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.

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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