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

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