Wednesday, June 28, 2017



The BHS Alumni luncheons are held at the Elk's on Hollywood Way in Burbank on the first Monday of every month unless it falls on a holiday, then the 2nd Monday.

It's a great group from all years with some even from the 40's class!

Food is great, $12 and part goes to scholarships for BHS.


Stephen E. Forrest, BHS '66 (1947-2017)

Stephen's daughter, Dawnmarie Forrest Penrod, posted the following sad news today on Facebook...

My dad, Stephen E. Forrest passed away on June 26, 2017. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather & friend. He will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. I love you Daddy❤️

Stephen E. Forrest

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Virginia (Ginny) Rocha, BHS '77 (1958-2017)

Ginger Askerman-hopper posted the following yesterday. Please keep the Rocha family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of...
Ginny Rocha, on this day.
She attended JMJH and BHS
class of 1977...

9th & 10th grade

6/22/17 UPDATE
Virginia Lee Rocha
November 18, 1958 - June 17, 2017
Virginia Lee Rocha, 58 of Visalia, California , died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Fresno, California. Services have been scheduled with Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel.
127 E Caldwell Ave
Visalia, CA 93277
Monday June 26th
Family viewing @ 10am
Public viewing @ 11am
Service @ 12:30 pm!/Obituary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jack Amon Swartzbaugh, BHS '51 (1933-2016)

My husband Jack Amon Swartzbaugh 1933-2016
Jack graduated 1951 from BHS. He was an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He had a career in education starting st So. Pasadena HS 1958, BHS 1961-1965, Corona Del Mar HS 1965-1967, Rio Hondo College 1967-1968. In 1968 he was one of the first hired to open Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. He started out as Coord. of Activities and in 2 years became Dean of Students. He had a long and rewarding career at Saddleback and retired in 1999. He did part time counseling for 13 years after retirement. Loved SC and just couldn't leave. Jack and I had 4 children and 12 grand children. At his passing we had 1 great grandson and last Sept. out first great granddaughter was born. Family was everything to Jack. Just like his father, Amon Swartzbaugh who taught at John Muir JH from 1941-1969. "Coach " Swartzbaugh was an institution in Burbank Unified. Jack was just like his Dad. Loved coaching and teaching. Most of all they loved Burbank High School. I miss them both so much.
Mary Joan Brown Swartzbaugh
BHS 1956.

6/15/17 UPDATE
Here is a photo of Jack's dad, Coach Amon Swartzbaugh, from the John Muir Jr High School 1973 Highlander yearbook. 


Larry Segall
Coach Swartzbaiugh was my math teacher at Muir. A fine gentleman.

Jim Stonehouse
He was my Algebra teacher! Rest in Peace Mr Swartzbaugh

Nancy Olsen Barry
I also had him as a Math Teacher. He touched many young lives. He was sure a part of why I always loved math so much..

Susan Landing-Phillips
I was always terrible in math, but Coach was always positive! My condolences to you and your family!

Jim Stonehouse
That's how he looked when I was in his class!! He was a great teacher

Jeanette Alexander
I'm sorry for your loss. Hang tough with God. He'll hang in there for you...

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace.

Trudie Hentze
I had Mr. Swartzbaugh as a teacher at John Muir. He was one of my favorite teachers.

Bob Brinkworth
I didn't realize what an impact he had in developing the South Coast region of So. Cal. Another positive contribution to life by a Burbank grad, like Lloyd, Long and LiPera.

Barbara Fanderlik Adams
Mary Joan Swartzbaugh that name sounds so familiar. I attended John Muir Jr High (1953-1955), BHS class of '59. And my oldest son and I both took classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. My son was on the Tennis team. The dates would be consistent. I am sure our paths crossed at some point in time.
The good news is, I didn't cringe when reading your husband's or your father-inLaw, so if we did cross paths, it must have been a good experience . Sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family. Thanks for sharing.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nancy Prater Reitherman, BHS '65, Passed Away May 21, 2017

Today, Carol Prater Cox posted this sad news on Facebook...
"Nancy Prater Reitherman left us this past Sunday.
A bright light has gone out.
I'll be lost without my beautiful sister ❤"

"BHS probably 1964 kappa sorority. Top from the right 2nd and 3rd girls are Janet and Nancy Prater cousins joined at the hip"

Nancy was married to fellow BHS classmate Richard Reitherman since August 19, 1967. Please keep Richard and ther family in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Nancy.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Judie Anderson, BHS '68, Passed Away March 22, 2017

The following was from the Class '68 blog. We offer our deepest condolances and prayers to Judie's family and friends...

