Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Joseph H. Lazara, BHS '63 Passed Away

We are very sorry report the recent passing of Joe Lazara BHS '63. We do not have details, except that we believe his passing was related to heart issues.

Joe was a retired attorney and still remained in close touch with many of his Burbank High School Friends.

May God Bless Him, his Children and Family.

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

Mr. Lazara was born in Rochester, NY to his parents, Samuel and Josephine Lazara. He graduated from the San Fernando Valley State College and went on to law school at Southern Methodist University.

He is survived by his children Wes, Alex, and Spencer, and his dear friend and companion Judy Robertson.

Mr. Lazara was instrumental in the inception of the Glendale Youth Orchestra. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to the GYO.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 6, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Richard Aleman, BHS '83, Passed Away October 17, 2016

"It is with great sadness to share that Richard Aleman passed away on October 17, 2016. Richard put up a good fight until the end and his sense of humor was on key always. One liners off the cuff and so funny during a difficult time. He had an amazing positive outlook and it was inspiring to encounter. He enjoyed getting phone calls, video chats and text messages from all of his friends. He spoke of so many who kept in touch with him and he was so touched by people taking the time to come and see him before he left and staying in touch. Please keep his family in your prayers at this time. He will be truly missed by many."

"Richard's family will be hosting a remembrance service for Richard on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00pm at Victory Tabernacle, 1614 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank, Ca. 91504. Please RSVP to Marianne Brunner, Richard's sister."

Posted on Facebook by Tracy Humble

Richard's Facebook wall

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Robert William Zwissler, BHS '66 (1948-2016)

Robert William Zwissler

Robert William Zwissler, 67, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., passed away January 24, 2016 following a 4 year battle with lung cancer. Bob was born May 15, 1948 to Robert V. Zwissler and Marguerite Bender Zwissler in Burbank, Calif. He is survived by his son, John Zwissler and his wife, Julie of Hawthorne, Calif., his sister, Janet Mathis Anderson and her husband, Roger, nephew Jeff Barbachano and his wife Agata, and many cousins.

Bob graduated from Burbank High School in 1966, and in 1970 graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration. He experienced professional success as sales manager for Carnation Company, then National Sales Manager for Grandma's Cookies in Portland, Ore. When Frito Lay bought Grandma's Cookies, he moved to Dallas and then decided to "go west". He helped build his parents' real estate company, Rancho Mirage Realty, into a thriving business. Following their retirement, he renamed the company, Continental Properties. He loved his Harley and his Alaska buddies. He was predeceased by his parents, and his dog, Beau.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the care provided by the hospice staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society of the Desert, Orphan Pet Oasis, P.O. Box 58078, North Palm Springs, CA 92258.


Published in The Desert Sun from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Margaret (Marge) Rundle Hightree, BHS '64 (1946-2016)

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Sadly, we report that Marge Rundle Hightree, Burbank High Class of 1964, passed away on Saturday, October 15 after a 20 year battle with cancer. She fought hard and never complained. She was a beautiful person and a very "Brave Little Bulldog".

God Bless you, Margie.

Tammy Stepanow Klinger BHS '64, Pam Zipfel Kirkwood BHS '64 and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Margaret Elizabeth Hightree

Margaret Elizabeth (Rundle) Hightree, went to be with her Lord, on October 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born to William Weston Rundle and Bethel Virginia (Thomas) Rundle March 19, 1946 in Glendale, California, Margaret was a graduate of Burbank High School and Valley College in Los Angeles. She worked for many years in accounts payable and receiving at KFOR as well as channel 43 in the same capacity.

Margaret enjoyed Red hat ladies, cooking and crafts and was volunteer for SW Hospice. Her greatest joy and passion was spending time with her husband of 43 years, Lyle (Bud) Hightree along with son, Allen White and family.

She is survived by her mom, Virginia Rundle; husband, Lyle (Bud) Hightree; son, Allen White and wife, Michele; 4 granddaughters, Danielle, Kaela, Shauna, and Arielle White; sister, Bonnie (Rundle) Arnold and husband, Denny; 1 niece; 2 nephews; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her father, William Rundle; son, Mark Thomas White.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, October 24, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Moore, Moore, OK. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK.


Tammy Klinger
This is so hard, my best friend of over 60 years stopped fighting cancer. Everyday I dreaded the call I would get. Bud just called and told me this is the hardest call to make to me. It hurts! Marge, my buddy my friend forever passed Saturday. She was tough, fought it for 20 yrs and never talked about her pain. God has a very special Angel! Always love you Marge, in my heart forever

Pam Kirkwood
Aw, so sorry...She was a sweetie! I have known her since Jr. High at Luther Burbank. God Bless Her. Now she is pain free and healthy again. May God Bless Her.

Jolene Firgens
So very sorry Tammy. Condolences to her family and you.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
Rest In Peace. Prayers to you & her family for comfort.

Carole Wells
I am so sorry for her family's loss and yours. To have had a good friend all these years......what wonderful memories you must have. God bless you both.

Lois Gough Lopez
So so sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know how hard ths is!

Vicki Peters-Stigile
I'm also from BHS , year 1967! I am so sorry to hear of your loss! She sounds like a great friend and strong woman .

Cathy Coyle
So sorry to hear you lost your best friend Tami. Friends like that are Golden. God Bless you & her family.

