Sunday, December 21, 2014

Robert W. Swaisgood, BHS '63 (1944 - 2014)

Our heart goes out to the Swaisgood family during this time of loss...

Robert W. Swaisgood (1944 - 2014)

Robert W. Swaisgood passed away suddenly at the age of 70 on November 16, 2014 in the City of Santa Clarita, CA.

Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Burbank with his parents (Ruth and George) and older siblings, Ron and Joyce. After graduating from Burbank High School he joined the Naval Reserve and was assigned to the United States Naval Battalion or Seabees at Port Hueneme. On Memorial Day 1965 he was asked to play TAPS for Admiral John Ford and Captain John Wayne. He was honorably discharged after serving two tours of duty in Viet Nam.

Bob met and married his former wife Cindy at Los Angeles Valley College. During this time he settled in the San Fernando Valley, where his only child, Garrett was born. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of La Verne while working for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. He retired from the DWP as the Chief Electrical Service Representative, Power System Engineering.

He was a Boy Scout Leader, a Saugus High School Cross Country/Track Booster Parent and drove a NASCAR at the Irwindale Race Track. He was proud to have Native American Osage ancestry and his greatest joy came from spending time with family, friends and especially babysitting his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his son Garrett and Garrett's wife Melinda of Castaic, CA, three grandchildren: Danielle, Connor and Wyatt, brother Ron of Gig Harbor, WA., step-sister, Maria Smith, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, in-laws and his former wife Cindy. A Military Service with interment was conducted at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA on December 9, 2014.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 17, 2014


Friday, December 5, 2014

Molly Jean Malone-Henderson, BHS '81 (1963 - 2014)

Our deepest condolences to Molly's family and friends. This was posted today on Facebook by Lisa Malone-McLauglin:

"My sister, Molly Malone-Henderson, class of 81, passed away Sunday 11/30/14 from brain cancer. There will be a service at Media City Church 269 E Providencia Ave Burbank on Thursday 12/11/14 @ 2:00. In lieu of flowers, please donate to her Go Fund Me page at to help cover medical bills. — with Molly Malone Henderson."

Molly Jean Malone-Henderson
September 5, 1963 - November 30, 2014


May 3, 2015 UPDATE,0,4394113.story

Molly Malone Henderson September 5, 1963 - November 30, 2014
Molly Malone Henderson
Molly Malone Henderson 

January 5, 2015 | 2:19 p.m. 
Molly Malone Henderson, 51, passed away November 30, 2014 at her home in Temecula, after a 2 year battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her husband, Socks; mother, Maggie; brothers, Keith Malone and Curtis Malone; sisters, Valerie Clements (Gary), Julie Dunbar, and Lisa McLaughlin (Jim); and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, please contact the family at regarding making donations to help with Medical and Funeral expenses.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 Burbank Athletic Hall of Fame

Burbank Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Chuck Milam, Caroline Cast, Bob Smallenberg, Frank Zelinski, Dyson Hamner and Bob Brinkworth (Courtesy of Timothy Tolnay / September 29, 2014),0,7967740.story

Click below to see some more great photos by Tim Zuma Tolnay!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Genevieve Cowden Sultenfuss, BHS 1928 (1910-2014)

Genevieve Sultenfuss, local 'role model,' dies at 104

Pioneer was the first woman to lead the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

By Arin Mikailian,

November 20, 2014

Longtime Glendale resident Genevieve Sultenfuss, who achieved several firsts for women in realty and community leadership, died on Sunday. She was 104.

Her legacy included serving as the first female president of both the Glendale Assn. of Realtors and later the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

"Genevieve was a kind soul, she was a wonderful role model, and a beautiful spirit," said Councilwoman Paula Devine during Tuesday's City Council meeting. "She touched a lot of lives in her 104 years. She will not be forgotten."

Sultenfuss was born on Aug. 12, 1910, in Colorado. She moved with her family to Burbank in 1923 and graduated from Burbank High School.

She worked as a legal secretary for 10 years before moving onto a career selling homes in Glendale.

In 1955, she opened her own realty firm, Glendale Properties Inc., and worked in real estate for 30 years before retiring.

She was president of the Realtor association in 1968 and recalled in a 2005 interview with the News-Press what it was like to be in that kind of role while she was surrounded predominantly by men.

"I just worked and worked and when people asked me to do something, I didn't know how to say 'no,'" Sultenfuss said. "I took it very slowly at first and didn't want to try and dictate to all these men what to do."

She was also named Realtor of the Year by the association in 1972.

Rick Barnes, the association's current president, said he first met Sultenfuss in 1976 and referred to her as a "stateswoman" for her decades of community involvement.

"For me, she was the standard of excellence as a leader," he said in a phone interview. "She had a code of excellence and she lived it."

Sultenfuss also won the Woman of Achievement award in 1977, bestowed by the News-Press.

She was named president of the chamber of commerce that year and was a past president of Soroptomist International of Glendale, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, which she joined in 1961 and was a member of for 50 years.

