Thursday, December 31, 2015

Michael O'Dea, BHS '80, Passed Away Dec 24, 2015

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Heartbreaking news...

"It is with a heavy heart I am writing this. December 24, 2015 we lost my brother Michael O'Dea. He leaves behind 3 beautiful kids."
Ellen O'Dea-sportelli‎

Michael is proceeded in death by his wife, Judy, who passed away in 2006.

Also the O'Dea family sadly lost older brother, Tim O'Dea, BHS '67, in 2000.

"Lost my little brother Christmas eve.......its a tough time for the family and especially for his kids. He was my best friend and a great father!! Mike left no will or life insurance so the kids are going to struggle for a while before they can get their emotional and financial matters under control. If you are so inclined, any help and prayers are welcome." Jim O'Dea (BHS '67)


Cathy Palmer
Heartbreaking... I am so sorry to hear, Ellen, and send my deepest condolences to you and all the family.

Mike King
Our prayers go out to you and his family.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
I'm so very sorry to hear about Mike's passing. My deepest sympathy to the O'Dea family. So sad, so young!

Don Himes
So sorry to hear this Ellen. Many memories of us on Myers street,RIP my old friend.

Linda Silvas
So sorry

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
So sorry! Memories of the Odea family are so close to my heart. Especially all the kids like our family. List my baby sister in 09 she was class of 81. So sad and so young. Prayers and thoughts to the whole family.

Carol Forrand Tallakson
Prayers go out to his family

Rich Morrison
Sorry for your loss.

Dianne Postal-Simmons
Sending prays .. I remember him when we were very young .. A lot of love

Carol Nicholls Lebrecht
Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Michael. I attended school with Jim and Tim, class of 1967. Sending prayers to the family during this time. I know how hard it is losing a loved one during the Holiday Season. I too just lost my Mother on Dec 15th. Know that your brother will be looking over you all from Heaven.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So sorry for your loss.

Mike Fasano
God Bless RIP

Tracy Reed
I am so sorry for your loss! I was Class of '79 (Tracy Blass back then), and I remember your brother.

Sandy Moody
RIP Mike, I too, went to Horace Mann, John Muir and BHS with Mike. He did some work on my Mom's house many years after graduation ( and many years ago ) my best memories are from elementary school though, we were all such close friends back then...

Mary Parker
So sorry for your loss. I remember Mike to be a kind heart. God bless him and comfort his family.

Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
Sorry for your loss...

Darlene Esquivel
So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for your family.

Brenda Rossie-soto
Sorry for your lost may he REST in Peace

Stella Hoefflin
so sorry

Cindy McDaniel Herrin
My condolences

Barbara Zelenay Berry
Deeply saddened of Mike' passing. My heart goes out to you, Ellen , Maureen, Jim and Kim.. He will be truly missed but never forgotten.. May he RIP...Love to you all..

Carol Brown Baker
Very sorry for your loss. He is way too young to be gone!

Cathy Nicholls Coyle
So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. May God wrap you in his arms and comfort you and your family.

Jaime Ztinztun

Lupe Covarrubias
I am very sorry

Bev Peters
Sorry for your loss.

Susan Pena MacCaskey
Sorry for your loss. . . Prayers of comfort for the family!

Laura Carpenter
I'll be keeping all of your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Anthy Hellmers
Rest in peace brother Mike

Tony Gentile
Sad news, sorry for the loss your brother. We grew up on Keystone not too far from your house if i remember correctly....always thought mike was a great guy. May God comfort your family.

Heidi Davenport
So sorry Ellen O'Dea-sportelli. Life is so brief.

Belen Whitaker
So sorry for your loss. I know the pain your feeling.

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
So sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and his whole family.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace.

Leslie Gentile Chamberlain
So sorry

Karen Vereuck
Prayers for comfort & peace to you and your family! heart emoticon

Toni Sarno
My deepest condolences to all of who loved Mike such a great guy. Rest in peace Mike... Gone too soon such a kind loving soul who loved nature...may God's perpetual light shine upon him

Brenda Balogh Leicht
So sorry for your loss

Lisa Votaw Martin
So sorry for your loss. Mike worked for my husband back in the day, he was a great guy. 🏼

Jessica Oei
So sorry for your loss Ellen.

Renee' Buckley York
The sweetest gentle giant, he will never be replaced and forever in our hearts

Lorraine Weil
Very sorry to hear - Mike was so kind to everyone!

Anita Page
So sad to hear. My deepest sympathy for the family.

Dolores Dodds Oergel
RIP. Praying for you and your family.

Lisa Thomas
So very sad, my prayers are with his family.

Teri O'Connor
So sorry to hear this RIP MIke

Kathleen Pirruccello
So sorry for yr loss he was a good guy.

Allana Schwarz
My prayers are with u and his fam

Gary Pyne
Sorry for your loss what a cool person he was.

Nancy Fischer
Sorry to hear, blessing for the family.

Andy Rondon
Years of hanging out at Vollands house with terry and Phil Cullotta , Big surfer and a real nice Bro.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Shirley Grothe Lundquist, BHS '62, Passed Away December 26, 2015

We are very sorry to share that Shirley Grothe Lundquist passed away today.

She is survived by her three children, Scott, Angie, Lori, their families and many other relatives who dearly love and miss her.

Her husband, Gary Lundquist, also a BHS '62 alumni, passed away in 2009.

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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dean Moxness, BHS '61, Passed Away Dec 23, 2015

Today I received this notice from Dean's sister...

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I let you know that my dear brother, Dean, passed away at 6:05 last night. The last couple of weeks were a struggle, so we all consider it a blessing. He went peacefully.