Sherry Copp
I am deeply sorry. I know this pain. I'm crying with you now, and I often wonder how many years it will take. It's been almost eight. But that's real friendship. You miss them forever. God bless your friend, and God bless all of you through this, buddy. We love you. xoxo

Chuck Blais
I didn't know Marge but from the remarks I have read it seems like a very special person! I am sorry for you Tammy and all who love her. May God bless all of you who are mourning but also remember when someone gets called home it is not a permanent ...See More

Claudia Hoffman
OMG! I never knew! What a complete shock and surprise. Of course I knew Marge and the friendship you two had for so many years. I'm beside myself, just sitting here reading and shaking my head. I knew she had a nickname, but I won't mention it her...See More

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
So sorry for your loss and all her family and friends! May she rest in peace.

Mary Lou Struck Shelton
So so sorry to hear this😞

Pat Bushman
So sorry for your loss. My condolences to her family and friends.

Jaydean Gordon Dyer
I am so sorry to hear this, Tammy. I know how much you will miss her. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Condolences and God's Blessings to her family.

John Kellaris
Tammy, I'm so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Carol Forrand Tallakson
Prayers for comfort for Marge's family... RIP

Tammy Klinger
Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.....this one really hurts!

Claudia Hoffman
I feel for your loss Tammy. I know the feeling and makes me think of my own mortality and how to really live life. One never knows. Love and hugs!

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks
Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.

Claudia Hoffman
So sad, just heart breaking, knew her well in school. RIP and condolences to her family.

Casey Clum:

Christie Diaz
So sorry to hear did not know her class of 1981 praying.rip.

Heidi Terrio
Oh, that is so sad! My Marge Rest In Peace!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Karen Vereuck, BHS '74, Passed Away Today

Heartbreaking news for the Class of '74... Karen Vereuck passed away this morning from cancer. She was living in Indio, California.

Friend Robbin Moore wrote, "She is at peace now and no longer in pain. Besides this, she is with her mother, father and two brothers up in heaven. Send lots of prayers her way."

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Taire Pena
R.I.P. Karen

Carol Forrand Tallakson
So sorry to see this, my prayers of comfort go out to her familyπŸ’•RIP Karen

Vicki Herrin Fields

Sherrie King
Good night, sweet angel.😘

Pat Bushman
My condolences to her family and friends.

Dana Ardizzone O'Neal
I really liked Karen, she was a very sweet person. My heart goes out to her family, they are in my prayers!

Ralph Rodriguez
Ohhh Karen your pain is over, rest in peace until we all meet again

Christie Diaz
So sorry to here did not know her. Praying for the family class of 1981.

Cindy Barcus Aylward
Beautiful post . . . this girl is loved . . . always!!!

Yolee Rodes
Oh i am deeply sorry

Dianne Postal-Simmons
So so sorry .. prayers ..

Dianne Postal-Simmons
This week has been so sad .. so many people we know are dying .. prays to all .. there's a lot of angels out there !

Tammy Klinger
We have lost tooooo many this month, I'm beginning to not like October! Prayers for the family! Always saddened by another one of our Bulldogs gone....

Kathy Begley
Such sad day. RIP Karen, you were well loved and will be sorely missed.

Bruce Smentek
So sorry to hear this. R.I.P. Karen

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
Rest in peace. Very sorry for your loss.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Starr Johnson, BHS '64, Passed Away Today

Starr Johnson
September 6, 1945 - October 11, 2016

We just received word from Starr's son, Doug, to David Colvin that she passed away today.

David wrote, "Her son text me of her passing, said that they were just chatting, he popped out to work out and came back with pizza and found her. She'd had some stomach issues and had gone to the Hospital and was home recovering. We'd been texting about this, didn't seem that bad from her."

We are so sorry to loose such a sweetheart. May the Lord comfort the family during this difficult time.

A FEW FACEBOOK COMMENTS... Starr was loved by many
Sherry Copp‎
I am so sad. God bless you forever, buddy. I'm gonna miss our chats. Thank you for your love and support. Shine bright, Starr! I love you. XOXOXO

Artie Bernt‎
Awwww Starr....what a beautiful person. You have the soul of an angel, and now you are one. I'll meet you for real up there one day. Rest In Peace, my friend. ✌️️

Frances Lyons
So happy I got to know you Starr. You are your name way up in the sky. RIP.

Robert Mendoza‎
I can't believe you are gone.......I am torn to pieces. I will see you soon, my friend......

Carol Baker
I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

Peggy Melton Cyphers
So sorry. My heart goes out to her family and friends
RIP Starr

Bob Bauman
Rest in peace, Miss Starr. We will miss you, Classmate. πŸ˜₯

Laurie Gallo
So sorry!! πŸ™πŸ˜“❤

Betty Worland
I am heartbroken. She was a dear friend to me! I have no words!!

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace, Starr.

Pat Bushman
My condolences to her family and friends.

Carole Wells
I am saddened to hear this but know she has entered into everlasting life.

Linda Silvas
Oh no

Dana Ardizzone O'Neal
Oh no. I'm so sorry. She was a sweet FB friend. Prayers for her family.

Adele Bassett

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks
So saddened by this news. She was one of my FB friends and I will miss her. So sorry for her family and other friends. Thoughts and prayers...

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry for you loss.

Dorothy Aasen-Delg
Starr Johnson, I can't believe this news you can't be gone. My friend since grade school. I will miss your sweet smile and cute F B posts.

Dianne Postal-Simmons
Oh my just talked with her and was getting together

Claudia Hoffman
WHAT! Can't be so! I knew she was ill, but from FB posts, she was recoving. What happened? Someone, anyone!