She fell in love with Maui and never looked back. Our BHS’68 classmate, Judie Anderson, departed this world on March 22, after a short bout with an aggressive cancer. According to her nephew, Jeffrey Szilagyi (who coincidentally is the son of Tonia Szilagyi Mapston‘s cousin), Judie fell in love with Maui nearly 40 years ago. She never had kids of her own, but was kind and caring, especially to “furry little critters and her big array of nieces, nephews and their children.”
Judie moved back to the mainland some 12+ years ago for a couple years, then moved back after her mom passed in 2006.

We last heard from Judie at the time of our 40th reunion when she wrote Jim Ranshaw:
I regret to say that I will not be able to attend this reunion, and will miss seeing everyone and the good times and memories.  I live on Maui and it is a long way to go, especially as I will be in So. Calif around the end of October, so just cannot afford two trips so close together.
Thanks for the invitation and all the good work that you and the reunion committee do!

I found Judie in the Dance Performance ’68 photo:
Judie is at the top of the picture.
Judie is at the top of the picture.
Other girls in the photo are Melanie Bridge, Betsy Brown, Donna Canzoneri, Barbara Clark, Debi Dana, and Chris Gates.

Judie's prom picture. Can anybody name her date?
Judie’s prom picture with Benton White, BHS '67

This picture captures her spirit completely……she will be so missed. 
(Amber Kinzler Sciligo)

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Class '67 Cruise

L-R Back: Donna Luce Neitman, Linda Peterson Everett, Cathy Palmer, Barbara Leland (with husband Richard not pictured)
Front: Carol Brown Baker, Joelle Elaine Morton and Shari Goodstein Epstein

What a fun time we had! Small in numbers but large in laughs and fun, we disembarked today after sailing from San Pedro to Vancouver BC and here are a few fotos...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jim McCauley, BHS '63, Passed Away April 23, 2017

James Robert "Jim" McCauley '63 passed away in Los Angeles on April 23, 2017. He was the oldest of the ten McCauley siblings, five boys and five girls. All of the boys inherited a kidney disease from their mother, and most of them had at least one kidney transplant. Now the four oldest brothers have all passed away, only the youngest brother survives, along with the five sisters surviving. Their mother passed away many years ago due to cancer, but their father, Jim McCauley, Sr., now 95, and his second wife live in Thousand Oaks. (Jim McCauley, Sr. is a retired FBI Special Agent.)

The McCauley family lived in Burbank in the 1950's and 1960's at the corner of Richard St. and Eton Dr. In 1966 they moved to Granada Hills, where the younger seven graduated from high school. The three oldest brothers graduated from BHS, Jim in '63, Tim in '64, and Tyler in '65. The fourth brother, Paul, would have graduated with the '67 class if they hadn't moved to Granada Hills.

Tim passed away first. Paul passed away on June 26, 2010. Tyler passed in 2013. Now Jim has passed away in 2017. James Robert McCauley was a graduate of UCLA, and was a Paulist Father.

Alan Landros
April 25, 2017


In Memoriam: Fr. James McCauley, C.S.P. (1945-2017)



April 24, 2017

With sadness, we announce that our brother, Paulist Fr. James Robert McCauley, passed into eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, after a long struggle with kidney disease. He was 72.

Fr. Jim was born January 30, 1945, in Corpus Cristi, TX, to James and June McCauley, the first of 11 children. He grew up in Burbank, CA, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1967.He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1974. His priesthood began with single years as a Catholic campus minister at West Virginia University and then at Boston University. From 1976 to 1983, Fr. Jim was was a campus minister at the University Catholic Center at UCLA, serving as director of the center from 1979 to 1983.

From 1983 to 1994, he continued his work in campus ministry, for four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara and seven years at West Virginia University.From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2000, Fr. Jim served as our director of novices, first at the Mt. Paul Novitiate in New Jersey and then at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C.Fr. Jim became pastor of St. Cyril Church in Tucson, AZ, in 2000, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in that city, serving through 2004.

