Friday, August 29, 2014

Jeannine Rowena White Johnston, BHS '72 (1953-2009)

Jeannine Rowena White Johnston
Dec 2, 1953 - Dec 2, 2009

On her 56th birthday, Jeannine, passed away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from H1N1 flu virus according to her brother, Steve White, BHS '73, who lives in Colorado.

All of Jeannine's family and friends miss her so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lorraine Marie Moore Piela, BHS '72 (1954-1974)

Lorraine Marie Moore Piela
April 5, 1954 - August 5, 1974

In school, Lorraine went by her middle name, Marie.

She is remembered as a very sweet and goodhearted girl.

Tragically, she was killed by a drunk driver while she and her husband were riding bikes in Mountain View, California.

Marie's husband's name was Jan Piela. They had been married about 6 weeks before the accident.

We send our deepest condolences and prayers to her family.

Thank you, Connie Wilmore Schweitzer, for providing the details.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Alan Glassman, BHS '64, Passed Away August 16. 2014

Please keep the Glassman family in your prayers...

We are very sad to report that our good friend and BHS Classmate, Alan Glassman '64, lost his 11 year battle fighting malignant brain tumors on Saturday, August 16th at about 3pm Dallas time. Alan fought valiantly while always maintaining his wonderful wit and humor...His dear wife Jenny, was always right there by his side.

Alan and Jenny lived in Dallas, Texas, where Alan practiced law for many years, until his illness caused him to retire.

Please keep Alan's wife Jenny, and their entire family in your prayers.

We will certainly miss this very "Brave Bulldog".

Pam Zipfel Kirkwood BHS '64 and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Jack Coyle, Retired Burbank Police Officer and Detective (1925-2014)

We are so very sorry to hear this and send our deepest condolences to the Coyle family...

Jack was not a BHS grad but served as a Burbank Police Officer/Detective for 26 years (1952 - 1977.) He is the father of Nancy Coyle Blackmer, BHS '62; John Coyle, BHS '65 and Peggy Coyle Walker BHS '70. Jack was also father-in-law to Cathy Nicholls Coyle BHS '67.

Funeral Services will be held for Jack Coyle on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Valley Funeral Home, 2121 W. Burbank Blvd.

Reception following at The Elks' Lodge on Hollywood Way.

1925 - 2014

John "Jack" Joseph Coyle passed away on August 11, 2014, in Carson City, Nevada. He was 89 years old. He was born in Alhambra, California to John J. Coyle and Mary A. Mulcahy. He graduated from Alhambra High School and attended both LA Valley College and Glendale College.

He entered the Navy at age 17 to defend our Country during World War II. During World War II he served as a Machinist Mate, Second Class. In 1943 he married Rosemary Whitney.
Jack became a Burbank Police Officer in 1952 and retired as a Detective in 1977. He was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Burbank Lodge and a Member of the Scottish Rite. In 1984 he served as a Worthy Patron for the Glendale Order of the Eastern Star.

Jack was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his three children: Nancy Blackmer; John Coyle (wife, Cathy) and Peggy Walker. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Toby Howland (Tarrie); Steven Blackmer (Marna); Clint Coyle (Trish); Trina Blackmer Burke (Mike); Travis Coyle (Melissa) and Christy Howland. He had twelve great grandchildren.

Jack was the ultimate story teller and had a contagious laugh. He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, devotion to family and caring heart. He had a special way of endearing himself to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Services will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Valley Funeral Home in Burbank at 2121 W. Burbank Blvd. A reception will follow at 1 pm at the Burbank Elks Lodge at: 2332 N. Hollywood Way.

Interment will be private on August 22, 2014, at Oakwood Cemetery.

April 1955, Jack in uniform

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where Are They Now? Rob Meade, BHS '66

Received this email last night from Jerry McWilliams...

Hi all you classmates,

Thought you might find this interesting. Does everyone remember Rob Meade(Robert W. Meade or little Bob) from the class of '66? This video was on tonight's news here in Spokane. It's about the record amount of fire retardant that's been dropped on northwest fires from the Forest Service fire base out in Moses Lake, about half way between Spokane and Seattle.

The news people interview Rob Meade as he's the base manager there and has been for a number of years. Hope everyone enjoys seeing Rob again after all these years.


Here's another article

Rob's Senior pic

Friday, August 8, 2014

BHS '75 Senior Photos Now Online!

Big Thank You to Deborah Lamas Miller for scanning the senior photos in her 1975 Ceralbus!

Here's the link

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cathy Lynn Carlson Laskowski, BHS '68 (1950-1988)

Tonight I connected via Facebook with Cathy's daughter, Annie, and thought it would be nice to honor her mother.

Cathy Lynn Carlson was born November 7, 1950 and grew up in Burbank. She graduated from Burbank High in 1968 and then worked for Pacific Bell telephone company. In 1969, she married Craig Laskowski and they had two children: Ryan born in 1977 and Annie in 1986.