Carol Forrand Tallakson

Pam Kirkwood
So very sad...What a SWEETIE Starr was...She loved everybody! I think I first knew Starr in 7th grade at Luther Burbank Jr. High...Always sweet and caring...We knew she had health issues, but never thought they were life-threatening...GOD BLESS, Starr Johnson

Sherrie King
My Condolences to her family and friends. RIP

Jeri Sosinski
We went to Mingay and Luther Burbank together. Sweet girl, RIP Starr!!

Dorothy Aasen-Delg
I went from 1st. all the way thru Burbank High. Such a shock.

Bev Peters
RIP. Condolences to her family.

Pamela Spang
So sad to hear 😒

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
So sad to hear another BHS classmate to so many is gone. My condolences to all her family and friends. RIP Starr.

Susan Montgomery Moran
Dear Starr, you were my friend for so many years. My heart hurts without you. All my love and sympathy to her family. I will miss you.

Gary Wilkerson
Gary Wilkerson
❤broken!😒 Really shocked. We would communicate on FB quite often. Really sad. 😒

Donna Gartrell Jones
This is very sad news. RIP Starr. <3 br="">
Jim Grasse
OH No! So sad to hear this news!

Frances Lyons
I saw a post earlier that had me concerned. Been waiting for news. OMG I know she wasn't feeling well. So very sad.

Georgeen Bybee Maclaughlin
I never met Starr but feel I knew her thru FB. I am so sad but there is no doubt she will now soar as an angel. My condolences to her family.❤

Mary Boriso Jordan
Can't believe it! We've known each other since High School...I know she wasn't feeling well a while a go, but then she posted she was feeling much better....She was so warm, loving and caring...will miss her posts and friendship...God bless you Starr....shining in the heavens

Darlene Culotta
Oh my gosh ! What a shock !!!!! So sorry to hear this. Wish I could've said good bye to her... This just ruined my whole evening. I'm just grateful that she was a Christian. She is with the Lord now in peace...

Tammy Klinger
Omg! Just talked with her about a week ago..... So sad!

Joey Solo
She was so nice with me, God bless Her . I will love Her always ,Rest in Peace and Love my friend Starr ...

Donna Gartrell Jones
Very sad news. RIP Starr. <3 br="">
Dona Foy Porcaro Bruckner
So surprised, RIP😘

Cindy Collard
OMGosh! so sad to hear this, loving thoughts & prayers to family & friend. Rest in God's arms our dear Starr

Chuck Blais
I will miss you only for a little while Starr! Your were a dear friend and fellow classmate and I loved reading your posts! You are now in Heaven where I want to be when God calls me home! So it is not goodbye in the sense that I will never see you again! No it is only a temporary separation and one day when my turn comes for God to call me home we will continue our friendship! I can only imagine what you are seeing now! It must be glorious!!!! Meeting with God and Jesus and your love ones! Meanwhile I will pray for your family that are mourning the time they will be separated from you! I bet when members of your immediate family are called home you will be there to meet them and all your friends when our time comes! So good friend I will remember you while I am still on earth but will wait with anticipation being reunited with you sometime in the future. God Bless You Starr!!!!!!!

Carol Nicholls Lebrecht
My condolences to Starr's family on her passing. I did not know her; but I could tell from her posts on Facebook that she was a nice and caring person.

Jolene Firgens
RIP Starr. Sad news indeed!

Robbin Moore

Linda Everett
I am so sorry to hear this.......My prayers go out to her family and friends.

Jetta Stire-carrega

James McGillis
Starr and I were Facebook friends. I shall miss her and miss her posts.

Lorraine Zensen
Starr and I were good friends through high school in Burbank. That's more than 50 years! I deeply miss her but as Chuck Blais says this is a temporary separation and I know when it's my turn to cross over into Glory Land Starr will be there to greet and hug me! Love you much Starr but I know you are no longer in pain and you are in perfect health. 😘❤

Christine Smith Carroll
So sad, RIP.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Robert Alan Irey, BHS '64 (1946-2016)

Sadly, we have lost another Classmate from BHS '64. Robert "Alan" Irey passed away after a lengthy illness. Below is the obituary...

Robert Alan Irey was born on July 7, 1946 and passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Robert was a resident of Lake Havasu City, Arizona at the time of his passing.

Robert attended Burbank High School and then continued on with his schooling when he entered college and earned his Doctorate degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

He was married to Beryl.

A memorial service will be held at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake Havasu Humane Society or the Make A Wish Foundation.RR

On a personal note, Jon and I would like to extend our sympathies to Alan's wife Beryl and their children. Alan was a great guy with a wonderful attitude and sense of humor. He will be missed by so many.

Submitted by Pam Zipfel Kirkwood and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ralph Swagler, BHS '69, Passed Away Aug 30, 2016

Ralph Swagler, BHS ‘69, passed away due to heart problems on August 30, 2016 in Thailand, where he had lived the last few years. He had had heart surgery in Thailand about ten years ago. His first wife, Mary Pilkinton Swagler, lives in Minden, Nevada. They have a son and a daughter who survive Ralph.

Alan Landros
October 4, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Phil Young, BHS '66, Passed Away in August 2016

We are sad to learn that yesterday, at the Sr Bulldog luncheon, the death of Phil Young, Class of '66, was announced by his mother. She said he died August 13, 2016.

According to Phil's wife, Terry, he had been courageously battling cancer for a year.

Phil’s mother is Marsha Willis Young BHS S’41 and his father who passed away a few years ago was Jim Young BHS W’42.

