Monday, February 26, 2018

Donna Lester Roseman, BHS '70 (1952-2018)

Sad new posted on Facebook by Donna's brother, Steve Lester...

Donna Jean Lester died on February 20, 2018 from Heart Failure. She was 65 years of age. She was preceded in death by her Father, Robert, her mother Bettie, her younger brother, William, and her maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Elmer, her daughter, Mandy, and her husband Michael, and grandsons Ricky and Taylor, and her sister-in-law Diana and husband, and their son Jason, her nephew. Her older brother Steven is the last one of her immediate family to still live. Also surviving Donna were her husband’s relatives, Sandra and Sean with their four children and four grandchildren, and Shelly and Michael and their two children.

She was born on June 3, 1952 in Burbank, California at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the second child of Robert and Bettie and the only girl. She attended Washington Elementary, John Muir Jr. High, and Burbank Senior High Schools and graduated with the class of 1970. She also attended a few courses at Valley Community College of Van Nuys, California. Soon after, she became the mother of Mandy, and worked as a supervisor with the L.A. County welfare department while living in Panorama City, California. In 1989 she married Elmer Roseman and spent 28 happy years as his wife and beloved. At this time, she moved to Palmdale, California and spent the rest of her life within that locale. She and her husband stayed active in the bowling/social community of the area and developed many excellent friendships therein.

A memorial service is planned to take place during the middle of May and details will be announced when known.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Janet Kay (Rowland) Trent, BHS '73 (1955-2017)

Janet Kay (Rowland) Trent
July 21, 1955 - May 18, 2017
Clovis, California

Philippians 2:14-16
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Darlene Kay Paul Suhrbier, BHS '89, Passed Away February 1, 2018

Today Amy Monroe‎ posted the following on Facebook. We send our deepest condolences to Darlene's family...

Sadly, BHS Class of 1989 has lost another classmate this year. Darlene Kay Suhrbier (aka Darlene Paul) passed yesterday after heart surgery complications that she'd been battling since November. She leaves behind her husband Steve, her three kids Kirstin, Erika, and Brad, and a cute little grandson, Trace.

I met Darlene when we were at John Muir together. I thought she was so cool with her awesome red hair, not to mention she had Cabbage Patch kids and I didn't. My brothers and I even started taking ceramics classes with Darlene's grandmother on Saturday mornings. In high school, Darlene and I were on Drill Team together. And if blue polyester uniforms with white knee-high go-go boots and blue eye shadow doesn't bond friends, tell me, what does?

When I moved back to L.A. after a 17-year long absence to the east coast, Darlene was one of the first people I reconnected with. And she introduced me to Lemon Drops! She made me feel at home again even though so much time had passed.

Always an outgoing, caring soul, loved by many, Darlene will be missed greatly.

A few Facebook comments

Christina Patz
Same here on Lemon Drops...time to clink glasses In her honor. Miss her.

Cesar Zepeda

Alan Landros
It is so sad to hear this news. I knew Darlene's great-grandmother, Bertha Strickland, from the time I was born, along with her grandparents, Muriel "Chet" and Margaret Lee Chester, and I was at her parent's, Jeff and Sue, wedding in Glendale in 1970. Her uncle and aunt, Bill and Lois Paul, are friends and neighbors of mine, also. When I heard that Darlene has a grandson I realized that I knew his great-great-great-grandmother, making me feel quite old. God bless Darlene's family during this tragic time in their lives. I'm so, so sorry.

For any older alumni seeing this information, Darlene's dad, Jeff Paul, was BHS '64, her uncle, Bill Paul, was BHS '54, and her aunt, Lois Becken Paul, was BHS '55.

Mary Boriso Jordan
My love and prayers...Rest in peace, Darlene..God's strength and comfort to the family.

Dale Levine
Dale Levine I really enjoyed getting to know her via FB over the last 6-7 years. 😒

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So young & so very sad. My heartfelt condolences to her children, her husband, & all who knew & loved her.

Pat Bushman
My condolences to Darlene’s family and friends. Rest In Peace.

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and her family.

