Sunday, June 18, 2017

Virginia (Ginny) Rocha, BHS '77 (1958-2017)

Ginger Askerman-hopper posted the following yesterday. Please keep the Rocha family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of...
Ginny Rocha, on this day.
She attended JMJH and BHS
class of 1977...

9th & 10th grade

6/22/17 UPDATE
Virginia Lee Rocha
November 18, 1958 - June 17, 2017
Virginia Lee Rocha, 58 of Visalia, California , died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Fresno, California. Services have been scheduled with Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel.
127 E Caldwell Ave
Visalia, CA 93277
Monday June 26th
Family viewing @ 10am
Public viewing @ 11am
Service @ 12:30 pm!/Obituary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jack Amon Swartzbaugh, BHS '51 (1933-2016)

My husband Jack Amon Swartzbaugh 1933-2016
Jack graduated 1951 from BHS. He was an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He had a career in education starting st So. Pasadena HS 1958, BHS 1961-1965, Corona Del Mar HS 1965-1967, Rio Hondo College 1967-1968. In 1968 he was one of the first hired to open Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. He started out as Coord. of Activities and in 2 years became Dean of Students. He had a long and rewarding career at Saddleback and retired in 1999. He did part time counseling for 13 years after retirement. Loved SC and just couldn't leave. Jack and I had 4 children and 12 grand children. At his passing we had 1 great grandson and last Sept. out first great granddaughter was born. Family was everything to Jack. Just like his father, Amon Swartzbaugh who taught at John Muir JH from 1941-1969. "Coach " Swartzbaugh was an institution in Burbank Unified. Jack was just like his Dad. Loved coaching and teaching. Most of all they loved Burbank High School. I miss them both so much.
Mary Joan Brown Swartzbaugh
BHS 1956.

6/15/17 UPDATE
Here is a photo of Jack's dad, Coach Amon Swartzbaugh, from the John Muir Jr High School 1973 Highlander yearbook. 


Larry Segall
Coach Swartzbaiugh was my math teacher at Muir. A fine gentleman.

Jim Stonehouse
He was my Algebra teacher! Rest in Peace Mr Swartzbaugh

Nancy Olsen Barry
I also had him as a Math Teacher. He touched many young lives. He was sure a part of why I always loved math so much..

Susan Landing-Phillips
I was always terrible in math, but Coach was always positive! My condolences to you and your family!

Jim Stonehouse
That's how he looked when I was in his class!! He was a great teacher

Jeanette Alexander
I'm sorry for your loss. Hang tough with God. He'll hang in there for you...

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace.

Trudie Hentze
I had Mr. Swartzbaugh as a teacher at John Muir. He was one of my favorite teachers.

Bob Brinkworth
I didn't realize what an impact he had in developing the South Coast region of So. Cal. Another positive contribution to life by a Burbank grad, like Lloyd, Long and LiPera.

Barbara Fanderlik Adams
Mary Joan Swartzbaugh that name sounds so familiar. I attended John Muir Jr High (1953-1955), BHS class of '59. And my oldest son and I both took classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. My son was on the Tennis team. The dates would be consistent. I am sure our paths crossed at some point in time.
The good news is, I didn't cringe when reading your husband's or your father-inLaw, so if we did cross paths, it must have been a good experience . Sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family. Thanks for sharing.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nancy Prater Reitherman, BHS '65, Passed Away May 21, 2017

Today, Carol Prater Cox posted this sad news on Facebook...
"Nancy Prater Reitherman left us this past Sunday.
A bright light has gone out.
I'll be lost without my beautiful sister ❤"

"BHS probably 1964 kappa sorority. Top from the right 2nd and 3rd girls are Janet and Nancy Prater cousins joined at the hip"

Nancy was married to fellow BHS classmate Richard Reitherman since August 19, 1967. Please keep Richard and ther family in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Nancy.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Judie Anderson, BHS '68, Passed Away March 22, 2017

The following was from the Class '68 blog. We offer our deepest condolances and prayers to Judie's family and friends...

