Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sharon Musson Shoemaker, BHS '58 Passed Away in 2010

Sharon Musson Shoemaker

Today, Kathy Musson Bice, BHS '68, posted the above photo and the following notice on Facebook:

"BHS graduate; class of 1958 Sharon Musson Shoemaker passed away after a lengthy illness in 2010. Beloved sister to Karla, Kathy & Janis . Resting in peace ✝️❤️❤️❤️"

Sadly, the family lost another sister, Janis Musson Jardin, BHS '70, in 2017. Here are a couple of links::

RIP Sharon and Janis.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Peter Drost, BHS '65 (1947-2019)

Peter Drost
September 11, 1947 - September 30, 2019

Very sad news just received from close friend and classmate Eliede Drost Pounds, BHS '67...

"We are devastated as we have lost our dear brother, husband, father, and grandfather from an apparent stroke or heart attack. My brother Peter Drost always gave of himself and shared his love for his family. He loved nature and hiking. He leaves a giant hole in our hearts."

"Peter was born 9/11/47 and died last Monday."

"The Drost family immigrated from the Netherlands in 1955 and Peter grew up in Burbank. He was a Marine and was going to Vietnam, so they sent him to Vietnamese Language School in Hawaii. He was an interpreter in Vietnam. He fell in love with Hawaii and lived there 40 years and came back to the mainland about 8 years ago. He lived close to me and my brother Henry in Oakhurst, Ca. His 3 kids went to the University in California, so Sara and he wanted to be with them."

"In 1976,  Pete rode with a group called the Bikecentenial, across the US, from Oregon to New York."

"Besides his beautiful wife, Sara, Peter leaves 3 children and 4 grandchildren."

Pete with his wife, Sara.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

RIP Pete.

Katharine Kekoa
Oh no, Lee!!! I am so sorry!!! This is shocking!!! Hugs and prayers for you!!!!!

Traci Black
Sending love to you. ❤️

Jim Grasse
Prayers on going for your BrotherπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Marie Burke
Oh Lee, I am so sad to hear this. Peter was a dear friend and classmate at Burbank Christian School. We had such a great visit with him and Sarah in Hawaii back in 1987. I haven't seen him since then, but will always remember his friendship, hospitality, and sharing teen years in the youth group at church. Praying for you and your family in your devastating loss.

Dianne Huffman
Oh Lee, I’m so sorry for your lossπŸ™

Pete Black
So sad for your loss. The love of God gives us everything.

Cathy Coyle
Lee, So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved brother. May God give you comfort & peace at this time and the years ahead.

Toma Newland
Lee, Terry and I send our deepest condolences. So difficult when it comes with no warning. Prayers for God’s peace in your time of grief.

Sophia Drost Howard
So sorry Lee! Praying for you all!

Linda Lee
I send my condolences and prayers for you all. I have found memories of him next door growing up in Burbank.πŸ™

Sophia Pobst Ewert
You were just together. So sudden. Cherish the memories but I am sorry.

Denise Teodosio Jones
I’m sorry for your loss.

Carol Nicholls Lebrecht
Sending condolences for the passing of your brother. May Gods grace surround your family during this sad time.

Henry Drost
My Brother will be truly Missed................

Catherine Walker
We’re so very sorry.

Delores Lautsch
We're so sorry to hear this sad news, Lee. You and your family are in our prayers.

Heidi Hoppen Lofgren
Sending you my thoughts, condolences, and prayers in your time of sorrow. πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ’–

Carla Rajnus
I'm so sad to lose our "Pete". He was a champion.

Shirley Krankenberg
Lee we are so sorry to hear this, I thought it can’t be. You and your family are in our prayers.

Gea Belgraver
I am so very sorry for you all. Our condolences.

