Sunday, December 29, 2019

Jon Olin, BHS '61, Passed Away December 27, 2019

Sad news...Received this email from Pam and Jon Kirkwood:
My Jon knew Jon Olin. My Jon goes to the Friday Morning Breakfast Group (The R.O.M.E.O.'s) at the Coral. But, this last Friday didn't attend. We got word yesterday that Jon had passed away Friday night. He was due to have a valve replacement operation on January 15th. We are very sad about Jon's passing. God Bless his family.
Pam and Jon

Jon Olin was with his family at the time of his heart attack. He was the brother of David Olin, BHS '67, who passed away in 1998 as well as Edwin Olin, BHS '60 who passed away in 2008.

Read more about David Olin

Read more about Edwin Olin

Recent photo of Jon, third from left

Bill Dunaway, Tony Magnante, Jon Olin, Rich, Brian Callahan, Mickey DePalo, Gary Oseransky, Jon Kirkwood, George Young, and Ron Grunden.

RIP Jon.


Clayton Jackson Hendricks
Remember him in BHSπŸ˜°πŸš‚

Cathy Rehfeld Schwalm
I remember him well.

Julie Guttridge
Always sad but when at the holidays, double hurt!

Susan PeΓ±a MacCaskey

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Lisa Satel Thessen
RIP Mr. Olin! You were a great swim coach! My deepest condolences to your loved ones.

Wendy King Bentley
Amen. He was a great swim coach!!! RIP Mr. Olin!

Heidi Davenport
Sorry for your loss

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

Pat Bushman
My prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

Patti Thuotte Froelich
Our sympathies to the family..

Wendy King Bentley
RIP Mr. Olin! Great swim coach whom I will always remember. I never realized Mr. Olin and my mom were in the same graduating class from BHS. I wonder if she knew. Passing this info on to her - Joyce Powers King, David Foster King

Renee King
Condolences for the family and their loss


Former Teacher of the Year, Jon Olin, Passes Away

By Press Release On January 14, 2020

From the Burbank Unified School District:

Jon Olin

It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of long-time educator and past Teacher of the Year and Mentor, Jon Monroe Olin, whose history with the District stretched from his days as a BUSD student to his service as a teacher, which continued until 2011.

Mr. Olin was a graduate of the 1961 class of Burbank High School. He began his teaching career with BUSD in the fall of 1967 at Jordan Middle School, where he taught Adaptive Physical Education to Special Education students. While at Jordan he took two leaves of absence to travel and teach in Greece, 1973–1975, and the Dominican Republic, 1979–1980, providing instruction in P.E. and social studies/world culture.

In 1990 he moved to Burbank High School, where he taught P.E. and Health, served as the B-Fit and TUPE Coordinator, and coached many sports including Varsity Water Polo and Swim, leading the team to a CIF Championship. He also taught courses at the Learning Center at the Burbank Adult School. After his retirement in 2005, he returned to the District to work as a substitute teacher for both general education students and adult students from 2007 to 2011.

He is survived by his wife Dorothea, daughters Meg and Alexandra, son Christopher, their partners, and five grandchildren. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

An Open House and Memorial will be held in his honor:

Saturday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.

1022 E. Angeleno Avenue, Burbank

RSVP: 818 438 3046

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Jean Sobolik Chiu, BHS '71 (1953-2015)

John Boylan posted today...
Sad News for the Holiday's
"Jean Sobolik BHS 1971"
Jean Sobolik Chiu, BHS 1971. DOB 1953, Passed on 07/21/15, in Fairbanks , Alaska. Heart Attack, at 61. Two Sons Jean leaves behind, no other information at this time. She grew up, right across the Street from my Family. A Sweet Person, and will be missed. Just one of those People, "You always Wondered" what happened to them...……………..She Lived and worked, "So Far off the Grid", she was a Pioneer Woman, What a Life. And very well lived. "No Fear Here", Baby!

RIP Jean.

Bret Jolly, BHS '71 (1953-2007)

Bret Jolly

Gwyn Jolly Ewing shared this on Facebook a couple of days ago...

My big brother, Bret Jolly 1971
Bret died of a heart attack at age 53. He went to UCLA and earned an M.A. in Mathematics. Here's a pic of us circa 1984.