Sultenfuss was also the first woman to earn the Glendale Bar Assn.'s Liberty Bell Award.

A big party in 2010 honoring Sultenfuss' 100th birthday was held at the local Elk's Lodge with more than 250 close friends and family in attendance.

The City Council adjourned in her memory on Tuesday.

As a past chair of the city's Commission on the Status of Women, Devine said she once named Sultenfuss as the chair's Jewel in honor of her life's work.

During the council meeting, Devine fondly recalled another milestone for women Sultenfuss accomplished — being the first female member of the all-male Verdugo Club.

"She felt that there would be some concern if she let people know, so every time she went to a meeting, she would take a male guest so that everyone would think he was the member and she was the guest," Devine said. "That was her sense of humor."

Funeral arrangements are still pending and Sultenfuss' family members are encouraging donations be made in her honor to Soroptomist International of Glendale.,0,2318166.story



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scott Royle BHS '69 (1950-2014)

Our deepest condolences to the Royle family...

Ronald Scott Royle
August 28, 1950 - November 20, 2014

Jean Depp Ponek wrote, "My Uncle Scott Royle passed away today, November 20, 2014 from a heart attack. This was a picture I found, my mom will be emailing me a better picture after everything has settled down. Scott graduated in in 1969 from Burbank High. He was 64. Scott coached numerous Softball teams in Burbank I believe all of them were named the Roadrunners! Go Roadrunners!!!!"

Sunday, November 2, 2014

William Dillion Caughey, BHS '66 (1948-2005)

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Birth Date: 06-26-1948
Death Date: 10-23-2005
Redlands, CA

We don't know much about Bill's passing but did find this...
It'll be forty-eight years on the planet in June, so perhaps it's time for an inventory...

Things i'm not so proud of: selling cars for fifteen years, flunking out of college three times, being a chronic procrastinator, and never learning how to juggle.

Things i'm proud of: the three and a half years i spent in the Air Force walkin' dogs, being married to the same woman since 1970, having two teenage sons who will become good men, going back to college for the fourth time, becoming a teacher, and having the nerve to revisit those demons and write "War Story."

Things i plan to do: graduate with a degree in history in June 1996; teach till i die; teach the grandkids to body surf; learn to juggle; get regular haircuts; live in Redlands, California, for the rest of my life; and write something else i'll be proud of.

I'm building a Web page based on "War Story" and the K-9 experience. I need pictures of Angeles City - Clark AB circa 1969, poems, essays, photos about dog handlers and the Vietnam era...full credit to everyone and everything will be returned unharmed.

Wm. Caughey (Bill COY)
Security Police - Sentry Dog Handler
Osan AB, Korea - 1967 - 1969
Clark AB, ROP - 1969 - 1970
Ellsworth AFB, SD 1970 - 1971 SAC: "Peace is our mission." War was only our hobby...

Also found this that Bill wrote called War Story

Received the following information today from William's wife, Jolene:

My late husband, William D. Caughey, passed on October 23, 2005. He was residing in Redlands, California at the time.

Both of us were in the class of 1966 BHS. We never dated in high school, but he sat behind me, alphabetical order, my name being Canzoneri, his Caughey.

We saw each other when he was home on leave from the Air Force in 1968 (Vietnam War). We communicated by letters and tapes for the next two years, and were married on May 30, 1970. Had he lived, we would have been married 46 years, this May 2016. I still have his tapes and letters from that very special time. 

He leaves two children, William D. Caughey, Jr, BD 11-25-1977, and Robert J. Caughey, BD, 7-27-1979. Robert gave us two beautiful grand-daughters Avery age 6, and Taylor age 3.

To this date, he is sorely missed.
Jolene (Canzoneri) Caughey


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ronald Scott Brouillard, BHS '71 (1953-2014)

On the BHS Memorial facebook page, Cathy Damery wrote that Ron Brouillard had passed away so I found the following info:

Ronald Scott Brouillard
Burbank, California
Born: March 01, 1953
Died: August 25, 2014
Age At Death: 61

Please keep the Brouillard family in your prayers...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ronald Riddle, BHS '64, Passed Away October 2014

Please keep the Riddle family in your prayers...

Hi Everyone...

Last night at our 50th Reunion, we learned that Ron Riddle had passed away suddenly about 2 weeks ago. We do not know any details at this time.
Ron resided in Newhall, CA.
Our sympathies go out to his family...

Pam Zipfel Kirkwood BHS '64

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jeanette "Jeanie" Elizabeth Detweiler Larson, BHS '60 (1942-2014)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Larson family...

Jeanette “Jeanie” Elizabeth Larson
May 25, 1942 - September 19, 2014

Jeanie Larson passed away unexpectedly at her family home in Burbank, California on September 19, 2014. She was looking forward to returning to an active life after having partial knee replacement surgery when a postoperative complication caused her untimely death. Her entire family is deeply mourning her loss, yet knowing Jeanie would want them to celebrate the life that she so joyfully embraced, surrounded by the love of family, friends, and community.

