Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Looking for Burbank Host Families for Chinese Students

These flyers were distributed yesterday at the Memorial Service at McCambridge Park requesting Host Homes for Chinese Students July 18 - August 8.

Years ago, I hosted a Japanese female student one year and then a Japanese male student the next. It was a FABULOUS experience for our whole family!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rowen D. Zipfel 1917-2011 (BHS '36W)

We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Lord for comfort for you and your family, Pam...

Rowen D. Zipfel
Burbank High Winter 1936

Rowen Zipfel passed away peacefully at his home in Burbank, after a long illness, May 23, 2011. His entire immediate family had gathered the day before to be with him.

Rowen was 93 years old and had been married to the love of his life, Bettie for 68 years.

Rowen was born August 15, 1917 in Bakersfield, California. When he was of Junior High age, he attended John Burroughs Jr. High and later, graduated from Burbank High in the winter of 1936, where he was active in football and other sports and activities.

Rowen was a journeyman plumber for well over 40 years. Even in his retirement, he was always busy. He was a talented artist and has produced many watercolor paintings. He did wonderful leather work and also could build or make just about anything out of wood. He was very mechanical and could fix “whatever needed fixing”…He loved music and was a wonderful dancer. In his younger years, he was also an avid horseman and loved to fish. He was a wonderful storyteller to his daughter and his grandchildren. He was his family’s hero. And…he absolutely LOVED Ice Cream and Apple Pie! (Apple Pie was his Birthday Cake of Choice for years!)

Rowen was pre-deceased by his Mother, Mabel Dunham, Father Joseph Dunham, brother Donald Zipfel BHS ‘33, brother, Robert Zipfel BHS Summer ‘36 and nephew, Daniel Zipfel.

Rowen is survived by his wife Bettie Zipfel, his daughter Pam Zipfel Kirkwood BHS ’64, Son-in-law Jon Kirkwood BHS ’64, Granddaughter Kirsten Kirkwood JBHS ’97, Grandson Kris Kirkwood JBHS ’97, Great-Grandsons Caleb Cook-Wickline, Kristian Rowen Kirkwood, Sister Patricia Goodman, 2 Nephews and 3 Nieces.

Rowen was loved and treasured by his family and friends and will be missed so very much. We were all so fortunate to have had him in our lives.

Submitted by Pam Zipfel Kirkwood

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BHS Grad Needs Help For His Daughter

Received the following email this morning and for anyone who would like to help or offer words of encouragment, Richard's email address is rcrescitelli@cox.net

Hi, the following is from Richard Crescitelli BHS '59...Richard has faithfully been the caretaker of our BHS and JBHS Memorial Pages forever...Just hoping that you Cathy can put the word out there and that maybe Guy's Foundation can offer some help and that perhaps, Alan can offer some words of encouragement, since he and Blyden have been through all of this kidney transplant stuff. We appreciate anything any or all of you can do to help...
Love, Pam

Theresa's Transplant
Monday, May 23, 2011 3:52 PM
From: "Richard Crescitelli"
View contact details
To: "'Pam Kirkwood'"
Hello Pam... Well the cast is off my hand so I can get the pages all caught up. It will take a little bit of time, but I will add all the names that came in. The other bit of news is that my Daughter Theresa finally has a kidney donor! We are having to find ourselves having to try to raise a litlle funding since the transplant is to take place in July. I don't know if this is a "loop" type of item, but I thought I would share what she wrote.
Take care, and hope to see you folks soon.
Rick and Barb Crescitelli

My Situation As Of Now
Theresa Klug
844 Cypress Pines Way
Henderson, NV 89002
702 566-0960

Dear Reader,

It is now Friday, May 20, 2011. After 7 years and over 2,120 intravenous catheter needle sticks into my arms, a miracle is within sight!

My cousin Cindy, who is also my Godmother, has been tested and found to be a suitable match for me. This sweetest angel is coming to save my life after my Mom and my Stepsister Lisa tried to donate a kidney to me. My Mom was a good match but not a suitable surgical candidate. Lisa was not a good match at all, however I am so grateful to them for getting tested and trying.