I am so grateful he and his wife were nearby. Despite Dean's illness, they had decided to winter in Florida and had arrived in their RV in mid-November at a campground about 7 miles from me. Their children flew here about a week and a half ago, so he was able to visit with them. He passed knowing how much he was loved by us all.


Catherine (Katie) Hunter Nicholls, BHS '38 (1920 - 2015)

Catherine (Katie) Hunter Nicholls, 95, born in 1920 in Scotland, passed away December 15, 2015. She resided in Burbank, California, at the time of her passing. Arrangements were under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California and the service was December 22, 2015

Katie is survived by her 5 children: Richard Nicholls, Joan Dempsey, George Nicholls, Carol Lebrecht and Cathy Coyle and their families. She was deeply loved and is greatly missed.

Burbank Parade
"The parade photo was taken at the BHS Centennial in 2008. She and her cousins had a ball riding in the parade!!!" Cathy Coyle


Catherine Nicholls 1920-2015 and John Nicholls 1915-2007 "Together Again"

Catherine "Katie" Nicholls (95) passed away peacefully in Burbank on December 15, 2015, surrounded by her family. Catherine was an active member of the Burbank Community where she lived for over 83 years.

Catherine was born in Glasgow, Scotland in January 1920 to George and Jeannie Hunter. Her family emigrated, through Ellis Island, to Schenectady, New York when she was just 3 years old. When she was 7, her family moved to Detroit, Michigan and then on to Burbank, California when she was 12 years old.

Catherine graduated from Burbank High School in the Winter class of 1938. She always loved to dance and spent many summers dancing away with the many popular Big Bands of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, at the Avalon Casino on Catalina Island. She met the love of her life, John "Johnny" Nicholls, when her parents were running a Boarding House. Johnny was born in Mineral, Washington, December 1915, and had come down from Malone, Washington to attend Aeronautical School, which, during World War II, offered him a position at Lockheed Aircraft supervising the production of the P38 Lightning Aircraft.

John and Catherine were married on June 26, 1942. Together, while owning and operating a Motel and Upholstery Shop, they raised five children. They joined the First Lutheran Church and enjoyed being in a Square Dancing Club while the children attended the Church and School. In 1961, they moved into one of the First Electric Medallion Houses in Burbank. Johnny had taken the entire summer off to build the home on a lot that Catherine found, with only a pool on the property. They lived there 13 years while John worked many years for Axvall Instruments, as a Tool and Die Maker and Catherine worked for the Burbank Central Library, as a Library Clerk. John became a 32nd Degree Mason and together they worked as Realtor's and became members of the Burbank Historical Society. Catherine also volunteered with the State Elections for over a decade.

After their five children were raised and married, they enjoyed boating in their 35 foot Chris Craft and then traveling and camping in their 30 foot motor home. They spent many summers visiting John's family in Washington; along with many trips with the Burbank Elks Lodge's Roving Antlers; as well as, many boating trips to Catalina with Catherine's cousins: Jean Sparks & Rena Stumbo Ryde.

Above all, family was one of the most important part of Catherine and Johnny's life. They attended, as well as hosted, many family gatherings where John always told his family how proud he was of each and every one of them. The most famous was the Nicholls Family Christmas party held annually. After Johnny's death on February 9, 2007, Catherine continued on with the tradition of hosting the Annual Family Christmas party each year. She also hosted St. Patrick's Day parties and Thanksgiving Dinner each year.

Catherine will always be remembered for her ageless beauty and boundless energy. She was always ready to go at a moment's notice. She continued dancing away for many years, (well into her early 90's), at the Joslyn Senior Center in Burbank. After singing and gently swaying to her Grandson Steve Dempsey's piano playing, she suffered a massive stroke. She is now dancing her heart out in Heaven, with her beloved, Johnny.

Catherine leaves behind five children: Joan (Don) Dempsey; Richard Nicholls; George (Christie) Nicholls; Carol (Wayne) Lebrecht; and Cathy (John) Coyle; 17 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great, grandchild. Catherine was laid to rest on December 22, 2015, after a beautiful Service at the Old North Church in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills. A Scottish mist loomed as a backdrop while a lone bagpiper's song filled the air as she was placed in her final resting place, next to her beloved husband.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Larry Wade, BHS '76 (1958-2015)

From Caryn Gold on Facebook, we learned the sad news that Larry Wade passed away from cancer.

Larry Wade
February 16, 1958 - December 11, 2015

Thank you Caryn for this very nice tribute:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Patricia Palmer Peck, BHS '55 (1937-2015)


Patricia Joyce Peck

Born: July 24, 1937
Died: November 12, 2015

Patricia Joyce Peck, 78, died peacefully at her Scottsdale, Arizona home with family by her side on November 12, 2015.

Patricia was born July 24, 1937, in Los Angeles, California, to Gordon and Joyce Palmer. The family moved from Hollywood to Burbank when Patricia was 12 years old where she and her sisters, Susie and Cathy, attended Miller Elementary, John Muir Jr High and Burbank High. After graduating high school in 1955, she went to college and received her teaching credentials from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her first job was teaching 2nd grade at Lincoln Elementary in Burbank.

Patricia married Carl ‘Bud’ Lundquist, Jr and took a break from teaching to raise their three children. Years later and single again, Pat took a teaching job on Catalina Island where she met and married Frank Peck.