Jeanette Elizabeth Detweiler was born on May 25, 1942, in Lansing, Michigan to Dorothy Elizabeth Wiebe and James Irvin Detweiler. Jeanie grew up in Burbank with her two brothers, Douglas and Richard, attending Brett Hart and Providencia elementary schools, John Muir Junior High School, and Burbank High School (Class of 1960). As a youth she was involved in various school activities, the First United Methodist Church, and the Burbank Chapter of National Charity League, of which she was a founding member.

After high school, Jeanie attended California Western University, and the University of Redlands where she met the love of her life William “Bill” Larson, college roommate of her brother Doug. Jeanie and Bill married in 1962, starting their married life in on-campus barracks housing. After college, they moved to Long Beach, returning to Burbank where they raised three children, Michael, Shaunna, and Stephanie.

With a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential, Jeanie taught briefly and then turned her full attention to her growing family, friends and community. She was known for her positive personality, sparkling sky blue eyes and radiant smile. Jeanie cared deeply about everyone she knew and spread her positive energy wherever she went. Raised with a strong desire to help others, she spent her life offering her smile and help to those around her. Jeanie was proud to be a member of P.E.O., a women’s organization dedicated to raising money for women’s education and National Charity League, which she was thrilled to have shared with her mother and daughters. A businesswoman at heart, she used her skills to successfully guide the family property management business.

Married to Bill for 52 years, her family was her most cherished life achievement. She and Bill were delighted to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary with their children and grandchildren on a safari to Africa.

She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband, family and friends. Her family includes her children: Michael Larson (Melinda) of Palm Desert, Shaunna Raab (Michael) of Burbank, and Stephanie Larson of Burbank, grandchildren: Shea and Danica Larson, Zane and Cassandra Raab, and Natalia and Aaron Ortiz. Her brothers, Doug (Ingrid) and Rick (Carol), now live in Massachusetts and Michigan.

We will be celebrating the life of Jeanie Larson on Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at 1:30 PM at the Burbank First United Methodist Church, 700 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California 91502. Her family invites you to join them, bringing your joyful memories with you.

Jeanie’s family has chosen two memorials close to her heart. A “P.E.O. Star Scholarship,” supporting young women entering college, will be named in her memory (P.E.O. c/o 3113 N. Naomi Street, Burbank, CA 91504). Contributions in her memory may also be made to the “Burbank First United Methodist Church” (700 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California 91502).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

And Then it's Winter or the Back Nine

The following email and funny video was sent to me by Mary Brotsis Andersen, BHS '67, asking that I share, so here you go!

Thanks Mary :D


You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.

Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is - the ' back nine' of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember vividly seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that 'I was only on the first hole' and the 'back nine' was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is . . . my friends are retired and getting grey. They move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but I see the great change.

Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant . . . but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!

And taking a nap is not a treat anymore . . . it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

But, at least I know, that though I’m on the ' back nine' and I'm not sure how long it will last, this I know for sure, that when it's over on this earth . . . it's over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done . .. . things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not on the ' back nine' yet . . . let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the 'back nine' or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life . . . so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."



~Your kids are becoming you .. . . . . but your grandchildren are perfect.
~Going out is good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming home is better!
~You forget names . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything . . .. especially golf!
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore!
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.
~You tend to use more 4 letter words . . . "what?" .. . . "when?". . . ” ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet . . . 2 of which you will never wear.

~ But Old is good in some things, Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS.

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND! " Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT.
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Michael Verhoff, BHS '76, Passed Away July 22, 2014

Please keep the Verhoff family in your prayers...

Michael's senior photo

Vikki Verhoff Madrigal posted this note and these photos on Facebook yesterday:
"Michael Verhoff Class of 1976 passed away in July from a roll over accident in Tok, Alaska. I don't have a high school picture of him, but thought I would let others know how much I miss my Alaskian Mountain Man. He was a retired vet from the US Navy, served in several war zones, I true American Hero who sacrificed his health and person for us. Love and miss you Mike your little sis."

May the Lord comfort and bless Vikki and the family I pray.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Les Bruckner, Retired BHS Teacher and Coach, Passed Away Today (9/21/14)

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Our hearts are grieved as we say good-bye to Mr. Bruckner.

His son, Scott, posted this photo and message today on Facebook:

Rest in peace Dad. You were the greatest! You touched so many lives. My Dad passed away this morning. He was 96, a fighter to the end.

Leslie Charles Bruckner
April 16, 1918 - September 21, 2014
Glendale, California | Age 96


Leslie Charles Bruckner was born in 1918 in Monroe, Michigan, youngest child of Austin and Millie Bruckner, and died in September 21, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

Football and family were the cornerstones of his life.