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

Celebrating Phil’s Youth
-Faithful member of First Christian Church of Burbank and Youth leader
-Active member of the Boy Scouts of America
-Burbank High School football team and yearbook photographer

Celebrating Phil’s Love of his Country
-Served in the US Navy, 2 years active duty
-Always removed his hat and placed his hand over his heart for the National Anthem

Celebrating Phil’s Education
-Applied to and his photography portfolio accepted by the prestigious Art Center College of Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Phil always said this was one of his most prized accomplishments. And he was forever grateful to his Pop, Jim Young for “tearing up” the loan that he owed his parents for his education.

Celebrating Phil’s Career
-Phil Young Photography
-Photographer General Dynamics
-Photographer Rockwell International/Boeing Corporation
-Homeowners Association Property Management
-Director of Marketing, Property Management

Celebrating Phil’s Many Talents
-Photographer, artist, stain glass designs, landscaping, architectural design

Celebrating Phil’s Love of Cars
-Model B Ford, Terry’s 67 Camaro, Plymouth Belvedere, Fiat Spider, 944 Porsche, BMW 328I, BMW 540I and his baby, the Beast….2010 Dodge Challenger SRT

Celebrating Phil’s Love of Books
-Phil was an avid reader and enjoyed sitting in his favorite chair with his feet up reading the newest books. Phil has quite a collection.

Celebrating Phil’s Love of Music
-Phil loved his I-Pod and his playlist is huge. All the background music you are listening to tonight is from his I-Pod.
-Think about 4:00pm on Friday afternoons at Villageway and Total Property Management with the music blaring from Phil’s office.

Celebrating Phil’s Love of Our Home
-Phil loved our little starter home in Irvine back in 1977. He loved designing our re-model in 2001 giving us a beautiful new family room and home office. And his crowning glory was his design of our 2013-2014 second story adition with a new Master suite and home office.
-Phil’s landscape skills are quite visible in the front, side and backyards of our home.

Celebrating Phil’s Love of Family
-Phil’s mother Marcia, sister Diane, his niece Debbie, his Uncle Bud are all here tonight. Phil’s Pop, Jim Young is here with us in spirit.
-Phil’s mother-in-law Betty, his Aunt Ruthie, his nephew and niece Tim and Sandy, his 2 great nephews Justin and Jeremy and his nephew Chris are here tonight. Phil’s father-in-law Bob and his brother-in law Rob are both here with us in spirit.
-Phil’s love and pride for his daughter Emily were endless. And when Dan came into Emily’s life, he was so happy for the two of them. If you remember Phil’s toast to Dan at their wedding, that said it all.
-Papa’s love for his 2 grandsons Jack Robert James Cromer and Tyler Lee Cromer was the most wonderful feeling he had every experienced. He was so proud to be a grandpa.
-Phil’s love for Terry was 46 years of a wonderful life together. Best friends, partners in all decisions, raising Emily, working in the yard together and relaxing in the yard, working together to make both of our careers successful, camping and RV trips in the good old days, Angels baseball, date nights, enjoying being grandparents, and lots of golf and wonderful relaxing trips together.

Phil’s Love of Golf
-Phil loved the game of Golf. He started out 18 years ago having never swung a club, And he had been shooting in the mid to low 80’s here at Oak Creek. He loved playing in tournaments, we loved our golf trips and playing together, he loved playing weekly here with his great friends and that is why we are all here tonight at this beautiful place, Celebrating Phil Young at Oak Creek.

Thank you to all of you that are here sharing this celebration tonight.

With Love,

Emily and Terry


Robbin Moore

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Pat Bushman
My condolences to the family.

Robert Fabrizio
RIP Buddy.

Steve Gullion
Sad ... Phil as a really nice guy

Pam Kirkwood
Phil's Mom and Dad have been friends of ours for a few years now. I remember Phil in High School. He was friendly, nice and had a great sense of humor. He has taken good care of his Mom, since his Dad passed away. He also took great care of the rest of his family. I know his Mom has been so worried about him since he became ill and it broke her heart to lose him. Thankfully, he is no longer suffering. God Bless Phil and his entire family...

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
God bless & may he rest in peace.

Guy Gingell
Nice guy. RIP

Bruce Keswick
Life seems too brief. Phil was nice a great guy

Donald Matthews
RIP, Sir.

Jerry McWilliams
So sorry to hear this news. I'll always remember in Jr High going over to Phil Young's house and we'd have his grandpa take us to the library in his immaculate '54 Caddy. He used to polish that thing 'till the paint almost came off! Great memories!

Peggy Melton Cyphers
I remember Phil as being really nice and very friendly. RIP.

Jennifer Dale Schatz
You see people saying he was a really nice guy...well...HE REALLY WAS!!! Rest in peace, Phil.

Keith (Klyn) Hall
I knew Phil at both John Muir and Burbank High School. The world's without one of its best people.

Tammy Klinger
Again.... too many, saddened! Prayers for his family!

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
RIP Phil and say hi to my brother in law Jim Bennett from Tom and I ❤️

Roxanne Leko Lewis
Went to prom with Phil. He was a nice guy and will be missed.

Sandi Tillotson-Clum
Oh no. Hits home hard when it's one of ours and someone you really knew

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dianne Richards McCafferty, BHS '54 (1947-2016)

Dianne passed away August 7, 2016. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

RIP Dianne...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Larry Beard, BHS '66 (1947-1994)

Larry Beard
October 16, 1947 - August 9, 1994

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Christine M Bencheck, BHS '66 (1947-2005)

Christine M Bencheck
December 4, 1947 - June 15, 2005

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Ronald Eugene Holden, BHS '66 (1947-2011)

July 18, 1947 - July 21, 2011

While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Ronald Eugene Holden Sr. he had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought his help. Ronald was a forward-looking man whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone he met. He could be quiet and reserved, but his style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Ronald was a master at using imagery when he explained his ideas and concepts. He seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around him. His sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made him a wonderful friend for all who knew him.