After retirement and Frank’s passing, Patricia relocated to Scottsdale. She is survived by daughters Karen Lenoski of Monte Sereno, CA, Kristine Lundquist of Scottsdale and son Charles Lundquist of San Jose, CA, sisters Susan Wheeler of Scottsdale and Cathy Palmer of Panama City Beach, FL, grandchildren Veronica Lenoski of Seattle, WA, Steven Lenoski of Santa Barbara, CA and Nicole Lenoski of Santa Cruz, CA, nieces Laura (Greg) Test of Scottsdale, Lynn (Nathan) Cundiff of Scottsdale, Linda (Ernie) Cavitt of Panama City Beach, FL and nephew John Emmett of Key Largo, FL, great nieces Hannah Emmett and Lauren Cavitt both of Panama City Beach, FL.
Patricia is greatly missed by her family and her many friends.

Memorials: Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Ste 300, Jacksonville FL 32256 and to the Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd, Phoenix AZ 85041.

Location: Indian School Mortuary


Someone I love has gone away and life is not the same.
The greatest gift that you can give is just to speak her name.

I need to hear the stories and the tales of days gone past.
I need for you to understand these memories must last.

We can not make more memories since she's no longer here.
So when you speak of her to me, it is music to my ear.
~ From a church newsletter ~

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Greg Harm, BHS '66 (1948 - 2015)

We are sad to announce that the BHS Class of 1966 lost another Bulldog this month...

Major Gregory Lee Harm
June 19, 1948 - October 16, 2015

Major Gregory Lee Harm, 67, USMC (Ret.), passed away Friday, October 16, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Loving husband to MaryAnn Sanzone-Harm and devoted father to Alison Brown (Rick), Erin Harm and Grant Harm (Bekkah); grandfather of Nathan Proffitt, Ricky Brown, Nick Brown, Alex Harm and Tristan Harm. Brother of Sally Gross (Fletcher) and Patricia Abraham (John); brother-in-law of Pat Gorecki; best friend to Colonel Valentino Lendaro, USMC (Ret.).Greg was born on June 19, 1948, in Huron South Dakota to Henry and Ruth Harm.

He attended Burbank high school, graduating in 1966. Greg attended UCSD for two years, University of Gottingen in Germany, for one year, graduating from the University of South Dakota with a degree in History. After graduating, Greg opted to enlist in the US Marine Corps after receiving a draft notice from the US Army, where he was on active duty for 22 years; during this time he received a master's degree in Systems Analysis from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey.

Greg will forever be loved by those he left behind. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his wife, family and friends in his San Diego home.

A memorial service will be held at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, California on November 10, 2015 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Major Gregory Lee Harm to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Please consider designating specifically "for bladder cancer research" or feel free to contribute to a charity of your preference. The family is especially grateful to Doctor Andrew Hampshire and his entire staff, in addition to the team at Sharp Hospice Care.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Oct. 24, 2015


Pam Zipfel Kirkwood
God Bless him and his entire family.

Brenda Rossie-soto
Prayers my mom graduated same yr

Lucia Hernandez Bernard Sorensen
Condolences to his family.

Tammy Klinger
So very sad, my best friend Patty Harm Abraham lost her brother. Greg was an incredible brother...... Prayers to the families!

Steve Striker
Prayers to Greg's family and friends. I remember him from High School, a great guy. Will try to attend his service as I live in San Diego.

Ron Hagg
sending blessings.

Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
Wow, the list keeps growing... Sad to see our classmates passing away.

Adele Bassett

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Michael Ray Hearn, BHS '66 (1948-2015)

Very sad to share this update... May the Lord comfort Mike's family and friends during this difficult time...

Michael Ray Hearn
August 11, 1948 - September 25, 2015

HEARNE, Michael Ray born August 11, 1948 in Carrier Mills, Illinois to Norma and Jack Hearne. Passed away September 25, 2015 in Palmdale, California.

Michael is survived by his sisters Marsha and Robbie and his daughters, Michelle Rene Hearne, Jacqualynn Leilani Hearne and Angelique Keomailani Nichol. Grandchildren, Dylan Hernandez, Mackenzie Hernandez, Bradley Marsh, Felicity Hearne, Katerina Nichol, Toby Nichol, Corbin Nichol, Siera Hearne and Danica Mosquera.

Michael grew up in California and attended Burbank High School. In the Navy he received several medals, awards and commendations. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and was a member of the Iron Order.

Michael will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 9:00 am Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at The Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, 1755 East Ave R in Palmdale, California. To be followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, March Air Reserve Base, CA 92518. Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale Directors.


Mary Flavin Durrer
Sorry to hear

Vicki Herrin Fields

Carol Forrand Tallakson
My sympathies

Mary Hendricks Johnson
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family.

Sheri Young
so sorry

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
My condolences to his family. RIP Mike.

Diane Ward
My sympathy to his family.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
God Bless you Mike. Prayers to Robbie and the family.

Adele Bassett

Mary Boriso Jordan
Love and prayers...

John Peter Villasenor
RIP Brother Gunner's Mate

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Michael Schackne, BHS '63 (1944-2015)

Michael Harold Schackne
March 18, 1944 - October 24, 2015
Chatsworth, California

Service Date: October 27th 2015
Service Time: 3:00 pm
Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel
5950 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California 90068

Received this email today...

This sad notice from Richard Shaw...regarding the passing of Mike Schackne BHS '63

I just got some very sad news to pass on to you all.
This is what I got from Rich Shaw...Jud

Mike passed away Sat. Am around 5:30. He had been undergoing treatment for several months. It started with inability to breathe due to fluid in his lungs. Biopsy of lung tissue was sent all over the country with the help of Bob Reback, Dave's brother.Not one expert could determine what it was. They suspected mesothelioma but the chemotherapy given to him did not work. He got an infection in his colon as he was taking drugs with anti-bacterial properties which affects the immune system. He became weaker, lost his appetite, lost weight and was hospitalized. He and the family were told on the 22nd that there was nothing more they could do medically: it is terminal. Mike went home with hospice care, his choice, where he spent his last hours with his family by his side.