From his small southeastern Michigan hometown of Milan in the 1930's tales of Les' athletics skill reached recruiters from mighty Michigan State University. Bruckner joined the Spartans backfield and made an immediate impact on the football field. He was also a valued member of the track team.

Les was in the starting lineup when Michigan State played Auburn in the first Orange Bowl game in Miami in 1938. A member of the greatest generation, Les Bruckner was a lieutenant in the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II.

Postwar, Les made a brief run at the National Football League, playing a part of one season with the Chicago Cardinals in 1945. In 2014, he became the oldest surviving player from the Chicago-St. Louis-Arizona Cardinals NFL franchise.

Les married Joan Olds of Ypsilanti, Michigan, daughter of Dr. L.W. Olds, a track coach and later director of athletics at Eastern Michigan University.

Les fathered two sons – Scott and Doug- and in 1949 the family moved to Burbank where Les was a successful football coach at Burbank High School. On weekends in the 1950's Les enjoyed taking his older boy to the Coliseum where the new NFL team, the Rams, were the toast of the football world. It was just one of many outings fondly remembered by the sons of a devoted father. When the boys were older they joined their Dad on camping trips to National Parks and Monuments in the American west and were encouraged –never pushed- when they pursued their own football dreams at Burbank High School.

An academic as well as an athletic, with a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan, Les was a respected history teacher at Burbank High School. In 1962, he broadened his background in his chosen field, taking Joan and their son Scott to Europe on a six month sabbatical trip traveling the North Atlantic on an Italian line steamship.

Summers in the 1950's and 60's Less Bruckner, with the able assistance of his wife Joan, launched two successful small businesses in Burbank. He created the Bulldog Club day camps and later the Les Bruckner Swim School.

After leaving coaching, and still teaching, Less began a highly successful "third act" in his football life—an official. Less worked his way up from high school games to major college sports and in the 1970's was a regular on officiating crews in the Pacific Eight conference. Les worked as an umpire on the fabled gridirons of Notre Dame Stadium, the Los Angeles Coliseum, and the old Stanford Stadium. In 1972, Les was again in a major bowl game when he was assigned as umpire on the officiating crew for the Rose Bowl game between the University of Washington and Michigan Wolverines.

Inspired by his father and his own love of the game, Scott also became involved in football officiating at the high school level. Scott was thrilled to actually take the field with his Dad as a fellow "striped shirt, and remembers the professionalism of his father and the respect Les received from players, coaches and other members of the officiating team.
Les was honored with an invitation to tour Asian U.S. Military Bases to conduct football officials clinics and traveled with his wife Joan to Japan, the Philippines and South Korea.

Late in life, Les returned to professional football. The upstart World Football League was challenging the established NFL by hiring some of its stars, and Les joined the frontline officiating crew. In 1974, he made his third appearance in a bowl game. This time it was the "World Bowl" –the WFL Championships in Birmingham between the Birmingham Americans and the Florida Blazers.

The move of NFL's Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982 provided Les with yet one more opportunity to work pro football games. The Raiders hired Les as a member of the "chain gang" and he manned the down boxes at the LA Coliseum until the Raiders returned to Oakdale in 1995. In 1993, Les was a member of the down box in the Rose Bowl at Super Bowl XXVII between the Cowboys and Bills.

In 2012, the Pac 12 Officials Association inducted Les Bruckner into their Field of Honor in a ceremony in Palo Alto.

Les' amazing longevity and versatility in the football world was truly remarkable, but even more noteworthy was Les Bruckner's dedication to his family. Despite all the honors, Les was proudest of being a family man and celebrated not his own considerable achievements, but the accomplishments of his loving wife and his two sons.

Les is survived by his wife, Joan, his son, Doug, his son, Scott and daughter-in-lawn, Dona, his grandchildren, Andrew, Aleece, Anya and Amanda and great grandchildren, Jack, Jake and Jia.



Please keep the Bruckner family in your prayers. We will post more information as we receive it.

Here are a few more photos...

Back Row: Ray Turner (Tennis), Maurice Wiley (JV Football), Pete Peterson (B Basketball), Les Bruckner (Varsity Football), Roy Lockwood (Varsity Basketball). Front Row: Ray Trainer (Rifle Team), Bob Brewer (B Football), Don McMurry (Track & Cross Country), Richard "Dick" Minasian (Baseball & Athletic Director).

(Thanks to Linda Mustion for this 2008 Photo)

Cheri Marcovitch
so sorry Scott. Lovely words for your dad.

Pierre Beauregard
Hey Scott. Coach really added to my life. Not as a coach but as a teacher. I don't know how many times I had told you but he asked me to think about the question. "Am I my brother's keeper?" That question directed me in doing the thing I did in life that were good and positive. I won't miss him because he has never left me in a sense. I know you will and I hope the pain won't last long.

