Saturday, January 25, 2020

Kenneth Allen Ellis, BHS '70 (1952-2013)

Kenneth Allen Ellis, BHS ‘70
February 7, 1952 ~ July 19, 2013

Ken Ellis lived in the Boise, Idaho area for several years, and passed away in Boise in 2013.

He was married to Patricia Newman Ellis, BHS ‘71.

Kenny grew up in Burbank. His parents were John Delbert Ellis (1925–1988) and Barbara Larue Goddard Ellis (1925–2013}. His dad marketed laundromats and his mom worked at Weber Aircraft.

His siblings are John David, BHS Class '67, Debbie, BHS Class '73, Lorri, BHS Class '74 and Donald, BHS Class '76.

Sadly, Lorri passed in 2006:

RIP Ken and Lorri.

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Mary Joan Swartzbaugh

Mike Signorelli
Wow, this is too much! I knew Kenny he was a good guy I remember when he had that brand new 69 Chevelle and we went for a cruise in it and listen to some Jimi Hendrix! I always wondered what happened to him and now I wonder why he passed away so young? Rest in peace Kenny see you on the other side someday!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Steven Severeid
Mike Signorelli ‘69 Chevelle

Mike Signorelli
Steven Severeid I thought he had a GTO? But now that I think about it maybe you're right maybe it was a Chevelle

Robin Bird
This is so sad he was always so nice Rip ken ❤️

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Bruce Fossler
I was a friend of the Ellis family..
His dad marketed laundromats..
His mom worked at Weber Aircraft...
Ken loaned me a pair of boots. I wore them to my first concert...THE CREAM AT S.M. CIVIC.
Deeply saddened by the loss of people that were so kind to me...Lorri was a very sweet girl...i can still see her smile and that LAUGH. priceless.
My first year teaching I was at Burbank High. I ran into Lorri and we went together to hear a special program in the AUD..They played an entire Album of the Moody Blues...
Again....hope to hear from the Family...
Dave Logan was their neighbor and came over a lot. Ken and I rode horses (they owned horses)...Up in Sunland.... But the most fun we had was ridding motorcycles in the Desert and shooting guns .. He had great parents...Dave Sr. And Barbara...always supportive and

Rich Morrison
John Class of 67
Debbie Class of 73
Lorri Class of 74
Donald Class of 76
Lorri passed in 2006

Chuck Guthrie
Was friends with Kenny since 1963. Met him on the playground at George Washington elementary school after my family moved back to Burbank. He was in the fifth grade I was in the sixth. He picked a fight with me one afternoon and when it was all over he had a bloody nose and I had a broken finger. We became close friends and spent a lot of time together. His parents were some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I could go on and on with stories, but I won’t. Rest In Peace Ken... you were one of a kind buddy and I’ll think of you often.

Cathy Brown
Chuck Guthrie I loved your narrative on Kenny. I also knew him since school, Washington Grammer school. He was a standout. So sad to hear the news of his passing. So sad to hear of this one beautiful indivdual. ❤️😒☮

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Eric Scantland
Kenny worked at Von's and detailed cars for the other guys who worked there and save every buck to buy his dream car the beautiful brown 69 SS Chevelle. Went to court with Kenny to testify to get him out of a red light ticket. Great Hard working guy.

Cathy Brown
So sad to hear of this one beautiful indivual. ❤️😒☮

Sue Basile

Pam Wright Peterson
RIP Ken. It’s so sad there’s getting to be more & more of these.... πŸ˜•

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson
RIP πŸ˜ͺ

Steven Severeid
RIP Ken...

Billie Dayian Durbin
RIP Ken. You were sweet.

Susan Landing-Phillips
I remember his sweet smile.

Gary Bric
Always seemed like a nice guy, sad to read.

Bill Parrish, BHS '70 (1952-2019)

William “Bill” Kerry Parrish Jr.
November 12, 1952 - February 27, 2019

Bill was the oldest of four children growing up in Burbank: Gary (now Shane) graduated from Burbank High in 1972, Glen graduated in 1974 and sister Kim (graduation date unknown),

William Kerry Parrish, Jr., affectionately known as Bill, was born November 12, 1952 in Glendale, California to parents William and Madeline Parrish. He was raised in Burbank, California where he developed a love for surfing and played football at the local high school.

On December 25, 1983, he married the love of his life, Rosa. After moving around to different cities and states leaving his unique impression wherever he went, he settled in Birmingham, Alabama where he spent out his last years.