From the time he was born on July 18, 1947, Ronald showed a deep concern for others. He was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Ronald came into this world at Kern General Hospital in Bakersfield, California. His parents were Angamae and Marshall Eugene Holden. Ronald was raised in Del Ano, California and Burbank, California.

Because fellowship was so important to him, Ronald promoted harmony with his siblings. He was raised with One sister and one brother. He had a sister Shelia and a brother Jr. Ronald was something of the family diplomat. He helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

As a young boy, Ronald interacted well with other children. He was helpful. He was an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Ronald had a number of interests in his youth. He was an active child. Ronald took part in baseball. He was a Boy Scouts and was on the Legislative Community of student body council. In his spare time he liked collected baseball cards and trains.

A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Ronald was considered by many to be a high achiever. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1966. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Wood shop and Auto shop. Student Council.

Ronald's talents in writing proved to be an asset for him during his college years. He excelled in classes, even in some subjects that didn't particularly interest him. Ronald became known to his peers as a seeker of wisdom who appreciated all types of courses, especially those in Liberal Arts which allowed him to build on his remarkable retention of general knowledge. He earned his 1 year masters college 0 degree. His favorite courses were Bible Theocracy.

Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Ronald was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer his group of friends. He was generally friendly to all who knew him, yet to some he seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Ronald, they recognized that he could be full of surprises. Ronald enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. He would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of his ability to read people, he had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, some of his best friends were David Thomas. Later in life, he became friends with Dave and Ruth Thomas.

Ronald was romantic, even poetic at times. He was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show his emotions without going overboard about it.

All who knew him would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Ronald was able to bond with his children. While he could be a firm disciplinarian, he could also fill the role of being a collaborator with his kids. Ronald was always a mentor who helped his family reach its full potential. Ronald was blessed with Three children, Warren oldest son, Daniel middle son and Ron Jr last son. They were also blessed with three grandchild Logan, Savanna and Austin

Ronald projected a subtle but positive influence in his workplace. He was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and he worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While his colleagues did not view him as a high-spirited type, Ronald was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for his ideas. Ronald could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn't one to seek out personal recognitions. He possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. He was an innovator who worked well independently, and he enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. His primary occupation was General Electric Fabricator/overnight stock person at Walmart. He was employed for 27 years at GE and 13 years at Walmart.

As an imaginative and inventive person, Ronald was comfortable showing his creative spirit. He enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Ronald took on a new project, he saw it through to its completion. His favorite pursuits were cars, woodwork and collecting old coins. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Ronald was one who put forth his best effort in every aspect of his life, and that carried over to his participation in sports as well. His sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from his teammates. In high school, Ronald played baseball,. Ronald was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, football, golf and basketball.

Ronald's attitude of working to make every day better was a way of life for him. It was a philosophy that he carried into his community activities and service. Serving on committees for the Senior Circle/Spirit life prime timers.

Ronald was a man with clear convictions and high principles, and his faith was important to him. He was an inspiration to many people who recognized his sense of commitment and esteem for others. He was a member Spirit Life Foursquare for 11 years.

Ronald possessed strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced his travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacations included San Antonio and Grand Canyon.

Ronald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Ronald's favorites was Cocoa-Dog. They were best friends for 12 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Lady, Skeeter his bird and Tiger/Tigger his cats.

As someone who treasured harmony and quiet, Ronald accepted retirement and made the most of it. That day finally came in 1997 from General Electric, and Ronald was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Bullhead City, Arizona. In retirement, he found new pleasure in tending his yard/lemon trees and yard working.

Ronald passed away on July 21, 2011 at Bullhead City, Arizona at home. Quick battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, Sons Warren, Daniel,and Jr., daughter in laws Karen, Michelle and Fabrianne. Services were held at Spirit Life Foursquare. Ronald was laid to rest in cremated and laid to rest at home on the entertainment stand.

Though he could be a private person at times, Ronald was always able and willing to give of himself. He was so in tune with others that he often seemed able to read their minds. Ronald carried with him an almost mystical sense of life. He was a person who was highly original in his thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of his life. A poetic, intuitive "teacher", Ronald Eugene Holden Sr. shared himself freely and family and friends will remember Ronald for the strength of his convictions.s Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City, AZ.
Ronald Eugene Holden, Sr.


Larry Dale Bressie, BHS '66 (1948-2011)

Larry Dale Bressie
September 18, 1948 - November 17, 2011 (63 years old)
San Pedro, California

"Larry was born in Putnam County, Mo. and his parents moved to LA, California when he was very young. I used to go visit them when I was out there in the military in 1959 to 1961 and he was just a young boy at that time."
Harold Myers, Larry's cousin from Missouri

Larry's parents were Earl Robert Bressie (1923–1995) and Doris Jean Bressie (1929–2018).

RIP Larry.

Find A Grave link:

Monday, August 29, 2016

Jim Bennett, BHS '66, Passed Away June 7, 2010

Jim Bennett '66, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2010. Our deepest sympathies go out to his Mother, Brother Tom Bennett '68, and Sister-in-law Annette Dinolfo Bennett '68, his nieces and nephews and many many friends.


