Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Marjorie Colvin, BHS '42 (1923-2017)

Marjorie Colvin
7/8/1923 – 11/05/2017

Marjorie was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1923. She moved to California with her family at a young age. "Mickey", as she was called, attended Kindergarten through 12th grade in Burbank schools. She attended several Burbank elementary schools, Junior High at John Burroughs and Burbank High School. She remembered two teachers that stood out in her years at Burbank High. One was Esther Weinstock. In her class they put on a play, “The Jack Benny Radio Show” and Marjorie played the part of Mary Livingston. Then there was Mrs. Briggs, her gym teacher in Junior High and High School. Mrs. Briggs made her feel special by inviting her to a Mother-Daughter Banquet.

Marjorie met her husband George, at a dance in the Glendale Civic Auditorium. It was the big band era, and they loved to dance. They were proud parents of six children: Gloria, George, Nancy, David, Cyndi and Chuck. They also had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Marjorie was employed during the war years at Lockheed Aircraft from 11/27/42 to 2/22/44 as a Department Clerk. She left Lockheed to have her first child, Gloria Jean, born in August of that year.

Marjorie has been a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Campfire Leader and active in the YMCA. There was always a lot of activity and young people at their home.

After their first child married, she went back to school at Glendale College for three years and then went to Valley College. She enjoyed classes in voice and speech. Her interests are in history, collector items and genealogy.

Marjorie had many accomplishments. In 1965 she was PTA president at Burbank High School, Emblem Club President in 1980-81, and twice president of the Burbank Historical Society. She was honored by then Mayor Mary Kelsey. She was one of the founding Board Members of the Burbank Historical Society. She was Chairwoman of the Opening Day Ceremonies for the Gordon R. Howard Museum in Burbank. She also gave historical tours at the museum. She was a charter member of SERVE, in the Civic Pride Committee and was a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society. She was also a member of the Fine Arts Federation, Friends of the Library and of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.

After her family was grown Marjorie went back to work at the Security Pacific Charge Card Center. She continued to be active in retirement. In December of 2010, she sold her home of 65 years, and moved to Laguna Woods to be close to her daughters. Marjorie was pre-deceased by her husband, George and youngest son, Chuck. She was 94.

George & Marjorie Colvin

Colvin Family celebrating Marjorie's Birthday in 2013
(L to R:  Back Row:  George, Nancy, Cyndi, Chuck
            Front Row:  Marjorie & David)

Five Colvin kids at Marjorie & Chuck's Memorial in San Diego - Dec 27 2017
(L to R: Gloria, George, Nancy, David, Cyndi)

Marjorie's 94th and last birthday with loved ones

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Joyce (Grant) Robson-Schiavo, BHS '48 (1930-2018)

We send our condolences to Joyce's family...

Joyce (Grant) Robson-Schiavo passed away peacefully on January 24, 2018, in Sonora, California at the age of 87, after a long illness. Joyce was born June 27 1930 in Dinuba, Tulare County, California. Her parents were William Robert Grant, Viena Terry Grant Christman and Stepfather Lyle Christman.

Her grandparents were Jennette Wilhite Terry and David Hines Terry, and William Jasper Grant and Della Madison Grant. All preceded her in death. In 1947 Joyce was a contestant in the Burbank on Parade May Queen Contest. She was referred to in her biography posted in the Burbank Daily Review as the “Laughing Eyed Burbank Lassie”. She spoke of what fun it was to ride around the city of Burbank in a wagon along with the other contestants for a day of publicity photo shoots with the local newspaper photographer. All the girls were wearing their best swimsuits! She always said that her favorite part of the contest was the Genuine Palmdayl Cigarette Shirt that each contestant received.

Joyce graduated from Burbank High School Class of 1948 and was a member of the Alumni. After high school she attended and graduated from California Air College with the dream of becoming an Air Traffic Controller. She was first married to James William Robson who is now deceased. She married Frank Schiavo on December 15, 1984. After 24 years together Frank passed away in 2008.