After 7 years of trying to hang on and stay positive, heaven has found a willing and loving heart who will share the gift of life with me! All of us are very frightened at what we will be going through during and after the transplant, but the love we all share will give us the strength to see this through. The cost of a transplant surgery is enormous, not just for the surgery. It seems that the donor will be in the UCLA area for about a week, however, I must be in the area for a month or more, and I am considered a high risk patient because of the blood disease (TTP) that destroyed my kidneys seven years ago.

After all the researching we have done, the average cost of housing in the hospital area is about $125.00 per day. When you add in food, fuel costs, and other necessities it is easy to see that a few thousand dollars a month could easily be exceeded. In addition we must face the possibility of having to take up to 50 medications a day for several months after surgery. As you can see the costs continue to escalate. My Dad just smiles and says that I am worth every dime and Mom and Dad continue to cut back so there will be funding available to get me through all of this.

My Mom and Dad have spent and continue to spend a tremendous amount of time and money over the years to keep me in as good a position as they possibly could. They have put up with many severe mood swings, anger, and outright hostility from me brought on by the chemical and hormonal changes of the stress of dialysis. They know fully well that I wish I could control these outbreaks but I just am not able to do it because of my disease.

We all had a very touching moment on Mother’s Day when my 8 year old son said, with tears in his eyes, “Mommy, what am I going to do if I don’t have you any more”? Of course we all reassured him that everything is going to be fine, however no 8 year old who has never had a “healthy” Mom should not have to worry about such things.

I have all the emotional support in the world from my Mom, Dad, and my friends, however I am hoping that someone will be able to help me with some of the funding that is going to be required in my effort to stay alive. Our resources have been stretched to the breaking point with just the costs of preparation for the transplant. We have been making frequent trips to UCLA for testing and meetings from our home in Nevada. These trips, while necessary, have been very expensive considering the cost of fuel, food, and lodging.

I am now 28 years old and ready and anxious to begin a normal life with my son and family. I realize that my life will always be in some jeopardy but I intend to live every day of my life as thought there may be no tomorrow. I know that each day of life ithat we have s a blessing.

Thank you, and God bless you.

Theresa J. Klug, and her family

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Burbank High Show Choir Show Tonight and This Weekend

Burbank High choir, inspiration for 'Glee,' in financial trouble

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Robert Holguin

BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- A local high school choir that inspired the hit TV series "Glee" is in danger of being shut down.

It's one of the best programs in the state, arguably one of the best programs in the country. But with state funding cuts, the Burbank High School choir program requires lots of outside funding.

They're hoping their annual show will keep the program out of the red. They need $20,000 to $25,000 to keep going.

The Burbank Choir Association's upcoming show is elaborate and sophisticated with fancy costumes and professional sound and lighting. This kind of production value costs money, and therein lies the rub.

Brett Carroll is the director of Burbank's High's Vocal Music Association. His choir programs have won national recognition but with donations down, money is tight.

"There is the danger of losing the program if we're not careful," Carroll said. "In the past we've put all the money we've made back into the shows for the kids, but right now we have to make money to support the other things we do throughout the year."

Starting Thursday night, all five competitive choirs at Burbank High will stage a two-hour extravaganza, hoping to raise enough money to stay afloat.

The performers hope their show will attract big crowds.

"It's going to be awesome," Burbank High senior and performer April Kiyomihishinuma said. "All the good acts are going to be compacted into one super show."

The participating students say the Vocal Association provides them with opportunities they would never get elsewhere.

The big pop show will be staged at Burbank High's auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $20 to $25.

(Copyright ©2011 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jim Weaver (BHS '71) Passed Away April 2011

Got word this morning from Randy Ivey via Alan Landros that Jim Weaver died about two weeks ago from colon cancer. That's all we know at this time.

May the Lord give peace and comfort to the family I pray.


Found this today...