She fell in love with Maui and never looked back. Our BHS’68 classmate, Judie Anderson, departed this world on March 22, after a short bout with an aggressive cancer. According to her nephew, Jeffrey Szilagyi (who coincidentally is the son of Tonia Szilagyi Mapston‘s cousin), Judie fell in love with Maui nearly 40 years ago. She never had kids of her own, but was kind and caring, especially to “furry little critters and her big array of nieces, nephews and their children.”
Judie moved back to the mainland some 12+ years ago for a couple years, then moved back after her mom passed in 2006.

We last heard from Judie at the time of our 40th reunion when she wrote Jim Ranshaw:
I regret to say that I will not be able to attend this reunion, and will miss seeing everyone and the good times and memories.  I live on Maui and it is a long way to go, especially as I will be in So. Calif around the end of October, so just cannot afford two trips so close together.
Thanks for the invitation and all the good work that you and the reunion committee do!

I found Judie in the Dance Performance ’68 photo:
Judie is at the top of the picture.
Judie is at the top of the picture.
Other girls in the photo are Melanie Bridge, Betsy Brown, Donna Canzoneri, Barbara Clark, Debi Dana, and Chris Gates.

Judie's prom picture. Can anybody name her date?
Judie’s prom picture with Benton White, BHS '67

This picture captures her spirit completely……she will be so missed. 
(Amber Kinzler Sciligo)

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Class '67 Cruise

L-R Back: Donna Luce Neitman, Linda Peterson Everett, Cathy Palmer, Barbara Leland (with husband Richard not pictured)
Front: Carol Brown Baker, Joelle Elaine Morton and Shari Goodstein Epstein

What a fun time we had! Small in numbers but large in laughs and fun, we disembarked today after sailing from San Pedro to Vancouver BC and here are a few fotos...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jim McCauley, BHS '63, Passed Away April 23, 2017

James Robert "Jim" McCauley '63 passed away in Los Angeles on April 23, 2017. He was the oldest of the ten McCauley siblings, five boys and five girls. All of the boys inherited a kidney disease from their mother, and most of them had at least one kidney transplant. Now the four oldest brothers have all passed away, only the youngest brother survives, along with the five sisters surviving. Their mother passed away many years ago due to cancer, but their father, Jim McCauley, Sr., now 95, and his second wife live in Thousand Oaks. (Jim McCauley, Sr. is a retired FBI Special Agent.)

The McCauley family lived in Burbank in the 1950's and 1960's at the corner of Richard St. and Eton Dr. In 1966 they moved to Granada Hills, where the younger seven graduated from high school. The three oldest brothers graduated from BHS, Jim in '63, Tim in '64, and Tyler in '65. The fourth brother, Paul, would have graduated with the '67 class if they hadn't moved to Granada Hills.

Tim passed away first. Paul passed away on June 26, 2010. Tyler passed in 2013. Now Jim has passed away in 2017. James Robert McCauley was a graduate of UCLA, and was a Paulist Father.

Alan Landros
April 25, 2017


In Memoriam: Fr. James McCauley, C.S.P. (1945-2017)



April 24, 2017

With sadness, we announce that our brother, 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 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.

Paulist Fr. Jim McCauley and his family
Paulist Fr. Jim McCauley and his family

Phyllis Minges Gray, BHS '69, Passed Away April 19, 2017

Doug Minges posted on Facebook:

My sister Phyllis (Gray) Minges, passed away on 04/19/2017....
...she is from Burbank High, Class of '69...

Please keep Doug and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pam Herrick Neil, BHS '5, Passed Away April 24, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the loss of another classmate. Pam Herrick Neil passed away this evening following a massive stroke on April 15th. Pam had been battling cancer for several years, but made an asserted effort to attend our 50th Reunion in 2015. She had been in remission, but knew it was her last chance to reconnect with her high school friends. I am happy to say, she had a wonderful weekend! Those who went to the reunion probably remember her beautiful daughter, Lori, who accompanied her.

In addition to Lori, Pam also is survived by her son, Chuck and sister, Sue Silver BHS '69. I will be happy to forward any messages to Sue, and will pass on any details about memorial services as soon as I hear from the family. Pam lived in the Reno area, so I am assuming services will be held in NV.

My best wishes to all,

Trudie Lombard Hentze