The funeral is today, the 27th at Mt. Sinai, Hollywood Hills, 3::00 p.m.


Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
I remember Mike. He was a few years older than me but I think everyone remembers him from Burbank High... Sorry to hear that he passed away.

Pam Zipfel Kirkwood
He was a very sweet guy and liked by everyone. God Bless, Mike.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana

Dede Roodman Lester
So sorry to hear about his passing. My parents were good friends with his parents! (Roodman)
Dede Lester

Amber Orosco Awww
RIP my fellow BHS mate
May your life be a leader for someone in need

Carol Forrand Tallakson
So sorry prayers to his family...

Donald Matthews
RIP, Mike. I'll always remember you were so full of life. Didn't know you well, but will always remember you.

Janet Woerner
Mike was a kind gentle soul. Prayers to Kathy and family.

Laura Lyons
This makes me sad. I used to babysit his kids.

Kelly Pettersen
Is this kylee and kacins dad?? How sad :( he's so young,
Laura Lyons

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
My condolences to his family and friends. RIP Mike.

Carol Davidson Baird
Saw brief obit in L.A. Times and couldn't believe it was OUR Mike from BHS. So sorry to hear about this and send his family sincere condolences.

Tammy Klinger
Wow.... Prayers! Sad!

Mary Boriso Jordan
Goodness...I remember Mike so well...

Guy Gingell
My brothers good friend. Played football on weekends with him

Bob Brinkworth
Mike, You were one of us. Your smile and humor regularly lifted our spirits. Your honesty kept us honest. You were always at the bottom of the pile in football.You didn't shy away from the hard choices we all faced. A part of us has left us temporarily. We will see you again someday. Rest in peace, my friend.

Rod Klomp
Sorry we didn't get together more over the years, you were a great guy mike, and I valued your friendship..R.I.P.

Mary Boriso Jordan Oh, Mike...I can see that big smile of yours...........I'm so love and prayers to the family....Rest in Peace, Mike ♥

Julie Guttridge
I just loved Mike. He was so funny !! Another gone way to young

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Kathy Sullivan Himes, BHS '65 Passed Away October 19, 2015

Sad news to report...

It is with great sadness that I have to pass on the following information from Marlene Branchflower Scozzola about our classmate, Kathy Sullivan Himes, who passed away Monday night. As most of you know, her husband, Doug Himes is also our classmate. I will let you know if I hear more about the services and see if it's okay to give out his address to send cards.

With my sincere condolences,
Trudie Lombard Hentze

Dear friends.

I received a call today from Doug Himes. Sadly, Monday night Kathy passed away. Last January Kathy was diagnosed with Melanoma. She became very weak since then and fell and broke her hip. The doctors operated on her Monday and she never made it through the surgery.

The services are this next week but I don't know the details.


The following is information regarding memorial services for Kathy and an address if you want to send a card to Doug:

The services will be this Sunday Oct. 25th at 2:00pm.

The celebration of life will take place at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary

3500 Pacific View Drive

Corona del Mar, Ca (949)644-2700

Doug Hime's address is:

2301 Moortown Drive

Tustin, Ca 92782

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kathryn Beaumont, BHS '55, was Alice in Wonderland

Old Photos Reveal How Disney’s Animators Used A Real-Life Model To Draw Alice In Wonderland

Kathryn Beaumont, the actor who voiced both Alice in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Disney’s Peter Pan, also modeled for the animators. These old photos show how much effort was put into classical animation at the Disney studio, where artists were able to produce as many as 23-24 seconds of animation per week.

Walt Disney chose Beaumont to be the voice of Alice when she was just ten years old. He was so impressed by her looks that he chose her for the model of Alice. After Beaumont finished her studies she went on to become an elementary teacher, a career that lasted thirty years. She was named a “Disney Legend” by the Walt Disney Company in 1998.

More info: (h/t: Meunderwears)





Sunday, September 27, 2015

Albert Harry Shabazian, BHS '66 (1948-2015)

Albert Harry Shabazian
Millville, CA
January 26th, 1948 -
September 16th, 2015

On Wednesday September 16th, 2015 Albert "Al" Harry Shabazian passed away at his home in Millville after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. During Al's passing he was surrounded by family and love; his beloved wife of 45 years, Carol, was by his side, as was his brother-in-law and best friend of 55 years, Eddie.

Al was born in Los Angeles on Monday January 26th, 1948. Al grew up in Burbank, California with his three sisters (Nancy, Barbara, and Joyce) and Richard, his brother. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1966 and enrolled in Pierce Junior College shortly thereafter. After realizing college wasn't for him, he was drafted into the Vietnam War. During Al's years of service with the United States Army (1968-1969) he was combat wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts. Al Shabazian was recognized as a "local war hero" by the "Burbank Leader" newspaper in 1969. Al was proud to have served his country in the United States Army and of the camaraderie and companionship he shared with his fellow soldiers both in Vietnam and back in the states years later.