Darlene Kay
Paul Suhrbier, BHS '89, Passed Away February 1, 2018

Louis Geiger Jr.
So sad RIP

Deanna Shaffer
Shannon Arnold Barnes
So sad. My thoughts are with her family. Always hard losing a loved one, especially a mom.

Dan Krattiger
So very sorry to hear this news. Very nice tribute Amy. RIP Darlene. πŸ™πŸ»

Karen Sue Salsbury-wolford
Condolences, prayers to the family

Helen Walters-Stanton
I am just so sad to hear this news. Sending love and peace to her family and to all of those that knew her.

Sarina Metzger
Gone much too soon. My deepest condolences to her family and all who knew her.

Bobbi Baldaseroni
Too young, My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Warm hugs

Susan Landing-Phillips
Sincere sympathies to family and friends. Such a sad time...

Jeff Monroe
RIP Darlene ! Sorry for your loss to her Family and Friends! Prayers

Jennifer Kant
I'm so heartbroken... And, yes... Lemon Drops!πŸ’“

Susan Rudin
Those are very kind words and sweet memories. May we all be remembered with such kindness and heart.

Lisa Starnes McNeal
Beautifully said. Man them boots and outfits were hideous! I remember them well! She was my bestie junior-senior year. We knew each other along time. Miss her already... she was always so spunky and wild. Loved that about her.... I was the conservative one between the two of us. #goodtimes #neverforget #lifefriends

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Jillian McDonald Kelly
I remember her. How horribly sad. RIP

William Paul
Yes we will miss our beautiful niece Darlene. God bless her family!! Love uncle Bill and aunt Lois

Kelly Wilkins
Beautifully said Amy..... we will all miss this incredible woman ❤️

Dave Hanson
Very very sad to hear, much ❤️ to her friends and family!

Jennifer Dale Schatz
So sad to hear about your dear friend. And, what wonderful memories you have.

Wendy Walters
Beautiful tribute. RIP, Darlene. My condolences to her family and everyone that knew this amazing woman. ❤❤❤

Tracy M Larson
Beautifully saidπŸ’” RIP friend

Chris Menor
RIP Darlene

Martha Rios
RIP blessings to the family

Jennifer Morgan
Everyone is writing such beautiful and thoughtful words about Darlene. I wish I had known her better. May all your hearts hold onto the love you have for her, with fond memories, in hopes that it helps quell the burden of your grief. God Speed

Tom Rippengale
R.I.P. Darlene..

Louise Good Hernandez
So sorry for your loss.

Kathy Bice
RIP , πŸ™πŸ»to the family.

Jenee Valdez
Condolences to the family!

Courtney Scott
I saw this today. It's a very sweet and touching post.
So sad. She will be greatly missed.

Linda C. Mustion

Bea Adamiak
So sorry to hear this!πŸ™

Tiffani Lattimer Coggin
Does anyone have the drill team pic from 88’? Darlene is in that one, as are most of us...

Lisa Starnes McNeal

Paula Richardson
Beautiful post Amy. She will be so missed. Great woman she was. Ya, Tiffany Tiffani Lattimer Coggin I was wondering if someone had that photo. I was on Tall Flags.

Adele Bassett

Toby Black
Sincere condolences to Darlene’s family πŸ™πŸ»

Matt Troyer
So sad she was a beautiful woman , very smart , a great mom , a business lady just a all around great person to be around and I know myself , all her family and friends are missing her. I use to be married to Darlene’s sister Tamara and i have a lot of great memories of her. I’m so so sorry Steve Suhrbier for you’re loss bud.

Carol Veatch Mansmann
Thoughts and prayers with her family. Peace be with you Darlene. Too young to leave us.

Sandi Rodriguez
RIP DarleneπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Tony Moffett
Sorry to hear this Amy!!

Lisa Starnes McNeal
She’s beautiful!
Miss her already! 😞

Anita Page
RIP, Sweet Lady.

Sheryl Muskatell
Rest in Peace

HUera Deo
May she Rest In Peace. O

Phil Lopez
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Rip Darlene Kay Suhrbier πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

Lupe Covarrubias
Rest in peace

Jen Rez
πŸ™πŸ» prayers for her family

Michele Duarte Kilroy
Heartbreaking. So young. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Brenda Rossie-soto
Sending love and prayers to all.