From 2004 to 2010, he was associate pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Toronto. From 2010 to 2013, he was associate pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. Fr. Jim entered senior ministry in 2013, living at Old St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and then at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

He was preceded in death by his mother and brothers Tim, Tyler and Paul, as well as infant sister, Cara Lisa.In addition to his brother Paulist Fathers, Fr. Jim is survived by his father, James; sisters Nickalee (Joe) Jung, Molly (Tim) Langley, Colleen (Rick) Britz, Melinda (Lee) Gwyn, Amy (Mike) Elle, and brother, Peter (Vanessa) McCauley; sisters-in-law Pat McCauley and Joan McCauley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A tribute written by Fr. Jim’s family states, “He will be remembered for his devotion to his faith, his priesthood, the Paulists, and his family; his curiosity and enthusiasm for science and gadgets; as well as his courage and grace dealing with the many health challenges he faced throughout his life.”

Fr. Jim’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at St. Julie Billiart Church, 2475 Borchard Rd, Newbury Park, CA, followed by burial at Carpinteria Public Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Paulist Fathers.

Paulist Fr. Jim McCauley and his family
Paulist Fr. Jim McCauley and his family

Phyllis Minges Gray, BHS '69, Passed Away April 19, 2017

Doug Minges posted on Facebook:

My sister Phyllis (Gray) Minges, passed away on 04/19/2017....
...she is from Burbank High, Class of '69...

Please keep Doug and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pam Herrick Neil, BHS '5, Passed Away April 24, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the loss of another classmate. Pam Herrick Neil passed away this evening following a massive stroke on April 15th. Pam had been battling cancer for several years, but made an asserted effort to attend our 50th Reunion in 2015. She had been in remission, but knew it was her last chance to reconnect with her high school friends. I am happy to say, she had a wonderful weekend! Those who went to the reunion probably remember her beautiful daughter, Lori, who accompanied her.

In addition to Lori, Pam also is survived by her son, Chuck and sister, Sue Silver BHS '69. I will be happy to forward any messages to Sue, and will pass on any details about memorial services as soon as I hear from the family. Pam lived in the Reno area, so I am assuming services will be held in NV.

My best wishes to all,

Trudie Lombard Hentze

Monday, April 24, 2017

Susan Young George, BHS '71 (1953-2017)

Susan Young George
December 9, 1953 - March 23, 2017

We just learned that Susan Young George passed away last month due to cancer.

She lived in Big Bear, California, with her husband, Bill, and their children.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

MAY 19, 2017 UPDATE
Steve Young, Susan's brother, posted this note on Facebook:
"My sister, Susan Young George, died in March of this year. She was a BHS grad, class of 71. She had contracted pancreatic cancer that was undetected until weeks before her death. She died peacefully after being removed from life support. In many ways, it was a blessing that she did not suffer the long agony of a dying cancer patient."

We are truly sorry for your loss, Steve. May God bless you and your family.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Theresa Whalen Draper, BHS '65, Passed Away April 16, 2017

Please keep Theresa's family and friends in your prayers. I remember her from high school as a very sweet and beautiful girl. May she rest in peace.

From Trudie Lombard Hentze:
I'm so sorry to report that we've lost another classmate. Theresa Whalen Draper passed away this morning following a stroke in March. I don't have any other details at this time, but if I find out about any services, I will let you know.

Theresa was a popular hair stylist in Burbank for many years and I know some of you were her clients. She had suffered from MS for many years, but the last time I saw her, after our 50-year Reunion, she looked fantastic. I gave her a memory book from the reunion and we had a great time reminiscing. I'm so glad we had that time together.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Patricia Jean Dawson Ehring, BHS '48 (1931-2017)

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


Patricia Jean Ehring "Pat" 86, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of March 23, 2017, with her children by her side in Pismo Beach after a long battle with emphysema.

Pat was born on January 7, 1931, in Glendale, Calif. She was the second child to Harold H. Dawson and Loetta Pinnick Dawson. Her brother, Richard M. Dawson preceded her in death.

Pat spent her early childhood living in the North Long Beach/Compton area. Her family moved to Burbank when her father changed employers. She attended John Burroughs Junior High School and graduated from Burbank High School in 1948. After a brief try at sorority and college life, she returned home to Burbank attending Glendale Community College where she graduated.

Pat married Theodore Woodbridge Ehring on September 2, 1950, at North Glendale Methodist Church. She and "Woody" met in the 9th grade.While living in Burbank, Pat gave birth to Gregory Woodbridge in 1953 and Karen Lyn in 1955. After Ted graduated form USC in 1957, the family moved to Bakersfield where Ted took his first job as a geologist at Texaco. During those years
in Bakersfield, Pat gave birth to their second daughter Dana Sue and their second son Kevin Richard.