Upon returning from Vietnam, Al married the love of his life and his girlfriend of five years; Carolyn (Nemecek) Shabazian in 1970. Al and Carol went on to have two children together; Lisa Lynn Shabazian (born 1973) and Albert Adam Shabazian (born 1976) before relocating their family to Northern California. Al's family was very important to him and raising his children in the best environment possible led him to move his wife and children to Palo Cedro, California in 1978. Being established as a knowledgeable, effective, personable, and humorous automotive mechanic enabled Al to embark on a 30 year career at Fritz's Auto Repair in Palo Cedro, until his retirement December 31st, 2008.

Al Shabazian was an avid hunter, fisherman and shooter. He looked forward to out of state big game hunts and weekend shooting with his son and grandsons. He loved hunting dogs and trained and enjoyed the companionship of two Weimaraners and a German Shorthair over his adult lifetime. Al was also a fan of music from the 1960's.

Al is preceded in death by both of his parents; Al and Agavine, his older sister Nancy, and his mother-in-law Marguerite (Watson) Nemecek.

Al is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol, his son Al, daughter-in-law Molly, his grandsons Conner and Cooper; from Millville, and his daughter Lisa from Quartz Hill, California.

Al Shabazian's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 26th, 2015 at 2:30 p.m at Millville Cemetery; located at 23799 Old 44 Drive, Millville, California 96062.

Flowers may be sent to the cemetery and are welcomed.

Donations in the name of Al Shabazian may be made to the Patriot Guard Riders.

Please sign the guestbook at
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Sept. 22, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Toni Antoinette Girard, BHS '79 (1961-2015)

Toni Antoinette Girard
March 1, 1961--September 19,2015

So sorry to have to share that Toni passed away yesterday.

Services are tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 2nd, in California. Details to follow.

Please keep her husband Tim and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chuck Zaremba, BHS '65 Passed Away Sept 10, 2015

Sad news to report from fellow classmate, Trudie Lombard Hentze...

I am so very sorry to report that our classmate, Chuck Zaremba, passed away yesterday afternoon from cancer. He really wanted to come to our reunion, and was the first to sign up after the reunion committee. We will donate his registration to the Sr. Bulldog Scholarship Fund. He will remain in our hearts... "Always a Bulldog!"

Chuck excelled in high school as you can see from these photos in the 1965 Cerlabus yearbook...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Corrine Ann Lee Swanson, BHS '66 (1948-2012)

Corrine Ann Lee Swanson
April 2, 1948 - November 29, 2012
Lancaster, California

Today received this sad note from Linda Schuster Mazur, BHS '66
"Just had a heartfelt conversation with Corrine (Lee) Swanson’s devastated husband, Carl, about the love-of-his- life, Corrine, who passed away November, 2012, of cancer, after 46 years of marriage.  He and a son and daughter survive her."

More photos here:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


September 28, 2015 UPDATE

The class of '67 will be celebrating our 50th reunion in 2017 and is planning a fun filled cruise. Although we had previously voted on which cruise we wanted there was also an interest in an Alaskan cruise. Pricing was not available at the time for Alaska when we voted on the others so the Cruise Committee has decided to wait until pricing is available which should be soon. The three choices at the time of voting will be California Coastal, Alaska and Mexico. In the mean time - start saving your money. If you have any questions that you would like to ask the Cruise Committee and do not want to put it on Facebook you can send all correspondence to If you had previously voiced your interest through FB or at our last reunion you will be hearing from us through the above e-mail to ensure we have your correct contact information.

Your Cruise Committee,
Carol and Donna

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Michael Douglas Gough, BHS '70 (1952-2015)


Mike Gough passed away on July 22 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after a long illness, less than a week after his 63rd birthday. 

Mike was the third of four sons in his family. They lived on Frederic St. in Burbank while Mike was growing up. He attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Luther Burbank Junior High, and Burbank High School. At BHS Mike played Varsity Football,starting at nose guard on the defensive line. He was an outstanding shot putter on the Track Team. 

While at Burbank High in 1968 Mike met Denise Cooper. They were both in Dance Performance at BHS. Mike and Denise were married on July 1, 1972, and just had their 43rd anniversary. Mike became a Burbank Police Officer in 1973, and was a detective with the departmentbefore he retired in 1993 after 20 years of service. 

Mike is survived by his wife, Denise Cooper Gough, of Valencia; daughter and son-in-law, Erin Gough Wehrenberg and Kevin Wehrenberg, and their two boys, Charlie and Henry Wehrenberg, of Burbank; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Patrick Gough and Ashley Gough of Pasadena;older brothers, Alan Gough and David Gough; younger brother, Steven Gough; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucienne Cooper, of Canyon Lake. 

A memorial was held for Mike on Sunday, August 2, at sea aboard the "Wild Goose". 

The photo of Mike holding Jazzie was taken only a few weeks before his passing. Alan Landros

Alonso Gutierrez, BHS '61, Passed Away August 20, 2015

Update from Facebook:

"Sad news. Just found out my friend and former teammate, Alonso Gutierrez, Class of '61, passed away thursday. We played on the Burbank High Varsity baseball team when I was a junior in 1961. Al was a great athlete and competitor. RIP, will be missed."
Donald Matthews

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lynnell Henderson, BHS '74, Passed Away August 2015

We discovered this on Facebook and are sad to report this news to you.

If you have more information to add, please send an email to

Thank You

Jim Schmitt‎
August 6
It is with a heavy heart that I share Hailey's message about her Mom, Lynnell Henderson.
Having grown up across the street from the Henderson's, I find myself overcome with nothing but great memories of Lynnell and her family.
Having gone to Providencia, Luther, and Burbank High, Lynnell epitomizes what being a Burbanker is all about.
Rest in peace, dear Lynnell, and God's speed to the Henderson family.