Eileen Penner Isaac
So sorry to hear the sad news Lee. Your family will be in my prayers as you adjust to your unexpected loss. Eileen

Kathy Creighton
Lee, So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Kathy and Dennis

Elizabeth Zandbergen
I’m so sorry to hear thisπŸ™πŸ»

Jackie Harris Goforth
I’m so sorry. I love you guys and keep you close in prayer

Chester Pounds
So sorry for your loss

Cathleen Rainwater-Swenson
So sorry for your loss, Lee! May God cover you and your family with comfort and peace! πŸ™❤️

Chris N Mell Bradley
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you!

Lynda Siminske
Wonderful tribute and comments! I love this picture! Pete was an amazing and kind man.

Linda Rush
Our love and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dear brother.

Judy DeRosa
My dear Sara Drost Peter now knows what we do not. May his new journey be filled with the beauty and grace of his soul. Peace. <3 br="">
Kathy Dupree
So sorry for your loss, Lee

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Allen Miluso, BHS '63, Passed is Away Sept 30, 2019

Jon and Pam Kirkwood sent the following today:

We just received a phone call that Allen Miluso BHS '63 passed away last night (Sept. 30, 2019) as a result of complications from a recent surgery.

Allen was originally from the Bronx, NY...After graduating from Burbank High, he attended L.A. Valley College and graduated from Cal State University Northridge in 1970...

Allen was very active in Burbank High Activities. He played Varsity Football, he belonged to the Lettermen's Club, he was a member of Acapella, Dance Performance, he portrayed Marcellus in the Operetta Music Man, he was in the Senior Play and served on Legislative Council, as well as several committees during his years at BHS...Allen played an active part in his Class Reunions.

Allen and Maxine are the owners of "Napa Nuts"...

Allen was a "Larger than Life" kind of guy and he will be missed by so many of us...

Please keep Allen's Wife (Maxine) and Family in your prayers.

If anyone wants to send a card of condolence:

Maxine Miluso and Family
3371 Linda Mesa Way
Napa, California 94558

Found this great news article from 2007:

Going Nuts in Napa

Local mom-and-pop company has a worldwide reach

EAGLE EDITOR Dec 27, 2007

Going Nuts in Napa

Napa Nuts owner Allen Miluso packs a gift assortment of dried fruit, nuts and candy. The north Napa company imports exotic products from around the world to sell to chefs and restaurants nationwide.

Here’s a piece of trivia: Where do Brazil nuts come from? No, this isn’t a “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” question.

In fact, according to Allen Miluso, most Brazil nuts come from Bolivia or Peru.

Miluso ought to know. His Napa Nuts operation imports nuts and dried fruit from all over the world to supply chefs and restaurants both locally and throughout the country.

In 1990 Miluso and his wife Maxine bought ought Rosenthal’s, a company run from a north Napa barn that mainly supplied eggs, many of which were used in wine making. It’s a little known fact that egg whites are used to fine wine, that is remove solid debris after the fermentation process along with some of the harsher tannins. The process requires several eggs per barrel.

Rosenthal’s also sold a little bit of dried fruit and nuts, mainly as side business. When he took over the business, Rosenthal’s had a catalog of 40 items. Today Napa Nuts sells 300 items, including 43 different types of almonds. Products are sold to customers in 14 states, including New York, Florida and Texas.

Locally the company supplies gourmet eateries like The French Laundry as well as non-three-star-places like Rutherford Grill and all 17 Mary’s Pizza Shacks.

Some of the company’s products are grown in California, places as close as Suisun Valley and Gilroy. But a surprising number come from all parts of the nation and the globe. Napa Nuts brings in cherries from Michigan, blueberries and huckleberries from New York, Maine, and New Hampshire, cashews from Sri Lanka and Vietnam, blanched hazelnuts from Turkey, macadamia nuts from Australia, South Africa and Kenya, dried fruit from the Philippines and pine nuts from China.

Among some of the more exotic products Milusos carry are wasabi wrapped peanuts, hazelnut flour, and cranberry pomice, the remains of the fruit after the juice is squeezed out.

Far from being a little mom-and-pop business struggling to get by, the Milusos’ specialty enterprise has been seeing double-digit growth the past dozen years, a healthy growth for any company. Product goes out at the rate of 12-15 thousand pounds a week.