Dona Foy Porcaro Bruckner
The best father-in-law ever! RIP

Cathy Emmett Palmer
Oh Scott, I am so sorry. I will be praying for you and for all the family. You dad was my teacher and I always liked him - I think he was nicer to the girls RIP Mr. Bruckner

Kevin Holguin
Scott, I am so sorry for your loss; our prayers are with you, Donna and your family

Sandi Tillotson-Clum
I was going through some papers of my mother's and found all of mine and my siblings report cards just last week. I discovered my government teacher was your father. Didn't get a great grade but I do remember I enjoyed the class. He had a great impact on many of the students at BHS. Both as a teacher and a coach. His memory will last forever. I pray God will give you the strength to go on and remember that. (Tears) Be grateful that you has him around for as long as you did. He will RIP cause he's with Our Heavenly Father now.

Cecily Willis
So sorry for your loss, Scot. May he rest in peace.

Pam Allen Liggett
Scott, I'm so sorry about your dad! You look just like him and I'm sure he is watching over you smiling from above! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Sandy Fisher
Scott -- You have my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Dad.

Dianne Wing Foderaro
Great picture. May you take comfort in knowing that he will always be in your heart.

Mark Jurecki
I hear my dad's voice helping me stay safe when I'm working with power tools.

Kent Barcus
Very grateful to have known him as a Teacher and as a Coach almost fifty years ago; thank you for updating us about him; glad he made it well into his nineties..

Sally Hill Swanson
So sorry Scott, wow, 96, that was such a blessing to have him with you for so long. Thinking about you and the family.

Wyatt Hunter
I'm sorry for your loss, Scott.

Jim Grasse
Rest in Peace Coach!

Jennifer Dale Schatz
So sorry for your loss Scott. I never had your dad as a teacher but know that he was quite a guy!

Peggy J Patti
What a great Dad. You were blessed!

Gregory Alaimo
I'm so sorry for you & your family's loss. I remember your dad from all the times I was at your house. It is an honor knowing you & your family. He is in my prayers !

Shari Johnson
So sorry Scott Bruckner.

Jerry Mc Williams
Never had your dad as a teacher at BHS but I remember the time he spent with you & I the summer after Jr. HS, teaching us some of the finer points of remedial football. Sorry for your loss.

Denny Lombard
Scott - I am so sorry to hear about your Dad! My sympathies and prayers to your family. He was loved by many as a great teacher / coach, and left a "96 year" Legacy!

Leslie Smith Romine
So sorry to hear this news...take care!

Don Ray
How sad to hear this, Scott. What a great person and a great teacher. He touched so many of us. My condolences to you, Doug and the entire family.

Jackie Cleveland
Sorry for ur loss.... God bless his soul and you.

JULY 2, 2014 Article about Mr Bruckner by Don Ray, BHS '67

Karen Vereuck
Rest in Peace Mr. Bruckner, prayers for comfort/healing to the family.

Julie Guttridge
Wow.. What a long celebration of life !! I think we all had Mr B as a teacher in the mid 60's !! Praying that Scott & his dad will be together in heaven !!

Valerie Blankenship

Chuck Blais
I am so sorry to hear this, he started the Bull Dog Club and as a young child we went on many adventures all around the local area during the summer. I remember the cars or most of them were Ford Station Wagon Woodies. I was a member of the Bull Dog Club for three years. I remember Les Bruckner as a man larger than life! My dad Earle Blais and he were also friends!

Russell McElveen Sr.
He was my track teacher at BHS, Cross country

Adele Bassett

Jackie McWilliams
So sorry for your loss, Scott. You have been a faithful son to a great Dad.

Nancy Eckels
So sorry to hear about your Dad.

Cathy Coyle
So sorry to hear this Scott. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Dona.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
R.I.P. Mr. Bruckner. Prayers for the family.

Diana Stagg Bouchard Marshall
Had Him in 1960 Rest in peace he was a great teacher

Leslie Charles 'Les' Bruckner
Date of Birth: April 16, 1918, in Milan, Michigan (96 years old)

He is one of the Oldest Living Professional football players.

Les Bruckner played with the Kenosha Cardinals, an independent pro-football team in 1941.

During World War II, Lt. Les Bruckner served in the U.S. Navy. While serving, he played football with the U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Base, Amphibs. He was on the team with the likes of Marshall Goldberg and Bill Daley.

1945 Chicago Cardinals (NFL)

Michigan State University

More Facebook comments...

Fran Serafin
Hey Scott, so sorry for your loss, your Father taught and coached me..and hoping to pass on a little trick I use to keep my Mom close, and I've shared this with a past girlfriend when she lost her Mother - she said it was the greatest gift she's ever h...See More

Ken Barker
RIP Had him, 1973-1975.

Mike Signorelli
He was a man to be reckoned just had to respect him.....they don't make teachers like him any longer...

Gary Bardakji
I remember being in his Social Studies class one morning when he excused himself to go take a phone call. He came back and told us he was selected to be one of the officials for the upcoming Rose Bowl game . He was so thrilled and we happy for him. Rest in Peace Mr. B!