Connie Wilmore Schweitzer
I grew up with Lynnell. This makes me sad...

Dave Drucker
So very sad. Another reminder to live every moment of this gift called life.

Dawn Arnone Jeffrion
I am deeply sorry. Such a loss. My love and heart felt prayers to her family. Wow. Love you guys..

Cindy Barcus Aylward
Lynnell was an amazing ray of sunshine who always brightened our days even during some of her most difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, including her FB "family".

Susan Rudin
Oh my gosh. So young. We were flagtwirlers at BHS together. Very very sorry.

Butch Kennedy
I am so sorry for your loss. My Memories of Lynnell are all very happy ones. I join you in celebrating her Life.

Judith L. Smith Wiggins
So sorry. May she RIP.

Peggy Peters
Very sad to read this. My prayers for her family.

Donna Gartrell Jones
Very sad news. RIP Lynnell.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
Lots of childhood memories.

Caryn Gold
Very sorry to hear. Condolences to her family and friends.

Belinda Henderson
awww so sad for the loss she sounds like she was an awesome lady

Frances Gordon
So very sad I remember her BHS she went to school

Frances Gordon
With my daughters RIP sweet lady

Tania Batchelor
I am so sorry. RiP. God Bless her.

Jimmy Koren
I am sorry for your loss.........Take Care.....

Kamana'o Dennis Galloway
So sorry to hear of her passing

Roberta Espinoza

Sharie Dunn Telles
Sad news, sorry to hear of this!

Catherine Corliss
So sad to hear of her passing! God gained a new angel 😇 RIP Lynnell

Carolyn Jordan-Winger
So sorry

Teena Scarone Howard
Condolences to you and the family

Gail Hahn Crawford, BHS '72, Passed Away April 2015

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Elaine Hampton, BHS 57, Passed Away Aug 8, 2015

Received this very short and very sad email today...

Elaine Hampton, Class of 1957 passed away this morning ( Aug 8 ). - Grace Hampton - her sister

1959 when Elaine was with Holiday on Ice

William Henry Bertrand, Former BHS Principal & Muir Coach (1930-2015)

Please keep the Bertrand family in your thougts and prayers.

"Bill Bertrand was the BHS Principal who followed Dr. Robert Leland, and was Principal probably from the late 1970's until the mid-1980's. Earlier he was a Boy's P.E. coach at John Muir, and he was my 8th grade coach in 1965/66." Alan Landros

William Henry Bertrand

William Henry Bertrand

William Henry Bertrand, esteemed coach, teacher, and administrator in Burbank Unified School District passed away on June 24, 2015 surrounded by family.

Born in Glendale, California on May 13, 1930, he was a proud graduate of UCLA and served in the armed forces, driving a tank into the fallout of the atomic tests in the 1950s.

He married his high school sweetheart Della and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Bill dedicated over 40 years to the Optimist International Organization participating as a member of the Magnolia Park club and serving as President of the Optimist Youth Home as well on the Board and helping to establish the charter school. Additionally he was proud of being named a juror to the Los Angels County Grand Jury.

A beloved and caring husband, father, grandfather and uncle, he is survived by his wife Della, daughters Susan and Kristi, son William Michael, son-in-laws Jim Rondou, Rene Herrera and Robert Conner, five grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

A memorial to honor his life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Optimist Youth Home 6975 North Figueroa Street, P.O. Box 411076, Los Angeles, California 90041.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Aug. 8, 2015
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A few Facebook comments...

Mickey DePalo
A great man. Mr. Bertrand was my P.E. coach at John Muir Jr. High. I was also very fortunate to have him as both a friend and mentor for several years. At my BHS, class of 1964 50th reunion, we were indeed blessed to have Mr. Bertrand attend. Mr. William H. Bertrand proudly served his country and gave unselfishly to his community. My sincere sympathy to Mrs. Bertrand and family. Rest in peace, Mr. Bertrand. God bless you and your family.

Kathleen Schaedler
So sad to hear this. My sincerest condolences to Della and the family...

Gayla Webb Chisholm
RIP Mr. Bertrand. What a great man he was and never to be forgotten

Vincent Stephens
RIP Mr Bertrand...he was my principle in 80's

Richard Aspey
One of my coaches at John Muir Junior High from 1963 to 1966. Sad to hear of his passing.

Edward Levitt
R. I. P. Mr. B. I enjoyed being coached by you at Muir and you taught us many life lessons. Thank you

Scott Cox
I spent way to much time in his office but he was always fair and a good man. RIP

Pete Ritchie
Great coach at Muir, and a great man. RIP

Laura Daniel Lipinski
Condolences to Kristi and family.

Michael Meltzer
I have fond memories of him...he will always be remembered

Catherine Hiller Sullivan
I am sorry to hear this. I knew him at Muir and met him again when he was workng for STRS helping manyof us planning retirement.

Val Tonione
What an inspiration he was. Loved PE with him, turned me into a runner. One year, 1965 I think, I got 2 World Series tickets from my dad's friend Peter O'Malley. We had field boxes and reserved parking near the gate but Mr Bertrand insisted we park outside the lot and run to the stadium!

Gary Bric
Looking back he and many former teachers and coaches molded us to who were are today. Back in '65 '66 & '67 he was our gym coach at John Muir along with Brian Hurst, Vern Hayes and Mr. Stevenson. I was honored 5 years ago for Mr. Bertrand (he always said call him Bill and I just couldn't bring myself to doing it) to have his 80th Birthday at my Restaurant. As Mickey DePalo said ........... "A Great Man". Safe home my friend.