In 1965, Pat and Ted relocated to La Crescenta when he took a new job with Signal Oil. During their time in La Crescenta, Pat obtained her Real Estate license. She was passionate about helping each family find their "perfect" home.

Then in 1974, Pat and Ted, along with Dana and Kevin, relocated to Houston,Texas. Shortly after arriving in Houston, Pat continued selling homes in her new location. In the summer of 1983, Pat and Ted moved back to California settling in Huntington Beach where she obtained her CA Brokers License and got right back to the business she loved. In 1996, Pat and Ted moved one last time to Pismo Beach, and again she continued her career.

Pat had a gift for cooking and canning and hardly ever used a measuring cup or cook book. Pat was a loving wife and mother to her four children. She dearly loved her seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Jaime, Shannon, Kasey, Austin, Brandon and Matthew, along with 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Kevin Richard and her loving husband, Theordore Woodbrige Ehring.

Sign her guestbook at

Janis Musson Jardin, BHS '70, Passed Away

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Just received this sad news from Barbara Zelenay Berry:
"My class of 1970 lost another classmate. Janis Musson Jardin to Alzheimer. She was the sister of Kathy Musson Bice. Too many gone too soon!"

Yesterday, Karla Alltizer, sister of Janis posted on Facebook:
"Today is a very sad day. Today I lost my sister Janis Jardine to Alzheimers. I was very glad to be able to see her one last time and say my goodbyes. My sister Kathy Bice and myself are very saddened to lose our sister at such a young age. We know you are dancing with the angels now sweet Janis and partying with mom and dad and our other sister Sharon. The memory of you and all the good times us four sisters had growing up will always be with us. Rest in Peace."

Praying for the family during this difficult time.


Julie Guttridge
Oh how sad !' I remember Jannie so well when going to her house with Laurie Lamson & Kathy Musson.
So hard to believe she had Alzheimer's!! We just never know what our fate will bring !! So sorry for her family's loss .

Valerie Giessinger Scott
I remember her. Very sad indeed

Pat Bushman
I remember her. My prayers and condolences to her family.

Anissa Iverson
I'm sorry. She's so beautiful.

Mark Pollock
I knew her sister Kathy....many many years condolences to the family.

Susan Peña MacCaskey
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Holly Shoemaker Harris
She was my wonderful Aunt. She will be missed. 😇❤️

Anissa Iverson
I'm sorry for your loss.

Steven Severeid
7th grade summer sweetheart, RIP Janis

Tammy Klinger
Sad....too many gone to soon! prayers for family!

Terri Guerra
Awww such a sweet person! We were in drill team together. First rank. RIP Janis ❤

Holly Shoemaker Harris
And what a wonderful drill team you were! I remember watching my Aunt Janis strutting her stuff. My sister followed in her footsteps for the Bulldogs. Such great memories.

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
RIP Janis! My condolences to her family and friends.

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson
RIP Janis you were a sweet person.

Barbara Schmitt Good
Losing such a beautiful soul far too early is so difficult to understand. Alzheimer's is a tragic disease. RIP Janis.

Carol Bronner Kean
So sad.....RIP Janis

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
RIP Janis.

William Wallace
Sad news. Janet was alway nice to me. We knew each other from Jefferson Elementary days thru Burbank High Class of 1970. Condolences to her family.

Pam Wright Peterson
So sorry- RIP Janis. 🙏🏻

Elaine Elliott
R.i.p. Janis.many fond memories during our childhood years.

Henry A Garcia

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Alan Landros wrote the following obituary
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JUNE 3, 1952 ~ April 13, 2017
Janis passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, about seven weeks before her 65th birthday.  Many of you have seen the notice on Facebook from Karla Musson Alltizer, sister of Janis, saying that Janis passed away due to Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her illness progressed rather quickly within the past three years.  Some of our BHS ‘70 classmates don’t use Facebook, and some others who have a Facebook page rarely check it,
so this notice is being sent to everyone from our class for notification of this sad news.
Janis was the youngest of the four Musson sisters, Sharon, Karla, Kathy, and Janis.  They grew up at 1907 N. Kenneth Rd., near Eton Dr., in Burbank. 
Janis attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary, John Muir Junior High, and Burbank High, graduating with us in 1970. 
She and I were in the same 5th grade class at Jefferson with our teacher, Betty Ohs Steinkolk.  Some of the others in that class with us were
Carol Wallace, Ellen Gelbard, Joyce Starleaf, Krenn Wilkinson, Mary Pilkinton, Bill Wallace, Blyden Loutensock, Don McMickle, Mike Zeff, and Stan Shaner.
Janis married Scott Jardine in the 1970’s.  They attended our 10 year class reunion in 1980.  They have two sons, Bryan born in 1982, and his younger brother born in 1984.  Over the years Janis and Scott have lived in many locations, due to Scott’s career.  They began married life in Burbank, lived in Brea, then Oregon, back to northern California for many years, then Midland, Texas, and finally the last few years they have lived in Boise, Idaho. 
Janis always loved to play tennis frequently wherever she lived.
Janis is survived by her husband, two sons, sisters, Karla Musson Alltizer and Kathy Musson Bice (who is from the BHS ‘68 class), and their families. 
She is predeceased by her parents, and her oldest sister, Sharon.
Alan Landros
April 23, 2017