But what’s most surprising about the growth is the advertising and sales effort behind it.

Maxine handles the financial side of the business. When she took their books to a tax accountant a while back he had a question.

“He wanted to know where I put the advertising expense; the entry for advertising was zero,” Maxine chuckled.

She explained to him that it wasn’t an error, that the company spent nothing on advertising.

So there must be a phalanx of high-powered sales reps crisscrossing the country calling on chefs, restaurants, food producers, etc. Wrong. Napa Nuts doesn’t employ one sales person.

The Milusos rely on the best kind of advertising, word-of-mouth. Part of that grassroots buzz is the Napa brand name.

“People want to duplicate the quality of the Napa lifestyle,” Miluso said.

In today’s corporate restaurant environment, quality and consistency are the key goals.

“Executive chefs determine what goes into recipes,” said Miluso, “they want the same kind of quality required (by restaurants) here in Napa.”

Once the chefs find an ingredient they like, the put the word out where to get it.

For example, the Chinese pine nuts are naturally rich in malic acid which gives them a buttery finish, Miluso said. They are used in pesto sauce and other recipes.

Naturally, many of their products are used in salads.

Napa Nuts also carries 60 confections to help create assortment gift boxes for the Holidays and other occasions. Word of mouth plays a big role there as well. It’s common that the recipient of a Napa Nuts assortment one year will order some to give the following year.

And retail customers pay the same wholesale price as the fancy restaurants. Maxine explained that having two price sheets was just too much bother.

As Allen Miluso explained, he and his wife have found a rich business vein in the food industry. He summed up their special niche in one sentence.

“Our products don’t make the dish, they help make it better.”



Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Steve Baio, BHS '70 (1951-2019)

August 16, 1951 – Chicago, Illinois ~ January 24, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada

Full Obituary:

Thanks to Rich Morrison, BHS ‘73, for locating the obituary and related information for Steve Baio.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
August 27, 2019

Stephen Baio

1951 - 2019

Stephen Baio Obituary
Stephen Baio, beloved father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend, died on January 24 in Las Vegas with his family by his side after a short battle with aggressive lymphoma. He was 67.

Stephen will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family and friends. Stephen was born on August 16, 1951 in Chicago and moved to Burbank in 1964. He attended Luther Burbank Junior High, Burbank High, and graduated from Burroughs in 1970.

(NOTE: He attended Burbank High for 10th, 11th and part of 12th grade.)

He studied stage design at Glendale College.Stephen married Toni Ann Celentano on February 15, 1975 in Burbank and they had a son, Andrew, in 1977. They divorced in 1981 and remained close friends until his death.

Stephen's career in the entertainment industry spans over three decades. During the 1980s, he worked as a stage production manager on the Sunset Strip, managing shows at the Whisky a Go-Go and The Roxy. Stephen also worked as part of the road crew for musical acts, touring with Los Lobos, Mr. Big, Rubber City Rebels, The Plimsouls, and The Rembrandts. He later worked as a production manager for Show Motion Design and oversaw projects for Disney, including the Indiana Jones Ride, and a laser maze game that took him to Japan. In 2003, he relocated to Las Vegas.

Stephen was respected and admired by all who knew and worked with him for his loyalty, passion, and sense of humor. He was dedicated to his family and treasured spending time with those he loved. He cherished and nurtured friendships from high school to the present and never forgot a holiday or life event. Friends say he had a heart of gold. He was most proud of his son and loved sharing stories of his accomplishments.

Stephen is survived by his mother, Teresa; son, Andrew and his wife, Ami; brother, Anthony; and grandson, Eliot.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church at 133 N. 5th St. in Burbank. Stephen loved to camp and fish in the mountains and has requested his ashes be scattered over the High Sierras in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen's honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Jan. 30, 2019


Brenda Rossie-soto
Rest in peace our deapest condolence

Susan Rudin
Very sorry to hear. Went to school with his brother, Anthony.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry to hear we lost another classmate from our class.
Rest In Peace Steve. ❤️

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Pat Bushman
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Steve.