James L. Weaver
BORN: March 28, 1952
DIED: April 20, 2011

I met Jim (Grubby) sometime in the early 1970's. We worked together at PSA. He was a real character, (and I mean that in a respectful way). He was always there to help someone out. Use to take him along to the Caribbean to go sailing and was always the first to volunteer for the grunt work.Sorry to hear of his passing and he will be missed by many many former airline workers and friends
Posted by: Paul Barden - St George, UT - Friend Jul 30, 2011

Meant Jim in 1982 and he lived with Herb and I until about 1994. He was a joy and fun to hang around with, he will be missed.
Posted by: Sharon Minor - San Diego , CA - Friend Jul 28, 2011

Jim was a childhood friend who was my best man in my wedding. I will sincerely miss him
Posted by: John Minor - West Grove, PA - Friend Jul 28, 2011

SOURCE: http://www.tributes.com/show/James-L.-Weaver-91414691

Steven Gordon Bailey (BHS '71) 1953-2011

Received this note this morning on the loss of Steve Bailey. May the Lord comfort his family and friends I pray...

Hi Cathy~
I am sorry to report that Steven passed away on the evening of 05/03/2011 due to complications from Leukemia. He put up a huge battle for 16 months, and had a bone marrow donor in waiting when he came down with a rare and unusual bacterial infection which eventually attacked his lungs.

Steven was in the Class of 1971 and he is also the brother of Greg Bailey who passed away just prior to Steven's initial Leukemia diagnosis.

Attached is a link to his obituary and a video tribute to him.

Should you or any one else have any questions about Steven I would be more than happy to answer them.


Bob Taylor


Video Tribute: In Loving Memory of Steven Gordon Bailey

Steven Gordon Bailey
May 10 1953 - May 03, 2011
Steven lost his courageous battle due to complications from Leukemia on May 3, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital surrounded by his Pastor and friend Kevin Conley, dear friend Shellie Veschio and life partner and soul mate Bob Taylor all of Winston-Salem. He was predeceased by his father Charles Bailey, brother Greg Bailey and beloved cat Mighty Mutt. He leaves behind his mother Ora Bailey, his sister Beverly Henkel both of Ukiah, Calif., as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his "other mother" Emma Taylor of Tarzana, Calif., beloved friend Maloy Moore of Los Angeles and pets Lord William Wallace of Stirling and Miss Savannah. We would like to thank Dr. Barry Seltzer of Winston-Salem Health Care and all of the staff and volunteers of Baptist Hospital for their friendship, love and compassion. A heartfelt thanks to all of his nurses and especially ICU nurse Debbie Smith for making Steven's transition from this earth a painless, seamless and beautiful one. Steven will be missed by everyone he touchedhe always exuded love, love and more love. Visitation hours are Sunday, May 8th from 4:00 to 9:00 at Salem Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel at 2599 Reynolda Road. Services will be held on Monday May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 3627 Konnoak Drive, with Pastor Kevin Conley officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society or Fur-Ever Friends of NC. Memorials may be made to Leukemia Research Fund; Attn: Development and Alumni Affairs Office, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021.

Published in Winston-Salem Journal from May 7 to May 8, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ron Minnick (BHS '62) Passed Away May 1, 2011

Received sad news last week from Trudie Lombard Hentze and Joan Hunsinger that Ron Minnick (BHS '62) unexpectanly passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Ron was the husband of Carol Root Minnick (BHS '65).

The services will be at Forest Lawn Glendale on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 9 am.

Please keep Carol and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Patrick Alan Reynish (BHS '68) Passed Away April 29, 2011

From Karen Kunert Walker. Pat Reynish passed away Friday, April 29th:

A Memorial Service
In Loving Memory of
Patrick Alan Reynish
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:00 am
Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary
Chapel on the Hill
23287 Sierra Highway
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

During the service there will be a time to share your favorite
memory or reflection if you would like.

All guests are invited to join the family for
lunch following the service at the Valencia Hills Club House
24060 Oak Vale Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Make A Wish Foundation


BHS Class 1970 Deceased Classmates
by Alan Landros, BHS '70
UPDATED August  27, 2019