One year later, on February 16, 1988, at the young age of 37, this beautiful wife and mother, died of lung cancer.

Cathy also had a brother, Lee Carlson, BHS '66, who sad to say, passed away about 1-1/2 years ago from a heart attack.

Always missed but never forgotten...

We added Cathy's photo to Find A Grave here;

And here is Cathy (back row center) in the high school sorority, Delta Shauns, 1966

Read more about Cathy on her class blog:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nancy Newbro Ryan, BHS '66 (1948-1984)

Nancy Elizabeth Newbro Ryan was born April 2, 1948 and she died at 35 years of age on February 1, 1984.

Nancy and I were in Z Club together in high school. She was so fun and very sweet person. I am sad we lost her so young.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vicki Bean Topliff, BHS '61, Passed Away August 3, 2014

Please keep Vickie's family in your thoughts and prayers...

Dearest BHS Friends,
I am saddened to let you know that our beloved BHS classmate, Vicki Bean Topliff, passed away peacefully this morning at about 8:00 AM Mountain time. She had ceased taking the TPN about 3weeks ago, and quit drinking water since Monday. She was comfortable, in no pain, and was either asleep or unconscious from Tuesday on, but her vital signs remained strong...until yesterday.

I feel quite sure that there's a huge Heavenly Welcoming Committee, and Vicki is already at work, planning mini-reunions with all her relatives and friends who have precede her in a journey to Heaven.

Be assured that she SO appreciated your e-mails, texts, cards, letters, good wishes, support, and love. I think they helped sustain her and gave her strength to remain with her family as long as she did.

A date for a Celebration of Vicki's Life is pending, but it may be next Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Orem, Utah. I will happily convey/forward any e-mail message(s) you might like to send to her daughter, Julie, who lives in Orem, and was, along with husband Ed, by Vicki's side every step of the way. She and her siblings have been incredibly brave and absolutely devoted to their mother. If you would prefer to write a card to Vicki's husband and/or her children, the address is:
Ed Topliff, 66 North 340 West, Orem, Utah 84057

My love to all of you...and lifelong gratitude, too, for your friendship.
Sally Parsons Varricchione


About Vicki Bean Topliff
Vicki Bean Topliff is the daughter of Willard and Rebecca Bean's second child, Alvin. From the time she was small she heard stories about "life on the farm" and longed to go there and experience it with her father.

It wasn't until 1972, when she was 29 years old, that she had the privilege of flying to Palmyra, New York, with her father and spending three days visiting his home town. She learned then that the Bean name would forever be remembered fondly in that community. The welcome mat was out and the doors were open wide for members of the Bean family.

In 1988 Vicki married Edward Robert Topliff who had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1987. Since Ed had been a member less than a year, they were unable to be sealed in the temple on their scheduled wedding date. In their eagerness to be married in a meaningful location, they requested permission to hold the ceremony in the Joseph Smith Home. Due to Vicki's heritage and the impact the Bean family had had on the town of Palmyra, permission was granted. Accompanied by Alvin and Dorothy Bean, Vicki and Ed were married in that sacred place on June 7, 1988. Missionary couples from surrounding Church Historical Sites gathered in the small living room that afternoon to witness the event. Walking across the street to the Sacred Grove after the ceremony, Alvin told stories about his life in Palmyra in the early 1900's. Not a dry eye was found in that group as spiritual experiences were shared.

Vicki has been privileged to return to Palmyra several times since that day in 1988. She and Ed went with a small group of family members in 1998 which included her father and his new wife, Hilda, as well as her sister Lori and her family. The year 2000 proved to be a banner year for trips to upstate New York. In April she and Lori, by invitation of the First Presidency, accompanied their father to the dedication of the Palmyra Temple. Vicki’s book was one of the items sealed up in the cornerstone of that temple.

A return trip was made just three months later with 28 family members. The purpose of this trip was to video Alvin in his home town and to get every piece of information out of his brain and onto film. Al was photographed in the Sacred Grove and on the Hill Cumorah, at the Peter Whitmer farm and the Martin Harris home, at the Smith Home and in the new Welcome Center. Approximately seven hours of video were taken, and the family feels content that no stories were left out and no memories forgotten. That video is currently being edited into a 60-minute documentary.

Not only does the family have the video to capture the details of the Bean’s 25-year mission on the Joseph Smith Farm, but Vicki is in the process of preparing a 2-volume work that is intended to include everything there is to know about Willard and Rebecca Bean. These books will not only detail their mission in New York, but will include journal and scrapbook excerpts on all of Willard’s missions, hundreds of photographs, and the complete text of the four books he wrote while living in Palmyra.

Vicki is the mother of seven children and grandmother of 15 -- with at least three more currently on the way. That number, of course, changes regularly. She and Ed live in Orem, Utah.