Josh Harris, BHS '92, Passed Away April 18, 2017

Timba Harris posted on April 19, 2017:
"As you may know, Josh Harris suffered a heart attack on April 11th from which his brain was unable to recover. The hospital has informed us definitively that Josh is deceased as of April 18th, 2017. Josh was one of the most gentle people I've ever met and was loved and admired by so, so many people. Please pass this message on to all those who will miss him, and we would all love to see your pictures and hear your memories of this magical, beautiful person. Announcements concerning celebrations of Josh's life and ideas on how to support his family are forthcoming."

We send our deepest condolences to the Harris family.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

June Harris Davenport, BHS '48 (1928-2016)

Heidi Davenport posted in Facebook last month, "June Harris class of 1948 passed 10/2016, thought I'd share."

We then found this:
June J. Davenport
Sun Valley, California
Jun 1, 1928 - Oct 11, 2016 (Age 88)

May June RIP.

Photo from Facebook

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Carol Lewis Schmidt, BHS '66, Passed Away April 8, 2017

Just received word that Carol Lewis Schmidt lost her battle with cancer last night.

Carol lived in Glendale, California.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

RIP Carol...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Norm Abrams, BHS '64 (1946-1984)

We just received the following sad news from Norm's sister, Nancy Bentley:

My brother, Norman Abrams, class of 1964, passed away January 17, 1984 from liver cancer.

He was born in Sayre, PA on March 20, 1946 and served in the Army during the Vietnam Nam era.

After the Army he worked for the post office until his death.

He lived in Simi Valley, where he lived with his wife Cheryl and children, JoAnn and Scott.

He is still missed. 

Please remember Nancy and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Raymonde Bertha "Monde" Steil Mattioli, BHS '66 (1948-1997)

Today, Monde's brother, Sheldon Stiel, posted the following:

3/29/17. In memory of my sister Raymonde “Monde” Stiel-Mattioli who passed away way too young on this date 20 years ago today. Exactly 3 weeks after her 49th birthday. BHS graduate 1966. So much I could say here, but I’ll leave it at “I miss her very much, and love her”. She’s one of the few people I know who can give ‘em hell in heaven. Upon her passing, her daughter Melina Mattioli, and I made this card you see in her honor. This is one of her poems she wrote on her watercolor. The poem reads:
“Everyone has a song to sing, A dance to dance and Love to bring.
Dance your dance, sing your song, close your eyes and I’ll be along.
Moon above, stars below, Take my hand, watch me grow.
Jump off the mountain, Hold your head high.
Smile on your face….you can fly”

I remember Raymonde from elementary school as a sweet girl with a beautiful smile and gorgeous long hair. May Monde RIP and may her family find comfort along the way.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BHS CLASS OF 1992 ~ 25th Reunion - July 22, 2017

CLASS OF 1992: 25th Reunion
Date : July 22, 2017
Time: 6 pm - Midnight
Location: The Canyon Grille at DeBell
1500 East Walnut Ave. Burbank 91501
Attire: Anything goes!
Cost: $75 per person –
Includes entry to reunion, buffet dinner
and Free parking.
Buy your tickets here:

Michael Reyes
Venmoing since Jul 2016.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Christina Ortega O'Neill, BHS '68 Passed Away Feb 15, 2017

We are so saddened to learn this and are praying for all her family and friends...

Christina A. O'Neill

Christina "Christy" O'Neill left this world and began her journey to Heaven on February 15, 2017. She passed away at the age of 67 in her home after a long battle with cancer.