Jim played football & these this pics are from the 1966 Ceralbus yearbook

Here are some recent photos...

From the 2008 JBHS/BHS Alumni Picnic
L-R: Gil Uribe, Jim Bennett, Steve Billos, Pete Beauregard, Dave Marshall (photo: Madelaine Zelenay Whiteman) source

L-R: Tom Bennett '68; Jim Knight '66; Jim Bennett '66; Ron Franzen '66; Steve Lopez '66; Dave Marshall '65; Al Thouette '67; Gil Uribe '66 and Steve Billos '67 (photo: John & Cathy Nicholls Coyle) source

And from 2007, Class of '66 Football Players
L-R: Steve Gullion, Ray Yokum, Mel Barnes, Jim Bennett, Gil Uribe, Joseph Baldino. (front) Jim Davis & Ron Franzen - all class '66 source

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Michael Sean Mattor, BHS '81 (1963-1993)

Michael Sean Mattor was born September 5, 1963 in Syosset, New York.

His parents were William Lawrence Mattor (1924-1974) and  Mildred Margaret Orr (1927-1983).

Sadly Michael died at the young age of 30 on May 27, 1993, in San Francisco, California.

His classmates miss him and here are a few Facebook Comments...

Bonnie Galloway wrote:
This is just how I remember him. He is truly missed. I LOVED Michael Mator like a brother. Was so very sad to hear of this back then.

Donna Cress wrote:
Oh Mike was such a character, so much fun. I'm so sorry to hear of his death.

Dari Cox wrote:
I adored Mike Mattor. He and I were such good friend back in High School. RIP, Mike. You were an awesome friend at BHS in theatre and tech theatre! I have such good memories of times with you?

Kim Correia Dettman wrote:
He was so talented!

Tony Murray wrote:
Great guy.. Lorna Till Maxwell wrote: I remember seeing him on stage, I believe. What happened to him?

Teri Wilkins Dunnet wrote:
Mike was so fun!! Never knew what he was going to do next!

Mark Enz wrote:
He was a good guy, we had some classes together and yes he had a larger than life character.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace, Michael.

Deborah Boyd
So young, RIP

Michele Middleton
What a smile...what a joy..what a good loyal friend...I was honored to share time with him in San Francisco before his move to Tabiet....he was so loved

Monday, August 8, 2016

Maryann Giessinger Smith, BHS '59 (1941-2016)

We send our heartfelt condolences to Maryann's family...

Maryann Giessinger Smith
DOB May 8, 1941
DOD August 7, 2016
Graduation from BHS 1959
Survived by her son: Shawn Padovich
Cause of death Bone cancer

Maryann Giessinger Smith passed away August 7, 2016 after a very long battle with cancer. She always had a very positive outlook on everything, including her illness. In recent months she realized her time was limited, and told her family that she knew she has had a wonderful life, and that she was ready to go when her time came. I’m pretty certain she was BHS ‘59. Maryann was 75. She was born in May of 1941. Maryann had lived for many years in Morongo Valley in the Palm Desert area. Her siblings are Don Giessinger, BHS ‘61, Sherri Giessinger Coleman, BHS ‘67, and Valerie Giessinger Scott, BHS ‘71. Maryann passed away at the home of her brother, Don, and his wife, Janey (also BHS ‘61), in Atascadero. Their 93 year old mother, Jeannie Giessinger Cascio, is still living on her own in Santa Clarita. Maryann leaves a son, Shawn Padovich, and his four children, along with all the rest of her very large family who mourn her now.

Alan Landros

Maryann, far left, with her family
Valerie wrote on Facebook: "RIP my sweet big sis. You were a total inspiration to our family. Our hearts are broken. We will miss your great laugh and big heart❤️ "

This will be read at Maryann's funeral this weekend. Her sister wrote,
"This weekend there is a celebration of life for Maryann and Janey (my sister in law, also a BHS grad) wrote this along with a poem Maryann wanted read at her funeral. This she wanted way before she got sick. I will send in another email. Could you post on BHS Memorial page if you would be so kind.
Best Regards,

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Norma Beckett Johnson, BHS '45 (1927-2016)

Norma Jeanee Beckett Johnson

Ventura, CA

Norma was born on January 12, 1927 to Orville Beckett and Marjorie Smithson Beckett in Hollywood, CA. She passed peacefully at home on July 24, 2016. During her long life she was a brilliant student, a beloved teacher, a dedicated friend, and most of all, a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

Norma met the love of her life, Bob Johnson, in 7th grade at John Burroughs Junior High School in Burbank. They graduated from Burbank High School in 1945, married in 1948, and enjoyed a loving and close union of over 68 years.

Norma and Bob both graduated from Occidental College in 1951; Norma began her teaching career at Culver City Junior High School shortly thereafter. She left teaching after four years to raise her two daughters, Valerie and Vickie, and returned to the classroom in 1971 at Jordan Junior High School in Burbank, where she covered such diverse subjects as English, math, and drama, always inspiring her students and forming lifelong friendships with her colleagues. Following retirement and a move to Dana Point in 1983, Norma and Bob both taught for several years at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano.

Norma was an extraordinary mother, and both girls fondly remember a childhood filled with love and laughter. She was involved in PTA and Ponytail softball, as well as being an amazing cook, seamstress, bridge player, Brownie leader, and loyal friend to all who knew her.

Upon the birth of their two grandsons, Norma and Bob relocated to Ventura, and Norma lavished her love on both boys as they grew up. Whether it was celebrating birthdays, cheering them on at countless sporting events, or cuddling up and reading a book together, she adored being their Nana.