Mike Signorelli
I'm sad to hear this news...Steve was one of the nicest guys I've ever known! I met Steve when I was about 14 or. 15 we became friends and worked together at Gelsons market on the corner of Hollywood way and Victory we were box boys! He got me the job …See More

Krenn Scott
Mike Signorelli, what a nice tribute! Rest in Peace, Steve.

Annette Dinolfo Bennett

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson

Kathy Bice

Judy Torres

Nancy Fischer

Deb Helsley Bush
Rest In Peace 😒

Steven Severeid

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Marcy Mason Green
RIP :(

Patricia Sorley

Michael Ruiz

Rick Farris
I remember him well, I can see his smile. Sorry to hear of his passing, but he's on to a new adventure.

Sue Basile

Nick Liosis
Memory Eternal πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Leeand Wade Thomas, BHS '70 (1952-2019)

August 8, 1952 – Pennsylvania  ~  June 6, 2019 – Washington

Leeand Wade Thomas was born in Pennsylvania on August 8, 1952.  He was always known as “Lee,” and sometimes when he was young he was known as “Leland.”  He grew up in Burbank the third of eight children in the Thomas family, who lived at 1021 E. Magnolia.  The eight siblings were Linda, John, Lee, May, Mil, Ray, Patrick, and Howard.  Lee’s older brother, John Thomas – BHS ‘68, passed away several years ago.  John’s widow, Sallie Shelton Thomas, is also BHS ‘68.

Lee Thomas had lived in Stanwood, Washington for many years.  He worked for Boeing, and had retired just a couple of years ago.  On June 4, 2019 Lee was having a heart procedure to use a stent, and he had a massive heart attack at that time.  He passed away two days later on June 6, 2019.

Leeand Wade Thomas is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Justin, a stepson and his family and grandchildren.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
August 25, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Kathryn (O'Brien) Galloway, BHS ‘47, Passed August 24, 2019

"Our Mom, Kathryn (O'Brien) Galloway, took her last breath this morning. Class of 1947. She is no longer in any pain and is at peace. The date of the funeral services are still pending."
Posted today, August 24, 2019, by Kamana'o Dennis Galloway

RIP Kathryn.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Jeff Paul (J.P.), BHS '64 (1945-2019)

Jeffrey Lynn Paul
Santa Paula, California
Oct 25, 1945 – Aug 14, 2019
Skillin-Carroll Mortuary Obituary

"My Dad Jeff Paul (J.P.) (Baskin Inthesun) Class of 1964 passed away August 14,2019 at his home in Santa Paula CA."
Posted on Facebook today, August 21, 2019, by daughter, Tamara Lee Paul

RIP Jeff.

Brenda Balogh Leicht
I’m so sorry for your loss

Anna Houston
So sorry for your loss. (Great looking “kid” πŸ₯°).

Donald Matthews
I’m so sorry. I played junior league ball with Jeff. Super guy with a great sense of humor! RIP, my friend.

Bruce Fossler
I remember him...very nice person...great smile.
Sorry to hear of his passing....R.I.P.

Debbie Torres Brey Bennett

Gina Ferguson
Sorry for your loss

Harold Maxham
RIP Jeff. Knew Jeff growing up. year behind me from grade school through High school. Yes he did play baseball at Burbank and was a good player. Sorry to hear about your loss.

Pat Bushman
So sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.

William Paul
Our deepest sympathy Tamara for your big loss!

Dale Levine
I'm sorry for your loss.

Ryan Vdk Buchanan
Inspiring Smile Mr.Paul!

Mary Lou Struck Shelton
So sorry for your loss- very nice guy

Sue Burnette
So sorry for your loss.

Susan Anderson Huggitt
Your dad was my very first boyfriend. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. So sorry for your loss. Jeff was a kind gentle man. RIP

Toni L. Wilkes
Susan I knew I remembered him. He was a gem.

Tamara Lee Paul
Susan Anderson Huggitt, he married a Susan and was married for 49 years.