Joyce’s first job was as a telephone operator for the City of Glendale, California. She worked for a short time for Lockheed in Sunnyvale, California, then went to work for Dr. Dean H Hausrath, Orthodontist in San Jose, California. She worked as a Receptionist for Dr. Hausrath for 27 years.

Joyce had many years of membership-at-large with Beta Sigma Phi and was president of the Kappa Mu Chapter, Glendale, California in 1955. She had accumulated 9 years towards her Ritual of Jewels Degree, was eligible for the Exemplar Degree and was a Paid for Life Member.

Joyce was very involved in PTA for Toyon Elementary School, San Jose California in the mid 1960’s.

Joyce was a lifelong resident of California, residing in Dinuba, Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta, before moving to San Jose, where she lived for 55 years. In 2013 she moved to Sonora, California to be closer to her family.

Joyce’s favorite hobbies were collecting dolls and musical stuffed animals, she loved Mickey and Minnie Mouse and would even dress up as some of her favorite characters such as Minnie Mouse, Miss Piggy or other fun costumes. She was always sending greeting cards to friends and loved ones. She spent hours decorating the cards with stickers and stamps. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson and enjoyed meeting with her girlfriends for lunch. She made friends everywhere, and enjoyed making friends with the residents and staff at Skyline Place and The Avalon Care Center in Sonora.

She was always very happy when her granddogs Ricki and Stormy would come to visit. She was a lifelong dog lover.

She is survived by her daughters Teri Luna and husband Ray of Utah, Candi Huff and husband Harry of Jamestown, grandson Andrew and wife Lacee of Waterford, grandson Matthew and wife Rachael and son (Joyce’s 1st great grandchild) Henry of Sonora, granddaughter Miranda Huff of Jamestown, sister Janice Grossi of Nipomo, and niece Jill Oclaray of Colorado.

Funeral Home in charge of arrangements: Terzich and Wilson, Sonora, California.

In lieu of flowers we request donations be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P. O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online at

Harlene Goldberg Mesnick, BHS '64 (1946-2017)

Harlene G. Mesnick
September 16, 1946 - December 12, 2017

Received the following email today:

Burbank High School Class of '64 Loses another classmate...
Harlene Goldberg Mesnick BHS '64 , recently passed away in Murietta, CA after several years of battling Stevens-Johnson Syndrom and Shingles.
Harlene was a loving person with a big heart and she delighted in keeping in touch with her high school friends via telephone...
She was pre-deceased by her parents and one sister and is survived by two sisters. There are no memorial service plans at this time.
Bon Voyage, Dear Friend...
Submitted by Pam Zipfel Kirkwood and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

We are sad to hear of another Bulldog passing and ask you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gene Allred, BHS '68, Passed Away January 11, 2018

Gene Allred passed away January 11, 2018. He had many passions and a profound love of God, family, friends, and wilderness. Gene’s amazing spirit will endure in the many lives he’s impacted with his sincere kindness, contagious enthusiasm, and unwavering optimism.

He is loved and cherished by his wife, Peggy; his three sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan, Rachel, Jason, Kimberly, Kyle, and Ari; his seven grandchildren; his brother, Ed Allred; and his sister, Rives Wiggins.

Gene’s life will be celebrated Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, Oregon.


Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Also, found this at the Wilderness Medicine website where he was on staff:
GENE ALLRED, MD: Ashland, Oregon; Emergency Physician; whitewater guide for over 20 years; swiftwater rescue instructor; avid backpacker, canyoneering, backcountry skier, scuba diver, sea kayaker. Has taught wilderness medicine on six continents; Director of National Conference on Wilderness Medicine

Monday, January 22, 2018

Judy Onstott Tufts, BHS '62, Passed Away Jan 21, 2018

Just learned that Judy Onstott Tufts passed away yesterday. She was preceded in death by younger sister, Barbara Onstott Earle, BHS '67 (1949-2017).

