Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Susanna Murphy Veitch, BHS '43 (1925-2019)

                                            Obituary of Susanna I Veitch 

Susanna I Veitch

May 25, 1925February 2, 2019
Susanna I. Veitch (Murphy) of Cedarpines Park, CA, died on February 2, 2019 at the age of 93 years. Susanna was born on May 25, 1925 in Glasgow, Scotland, to John and Catherine Murphy. She moved with her family to California in 1938. Susanna graduated from Burbank High School. 
She worked in several different jobs. She married Thomas Veitch on November 18, 1950. They bought a home in Gardena. They had two daughters, Gail (Kirkpatrick), and Donna (Lain). Susanna was a devoted wife and mother. Susanna and Thomas retired in 1982 and moved to the San Bernardino Mountains. Susanna retired from her job as the Payroll Supervisor for Standard Brand Paints. 
Susanna was active with the Crest Forest Senior Citizens and volunteered in their Thrift Store. Susanna enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire on her tablet and especially spending time with her family. 
Susanna was preceded in death by her parents, her younger brother, her husband, her youngest granddaughter Kari, and her two son-in-laws David Lain and Tommie Kirkpatrick. Susanna is survived by her daughters Gail and Donna, her grandson Jason (Kaycee) Cooper, her granddaughter Andrea (Tony) Ruffino, her great-granddaughters Victoria and Sabrina Cooper, and many friends. 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 12 noon at Shenanigans Bar and Grill located at Shoreline Village in Long Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kari Kares for Kids, Inc., P.O. Box 9368, Cedarpines Park, CA 92322. karikaresforkidsinc@gmail.com. Contact Person: Donna Lain, Daughter, 909-633-9673.

Mary Jane Rummel Bente, BHS '49 (1931-2019)

Mary Jane Bente
April 1, 1931 – December 14, 2019

Mary Jane Bente, 88, of Burbank, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019 surrounded by her family, and joining her loving husband of over 50 years, Wayne Francis Bente, who passed February 8, 2016.

Mary Jane was born to the late Elmer Jacob Rummel and Estella Evelyn Lister, on April 1, 1931 in Glendale, California. Mary Jane graduated from Burbank High School and attended Glendale Community College.

Mary Jane and Wayne spent the last 33 years in Northern California where they built a cabin in Hayfork surrounded by horses, lambs, chickens and a garden Wayne loved so much. They then moved to Shingletown and made lots of friends they called extended family, and then after some health issues moved to Paris Park in Redding, California. There they had a community of friends who played cards, had pot luck dinners and who looked out for each other. Mary Jane truly missed her friends there.

Mary Jane and Wayne were foster parents and received recognition from the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and Shasta County Department of Social Services for Foster Parents of the Year in 2007. Mary Jane also received a Certificate of Appreciation for 35 years of service to the Burbank Emblem Club #86 in 2012. Mary Jane and Wayne were active donors to BCR A Place to Grow founded in 1963 by her sister, Ruth Caughey, for Mary Jane’s developmentally disable daughter, Vicki Lea. Vicki lived in Redding, until she moved back to Burbank in 2011. Mary Jane and Wayne both loved to travel in their Bounder motorhome and going on various cruises. Mary Jane was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank and was blessed by the community there.

Mary Jane is survived by six children: Charlene Jane Strickhouser of Mojave; Rachelle Evelyn Giliberto of Santa Clarita, Laurie Beth Roan and her husband, Dusty, of Hemet; Linda Sue Curtin of Burbank; Vicki Lea Williams of Burbank; and Michael Wayne Bente and his wife, Robin, of Priest, Idaho, as well as two sons, Lynn Arthur McFall and Reed Wayne Bente who are both deceased. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with another great-grandbaby boy due at the end of the month, and her beloved service dog, Millie.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Burbank, Team Hope. A Celebration of Life and Resurrection, for both Mary Jane and Wayne, will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10am at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 542 N Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California 91505.

Bill Catlin, BHS '55 (1936-2020)

William C. Catlin 
1936 - 2020 

William (Bill) Charles Catlin February 10, 1936 - November 18, 2020 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Charles Catlin, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the age of 84. Bill was born on February 10, 1936 in Burbank, California to William and Muriel (Fisher) Catlin. 

Bill graduated from Burbank High School in 1955, and entered the United States Army in June of 1956. While on an extended furlough, Bill married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Suzanne Klein. Months later, Bill's army unit was deployed for active duty leaving Fort Ord, Monterey, California to Bamberg, Germany, by way of the USNS General Nelson N. Walker Troop Ship. This voyage made history as the largest troop movement through the Panama Canal following the Korean War as part of Operation Gyroscope. Bill was honorably discharged in 1958, returning home to begin raising a family and establishing Garden Grove as their new home. He also began a new career in the concrete industry. For 38 years, he worked for Dewey and Bob's Mixed Concrete in Long Beach, CA and later Geller's Ready Mixed Concrete in Westminster, CA, before retiring in 1995. 