Alan Landros
Tamara Lee Paul I was at your parent's wedding in 1970 in Glendale. I knew your grandparents, Chet and Margaret, and your great-grandmother, Bertha (loved Bertha!). I've always been in touch with Bill and Lois, and we've lived near each other since they moved here in 2004, (lived very near them in Burbank, too!).. So very sorry to learn this news of your dad's passing, I'm so sad for all of you. God's blessings to all of you during this sad time in your lives. (I'm BHS '70. I remember your mother since I was VERY young!)

Sharon Anderson McEntire
RIP Jeff.. πŸ˜₯

Pam Kirkwood
Oh no...Jon and I are so very sad...Jeff was my first date in high school. He and Jon both took aviation classes together at Glendale City College. We were always going to meet with him and his wife for dinner up in Santa Paula...just never did. So glad we got to chat with them at our 50th Reunion 5 years ago...Rest in Peace, Dear Bulldog Friend...Pam and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Rocco F Paolone
So sorry for your loss, Tamara. My condolences to you and your family.

Patricia Sorley
I am so sorry to hear the loss of your father Tamara. We were in the same class, he was a very nice person & quite handsome. There was a goodness in him.

Mary Boriso Jordan
So very sorry to hear to the in peace, Jeff..❤️
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Bonnie Cullen Livingston
My husband and I both knew and liked your dad when we were all at BHS. He was so nice and friendly to everyone. So sorry for your loss of your sweet dad.

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Jennifer Nutt
So sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family

Ellie Nicole
Hugs. Sorry for your loss Tamara.

Alice Ford
Praying for comfort for family

Cindy Lamas Lloyd
My heart and prayers to the Paul Family. "Uncle" Jeff was a great man and loved his family unconditionally and will be missed.

Guy Gingell
I knew you Dad. Very good person and great friend. My condolences.

Chris Minassian
So sorry for your loss Tamara, to you and your family

William Paul
Will miss you dear brother, just knowing you were there to email and know you and family were doing well. My heart, love and prayers to all the family. πŸ’πŸ’See you in heaven one of these days my dear brother. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Ken Paul
Sending my condolences

Katie Sweeney Hightower
Nice, nice person. So sorry for your family.

Virginia Hamilton
Tamara, I'm so sorry to hear the loss of your Dad. My condolences go out to the family and friends.
RIP. πŸ™

Cory Oreo Butler
My condolences to you and your family πŸ™πŸ½

Judy Sturm Seay
So sorry for your loss.

Cathy Brown
So sorry to the family.

Allana Schwarz

Cindy McDaniel Herrin
Tamara, so sorry..
My sincere condolences to all who loved him!♥️πŸ™

Jay Walker
Deeply saddened by your great loss. Class’49

Grace Tabura Strong
I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was such a nice person.

Debbie Blatnik Roberson
So sorry for your loss 😒❤️

Julie Letts
Will miss my Uncle. So many wonderful memories as a child. Peace and comfort for Aunt Sue, Tamara and Brian. Also for my Dad, Bill and Uncle Gary. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜©

Bobbi Baldaseroni
My Deepest Condolences to the friends and family. RIP

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
My deepest sympathy to you & your family. May he Rest In Peace.

Kari Holmquist
Sorry for your loss. My mother, Susan Bush, was also class of 1964.

Mary Lou Johnson Anderson
I remember knowing Jeff during elementary school. Do you see him in the back row, one in on the right? I remember him being nice to me. So sorry to hear of his passing.

Chuck Blais
Didn't know Jeff well. It is always sad to lose a Class of 64 classmate!

Katie D Mellon-Edwards
Sorry to hear. Hugs to you and your family. πŸ’•

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Linda Still, BHS '61, Passed in 2004

Linda Still

"Linda passed in 2004. She died of respiratory failure. We had a lovely funeral at the First Presbyterian church in Burbank. She was cremated."
Laurie Still Dressler, BHS '67, sister of Linda.

Linda and Laurie's father, LaVerne Still, was also a graduate of Burbank High, Class 1931.