

Stephen Earl Whittle was born in Peoria, Illinois to Horace Raymond and Juanita Mae Whittle. The family moved to California when he was an infant. Steve lived most of his life in Burbank attending Providencia Elementary, Luther Burbank and Burroughs schools.

He married Mary Lea Daly on August 9, 1980. After returning from their honeymoon he began his construction business. Their daughter, Stephanie Marie was born October 5, 1981. Steve loved being a dad. He enjoyed coaching Stephanie in soccer, climbing to Half Dome with her, watching her ballroom dance, and Geocaching whenever possible.

He loved restoring his first vehicle, a 1957 Ford Ranchero, hiking in Yosemite and vacationing in Hawaii. He loved woodworking and making stained glass windows. He had a creative talent in the arts, and it seemed there was nothing he couldn't do.

He was devoted to his wife Mary and daughter Stephanie, and he will be missed by his family as well as many friends, and clients who became friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter, Stephanie, mother, Juanita Ribble, her husband John, brother, Michael Whittle (Pam), sister, Lynn Gurin (Bob), brother, Alan Whittle (Mary Anne), sister, Barbara Whittle, brother, Frank Whittle, brother, Andrew Ribble, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements under the direction of Valley Funeral Home, Burbank, CA.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Marilyn Ann Peterson, BHS 1966

Marilyn Ann Peterson, BHS 1966

Marilyn Ann Peterson, 65, of Escondido, Calif., passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. She was welcomed to Heaven by her loving parents, Max and Mary Peterson.

Marilyn was born in June in Glendale, Calif. She graduated from Burbank High in 1966 and UCLA Dental Assistant School in 1967.

Marilyn spent most of her life living on her beloved Central Coast.

Known as "Grammy" to her four grandsons, Marilyn was a loving and devoted Grandma and Mom who will be greatly missed by her family.

Marilyn is survived by her two children Julie Marca Aaro of Escondido and Tyler Marca of Atascadero; brother, Michael Peterson of Gardnerville, Nev.; and four adoring grandsons Austin Aaro, Colton Aaro, Alex Marca and Jake Marca.

Marilyn's life will be celebrated with a private family memorial in San Luis Obispo.

Sign her guest book at

Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) - Friday, March 14, 2014

Theresa Joann Hunter Cotton, BHS 1967

July 11, 1949-Oct. 10, 2016

Theresa Joann Cotton 67, Louisburg, was born July 11, 1949, in Toronto Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Douglas J. and Joann (Mullen) Hunter. She died Oct. 10, 2016. Services: Will be held at a later date under the direction of Valley Funeral Home in Burbank, Calif. Burial in Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Local arrangements under the direction of Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte, Springfield.

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016, Buffalo Reflex - Buffalo, Missouri