RIP Bret.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Patricia Moore Cervenka, BHS '69 (1951-2019)

Patricia Moore Cervenka
November 12, 1951 - December 4, 2019

Today, Debra Brewer Hagan posted the following on Facebook...

In memory of Patricia Moore Cervenka, BHS ‘69 -

Her daughter has asked me to share the sad news that we lost Patty suddenly and unexpectedly on December 4th, 2019. Please keep her daughter Christina, son Timothy and husband Ron (BHS ‘72) in your thoughts and prayers. RIP, dear Patty. Celebration of Life will be held:

Saturday 12/21/19 at 11am
Grace Baptist Church
22833 Copper Hill Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

And from Patty's daughter, Christina...

Please let the BHS community know and spread the word. I know my mom was such a friendly part of the community and I want as many people to come celebrate her life as possible. My incredible mother died on Wednesday evening very unexpectedly. From what I understand, she had an amazing day and was feeling great, went to a Beach Boys concert, and then her heart gave out and she was gone. She was the original badass who climbed Mt. Whitney three times, surfed, camped, became a pilot in the 70s when women “didn’t do that,” and raised my brother and I to be strong, independent people. There are no words for a loss like this. She meant so much to so many and gave all of herself to anyone she met. I’m heartbroken and just wish I could hug my mom one more time. Let’s just all celebrate the incredible, quirky, wonderful woman my mom was. I love you forever, mom. I miss you so much.

RIP Patricia.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Suzanne Decker Victoreen, BHS '69 (1951-2019)

Suzanne Virginia Victoreen
Nov 17, 1951 – Nov 30, 2019

"I received an email from Bob Victoreen that his wife, Suzanne Decker Victoreen BHS 69, passed away November 30th. There will be a Celebration of Life for Suzanne on Monday, Dec. 23rd, at 11:30 am at the Burbank Elks Lodge on Hollywood Way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob and his family, as well as Suzanne's family, who many of us also know."
Trudie HentzE Lombard, BHS '65

RIP Suzanne.

DEC 10, 2019 update
Please note, cards can be sent to Bob and his family at 2743 N Keystone, Burbank, CA 91504.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Claudia Hanson Brown, BHS '61, Passed Away Decenber 4, 2019

Vikki Royle Magness posted on Facebook today:
"We lost Claudia Hanson Brown yesterday from complications of pneumonia. She was a fighter having gone through two stem-cell transplants and one of the most awesome people to know. My heart goes out to her son David and husband Phil, and her sister."

2017 News Article:
Henderson woman talks of 9-year battle with myeloma

March 20, 2017

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Claudia Brown is beating the odds with multiple myeloma.

“They told me three to five years when I was diagnosed,” the 74-year-old said. “There’s only three stages, and I was stage three.”

Nine years ago, Brown was diagnosed with the second most common form of blood cancer. Her diagnosis can be attributed to a routine blood test and a doctor with a good eye — Brown said she hadn’t shown any common symptoms.

The deadly form of cancer can manifest in many ways including bone pain, bones that break easily, frequent fever and fatigue. In 2013, 22,562 people in the United States were diagnosed with the disease and 11,801 people died from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There are better treatments out there now than there has ever been,” said Kelly Cox, director of support group outreach and regional community workshops for the International Myeloma Foundation. “There are paths to success in treatment of myeloma.”

When that routine blood test revealed abnormal protein levels, her doctor prescribed a stem-cell transplant.

“I had my first stem-cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic six months after being diagnosed, and they gave me three months of chemo to wipe out my system,” she said. “In 2015, I had my second stem-cell transplant. The first one worked, the second one didn’t.”

Brown, who lives in Sun City Anthem, is currently being treated with medications that are based on results of weekly blood tests.

“You can only have two stem-cell transplants, so I’ve been on and off chemo for the last nine years,” she said.

She credits a positive attitude and a strong, supportive group of family and friends for her success fighting the disease.

“You have to be your own advocate for something like this,” she said. “I don’t stay home. I go shopping with my friends. I play mahjong on Wednesdays with my friends. I do what I want to do, and when I’m tired, I stop.”