Ginny Folger
Scott, so sorry to hear this news. May you and your family find comfort and peace.

Laura Wambsgans
So sorry Scott, sincere condolences....

Barbara Ralsten
Well Scott, I know this tough on you and your family, seems though he lead a truly
great life.

Guy Gingell
Very sad day for all of us who knew your Dad. My condolences to you and your family.

Margaret Danielak
So sorry to hear of your loss, Scott.

Trudie Hentze
Bless his heart. He was a great man and influenced a lot of lives, including mine. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Hugs!

Evie Cook
So sorry Scott...from all these posts I can see he was a wonderful person and very worth missing now that he's gone on to play in a different arena. You were very fortunate to have such a person as him to be your dad. May you carry on his legacy and kindness in your own life.

Stanley Dorrance
I remember Mr. Bruckner very well. Rhys Thomas and I pulled several pranks on him. He was very understanding.

Francie LeDuc
I had him for history. A very intelligent and kind man. God Bless Him. RIP

Betty Worland
I remember him well! My deepest condolences to his family and friends! RIP Mr. Bruckner! God Bless you for being part of my teen years!

Jan Williams
RIP, Mr. Bruckner. He was a good man.

Richard Benno
He taught me to swim at his house. Great Guy!

Donna Luce Neitman
Sorry to here of Mr. Bruckner's passing. I had him for a teacher in high school. My condolence's to his family.

Peggy Melton Cyphers
RIP Mr. Bruckner. I'll always remember the look he gave me when he found out I was Don's sister lol

Annette Dayman
He was one of my most memorable teachers, I will never forget him. My condolances to Scott and the rest of his family. Annette Dayman 1966

Ralph Rodriguez
Good guy, great history teacher

Vicki Herrin Fields
Had him for Government. He coached football when my dad was there in '52. RIP

Linda Peterson Everett
Les Bruckner was a friend and co-worker to my Dad and a wonderful man. I always thought he was so handsome, too! I know the pain you and Scott are feeling at his passing, however, you are blessed for having him on this earth so long......My prayers are with you both and to your family.

Dennis Gray
Such a wonderful man. One of those teachers/coach that you always remember.

Steven D. Lester
A life well lived, touching and molding by example thousands of souls. Nothing could be greater than this!

James Pieratt
He was a tough guy. I had him for health and safety. Would not put up with any smart kid. He was always cool to me. I would have to say a very good man. God rest his soul

Paul Kinnaird
I never had Mr. Bruckner for a teacher which appears to have been my loss... However, we did know each other as I liked to clown around, do what I now know to be stupid things.... Mr. Bruckner had no tolerance for such things, at least not during school hours.... Still he treated me with more respect than I deserved and I always respected him.... I remember well when the faculty played the varsity basketball team.... I was amazed at the agility of this older man ( I was 16 or 17 ) especially considering his size.... RIP Mr. Bruckner.... BHS, Class Of 1957...

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 UPDATE from Scott Bruckner

Memorial Services - Les Bruckner
Saturday October 4th 2014
12:30 PM Church of the Hills
Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
L.A., CA 90068
1:45 PM Hall of Liberty Forest Lawn

Obituary in the October 10, 2014 issue of the Burbank Leader 

Leslie Charles Bruckner
April 16, 1918 - September 21, 2014

Leslie Charles Bruckner
Leslie Charles Bruckner (October 10, 2014)

Les Bruckner was born in 1918 in Monroe, Michigan, and died on September 21, 2014 in Pasadena, California. Football and family were the cornerstones of his life.

He played football at Michigan State University, and later received a Master Degree from the University of Michigan. He was a lieutenant in the United States Navy, and after the war he played one season in the NFL for the Chicago Cardinals. In 2014, he became the oldest surviving player from the Chicago-St. Louis-Arizona Cardinals NFL franchise.  He moved to Burbank in 1949 with his wife and two sons.  He was a history teacher, as well as a football coach for a number of seasons, at Burbank High School.  He was the founder of the Bulldog Club Day camp, and later the Les Bruckner Swim School, in the 50’s.  Les was a successful football official, and founded the SF Valley Football Officials Association.  He also went on to be an official in the Pacific Eight Conference, and was also an official in the short-lived World Football League in 1974. In 2012, the Pac 12 Officials Association inducted Les into their Field of Honor, in a ceremony in Palo Alto.

Les is survived by his loving family: wife Joan, son Doug, son Scott and daughter-in-law Dona, grandchildren Anya, Aleece, Andrew and Amanda, great grandchildren Jack, Jake and Jia.  His interment was at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Steven D. Howland, BHS '68 (1950-1977)

Steve Howland
February 17, 1950 - March 24, 1977

Born in Virginia, Steve grew up in Burbank and was an avid surfer. While in the Santa Barbara area checking out the surf one night, he slid on ice plant, hit his head on the storm drain and tragically, broke his neck.

We know of two brothers: Ken, BHS '64 and Dave, BHS '75.