On February 27, 2019, Bill went to be with the Lord. He was surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

Bill was the simplest, most complicated man. He was always ten feet tall, and yet his humbleness drew people from all walks of life into his circle. Although his talents in life were nothing short of genius, it was the simplicity of them that awed and turned heads wherever he went. To all the people and work in his life that he touched, he handled with the same class, love, and affection that he did with those he held most dearly. Even the earth, plants, and trees appreciated him, and thrived under his care, when he touched them.

He leaves those to cherish in his memories: his wife of 35 years, Rosa; sons, Carlos, William III, Caleb, and Joshua; daughter, Michaela; devoted daughters-in-law, Sophia and Amanda; grandchildren, Giovanni, Gina, Genevieve, Giana, GianCarlo, Maya, Linda, and Lorrainne; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The New Gardendale Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home.!/Obituary

RIP Bill.

Jeff Botelho
RIP Mr Perish

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Mike Signorelli
I knew Bill, we grew up together along with his two brothers and sister Kim and Gary ( can't remember the youngest brothers name). Bill like most of us was a bit lost as a teenager, he was caught up with a religious group that swept him away! He virtually disappeared the last year of high school! I believe that, for the most part he was never seen again! I'm sorry to hear of his passing I'm also sorry to hear that in his obituary there was no mention of his brothers or sister or even the name of the high school that he played football in, which of course was Burbank High! Bill as I remember him as a good guy pretty soft-spoken but he had his moments. I also must say that Bill had many friends he was well-liked! I'm sorry to hear of this, it's very sad! I often wondered where he was and what happened to him, may he rest in peace in our Lord's arms. See again sometime!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Terri Aaseth
Glen Parish was the younger brother

Mary Boriso Jordan

Pat Bushman
So sorry to hear this. My prayers and condolences to Bill's family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Barbara Coryell O'Malley
I remember Bill most from grade school at Jefferson. Sweet repose to him.

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson
This saddens me...I guess it's our time πŸ˜ͺ and this will happen more and more. RIP Bill.

Gary Bric
My next store neighbor growing up on Groton. Good Man.

Louanne Peterson
So sad...I remember Bill well since the class seating chart had us together always....Parrish and Peterson! He always made me laugh and was such a gentle soul...

Friday, January 24, 2020

Bill Elliot, BHS '63 (1944-2007)

Bill Elliot class of 63. 12-8-44/6-12-07.
RIP. One of my 5 longest and closest friends. We had his birthday dinner every year at ”Lowery’s”

Posted today on Facebook by Richard Clarke.

Wister "Bill" Morris Elliot was born in Brooklyn Kings, New York. His brother, Bob Elliot, graduated in 1968.

RIP Bill.


Celebrating the Whiskey Bend.
Whiskey Bend Crew·Sunday, March 3, 2019·
The Whiskey Bend was a neighborhood Burbank bar for 40 years. Owned by the Elliot family, the property passed on from father to son, Bill Elliot, and then to brother Bobby Elliot. The Whiskey Bend was Bill’s vision as Burbank’s first dance club, replacing Jerry’s Place, the bar his father had owned. It was the era of Disco, early 1970’s, and the place packed them in. Many would attribute the Whiskey Bend’s longevity to its cozy environment and unpretentiousness; always catering to the local residents where many shared first dates, first kisses, and began life long relationships. There are few who grew up in Burbank that did not pass through its doors. This page is where we celebrate that.

The Whiskey Bend was sold in 2015 after over 40 years.

Craig Calderon
R.I.P. Bill...
I still have these...I made refrigerator magnets out of them and see them every day...

Patricia Sorley
Very sad. I remember him well. A very cool guy back then.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Mary Lou Struck Shelton
RIP Bill - a very nice guy

Rudy Tirre
Bill and I were best of friends. RIP

Richard Clarke
Yep, we were quite a “crew”! McCambrige Park.

Grace Tabura Strong
I’m so sorry.

Rod Klomp
Bill was a good friend and wonderful person, and left us way too soon..

Peggy Beliveau
I knew him well, as he was a good friend of my sister, Sue Skow, BHS class of 63’....and I had such a crush on him πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gus Ghiselli, BHS '47, Passed Away January 5, 2020

Pam Kirkwood sent this email today, January 15, 2020...
Many of you may have known Gus Ghiselli BHS Class of 1947. We are sad to report that Gus recently passed after having suffered a stroke. Gus was retired from the movie industry and was a dedicated Burbank High Bulldog Alumni and participant of the Senior Bulldog Association.
He was such a sweet and loving man and he will be missed by so very many who knew and loved him. Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00AM at Valhalla (Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 10621 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and Burbank, California.)

Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00AM at Valhalla (Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 10621 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and Burbank, California.

2011 Photo from the Senior Bulldog Luncheon
Front row (left to right): Bill Magee, Gus Ghiselli, Nadine Berkland Magee and Ray Brown
Back row (left to right): Herb Vincent, Carol Brown Baker, John Coyle, Santa Vesella Calderon, Cathy Nicholls Coyle and Sallie Shelton Thomas

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Susan PeΓ±a MacCaskey
RIP Gus Condolences to his family and friends

Brenda Rossie-soto
My deapest condolence

Lupe Covarrubias
My condolences to the family

Pat Bushman
My condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

Cathy Coyle
Gus was such a soft spoken, kind man. He would love to attend the Sr. Bulldog luncheons . Gus was one of the original BHS Class of ‘47, who started the Sr Bulldogs Foundation. He would make all the announcements & walk around to each table (with Nadine Magee on his arm), to have each attendee announce their name & grad year. He was a true gentleman. He will be deeply missed.

Pam Kirkwood
Yes, such a gentle and kind man. He always had a smile and a hug...

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

Gloria Moya
My most sincere condolences πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Harold Maxham
God needed another Bulldog for his team.

Judy Torres

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

8/12/19 - Korean War Remembrances by Gus Ghiselli (from a 2005 Burbank High Senior Bulldogs Newsletter)
Gus Ghiselli (BHS Class of '47) wrote: "I was training in Yamagatu, Japan getting ready to go to Korea. My good friend Bob Wilkie was already in Korea, in the southern part. I wrote and told him that if I could get in touch with him when I got there, I would. On Dec 22, 1951 the 40th Division was alerted for Korean duty to relieve the 24th Infantry Division. Our boats got to Inchon, Korea on Jan 11th, 1952. It was below freezing weather. (Is that any way to treat California kids?) We boarded railroad boxcars and headed straight north to the Iron Triangle. Our artillery guns were to help support the 2nd ROK Division. I tried several times to try to reach Wilkie. Going through our switchboard, then transferring the call a little farther south to the next switchboard, etc. But we would always run out of juke before reaching each other. When I was being sent home, I went south to a replacement camp. I was looking at the ship's manifest list to spot my name, when this arm came over my shoulder and pushed my hand down. I turned to see who in the heck it could be. It was my pal, Bob Wilke! We were listed on the same ship to leave Korea and go to Sasebo, Japan. What a great time we had visiting and catching up. Unfortunately, we were not on the same ship that brought us home. However, we were on our way home and that was the important thing. We were later best man at each other's wedding."

Born July 5, 1916 in Los Angeles, California. Died April 18, 2009 in Burbank, California. She married her husband, Gus Ghiselli, on January 24, 1954. They have a son, Gene, born May 17, 1955, and a grandson, Eric, born January 13, 1981. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret McMahan; sister-in-law, Nauni Maeda; daughter-in -law, Joy Ghiselli; and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Visitation on Friday, April 24, 2009, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., and Services on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 1:00 p.m., at Pierce Brothers Valhalla, in North Hollywood. PIERCE BROS. VALHALLA Directors (818) 763-9121
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Apr. 22, 2009

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Marta Talavera, BHS '80, Passed Away January 6, 2020

Marta Talavera

On January 7, 2020, Elsie Franchini-Estes posted this photo and sad note...

‎Last night my precious, loving, goodhearted, and God devoted aunt, Marta Talavera class of 1980. She fought until her last breath. If you ever had the privilege of meeting her you know she made a difference in your life for the positive. She raised 4 beautiful children who will pass on her legacy. Aunt Marta you were taken too young but boy did you leave your beautiful imprint on this earth. I thank God for choosing me to be your first niece. I will still be talking to you every day. I love you more than you know. Have fun with Abuela and keep dancing!!! ❤️

RIP Marta

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
Rest In Peace. Prayers for her family & friends.

Dale Levine
I’m sorry for your loss.

Pamela Spang
RIP Marta πŸ˜”

Dan Davis
RIP Bulldog

Chris Varner
So sad

Mark Bishop Kosmak
Very sorry to hear..prayers to her family

Mary Parker
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember your beautiful Aunt. May she rest in peace.