By using resources such as the International Myeloma Foundation, which provides sufferers with education, support, research and advocacy, Brown has been able to fight for the chance to live her life the way she wants.

“I told my doctor about six months ago, ‘I’m gonna prove you wrong,’” Brown said. “And he looked back at me and said: ‘You already have.’”

RIP Claudia.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tony Naccarato, BHS '63, Passed Away November 9, 2019

Tony Naccarato

Posted by Carole Collins on Facebook
"It is with sadness that I share the passing of Tony Naccarato from the Burbank High class of 1963. His brave struggle with cancer ended on November 9, 2019. Rest In Peace!"

Posted by Smith Brothers Hobby Center on Facebook on November 10, 2019
"It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Tony Naccarato. Tony passed Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. It is hard to put things into perspective, as Tony was one of the "good guys," where things like this should not happen. But it was part of the big plan and it is easy to point out all the good he did with his life. Tony was a standout guy, who put others first. He dedicated his life to serving others- his family, his country, his friends, and his passion for hobbies. We lost count how many times Tony took a youth aside to teach him or her the lessons of flight and r/c aircraft. Those youth are now responsible adults, who are taking up careers in aerospace, engineering, and successful walks of life. It all started with a gentle, helping hand, a hand touching another on a remote control. Tony's passion for all-things-air and helping others will leave a huge mark on our society. There are few out there like him and he will be sorely missed. Smith Brothers would like to wish his son Ryan and his family members our deepest condolences during this difficult time. We loved Tony with all our hearts and we will let his legacy live on at our store. He taught us so much with his generosity, patience, and compassion. Rest in peace Tony. We love you."

Tony also owned Hobby Lobby in Burbank

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wally Kendig, BHS '57 (1939-2019}

Wallace Roger Kendig
April 8, 1939 – November 21, 2019
Pierce Brothers

Posted on Facebook by Larry Levine...

Remembering Wally Kendig

Of all the friends in my life, no one had been there as long as Wally Kendig. In high school (BHS class of W '57), we were part of a group – Bill Higgins, Dave Perkins, Dave Parkhurst, Richie Vedder, Wally and me. Not an exclusive clack, just six guys who enjoyed each other’s company. Wally was a stalwart on the varsity tennis team and played on the “B” basketball team. Of the entire group, Wally was the only one I saw after high school. We all scattered into this adventure called life. Wally went away to college in Arizona and I went to work in the newspaper business after a short stint in college. Wally and I would hang out during summer vacations and when he would come into town during breaks from the school year. Then, after several years, we drifted apart. I was fortunate to become re-acquainted with Wally when we met at intermission of a show at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. And I was extremely fortunate to be seated with him at a meeting of the Burbank Kiwanis Club early this year. We swapped stories about high school and life and we laughed a lot. Now, Wally has passed on and we have lost another of the treasured members of our graduating class. Here is the schedule for Wally’s final good-bye. He will remain in Burbank, the city he loved.

Dec. 3 – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Viewing at Pierce Brothers, Valhalla

Dec. 4 – 10 a.m. – Burial at Pierce Brothers, Valhalla

Noon – Services at First Christian Church of Burbank


Trevor Hands
Saddened to hear the loss of a dear friend from First Christian Church in Burbank, CA, Wally Kendig. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed. 😒

Dave Boatman
Yes... EVERYONE loved Wally! RIP dear friend.

Josh Helmuth
Aw man. Didn’t know that. Wally was a great guy! Rest In Peace, bro. πŸ˜”

Kim Baker-Miller
He was the sweetest man I knew he will be missed

Janet Jack
RIP dear Wally. You were a kind and loving soul and you will be greatly missed.

Ron A Evans
There never was a kinder, gentler man than Wally, and you just had to love his smile. I never saw him without it... πŸ™‚

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Doug Detweiler, BHS '58, Passed Away Nov 12, 2019

Today on Facebook,Stephanie Larson posted the above photo with the following note...

‎"My uncle, Doug Detweiler, (class of 58) passed away suddenly on 11/12/19. He is pictured here with my mom, (his sister) Jeanie Detweiler-Larson, (class of 60) who passed away on 9/19/14 πŸ’”"

RIP Doug and Jeanie.