His classmates all miss him and are sad that he left us so young.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Jeannine Rowena White Johnston, BHS '72 (1953-2009)

Jeannine Rowena White Johnston
Dec 2, 1953 - Dec 2, 2009

On her 56th birthday, Jeannine, passed away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from H1N1 flu virus according to her brother, Steve White, BHS '73, who lives in Colorado.

All of Jeannine's family and friends miss her so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lorraine Marie Moore Piela, BHS '72 (1954-1974)

Lorraine Marie Moore Piela
April 5, 1954 - August 5, 1974

In school, Lorraine went by her middle name, Marie.

She is remembered as a very sweet and goodhearted girl.

Tragically, she was killed by a drunk driver while she and her husband were riding bikes in Mountain View, California.

Marie's husband's name was Jan Piela. They had been married about 6 weeks before the accident.

We send our deepest condolences and prayers to her family.

Thank you, Connie Wilmore Schweitzer, for providing the details.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Alan Glassman, BHS '64, Passed Away August 16. 2014

Please keep the Glassman family in your prayers...

We are very sad to report that our good friend and BHS Classmate, Alan Glassman '64, lost his 11 year battle fighting malignant brain tumors on Saturday, August 16th at about 3pm Dallas time. Alan fought valiantly while always maintaining his wonderful wit and humor...His dear wife Jenny, was always right there by his side.

Alan and Jenny lived in Dallas, Texas, where Alan practiced law for many years, until his illness caused him to retire.

Please keep Alan's wife Jenny, and their entire family in your prayers.

We will certainly miss this very "Brave Bulldog".

Pam Zipfel Kirkwood BHS '64 and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Jack Coyle, Retired Burbank Police Officer and Detective (1925-2014)

We are so very sorry to hear this and send our deepest condolences to the Coyle family...

Jack was not a BHS grad but served as a Burbank Police Officer/Detective for 26 years (1952 - 1977.) He is the father of Nancy Coyle Blackmer, BHS '62; John Coyle, BHS '65 and Peggy Coyle Walker BHS '70. Jack was also father-in-law to Cathy Nicholls Coyle BHS '67.

Funeral Services will be held for Jack Coyle on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Valley Funeral Home, 2121 W. Burbank Blvd.

Reception following at The Elks' Lodge on Hollywood Way.

1925 - 2014

John "Jack" Joseph Coyle passed away on August 11, 2014, in Carson City, Nevada. He was 89 years old. He was born in Alhambra, California to John J. Coyle and Mary A. Mulcahy. He graduated from Alhambra High School and attended both LA Valley College and Glendale College.

He entered the Navy at age 17 to defend our Country during World War II. During World War II he served as a Machinist Mate, Second Class. In 1943 he married Rosemary Whitney.
Jack became a Burbank Police Officer in 1952 and retired as a Detective in 1977. He was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Burbank Lodge and a Member of the Scottish Rite. In 1984 he served as a Worthy Patron for the Glendale Order of the Eastern Star.

Jack was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his three children: Nancy Blackmer; John Coyle (wife, Cathy) and Peggy Walker. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Toby Howland (Tarrie); Steven Blackmer (Marna); Clint Coyle (Trish); Trina Blackmer Burke (Mike); Travis Coyle (Melissa) and Christy Howland. He had twelve great grandchildren.

Jack was the ultimate story teller and had a contagious laugh. He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, devotion to family and caring heart. He had a special way of endearing himself to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Services will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Valley Funeral Home in Burbank at 2121 W. Burbank Blvd. A reception will follow at 1 pm at the Burbank Elks Lodge at: 2332 N. Hollywood Way.

Interment will be private on August 22, 2014, at Oakwood Cemetery.

April 1955, Jack in uniform

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where Are They Now? Rob Meade, BHS '66

Received this email last night from Jerry McWilliams...

Hi all you classmates,

Thought you might find this interesting. Does everyone remember Rob Meade(Robert W. Meade or little Bob) from the class of '66? This video was on tonight's news here in Spokane. It's about the record amount of fire retardant that's been dropped on northwest fires from the Forest Service fire base out in Moses Lake, about half way between Spokane and Seattle.

The news people interview Rob Meade as he's the base manager there and has been for a number of years. Hope everyone enjoys seeing Rob again after all these years.


Here's another article

Rob's Senior pic

Friday, August 8, 2014

BHS '75 Senior Photos Now Online!

Big Thank You to Deborah Lamas Miller for scanning the senior photos in her 1975 Ceralbus!

Here's the link

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cathy Lynn Carlson Laskowski, BHS '68 (1950-1988)

Tonight I connected via Facebook with Cathy's daughter, Annie, and thought it would be nice to honor her mother.

Cathy Lynn Carlson was born November 7, 1950 and grew up in Burbank. She graduated from Burbank High in 1968 and then worked for Pacific Bell telephone company. In 1969, she married Craig Laskowski and they had two children: Ryan born in 1977 and Annie in 1986.