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Maria Rogan, BHS '66 (1948-2018)

Marie F. Rogan
(September 5, 1948 – January 10, 2018)

Sad news to report from Linda (Schuster) Mazur, BHS '66, who just heard from Rick Rogan, BHS '73, that his sister passed away last week. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers...

Maria Rogan passed away peacefully, with her son Wil and his wife Tiffany by her side, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Maria was born in Burbank, California, the third of six children of Richard and Mary Rogan. Maria graduated from Burbank High, cruised on the Chapman “College Afloat”, earned her degree at U.C., Irvine, was a teacher in the Fullerton School District, and lived in Laguna Beach for years. She was a world traveler and had friends from around the globe: from New Zealand, to Ireland, to Connecticut, and throughout California, including her famous Laguna Beach girls’ softball team, and the “Too Much Fun Club.”

Maria is survived by her son Wil, and her five brothers: Patrick, Michael, Brian, Dennis, and Ricky, along with many nephews, nieces, and cousins who all loved Maria.

There will be a funeral at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church,1042 Temple Terrace, Laguna Beach, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, by going to:

Adele Bassett

Diana Ziegler Larsen
I'm so sorry to see this.

Dona Foy Porcaro Bruckner
So sorry to hear this news, she was very nice to everyone.

Mary Boriso Jordan
So sad to hear this. She was such a nice person....Prayers to the family. May God bless and comfort you at this most difficult time. Rest in peace, dear Maria.

Peggy Beliveau
I am so sad to hear this....I remember her well. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Pat Bushman
My condolences to her family.

Linda C. Mustion

Penny Jonas Barth
Sad news...

Bruce Keswick
That is so sad, she was such a beautiful person and know she will be much missed.

Peggy Melton Cyphers
So sorry. Marie was so sweet. We had a couple classes together. RIP Marie.

Bruce Smentek
I just talked to Rick Rogan yesterday and he informed me. Rick and I grew up together and still get together. Very sorry to rick and the family. RIP Maria.

Barbara Zelenay Berry
Sorry to hear of yet another BHS passing. I was in the same class as her brother Dennis.. May she RIP..

Jennifer Dale Schatz
So sorry to hear.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace πŸ’œ

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks
Oh NO!!! We were neighbors and she was a friend of my older siblings. I'm so sorry to hear this. Condolences to the Rogan family.

Tammy Klinger
Oh my ...... another bulldog. So very sorry, and many prayers for the family!

Joan M. Ortega
I am so sad to learn of Maria's illness and death. We were neighbors as kids and our parents were friends too. The 6 Rogans and 6 Nobiles all went to St Roberts for grammar school. I have such fond memories of their family. I pray she is resting in the arms of the angels. RIP old friend😒

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Ron Hagg
She was a very lovely person. RIP, Maria.

Carole Collins
What a memorable family. Maria was a sweet lady! May the angels surround her!

Pamela Gordon Ryan
So sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to the entire Rogan family. RIP

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Charlotte Ofstedahl Connolly, BHS '36 (1917-2016)

Today I received the following email from Michael Connolly, son of Charlotte. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

"Charlotte Ofstedahl Connolly, class of 36, passed away July 2016 at home in Woodland Hills. She was born 1917 in North Dakota, and moved to Burbank in 1926.

Charlotte is survived by her 3 children, 8 grand children, and 10 great grand children. She attended John Burroughs Junior High before BHS.

She was loved and is deeply missed by all who knew her."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Dorothy Elaine Erskine Johansen, BHS '52 (1934-2017)

Dorothy Elaine Erskine Johansen

Fran Jensen, Daughter of Dorothy Erskine Johansen, emailed the following to me today. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dorothy Johansen, passed away peacefully November 17 2017 at her home in Riverton, Utah. Born February 14, 1934 to Aldred and Frances Erskine. She married William Johansen May 22 1952 in Burbank, California.