Randy Cotter
He was my PE teacher in 7th grade at Muir.

Larry O'Brien
So sorry to hear this, he was our A div coach for after school sports 9th grade at Muir 1965-66. RIP coach

Kevin Baker
Our principal BHS 85-88
RIP Mr. Bertrand

Tammy Klinger
thank you Cathy Emmett Palmer, have shared these two on our Class of '64 fb page.....

Linda Silvas
Oh dear he was a great teacher

Jim Stonehouse
Had him in P.E. at Muir

Joanne Ramsay Fothergill-Birnbaum
Ohhh so sorry. .one of my favorites. .

Joseph Miconi

Andrea Scott
RIP Mr. Bertrand.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
RIP Mr. Bertrand.

Brad Carr
He caught my high school sweetheart and I stealing kisses on the front steps of BHS during lunch one day. He stopped us, and told us, "It's ok to be in love." I'll never forget that day.

Robert Carlborg
Great Principal. A very proud Bulldog

Daniel Groff
RIP Mr. Bertrand!

Terri Arredondo Jones
Prayers for his family.

Donna Cress
A great man from a great family.

Cheri Standish Meijer
Prayers for his family and friends.

Selen Carranza Pereira

Kory Lahue

Karen Vereuck
RIP Mr. Bertrand

Pat Bushman
RIP Mr. Bertrand. I never had him for a teacher at Muir but I did know his wife and son. Very nice family. My prayers and condolences to Della and the family.

George Pouzbouris
So sorry to her of this. My condolences to His family. Mr Bertrand you were a great principle during my years at BHS and a even a better person. RIP

Diane Taraldsen
RIP Mr.Bertrand our principal BHS

Klyn Hall
Coach Bertrand definitely left his mark with me. He will be missed by all who knew him. He pulled out of me which I didn't know was there. I never knew him as an administrator or a classroom teacher, but as a PE teacher, he was the best.

Dan K. Davis
Good man.... He was my principle in 82.. We had a lot of talks.. He even knew my dad well

Dave E Fox
He was a great man! RIP Principle Bertrand!

Debra N Freeman
RIP Mr Bertrand! You were a very nice man, I am honored that you were a part of my academic career! God Speed! #BHSBulldogFOREVER

Mike Signorelli
I remember coach Bertrand well, he was a good man. I can still hear his voice " take a lap Signorelli!" And that was way back in 8th grade!!! RIP Coach....
P.S. I'm sure I deserved it.

Marilyn Williams Peterson
Such a nice man, he was my driver's ed teacher so he definitely had an impact on my life! Also turned out to be our neighbor in the early 70's--so surprised when we showed up at a neighborhood watch meeting at his house! He will be missed.

Susan Pena MacCaskey
Prayers for the family. . . RIP MR. Bertand

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in peace, Mr. Bertrand.

Jillian McDonald Kelly
RIP. He was a great principal

Lori Speed Bentley
RIP Mr Bertrand I had him for a principal as well. Prayers to the family

Kathie Brown
RIP Mr Bertrand, you were loved.

Lisa Villasenor-Foerstel
I am so sorry for your loss. My Dad used to golf with him at DeBell he was a fine man.

Jim Schmitt
Raise your hand if you ever got a swat from Mr. Bertrand. Tough but fair. Rest in peace, Sir.

Donna Luce Neitman
He and Della were my Mom's next door neighbors for many years. That's how I remember him. When my Mom moved in 2008 to Idaho we had a goodbye dinner with he and Della. That was the last time I saw him. My deepest condolences to the Bertrand family!

Here are photos of Mr Bertrand in John Muir Jr High School Highlander yearbooks 1962,1963 & 1964



1963 Coaches

1963 Advisors

1964 Advisors

Invitation for Mrs Toni Cannon Memorial Celebration to her former students and former colleagues

Cathy, would you please post this on your BHS blog.  Thank you, Alan


December 7, 1923 - Los Angeles, California  ~  July 27, 2015 - Montrose, California

Please Join Family and Other Friends

 To Celebrate Toni's Life
Saturday, September 19, 2015
1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Descanso Gardens
Van de Kamp Hall
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada - Flintridge
Buffet  Luncheon  Will  Be  Served
Please RSVP by September 5
Holly Cannon: 818-970-6129
The Photo Above of Toni Was Taken December 7, 2014, Her 91st Birthday
December 1923 ~ July 27, 2015
Mrs. Toni Cannon passed away this past Monday, July 27, 2015, at age 91.  She had suffered a broken hip a few months ago, followed by complications.  She passed away in Montrose under hospice care at a medical facility.
Mrs. Cannon taught at Burbank High School for 30 years from 1960 until her retirement in 1990.  Before teaching at BHS she taught at John Muir Junior High in Burbank for four years in the late 1950's.  At BHS she taught psychology, government, senior studies, senior seminar, and for four years she headed the BHS Career Center.  Several times over her years at BHS she was voted "favorite teacher" by the student body, and had Ceralbus yearbooks dedicated to her.  Mrs. Cannon attended the BHS '70 class reunions in 1990 and 2010.  She lived a very active life during her retirement years.
Mrs. Cannon had lived in La Crescenta for decades, and remained in her own home until just the past few months when her health began to decline.  She is survived by her daughter, Holly Cannon.  A memorial gathering will be held in her honor later on.
Alan Landros
("favorite endomorph" of Mrs. Cannon during the 1969/70 school year)

A few Facebook comments...

Sue Cooper
She introduced me to my chosen field, psychology.