One year later, on February 16, 1988, at the young age of 37, this beautiful wife and mother, died of lung cancer.

Cathy also had a brother, Lee Carlson, BHS '66, who sad to say, passed away about 1-1/2 years ago from a heart attack.

Always missed but never forgotten...

We added Cathy's photo to Find A Grave here;

And here is Cathy (back row center) in the high school sorority, Delta Shauns, 1966

Read more about Cathy on her class blog:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nancy Newbro Ryan, BHS '66 (1948-1984)

Nancy Elizabeth Newbro Ryan was born April 2, 1948 and she died at 35 years of age on February 1, 1984.

Nancy and I were in Z Club together in high school. She was so fun and very sweet person. I am sad we lost her so young.

Here is a photo from our 1966 Ceralbus yearbook of Nancy and me, Cathy Palmer.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vicki Bean Topliff, BHS '61, Passed Away August 3, 2014

Please keep Vickie's family in your thoughts and prayers...

Dearest BHS Friends,
I am saddened to let you know that our beloved BHS classmate, Vicki Bean Topliff, passed away peacefully this morning at about 8:00 AM Mountain time. She had ceased taking the TPN about 3weeks ago, and quit drinking water since Monday. She was comfortable, in no pain, and was either asleep or unconscious from Tuesday on, but her vital signs remained strong...until yesterday.

I feel quite sure that there's a huge Heavenly Welcoming Committee, and Vicki is already at work, planning mini-reunions with all her relatives and friends who have precede her in a journey to Heaven.

Be assured that she SO appreciated your e-mails, texts, cards, letters, good wishes, support, and love. I think they helped sustain her and gave her strength to remain with her family as long as she did.

A date for a Celebration of Vicki's Life is pending, but it may be next Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Orem, Utah. I will happily convey/forward any e-mail message(s) you might like to send to her daughter, Julie, who lives in Orem, and was, along with husband Ed, by Vicki's side every step of the way. She and her siblings have been incredibly brave and absolutely devoted to their mother. If you would prefer to write a card to Vicki's husband and/or her children, the address is:
Ed Topliff, 66 North 340 West, Orem, Utah 84057

My love to all of you...and lifelong gratitude, too, for your friendship.
Sally Parsons Varricchione


About Vicki Bean Topliff
Vicki Bean Topliff is the daughter of Willard and Rebecca Bean's second child, Alvin. From the time she was small she heard stories about "life on the farm" and longed to go there and experience it with her father.

It wasn't until 1972, when she was 29 years old, that she had the privilege of flying to Palmyra, New York, with her father and spending three days visiting his home town. She learned then that the Bean name would forever be remembered fondly in that community. The welcome mat was out and the doors were open wide for members of the Bean family.

In 1988 Vicki married Edward Robert Topliff who had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1987. Since Ed had been a member less than a year, they were unable to be sealed in the temple on their scheduled wedding date. In their eagerness to be married in a meaningful location, they requested permission to hold the ceremony in the Joseph Smith Home. Due to Vicki's heritage and the impact the Bean family had had on the town of Palmyra, permission was granted. Accompanied by Alvin and Dorothy Bean, Vicki and Ed were married in that sacred place on June 7, 1988. Missionary couples from surrounding Church Historical Sites gathered in the small living room that afternoon to witness the event. Walking across the street to the Sacred Grove after the ceremony, Alvin told stories about his life in Palmyra in the early 1900's. Not a dry eye was found in that group as spiritual experiences were shared.

Vicki has been privileged to return to Palmyra several times since that day in 1988. She and Ed went with a small group of family members in 1998 which included her father and his new wife, Hilda, as well as her sister Lori and her family. The year 2000 proved to be a banner year for trips to upstate New York. In April she and Lori, by invitation of the First Presidency, accompanied their father to the dedication of the Palmyra Temple. Vicki’s book was one of the items sealed up in the cornerstone of that temple.

A return trip was made just three months later with 28 family members. The purpose of this trip was to video Alvin in his home town and to get every piece of information out of his brain and onto film. Al was photographed in the Sacred Grove and on the Hill Cumorah, at the Peter Whitmer farm and the Martin Harris home, at the Smith Home and in the new Welcome Center. Approximately seven hours of video were taken, and the family feels content that no stories were left out and no memories forgotten. That video is currently being edited into a 60-minute documentary.

Not only does the family have the video to capture the details of the Bean’s 25-year mission on the Joseph Smith Farm, but Vicki is in the process of preparing a 2-volume work that is intended to include everything there is to know about Willard and Rebecca Bean. These books will not only detail their mission in New York, but will include journal and scrapbook excerpts on all of Willard’s missions, hundreds of photographs, and the complete text of the four books he wrote while living in Palmyra.

Vicki is the mother of seven children and grandmother of 15 -- with at least three more currently on the way. That number, of course, changes regularly. She and Ed live in Orem, Utah.