Norma is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Valerie Johnson and Victoria Costigan; son-in-law Carl Costigan; and beloved grandsons Robert and Will Costigan. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, August 8th at 11:00 am at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road in Ventura.

Norma's family would like to extend special thanks to Livingston Memorial Hospice Care for their loving treatment of Norma in her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LMVNA, or to a charity of your choice .

Published in Ventura County Star from July 31 to Aug. 4, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Glenn William Bagley, BHS '66 (1948-2016)

We’re sad to report a Notice of Probate was posted on March 21, 2016, in the Burbank Independent, regarding the death of Glenn William Bagley who was born October 3, 1948.

If you would like to share a memory of Glenn in high school or anything about his adult life, a photo, etc we would love to hear from you and post it.

Glen also had a sister, Janell Patrice Bagley, from the BHS 1971 class.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Terry Cooper, BHS '66 & Linda Maxam, BHS '68, Both Passed in 2015

Today we received the following sad news from BHS ’66 classmates, Jim Naugle & Paul Kane:

Terry Cooper passed away on May 6, 2015. The cause of death is unknown. He was born September 17, 1947 and was retired from being a machinist at Lockheed for 27 years.

His first wife was Linda Maxam, BHS ’68 (sister of Larry Maxam, BHS ’66) and they had one daughter. Linda passed away on September 13, 2015. Terry also had a son from a second marriage.

Please keep the families in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Leon Keddington, BHS '66 (1947-2015)

Leon Keddington
Dec 21, 1947 - Nov 3, 2015

Leon Keddington retired from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2000 and moved to Payson, Arizona, with his wife of 28 years, Elizabeth.

It was while on a cruise to Corzumel, Mexico, that Leon died of a heart attack. His wife told Linda Mazur that he had COPD and regretted that he started smoking.

Leon is also survived by three children.

Here is an article about Leon in the local Payson newspaper from 2014:

People | Leon Keddington

Volunteer, A University Campus in PaysonLeon Keddington is retired from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power after a successful 30 plus year career.

Most of Mr. Keddington’s career was spent in the power operations side of the business, culminating with his position as the head of the Transmission Division. In this capacity, Mr. Keddington was responsible for all aspects of the high voltage power grid, including more than three hundred employees and an annual budget of several hundred million dollars.

Mr. Keddington currently serves as president of the Chaparral Pines Homeowners Association.

Highlights of Mr. Keddington’s career include helping to position his department to be competitive in the electric deregulation market in California, both in power sales and transmission access issues.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Greg Hansen, BHS '66, Passed Oct 17, 2014

We received the following news from Bob Garnett:

Greg Hansen, my tennis partner, passed away October 17, 2014, just after retiring and moving to North Carolina.

He worked for many years at Gelson’s and was a Department Manager in their North Hollywood store.

Greg's brother, Mike, graduated from BHS in 1970.



Virginia Clausen Pokorny, BHS '65 (1947-2016)

Today we received sad news from Angela Franchino Pokorny, BHS '64, that her sister-in-law, Virginia (Ginny Lynn) Clausen, had passed away unexpectantly last week. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers....

Virginia "Ginny" Lynn Pokorny
August 28,1947 - June 21, 2016

Virginia "Ginny" Lynn Pokorny of Sonora went to be with our Lord June 21, 2016 surrounded by her family. Beloved daughter of the late Joe and Marjorie Clausen and brother Jerry. She was the loving wife of Tony Pokorny and mother of Weston and Jason, grandmother to Alexis, Daniella, Lukas, Tony and Kimberly. She is survived by brother Larry Clausen (June) of Fillmore California, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Burbank, California Ginny also graduated from Burbank High School. In May of 1966 she married Tony Pokorny and had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In 1979 the family moved to Oakland, California where she worked at several different companies in accounting and administrative support until retiring in 2003 and relocating to Sonora, California. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed camping, hiking and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed touring the United States and several foreign countries. Her favorite was a recent trip to Israel, Jordan and Turkey. She was so happy to visit the places where Jesus and the apostles preached the gospel.

Ginny had a beautiful smile, loving heart and gentle spirit. She loved life and was moved to volunteer at the Foothill Pregnancy Center in Sonora. The center supports young pregnant women and young mothers in need. She managed the "Mommy Store" and the clothing donations. Seeing the mothers and their babies in the store was a very rewarding and joyful time in her life. She loved the Lord, spending time praying and reading her bible daily. Ginny touched our hearts with her beautiful smile and calm presence. We will always love you and cherish the wonderful memories you left for us.

Memorials may be made in Ginny's name to the Foothill Pregnancy Center of Sonora, 427 N. Highway 49, Suite101, Sonora, CA 95370.

Celebration of Life Service
July 16, 2016
2:00 pm

Calvary Chapel Sonora
19889 Soulsbyville Road
Soulsbyville, CA 95372
Reception to follow


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Julie Hornbeck Feenstra, BHS '66 (1948-2016)

Julie Hornbeck Feenstra
March 30, 1948 - June 4, 2016

More sad news for the BHS Class 1966 - email from Nicki Hanson to Linda Schuster Mazur:

With heavy heart I am sharing with you that Julie Hornbeck (Feenstra) died the beginning of this month. She had just retired and lived in Mexico. She was very happy and did not suffer. So sad I was suppose to visit her next winter.

Julie had two sons, Kreigen and Kyler, and this is one of them.