Toni Sarno
May Gods perpetual light shine upon herπŸ™✨ and grant her eternal peace

Judy Torres
So sorry ♥️

Pat Bushman
I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace.

Mike Signorelli Sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to her and her family

Sherrie King
Rise In Peace

Nicole Peterson
She was a beauty, certainly on the outside and from what you’ve written, on the inside, too, no doubt. My brother, also now departed, was in her ‘80 graduating class at BHS, I believe. Love to you and yours in this impossibly difficult time. πŸ™

Michele Echeverri
My condolences to you and your family. I remember Marta in high school and she was always so friendly! RIP

Jaime Ignacio Puerta
I’m truly sorry for your loss, Elsie. May she Rest in Everlasting Peace.

Susan PeΓ±a MacCaskey
Sorry for your loss πŸ˜₯

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
So sorry for your loss! My condolences to all her family and friends. RIP Marta.

Martha Olivia Shayesteh
Oh no!! I'm so sorry to hear. I knew Martha in high school. My deepest condolences, to all your family . So sad. RIP

Laura Jolls
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Sue Basile
So Sorry πŸ™

David Evans
She's so in a better place. She was a sweet person. God be with her family and friends. God bless

Tammy Shultz
I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember her from school . She was a sweet kind person.

Cheri Standish Meijer
So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Devin Holum
I remember her. We had gym

Karen Sue Salsbury-wolford
I am very sorry for your loss.

Mary Allison Downum Oaks
Such sad news.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Georgeen Bybee Maclaughlin
Soar as an Angel and RIP πŸ™

Brenda Rossie-soto
My deapest condolence

Cheryl-Ann Merrifield Keim
I’m so sorry
She’s just resting πŸ™πŸΌ

Leslie Hall Viera
I am so sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful person <3

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
I'm so sorry. Condolences to the family. ❤

Valerie Giessinger Scott
Beautiful, heartfelt sentiment!

Ingrid L Marchus
I am so sorry for your loss condolences to you and your family.πŸ™

Anthony Karbaj
I remember her from BHS. Rest in peace and my condolences

Timothy Wilde
RIP , Prayer to her Family

Kathryn Borgese
So sorry for your loss πŸ™

Ivan German
I'm sorry for your loss Elsie! Sincere condolences for you and your family.

Michael A. Panagiotis
Big hugs ELsie . . .

Mj Bass
I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful soul, inside and out. πŸ˜’πŸ™πŸ»♥️

Debbe C Bruin
Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace.

Allana Schwarz
I graduated in 78. I knew her. Beautiful person

Terri Arredondo Jones
Marta was my sisters best friend and a dear friend of our family. I have no doubt that she fought the good fight and that she’s in the glorious presence of our Savior. You will be missed by the Sweet’s and the Arredondo’s.

Jon Larsen

Marialeticia Rodriguez Machado
She is in peace now and her smile was left to every child that crossed her path!!!

Vicky Alexander-Mitchell
She is beautiful...

Liliana Machuca
Beautiful ♥️

Martha Rios

Lupe Covarrubias

Amanda O'Neill
I remember her from Burbank High. I’m sorry for your loss, but am glad that she is at peace.

Taire Pena
My condolences to her family

Alice Ford

Daniel Hagadorn
I’m so sorry for your loss.

Kathy Bice
RIP πŸ™πŸ»

A.S. Kobaissi
I’m so sorry for your loss πŸ˜”

Michael Gonzalez, BHS '69, Passed Away January 12, 2020

Michael Gonzalez

Posted today, January 12, 2020, by Sheldon Stiel‎:
From Michael Gonzalez's son, Luke
πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ Rest in Peace
(BHS Class of 69)
He fought a courageous battle

"It is with great sorrow and regret that I announce the passing of my dad earlier this morning. He fought the courageous fight against the unrelenting and vicious force of cancer yet ultimately succumbed.

Though his end was not defined by this struggle.

The definition of his life was marked by countless stories and examples of inspiration, perseverance, and love. Many lives of his friends and family were graced by his presence, even those who never had the opportunity to meet him in person, as his friendship spanned through various cities and countries around the world.

Thank you immensely for everyone who kept him in their thoughts and hearts and please take solace in knowing that his pain is no more and that his legacy will continue in those that he helped and loved.

We will keep everyone updated on any future services.

Thank you."