Dorothy is survived by her husband William, five children, their spouses, 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and one brother, Gene Erskine. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Steven Johansen; and brother, Melvin Erskine.

While in high school, Dorothy was chosen as prom queen, with attendants Ruth Anderson (Winstead) and MaryLou Parks (Whipple), whom the three ladies were still the closest of friends today. Bill and Dorothy served three missions together for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. two missions at the Martin’s Cove Visitors Center in Wyoming and one mission at the LDS Employment Center in Riverton, Utah. Dorothy's entire life was filled with service to her family, friends, neighbors, and everyone she had an opportunity to work with.

Dorothy always sought ways to stay in touch with family and friends. A phone call, a letter, a card, a personal visit, a meal, or a gift was her way of  keeping family ties strong. She worked on her genealogy for more than sixty years and left a legacy of family history stories for each of her descendants. Dorothy never let a moment go by without working on a project for someone.

Many of her quilts draped the pew backs in honor of her years of service. The crochet dresses made for granddaughters and great-granddaughters, the teddy bear baby blankets, doll dresses, any many more gifts she made for family and friends filled her heart with joy and leaves her family with a lasting legacy and reminder of her service.

One simple thing that brought great joy to Dorothy was a butterfly. Years ago, she had nursed an injured butterfly back to health. When the butterfly was ready to return to nature, the last moment was spent flying in circles around Mom. Her husband told her that the butterfly was telling her “thank you” for being so kind. That’s our mother, the kindest person we’ve ever known.

Richard Lee Speak, BHS '56 (1938-2017)

Richard Lee Speak

Richard Lee Speak, 79, of Wesport passed away on Dec. 25, 2017. He was born to Paul Richard Speak and Helen N. (Clark) Speak on Aug. 19, 1938, in Denver, Colo.

Richard relocated to Burbank, Calif., graduating in 1956 from Burbank High School.

On Sept. 13, 1957, he enlisted in the Air Force and spent one year in Korea. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 12, 1960.

Richard married Frances Oralene (Red) Speak in Reno, Nev. on April 29, 1979, they later moved to Westport.

Richard was an electrician for the Sybron Company (MDT) for 30 years in Rochester, N.Y., retiring in 1994.

He was a 56 year member of the Elks Club in Federal Way, Wash. and Roseville, Calif., where he was a PER, exalted ruler, trustee and chairman of the board. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post #3057.

Richard enjoyed bowling, traveling in his motorhome, fishing in the ocean and his dogs Rosie and Katie

Richard is survived by his wife Frances (Red) of Westport; sons John Brian Speak of Auburn, Calif. and Steve Howard Speak of Placerville, Calif.; step-sons James William Dudley of Sacramento, Calif. and Michael Elmo Dudley of North San Juan, Calif., and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Betty McWatters.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to PAWS of Grays Harbor or Harbor Rescue.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trudee Barnhart Tatum, BHS '82, Passed Away Dec 23, 2017

Sad news from Tracy Barnhart-Ellingwood who posted this on Facebook...
"My message is for class of 1982, for I'm sorry to share the passing of my sister Trudee Barnhart-Tatum. She passed on Dec 23, 2017"

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vicki Hovestreydt, BHS '75, Passed Away Yesterday

Yolee Rodes posted today on Facebook...
"Vicki Hovestreydt BHS class of 1975 passed away yesterday morning 1/08/2018, I feel such emptiness in my Heart. I love you Vic-eye!!!!!"

Friday, January 5, 2018

Aaron Fiesell, BHS '89, Passed Away Last Night

Today, Amy Monroe posted the following sad news on Facebook...
"On December 18, 2017, Aaron Fiesell (BHS Class of 1989) was struck by a car and left in a coma due to his serious injuries. Unfortunately, he passed last night and our hearts are left broken by this loss. Aaron was truly a man who lived life to its fullest, entertaining and inspiring those around him. (Aaron is the one in the hat - shown here with his longtime friend, Ed Krattiger)"