She was a nurse, lived in Canada in Summer and Mexico in winter. Had just retired to live in Mexico. She had lots of friends. I believe she had a heart attack. She was found by a friend. She was always fun and very young at heart.
I will miss her

Take care,


Photos from Facebook

In high school, I always looked up to Julie as she was one of the cool surfer chicks.
RIP Julie

On BHS Memorial Page

Peggy Melton Cyphers
So sorry to hear of Julie's passing. We had many great times together at BHS. RIP

Pat Bushman
My condolences to her family.

Adele Bassett

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks
Thoughts and prayers for her loved one's.

Heidi Terrio

Barbara Zelenay Berry
RIP Julie...Thoughts and prayers always!!!

Jolene Gable Firgens
Not Julie! Sad indeed.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace, Julie.

Guy Gingell
I surfed with Julie many times at Venture County Line, Malibu and Huntington Beach. Always had a great time. She will live in my memory always.....

Donna Luce Neitman
RIP Julie!

Pam Kirkwood
So sorry to hear this. God Bless, Julie.

David Colvin
.... > wow had a lot of classes w / her RIP

Karen Vereuck
RIP Julie!! Prayers for comfort/peace for her family/friends!

Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
Oh no ! I'm really saddened to hear this.

Lupe Covarrubias
My condolences to her family

Ron Hagg/Taos Rag
very sad.

Julie Guttridge
Julie was the Only other Julie when we started Jr high, so we ended up doing things together & going surfing down at her parents house in San Clemente.. We are vounerable & realize that life is short.. We are loosing too many classmates ..

Linda Silvas
So sad

Brenda Rossie-soto
My condolences to family

Cathy Nicholls Coyle
So sad to hear this. I remember her in High School. She was the epitome of the perfect Surfer Girl. RIP Julie.

Valerie Giessinger Scott
Very pretty lady

Steve Bauer
Sorry to hear that😒 she was an awesome young lady and so much fun to be a round..

Jo Elaine Morton
RIP Julie Hornbeck. You were truly one of a kind 🌠

Kenneth Clark
I have all good memories of Julie. My deep condolences to her family and friends.

Steve Gullion
There was nobody like Julie ......The thought of her makes me smile ......

Jolene Caughey
I remember her well sorry to hear.

Janine Wood-Bokman
RIP Julie.

Mary Boriso Jordan
I remember her...so friendly....♥

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
This hit me hard! So very sad for a pretty girl☹️

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Darrel Toland, BHS '66 (1948-2016)

We are sad to report that Darrel Toland, 68, passed away June 1, 2016, while living in Sun City, Arizona.

He was born January 12, 1948, and grew up in Burbank, California. He attended Burbank High School and graduated in 1966. He is survived by many family members including his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of which will greatly miss him.

Darrel's celebration of life will be July 17, 2016, at 12:00 pm on Mt. Rainier at Copper Creek.

JUNE 29, 2016 UPDATE
A few comments from BHS Memorial Facebook page:

Julie Cheldenas Guttridge
Ohhhh how sad.. I went to Wasington elementary with him πŸ˜ͺ. Too many are leaving us !!

Kenneth Clark
Was in Indian Guides (YMCA) with him and our dads. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

John Peter Villasenor
I remember Darrel from Washington he was nice guy

Lupe Covarrubias
Condolences to his family

Adele Bassett

Patt Bushman
My condolences to his family!

Karen Vereuck
RIP - condolences to his family/friends.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace, Darrel.

Carol Forrand Tallakson

Brenda Rossie-soto
My condolences

Thursday, June 23, 2016

George Ernest Randell, Jr., BHS '70 (1951-2016)

We send our heartfelt condolences to George's family...

"George Ernest Randell, Jr. was born November 15, 1951 and passed away on June 19, 2016. George leaves his wife, Tricia, their three daughters and their families.

"George was retired from a long career with the studios. He and his family have lived in Simi Valley for many years, and his memorial gathering will be there this Saturday, June 25. George went through John Muir with many of us, along with graduating from BHS with us."

Alan Landros

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jinni Ellen Gaines Reinus, BHS '70 (1952-2016)

Sad notice from Alan Landros:
Passing of Jinni Ellen Gaines Reinus, our friend from Burbank High Class of 1970.

April 28, 1952 ~ June 20, 2016
Jinni passed away peacefully on Monday at home in Fieldbrook, CA with her loved ones with her after suffering so much and enduring so much over the last six years. Her husband of 45 years, Jeffrey Reinus, endured it all along with Jinni these past years. Jeffrey is also our BHS '70 classmate (he and I began in kindergarten together), and he and Jinni were high school sweethearts. Jinni's service will be this Thursday the 23rd at 10:00 A.M. in Eureka, CA.

Please be thinking of Jeffrey and his family during that special time for them. Besides Jeffrey, Jinni leaves their daughter Jessica, and her husband Justin, her two granddaughters Sadie and Orah, her brother David, and sister Terri. Jeff and Jinni's daughter, Jaimee, predeceased Jinni. Any memorial contributions may be made to "Hospice of Humboldt".

Jinni Ellen Reinus (April 28, 1952 - June 20, 2016) was 64 years old and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She is preceded in death by her parents, Irv and Renee Gaines of Burbank, Ca. and her daughter, Jaimee Reinus.

Jinni will be missed by her loving husband Jeffrey Reinus and her daughter, Jessica Reinus (Justin Clark) and her granddaughters, Sadie and Orah Clark, as well as her brother, David Gaines, her sister Terri Gaines and her beloved nieces and nephews. Jinni was loved by so many.

Services will be held in Eureka, Ca. on Thursday June 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Humboldt.