Christy loved spending time with her family and friends. She cherished the time that she spent with her four grandchildren. As she would always say, she loved them "to the moon and back."

She and her husband, Kevin, enjoyed many camping adventures in their motorhome. Her favorite camping spot was Carpinteria where she visited often with Kevin and her extended family and friends. Chris will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her generous smile, warm heart, and kind disposition.

She will be missed by all of those whose lives she has touched. Chris grew up in Burbank, California and graduated from Burbank High School. She was a longtime employee with the Burbank Unified School District at Washington Elementary School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Kevin; daughter Colleen Simon-O'Neill (Jenny) and son Patrick O'Neill (Alison); grandchildren Quinn, Theodore, Peyton, and Andrew; siblings Emilio Ortega, Ana Neria, Fred Ortega, and Tony Ortega.

Services will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Burbank on Saturday, March 4, 2017, Rosary at 11:30 am, Funeral Mass at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to City of Hope in memory of Christina O'Neill.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Mar. 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jeff Helquist, BHS '68 (1949-2017)

We send our deepest condolences to the Helquist family and Jeff's friends...

On February 7, 2017, Sharon Anderson McEntire, posted this note and photo on Facebook:

"Just got very sad news, our long time best friend Jeff Helquist passed away last Monday of a heart attack.. This picture was taken March of 1973 in front of my house on Birmingham in Burbank.. Jeff is the very last one, with the long hair and beard. Jeff graduated BHS class of '68.. He will be missed!!

"From left Vern and Joyce McEntire, Bill Whitaker with John McEntire behind him, Thom and Sharon McEntire, Duke Gardemann, Bill Verdun, Joe Moss and Jeff Helquist."

Dean Martin Buttress, BHS '74 Passed Away Feb 25, 2017

Sad news.... yesterday, Renee Michel posted on Facebook:
I have just heard that Dean Buttress has passed away. My condolences to his family. I went to Benjamin Franklin Elementary with him and all the way to high school. He was a great guy. Too young, too young to pass.

Dean's daughter, Sarah Ella Buttress, wrote:

Please keep the Buttress family in your thoughts and prayers.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So sad. I remember him. RIP

Lydia Ambrose
Sorry to hear 😥

Mike Donathan
So Sad. Knew Dean for over 50 years.

Anita Page
So sorry to hear. RIP.

Ron Thompson
Very sad to hear. His parents (Hal & Emmy) were family friends. His dad past at an early age too, as I recall. Condolences to the rest of Dean's family.

Kathy Barnfather Van Hoorelbeke
Aw so sad he lived by my grandparents on catalina

Pat Bushman
My condolences to his family.

Vicki Herrin Fields
So sad. He was a nice kid. He was way too young to pass. This picture sure brings back memories. Good old Ben Franklin.

Dianne Postal-Simmons
As I say don't wait for tomorrow start living today .. with the one u love ❤️

Maggi Doyle Solso
So sad...sending love and condolences to his family.

Carol Forrand Tallakson
Such a great guy, loved in my neighborhood, on Catalina, went to school with him... prayers go out to his family ... so sad to hear of his passing😢

Peter Costas
RIP my friend

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Jerry Gillespie, BHS '73 (1954-2012)

Sad news... Rich Morrison wrote in Facebook today, "My BHS Class of 1973 classmate Richard Gerald "Jerry" Gillespie passed away in 2012. He was a quiet, mild mannered guy who I first met at the summer activities held at George Washington Elementary School in the cabin on the playground in about 5th or 6th grade. Jerry was a manager on the cross country and track & field teams. RIP Jerry!"


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Russell Vincent Ing, BHS '82 (1964-2015)

Russell Vincent Ing, 51, born on January 25, 1964 in Glendale, California, passed away May 7, 2015.

He resided in Tujunga, California, at the time of his passing.

Arrangements were under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Dan Davis on Facebook wrote, "Saw him a week before he passed...Told me he was ready to go be with Jesus... Lung Cancer"

We send our deepest condolences to Russell's family.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Penny Hagge Gordon, BHS '66, Passed Away Jan 8, 2017

Penny is on the left in the 2nd row.

More sad news. I knew Penny mostly from Miller Elementary school. She was a sweet girl and lots of fun. May the Lord comfort and heal the family I pray. RIP Penny.

Jeanine Hagge wrote in Facebook...

"It is with a very sad heart that I post my sister-in-law Penny Gorden (Hagge) passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2017 from complications from Alzheimer's."