Thursday, March 2, 2017

Christina Ortega O'Neill, BHS '68 Passed Away Feb 15, 2017

We are so saddened to learn this and are praying for all her family and friends...

Christina A. O'Neill

Christina "Christy" O'Neill left this world and began her journey to Heaven on February 15, 2017. She passed away at the age of 67 in her home after a long battle with cancer.

Christy loved spending time with her family and friends. She cherished the time that she spent with her four grandchildren. As she would always say, she loved them "to the moon and back."

She and her husband, Kevin, enjoyed many camping adventures in their motorhome. Her favorite camping spot was Carpinteria where she visited often with Kevin and her extended family and friends. Chris will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her generous smile, warm heart, and kind disposition.

She will be missed by all of those whose lives she has touched. Chris grew up in Burbank, California and graduated from Burbank High School. She was a longtime employee with the Burbank Unified School District at Washington Elementary School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Kevin; daughter Colleen Simon-O'Neill (Jenny) and son Patrick O'Neill (Alison); grandchildren Quinn, Theodore, Peyton, and Andrew; siblings Emilio Ortega, Ana Neria, Fred Ortega, and Tony Ortega.

Services will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Burbank on Saturday, March 4, 2017, Rosary at 11:30 am, Funeral Mass at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to City of Hope in memory of Christina O'Neill.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Mar. 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jeff Helquist, BHS '68 (1949-2017)

We send our deepest condolences to the Helquist family and Jeff's friends...

On February 7, 2017, Sharon Anderson McEntire, posted this note and photo on Facebook:

"Just got very sad news, our long time best friend Jeff Helquist passed away last Monday of a heart attack.. This picture was taken March of 1973 in front of my house on Birmingham in Burbank.. Jeff is the very last one, with the long hair and beard. Jeff graduated BHS class of '68.. He will be missed!!

"From left Vern and Joyce McEntire, Bill Whitaker with John McEntire behind him, Thom and Sharon McEntire, Duke Gardemann, Bill Verdun, Joe Moss and Jeff Helquist."

Dean Martin Buttress, BHS '74 Passed Away Feb 25, 2017

Sad news.... yesterday, Renee Michel posted on Facebook:
I have just heard that Dean Buttress has passed away. My condolences to his family. I went to Benjamin Franklin Elementary with him and all the way to high school. He was a great guy. Too young, too young to pass.

Dean's daughter, Sarah Ella Buttress, wrote:

Please keep the Buttress family in your thoughts and prayers.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So sad. I remember him. RIP

Lydia Ambrose
Sorry to hear 😥

Mike Donathan
So Sad. Knew Dean for over 50 years.

Anita Page
So sorry to hear. RIP.

Ron Thompson
Very sad to hear. His parents (Hal & Emmy) were family friends. His dad past at an early age too, as I recall. Condolences to the rest of Dean's family.

Kathy Barnfather Van Hoorelbeke
Aw so sad he lived by my grandparents on catalina

Pat Bushman
My condolences to his family.

Vicki Herrin Fields
So sad. He was a nice kid. He was way too young to pass. This picture sure brings back memories. Good old Ben Franklin.

Dianne Postal-Simmons
As I say don't wait for tomorrow start living today .. with the one u love ❤️

Maggi Doyle Solso
So sad...sending love and condolences to his family.

Carol Forrand Tallakson
Such a great guy, loved in my neighborhood, on Catalina, went to school with him... prayers go out to his family ... so sad to hear of his passing😢

Peter Costas
RIP my friend

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Jerry Gillespie, BHS '73 (1954-2012)

Sad news... Rich Morrison wrote in Facebook today, "My BHS Class of 1973 classmate Richard Gerald "Jerry" Gillespie passed away in 2012. He was a quiet, mild mannered guy who I first met at the summer activities held at George Washington Elementary School in the cabin on the playground in about 5th or 6th grade. Jerry was a manager on the cross country and track & field teams. RIP Jerry!"


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Russell Vincent Ing, BHS '82 (1964-2015)

Russell Vincent Ing, 51, born on January 25, 1964 in Glendale, California, passed away May 7, 2015.

He resided in Tujunga, California, at the time of his passing.

Arrangements were under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Dan Davis on Facebook wrote, "Saw him a week before he passed...Told me he was ready to go be with Jesus... Lung Cancer"

We send our deepest condolences to Russell's family.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Penny Hagge Gordon, BHS '66, Passed Away Jan 8, 2017

Penny is on the left in the 2nd row.

More sad news. I knew Penny mostly from Miller Elementary school. She was a sweet girl and lots of fun. May the Lord comfort and heal the family I pray. RIP Penny.

Jeanine Hagge wrote in Facebook...

"It is with a very sad heart that I post my sister-in-law Penny Gorden (Hagge) passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2017 from complications from Alzheimer's."

Steve Whittle, BHS '72 (1954-2017)

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Stephen Earl Whittle
February 1, 1954 - February 3, 2017

Sad news announced on Facebook today...

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers wrote, "I just got a call about one of my brother's best friends, Steve Whittle. He passed away either late last night or early this morning. It was announced at a church in Burbank that my cousin goes to. Steve was class of 72 at BHS. He was a very sweet, quiet man. Like another brother to me. He was a great husband to Mary, a great dad to his daughter, Stephanie. A wonderful brother and a wonderful friend you could always count on. I know he will be okay, he is with my brother in heaven and all of our families and friends who have gone before him. My condolences to Mary, Stephanie, all his family and friends. He will be truly missed. RIP Steve. Love you!"

From Facebook Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers wrote:
"Hello BHS family, Steve Whittle's wife, Mary sent me all the information on his funeral plans. Steve's Vigil is Sunday, February 19th @6:15pm at St. Finbar Catholic Church at 2010 W. Olive Ave, Burbank, Ca 91506. Steve's Requiem Mass is Monday, February 20th @11:00am at St. Finbar Catholic Church. Reception will follow across the street from the church at Albert Hall. Steve's Internment is Tuesday, February 21st @ 11.00am at San Fernando Mission Cemetery at 11160 Stranwood Ave, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Any questions, let me know. Take care everyone."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Deborah Ann Osmon, BHS '70 (1952-2010)

Deborah Ann Osmon
February 22, 1952 - October 11, 2010

From BHS Memorial Facebook page January 18, 2017
"Deborah Ann Osmon was my best friend. She passed away just two weeks after my mom in 2010. It was too soon for Debbie and I miss them both every day. We had some good times in Burbank and graduated 1970, a very good year. We were able to go to most of our reunions and it was so good to see everyone. Thank you for reading my post. See you at the next reunion. Love, Cathy Brown"