Before and after retirement, Bill dedicated his life to raising three sons and enhancing the community through volunteer efforts for many different service clubs within and near the city of Garden Grove. Some of Bill's volunteer efforts over those 62 years include: Volunteer worker at the Garden Grove YMCA's Christmas Tree Lot, Volunteer Coach with the Garden Grove Southwest Little League, Band Booster Vice President - Bolsa Grande High School, Elder with the First Christian Church of Garden Grove, Chairman of the Board for the Garden Grove Elks Lodge - 2006, Volunteer Usher at the Garden Grove Gem Community Theatre, Volunteer for the Acacia Adult Day Care Center, and Volunteer of the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Board of Directors for 22 years including President in 2014. 

One notable contribution was that Bill was a gifted artist. He spent several years voluntarily painting over 20 original backdrops for the Elks Annual Inaugural Ball and other special fundraising events. Bill received many notable accolades for his service and contribution to the community. In 2007, he was named Garden Grove Man of the Year, and in 2014, with wife Sue, the Cypress Community College Americana Award, Citizen of the Year. Other honors include the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce Silver Spoon Award, Elk of the Month, Elk Ender of the Year (Motorhome Club Award), Garden Grove Home Pride Award Hall of Fame, and was crowned the 2019 Senior King of the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. 

Bill was a dedicated and loving husband of 64 years, wonderful father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved life and the people around him. His favorite things to do were spending time with his wife Suzy, traveling with friends and attending family gatherings. He took up the hobby of surfing at the age of 40 and joked that he would sit backwards on his board to scare other surfers away. 

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Emerson Catlin, and his mother, Muriel Fisher Heald. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, his three boys, Michael (Tina), Timothy (Martha), and Patrick (Patti), his brother Charles William Catlin, seven grandchildren, Amy, Crystal (Cheno), Amanda, Bill, Nicholas, Raya, Kyan, great grandchild Elijah, and Cousins, Carol Alexander, Carla Ann Leach, and niece, Peggy McElgunn. 

Due to COVID 19, funeral services will not take place at this time. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Bill Catlin's name to Acacia Adult Day Services, 11391 Acacia Pkwy, Garden Grove, CA 92840 To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Orange County Register on Nov. 25, 2020.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Alan Robert Murray, BHS '72 (1954-2021)

Alan Robert Murray 
July 30, 1954 - February 24, 2021 
February 25, 2021 
by Carolyn Giardina 
Alan Robert Murray, Two-Time Oscar-Winning Sound Editor, Dies at 66 
Alan Robert Murray 
Over more than 40 years, he worked on 32 films directed by Clint Eastwood, from 'Escape From Alcatraz' to 'Richard Jewell.' 
Alan Robert Murray, the supervising sound editor and decades-long collaborator with Clint Eastwood who earned Oscars for his work on the director's American Sniper and Letters to Iwo Jima, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, sources told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 66. 
Last year, Murray set a sound editing record with his 10th career Academy Award nomination, for Todd Phillips' Joker. His first two noms came for his contributions to Richard Donner's Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Murray also received Oscar noms for the Eastwood-helmed films Space Cowboys (2000), Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Sully (2016) and for Chuck Russell's Eraser (1996) and Denis Villeneuve's Sicario (2015). 
 He worked on 32 films directed by Eastwood, from Escape From Alcatraz (1979) to Richard Jewell (2019), in a stretch that also included the best picture winners Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). In addition, he partnered with Eastwood on several others movies that the Hollywood legend produced and/or starred in, including Any Which Way You Can (1980), Tightrope (1984), The Dead Pool (1988) and Trouble With the Curve (2012). Eastwood "has always been one who lets the artists bring what they can to the table," Murray said backstage at the Oscars after his win for American Sniper (2014). "He gives you specific notes but lets you create on your own. And he respects the artists on his crew." Murray shared his Oscars with fellow supervising sound editor Bub Asman; they worked together on more than 50 films. His extensive résumé also included The Warriors (1979), Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Fatal Attraction (1987), Die Hard 2 (1990), New Jack City (1991), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Star Trek X: Nemesis (2002), The Legend of Zorro (2005) and A Star Is Born (2018). He helped Bradley Cooper get thorough his directorial debut on that last one after meeting the actor on American Sniper. He also served as supervising sound editor on Taylor Sheridan's upcoming release For Those Who Wish Me Dead. Murray began his career in the 1970 at Paramount, where he was mentored by Howard Beals, who worked with filmmakers from Cecil B. DeMille to Francis Ford Coppola. 
He had been based at Warner Bros. Sound since 1979. "Our Warner Bros. family grieves the loss of our dedicated and dear friend Alan," Warners executive vp worldwide postproduction services Kim Waugh said in a statement. "His contributions to film sound and his presence within the postproduction community will be honored for many decades to come. Alan will live in our hearts for eternity." Speaking with THR last year about his approach to Joker, Murray said he wanted to use realistic sounds. "It was more of following Arthur's descent into madness," he said. "Everything would start off normal, and then our sound effects reacted to what was going on with [the character]." 
Survivors include his wife, Debbie, and three children working in motion pictures: Blu Murray, an editor; Kevin R.W. Murray, who works in sound; and Hailey Murray, who works in postproduction.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Kathy Lynn Brush Brown, BHS '78 (1960-2020)