Debbie Leaf
She is one of the reasons I got a BA in psychology from UCLA, and to this day I am a political junkie based on Ms. Cannon also sparking my interest in government based on the way she taught that class.

Kathleen Schaedler
Rest in peace Mrs. Cannon. You were one of the great ones for sure...

Roxy Flores Neale (BHS Class of 84')
Mrs. Cannon was my senior seminar teacher and directed me to do great works for my project. She also taught a group of us how to do 1040Ez taxes (which at 17, seemed an impossible task). She taught me not to fear government and that I was a part of it and to stay involved. She was a great teacher!

Edward Levitt
I will always have a good memory of this fine BHS teacher having had her for senior seminar in 12th grade. R I P

Michelle Lea
Here is what she taught psychology, government, senior studies, senior seminar, and for four years she headed the BHS Career Center.

Don Gockel
Back in my day, the class was called senior studies and yes I believe Ms. Cannon was my teacher also.

Karen Jonkey Latimer
Thank you for posting about the memorial. I appreciate the info!! She looked as beautiful as the last time I saw her smile emoticon

Pat Bushman
I was never in any of her classes. So sorry to hear she passed away.

Sarah Amos
Great teacher.

Alisa Janell
she was great!

Kathleen Gaston Hitt
She was my teacher. Great teacher. RIP Ms. Cannon!

Mary Lou Struck Shelton
One of my favorites from 1964

Curt Conant
She was one of my teachers at John Muir. She had control of the classroom. I remember her not putting up with any disruptions. Not that I was disruptive. Or maybe...

Laura Slonecker Jolls
Mrs Cannon (Toni), it was an honor to have you as my Psychology teacher at BHS, you were definitely one of my favorites. You welcomed all of my debates and many questions. Thank you for being a great mentor to me. Peace and Blessings to you and your family. heart emoticon

Jeanne Provensen
I had her as a psychology teacher at BHS too. RIP.

Tami Bradley
She was awesome!!

Anita Page
RIP Ms. Cannon. Loved her for Psch Teacher.

Carolyn Purser
So sorry to hear this. Great teacher. May she rest in peace.

Keith Stone
She brought in someone to introduce us to tai chi in senior anthro. I was immediately drawn to it, and after numerous starts and stops, I'm still practicing it to this day. And it was due to Toni Cannon.

Laurie Deatrick
She was one of the few teachers who encouraged constructive debates and out of the box learning. A very accepting, encouraging, and gracious teacher.

Lorna Till Maxwell
Mrs. Cannon was my psychology teacher at BHS, and she also got me involved as a Special Olympics volunteer. She was an inspiration to me! A very kind-hearted, understanding, and dedicated teacher. She will be missed! My sympathies to her family.

Linda Everett
Mrs. Cannon was such a wonderful, inspiring teacher....... She was one of my favorite teachers at BHS.......

Mike Feix
Toni was not only a fine teacher for her students, she was a very helpful and supportive colleague. As a new teacher to the social studies department she helped me tremendously. I will always be thankful for her support. A fine teacher, a good lady, and a friend.

Marlee Thompson Edge
I worked with her in the career center from '86-`89. She had great advice and was helpful to students and colleagues. A nice lady that will be missed.

Carter Johnston
Of all my high school teachers she and Carmen Simms (Spanish Teacher) had the most beneficial impact on my life. My thanks to both of them.

Kymberlee Hardy
She was the best mentor n friend and made sure I made it in life I felt like failure my whole life she made me feel like I was a winner ! R.I.P Mrs. cannon

Alan Landros
Invitation to all the former students of Mrs. Cannon who have posted here for the Memorial Celebration for her on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Descanso Gardens, Van de Kamp Hall, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada - Flintridge, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Buffet luncheon will be served. Please RSVP by September 5 to her daughter, Holly Cannon at 818-970-6129 or

Terry Cuzzort
I loved her! I used to call her "Boss". She was awesome.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mark Arthur Villasenor, BHS '71 (1952-2015)

March 17, 1952 - Glendale, California  ~  August 1, 2015 - Mission Hills, California
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, August 7, 2015
11:00 A.M.
Saint John the Baptist De La Salle Catholic Church
16555 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills, California  91344
Interment immediately following the Funeral Mass
San Fernando Mission Cemetery
11160 Stranwood Ave.
Mission Hills, California  91345
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles, California  90041
Mark Villasenor passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 1 at his home in Mission Hills after collapsing.  His family was nearby, but attempts by them and emergency personnel were unsuccessful in reviving Mark.  At this time it is unknown the exact cause of his death. He was 63.
Mark grew up the third of six children, with two older brothers and three younger sisters.  The family lived on Frederic St. in Burbank, and
Mark attended George Washington Elementary, John Muir Junior High, and Burbank High graduating in 1971.  He then attended L.A. Valley College followed by Cal State Northridge (CSUN).  In February 1975 Mark joined the Los Angeles Fire Department and served for 34 years until his retirement in February 2009.  Before retirement his last service with LAFD was located in Sunland - Tunjunga.  Mark's favorite interests were golf, cooking, and traveling.
Mark Villasenor is survived by his wife of 38 years, Darlene; two sons, Mark and Michael; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Gustavo, and their first child (Mark and Darlene's first grandchild) due to be born in November; parents, John and Ruth Villasenor of Burbank, ages 92 and 89; brothers, Pete BHS '66, Jim BHS '68 (his wife Beverly Myers Villasenor BHS '70); sisters, Lisa BHS '77, Emily BHS '79, and Melinda BHS '81; Mark's in-laws; an aunt; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Please view three photos of Mark in the attachments.
Alan Landros, BHS '70