Deborah Lee Albas -
Segovia(Steven Andrew)Bader – b. May 25, 1952; d. June 2, 2010
Stephen B. Baio – b. August 16, 1951; d. January 24, 2019
Lon Wayne Baker - b. October 3, 1952; d. February 20, 2017
Brian Henry Bartsch – b. June 10, 1952; d. October 9, 2005
Robert Norton Basile – b. December 3, 1951; d. May 7, 2019
Ruth Ann Bolen Estoup – b. June 27, 1952; d. January 17, 2016
Dennis James Canterbury – b. Sept. 22, 1952; d. Dec. 9, 1994
James Anthony Caraway – b. March 23, 1952; d. January 2, 1978
Guy Robert Casagrande – b. July 23, 1952; d. August 9, 2005
Charles Ray Colvin – b. February 23, 1952; d. July 25, 2017
Dale Bernard Cordier – b. July 1, 1952; d. August 28, 2001
Karl Mordo Dana – b. August 8, 1952; d. June 13, 2000
James Kenneth Dean – b. December 29, 1952; d. April 14, 2008
Robert James DePerna – b. Oct. 20, 1951; d. November 5, 2013
Alfred Steven Di Sarro – b. Dec. 14, 1951; d. January 13, 2011
Charlene Dotson Stenson – b. April 19, 1952; d. May 9, 2006
Jerry Anthony DuBray – b. September 24, 1952; d. June 19, 1981
David Michael Dudden – b. November 30, 1952; d. Sept. 24, 2007
Kenneth Allen Ellis - b. February 7, 1952; d, July 19, 2013
Santiago Escobar – b. July 4, 1952; d. November 1982
Jinni Ellen Gaines Reinus – b. April 28, 1952; d. June 20, 2016
Robert Ian Gorrie – b. December 19, 1951; d. January 6, 2006
Michael Douglas Gough – b. July 16, 1952; d. July 22, 2015
David Charles Greene – b. August 25, 1952; d. June 25, 1992
Sandra Jean Haldeman – b. November 8, 1951; d. Nov. 4, 1991
Gary Allen Hamner - b. June 9, 1952; d. November 16, 2019 
Leila Hamner Wasson – b. May 2, 1952; d. October 10, 2008
Debra Jean Hathaway – b. May 18, 1951; d. April 22, 1973
Nancy Rae Helquist – b. July 12, 1952; d. September 2008
Jeanine Ellyn Hilt – b. November 22, 1952; d. August 11, 1993
Sandra Joanne Hoorn – b. May 14, 1952; d. 1994
Tommy Clyde Hopper – b. Jan. 12, 1952; d. November 8, 2009
Randall Nile Ivey – b. December 16, 1951; d. July 26, 2014
Laura Cecile Johnson Chambers –b. May 15, 1952;d.Jan 25, 2019
Steven William Leach – b. Feb. 8, 1952; d. September 26, 1996
Mark Rutherford Lean – b. January 3, 1951; d. April 1, 1974
Donna Jean Lester Roseman – b. June 3, 1952; d. Feb. 20, 2018
Lance William Long – b. October 20, 1952; d. March 17, 2008
Keith Ian Olsen Maiben – b. August 31, 1952; d. July 26, 1979
Geraldine Lillian Mann – b. September 14, 1951; d. Nov. 5, 1971
Jean Ann McMurrin – b. October 7, 1952; d. February 25, 2004
Robert Louis McNeal – b. June 29, 1951; d. December 24, 1998
Kristine Ann Meade Reger – b. April 30, 1952; d. June 28, 2006
Dana Molin Allen – b. January 27, 1951; d. March 23, 1996
Harry Andrew Morris – b. June 23, 1952; d. May 16, 1977
Janis Christine Musson Jardine–b. June 3, 1952; d. Apr 13, 2017
John Alexander Naylor, Jr. – b. June 23, 1951; d. Oct. 26, 2018
Michele Marie Nolan – b. February 2, 1952; d. August 13, 1983
Kim Christopher Norwood – b. July 1, 1951; d. Dec. 20, 2009
Deborah Ann Osmon – b. February 22, 1952; d. October 11, 2010
William 'Bill' Kerry Parrish - b. Nov 12, 1952; d. Feb 27, 2019
Tom Fredrick Pittman – b. October 7, 1952; d. May 5, 2011
Gary Douglas Rand – b. April 16, 1951; d. December 17, 2009
George Ernest Randell, Jr. – b. Nov. 15, 1951; d. June 19, 2016
Dennis Keith Sabin – b. May 29, 1952; d. January 1, 2007
Anthony Vincent Schiavone – b. Oct. 10, 1952; d. March 13, 1986
Samuel Sanford Smith – b. February 21, 1952; d. March 11, 1986
Carole Jean Starkey Ivey – b. March 28, 1952; d. July 22, 2014
Kerry David Sterger – b. July 12, 1951; d. March 2, 2006
Leeand Wade Thomas - b. Aug. 8, 1952; d. June 6, 2019
Christine JoAnne Walsh Ramirez–b. Apr 23, 1952;d. May 25,1991