Kathy Lynn Brown 
December 19, 1960 – November 2, 2020 

Kathy Lynn Brown was born on December 19, 1960 and passed away on November 2, 2020 and is under the care of Shadow Mountain Mortuary. Memorial Service will be held on November 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W Happy Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ. 

RIP Kathy.

Elizabeth Lynn "Betsy" Moon, BHS '64 (1946-2021)

"From the days when I sang latin jazz in the L.A. area. Awesome musicians." (Facebook photo Elizabeth posted)

Received sad news that Elzabeth Moon, BHS '64, passed away a few days ago. She was the older sister of Vic Moon, BHS '66 (1948-2007) and she wrote about his passing here. They have an older brother, Robert Moon, BHS '62, who lives in Hawaii.

Here is a short bio from her jewelry website followed by a photo found on Facebook. 

RIP Elizabeth... 

California native and Bay Area artist Elizabeth Lynn Moon lives her life to the fullest, for the good of all concerned; a credo that has enriched her life, along with the conviction that "If it is not exceptional, it is not acceptable". Creativity is a life-long expression for her, beginning at the tender age of five in church choir; the beginning of 17 years of harmonious choral expression and decades of creative expression. Convinced that youth remains tangible through sequential careers and creative exploration, Ms. Moon has had numerous successful careers in vocal, aural and visual arts. In recent years she has chosen jewelry as her media because she knows the joy of wearable art, and creates legacy treasures to be passed down through generations. 
"A bit of ancient history came my way today so I thought I'd share it. Have had the pleasure of getting back in touch with all these wonderful people in the past couple months. Good times then! Good times now. " )" Above photo posted by Elizabeth on Facebook January 14, 2012

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Warren Wyatt, BHS '64 (1946-2017)

 Warren Ray Wyatt
April 8, 1946 - August 2, 2017

The Obituary:
HAWLEY, TX - Warren Wyatt, 71, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Services are pending with Girdner Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas. 

Find A Grave Link: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/183166776/warren-ray-wyatt

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Anton "Tony" Venditto Jr., BHS '69 (1951-2016)

Anton Loring Venditto Jr. 
February 14, 1951 - June 8, 2016 

We sadly just learned today of the passing of Tony Venditto, BHS class of 1969, on June 8, 2016 in Modesto, California. 

Tony married Joanne M Borawski on July 27, 1974, in Los Angeles. 

A notice was published in the modesto Bee on June 12, 2016 and arrangements were handled by the Eaton Family Funeral Service.


RIP Tony  



ANTON "TONY" VENDITTO SR, age 77, died August 30, 2004, in Valencia. He was born January 3, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri and resided in Burbank for 51 years. Tony relocated to Valencia after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 3-1/2 years ago. He worked as a Production Control Director for Technibuilt Corporation for 34 years. 

Tony is survived by his children, Tony Venditto Jr. and Teri Venditto Sullivan; brother, Louis Venditto; three grandchildren and fifteen nieces and nephews. His wife, Becky preceded him in death. 

His family writes, "Our father was a WWII Veteran and loved his family and country. His sense of humor and smile were contagious to everyone around him. He was a sprint car race enthusiast and built multiple award winning 'kit cars'. He will be greatly missed by all of us and everyone who knew him". 

Visitation and Services will be held at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, on Thursday, September 2, 2004, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the Funeral will be held on Friday, September 3, 2004, 1:00 p.m. He will be buried next to his wife at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The E.R. took such great care of Dad, we request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation to benefit the Emergency Department Expansion, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. Directors 818-361-7387 To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. 

Published in Los Angeles Daily News from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2004. 

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