Brett Shapen
So sad . RIP Darlene.

Heidi Terrio
Very sad news! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Paul Vlachos
So sad to hear of Darlenes passing , condolences to all family and friends. And, such wonderful words you wrote Amy R. Monroe. Prayers to Darlene and All of her Family.

Michael Oliver
Very sad news. Condolences to her entire family.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Marjorie Colvin, BHS '42 (1923-2017)

Marjorie Colvin
7/8/1923 – 11/05/2017

Marjorie was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1923. She moved to California with her family at a young age. "Mickey", as she was called, attended Kindergarten through 12th grade in Burbank schools. She attended several Burbank elementary schools, Junior High at John Burroughs and Burbank High School. She remembered two teachers that stood out in her years at Burbank High. One was Esther Weinstock. In her class they put on a play, “The Jack Benny Radio Show” and Marjorie played the part of Mary Livingston. Then there was Mrs. Briggs, her gym teacher in Junior High and High School. Mrs. Briggs made her feel special by inviting her to a Mother-Daughter Banquet.

Marjorie met her husband George, at a dance in the Glendale Civic Auditorium. It was the big band era, and they loved to dance. They were proud parents of six children: Gloria, George, Nancy, David, Cyndi and Chuck. They also had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Marjorie was employed during the war years at Lockheed Aircraft from 11/27/42 to 2/22/44 as a Department Clerk. She left Lockheed to have her first child, Gloria Jean, born in August of that year.

Marjorie has been a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Campfire Leader and active in the YMCA. There was always a lot of activity and young people at their home.

After their first child married, she went back to school at Glendale College for three years and then went to Valley College. She enjoyed classes in voice and speech. Her interests are in history, collector items and genealogy.

Marjorie had many accomplishments. In 1965 she was PTA president at Burbank High School, Emblem Club President in 1980-81, and twice president of the Burbank Historical Society. She was honored by then Mayor Mary Kelsey. She was one of the founding Board Members of the Burbank Historical Society. She was Chairwoman of the Opening Day Ceremonies for the Gordon R. Howard Museum in Burbank. She also gave historical tours at the museum. She was a charter member of SERVE, in the Civic Pride Committee and was a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society. She was also a member of the Fine Arts Federation, Friends of the Library and of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.

After her family was grown Marjorie went back to work at the Security Pacific Charge Card Center. She continued to be active in retirement. In December of 2010, she sold her home of 65 years, and moved to Laguna Woods to be close to her daughters. Marjorie was pre-deceased by her husband, George and youngest son, Chuck. She was 94.

George & Marjorie Colvin

Colvin Family celebrating Marjorie's Birthday in 2013
(L to R:  Back Row:  George, Nancy, Cyndi, Chuck
            Front Row:  Marjorie & David)

Five Colvin kids at Marjorie & Chuck's Memorial in San Diego - Dec 27 2017
(L to R: Gloria, George, Nancy, David, Cyndi)

Marjorie's 94th and last birthday with loved ones

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Joyce (Grant) Robson-Schiavo, BHS '48 (1930-2018)

We send our condolences to Joyce's family...

Joyce (Grant) Robson-Schiavo passed away peacefully on January 24, 2018, in Sonora, California at the age of 87, after a long illness. Joyce was born June 27 1930 in Dinuba, Tulare County, California. Her parents were William Robert Grant, Viena Terry Grant Christman and Stepfather Lyle Christman.

Her grandparents were Jennette Wilhite Terry and David Hines Terry, and William Jasper Grant and Della Madison Grant. All preceded her in death. In 1947 Joyce was a contestant in the Burbank on Parade May Queen Contest. She was referred to in her biography posted in the Burbank Daily Review as the “Laughing Eyed Burbank Lassie”. She spoke of what fun it was to ride around the city of Burbank in a wagon along with the other contestants for a day of publicity photo shoots with the local newspaper photographer. All the girls were wearing their best swimsuits! She always said that her favorite part of the contest was the Genuine Palmdayl Cigarette Shirt that each contestant received.