BHS all-class "In Memoriam" website:


Friday, May 6, 2011

Tom Pittman (BHS '70) 1952-2011

Sad News from the BHS '70 Class sent by Alan Landros (BHS '70)...

October 7, 1952 - May 5, 2011

Below is a message that I received last night, May 5, from our 1970 classmate, Merle Bobzien:


Once again, we lose another 1970 BHS graduate. This afternoon, Tom F. Pittman died at County USC Hospital. Three years ago, Tom had a melanoma removed from his back, and was apparently cleared of the problem. Last Thursday he was admitted to the hospital with a breathing and coughing condition, which turned out to be an aggressive and complete invasion of his lungs. As this was an inoperable and quickly terminal condition, the best that could be done for him was to make him comfortable. He went on ventilation support two days ago, but sank very quickly, which is common in these situations. This morning the family made the decision to take him off of life support, and Tom died quietly and without a struggle and without pain at 1:43 this afternoon.

Tom was a top photographer and shot innumerable air shows. Tom was a top recording engineer and was the official one for the Santa Monica Symphony. Tom was a contract graphic designer for several publication houses. The void he now leaves affects many.

He is survived by his mother, Mary, of Burbank, and his younger sister, Jayne, also of Burbank, and a 1973 BHS graduate.

Tom will be cremated, and arrangements for a memorial service are pending. Right now, the shock of Tom's sudden and unexpected loss is too great for all of his family and loved ones.

Merle Bobzien"

Tom Fredrick Pittman grew up in the 2800 N. block of Brighton St. in Burbank. He attended Horace Mann Elementary all the way through. He attended John Muir Jr. High for the 7th grade with many of us. Tom went to a private school, Southern California Military Academy in Long Beach, for 8th and 9th grades. He then returned to public school in Burbank in 1967 and went all the way through 10th, 11th, and 12th grades at BHS with all of us.

Tom lived in Westwood for a number of years now. He was 58 at the time of his passing yesterday. A recent photo of Tom Pittman is included.

Our sympathy goes to his family and friends. Thanks to Merle Bobzien for informing us, even though the news is sad.

Alan Landros

(Since we have quite a few additions to our class of '70 e-mail list lately, I will send an updated version this evening of our class "In Memoriam" roll. Even though it is always sad news, many of you have said you are grateful to be aware of former classmates from so long ago.)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Remembering Pickwick

Besides spending A LOT of time swimming ALL DAY during the summer at McCambridge Park in the 1950's and 1960's, I have fond memories of visiting Pickwick Swim Park and renting a big black inner tube to play with in the water. Then rolling it back across the lawn, trying not to hit anyone. Can you even get those tubes any more??


My sister Patty worked at Pickwick during the summer when home from college. I too worked there briefly in the food concession... the grease got to me - yuck.

Of course the ice rink was fun as a teen where we would flirt with the cute boys and skate once in a while.

The Pickwick Drive-In Theater was popular on the weekends.

And let's not forget the Pickwick Stables for those who enjoy horseback riding and the Pickwick Bowling Alley.

Then there was the Teenage Fair. I remember wearing white Bermuda shorts with a sky blue parka, doing the surfer stomp to Dick Dale and the Deltones. He was sooo cute! I got his autograph on a dollar bill which I used to have but who knows where it is today.

Funny thing... I saw Dick perform in Petaluma a couple of years ago with his young son. He still puts on a great show!

Every year I took Red Cross swimming lessons at Burbank High and for some reason, it was always first thing in the morning - brrrrr. I can't remember but I think we had to wear bathing caps.

Ahhhh yes... memory lane...

PS My first dive off the McCambridge high-dive was NOT a fond memory as it was belly-flop... OUCH!