Joyce graduated from Burbank High School Class of 1948 and was a member of the Alumni. After high school she attended and graduated from California Air College with the dream of becoming an Air Traffic Controller. She was first married to James William Robson who is now deceased. She married Frank Schiavo on December 15, 1984. After 24 years together Frank passed away in 2008.

Joyce’s first job was as a telephone operator for the City of Glendale, California. She worked for a short time for Lockheed in Sunnyvale, California, then went to work for Dr. Dean H Hausrath, Orthodontist in San Jose, California. She worked as a Receptionist for Dr. Hausrath for 27 years.

Joyce had many years of membership-at-large with Beta Sigma Phi and was president of the Kappa Mu Chapter, Glendale, California in 1955. She had accumulated 9 years towards her Ritual of Jewels Degree, was eligible for the Exemplar Degree and was a Paid for Life Member.

Joyce was very involved in PTA for Toyon Elementary School, San Jose California in the mid 1960’s.

Joyce was a lifelong resident of California, residing in Dinuba, Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta, before moving to San Jose, where she lived for 55 years. In 2013 she moved to Sonora, California to be closer to her family.

Joyce’s favorite hobbies were collecting dolls and musical stuffed animals, she loved Mickey and Minnie Mouse and would even dress up as some of her favorite characters such as Minnie Mouse, Miss Piggy or other fun costumes. She was always sending greeting cards to friends and loved ones. She spent hours decorating the cards with stickers and stamps. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson and enjoyed meeting with her girlfriends for lunch. She made friends everywhere, and enjoyed making friends with the residents and staff at Skyline Place and The Avalon Care Center in Sonora.

She was always very happy when her granddogs Ricki and Stormy would come to visit. She was a lifelong dog lover.

She is survived by her daughters Teri Luna and husband Ray of Utah, Candi Huff and husband Harry of Jamestown, grandson Andrew and wife Lacee of Waterford, grandson Matthew and wife Rachael and son (Joyce’s 1st great grandchild) Henry of Sonora, granddaughter Miranda Huff of Jamestown, sister Janice Grossi of Nipomo, and niece Jill Oclaray of Colorado.

Funeral Home in charge of arrangements: Terzich and Wilson, Sonora, California.

In lieu of flowers we request donations be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P. O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online at

Harlene Goldberg Mesnick, BHS '64 (1946-2017)

Harlene G. Mesnick
September 16, 1946 - December 12, 2017

Received the following email today:

Burbank High School Class of '64 Loses another classmate...
Harlene Goldberg Mesnick BHS '64 , recently passed away in Murietta, CA after several years of battling Stevens-Johnson Syndrom and Shingles.
Harlene was a loving person with a big heart and she delighted in keeping in touch with her high school friends via telephone...
She was pre-deceased by her parents and one sister and is survived by two sisters. There are no memorial service plans at this time.
Bon Voyage, Dear Friend...
Submitted by Pam Zipfel Kirkwood and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

We are sad to hear of another Bulldog passing and ask you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gene Allred, BHS '68, Passed Away January 11, 2018

Gene Allred passed away January 11, 2018. He had many passions and a profound love of God, family, friends, and wilderness. Gene’s amazing spirit will endure in the many lives he’s impacted with his sincere kindness, contagious enthusiasm, and unwavering optimism.

He is loved and cherished by his wife, Peggy; his three sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan, Rachel, Jason, Kimberly, Kyle, and Ari; his seven grandchildren; his brother, Ed Allred; and his sister, Rives Wiggins.

Gene’s life will be celebrated Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, Oregon.


Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Also, found this at the Wilderness Medicine website where he was on staff:
GENE ALLRED, MD: Ashland, Oregon; Emergency Physician; whitewater guide for over 20 years; swiftwater rescue instructor; avid backpacker, canyoneering, backcountry skier, scuba diver, sea kayaker. Has taught wilderness medicine on six continents; Director of National Conference on Wilderness Medicine

Monday, January 22, 2018

Judy Onstott Tufts, BHS '62, Passed Away Jan 21, 2018

Just learned that Judy Onstott Tufts passed away yesterday. She was preceded in death by younger sister, Barbara Onstott Earle, BHS '67 (1949-2017).

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.