Click here to see Jeanie's obituary.

Ron Duncan
So sorry. I knew him from church. Your mom was a classmate of mine.

Sylvia Witz
I knew both of these great people and I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. So sad. Sylvia Gayman class of 1959

Kimberly Sylvester
So sorry Steph & Shaunna!!! πŸ’”❣😘

Dale Levine
I’m so sorry for your loss Stephanie & Shaunna.

Dianna Miller
I echo Kimberly Sylvester sentiments. Sorry for your loss. ❤️😒

Chris Patterson
Boy they sure look like brother and sister ...sorry for your loss

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Julie McLaughlin
My condolences!

Cathy Coyle
Together in Heaven. Sorry for your loss.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So sorry for your losses. <3 br="">
Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
So sorry for your loss.

Jillian McDonald Kelly
So sorry for your loss ❤️

Jodee Bennett
So sorry

Renee Brocca
Sorry to hear, hard to believe your mom has been gone 5 years already. Such a sweetheart....😘

Sara Corona
SO sorry for your loss.

Pat Bushman
So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace.

Lynette Wood-Knife
So sorry about your loss. I knew your mom in high school.

Ginevra Flores-Brigham
My mom was class of 58 as well.... My condolences πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

Teresa Brown Grant
So sorry for your loss

Gary Allen Hamner, BHS '70 (1952-2019)

Passing of Gary Allen Hamner, BHS ‘70
June 9, 1952 ~ November 16, 2019

Gary Hamner passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019, after recently being hospitalized with pneumonia, which was after recently being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67.

Gary grew up in Burbank at 422 Cornell Dr. He attended Emerson Elementary, graduated from John Muir Junior High in 1967, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1970. He was the oldest of three, with younger sisters, Denise (BHS ‘72) and Teresa (BHS ‘73, Teresa’s husband is Roger Starkey BHS ‘72). Gary Hamner’s cousin, Leila Hamner, was also BHS ‘70. Leila Hamner Wasson passed away in October 2008.

Gary had lived in the Sacramento area for many years. Previously he and his family had also lived in Oregon. Over the years Gary had owned several new car dealerships. He was also a Minister of the Gospel during times in his life.

Among the family that survive Gary are his wife of 45 years, Sonnie Hamner, and their 44 and 43 year old daughters and families, and his two sisters and their families.

Gary’s good friend since early elementary school, Brad Wilhelm, BHS ‘70, has been receiving updates about Gary the last few days from Gary’s wife, Sonnie, and passing along the news to many of us who knew Gary.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
November 17, 2019

RIP Gary.

Jo Elaine Morton
RIP Gary Hammer. πŸŒΊπŸ™

Chris Crowe
So sad. He was a great guy. RIP Gary.

Gerald Coburn

Penny Plate Forbes
So sad, every time we lose someone from Class of ‘70 it makes me realize how short life can be...RIP Gary.

Pat Bushman
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Gary.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
My deepest sympathy to Gary’s family. He was such a nice guy. Rest In Peace classmate. ❤️

Donna Moore
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Prayers go out to Denise and TeresaπŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ž

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
RIP Gary πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

Mary Drake

Gary Bric
Great guy, we played a lot of golf together. Safe home my friend.

Mary Boriso Jordan
Rest in peace, Gary...❤️

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Pam Wright Peterson
So sorry to hear....RIP Gary. Prayers to his family. πŸ™πŸ»

Jennifer Todd
Condolences to his family. RIP Gary πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Judy Torres

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson

Alice Ford

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Jeri Morin Valencia
Aw, I'm sorry!!! :/ Is he Camille's brother?
Alan Landros
Camille's cousin. Camille's sister, Leila, was also in BHS '70 with Gary.

Susan Landing-Phillips
Such a great guy!!

Susan Earle
RIP Gary. May your memory live on. πŸ’œ

Diana Dunnagan
My condolences to family and friends.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Billie Dayian Durbin
Rip Gary πŸ’™

Sharon Anderson McEntire
I remember Gary.. RIP, so sad..

Debbie Lynn Nicastro
RIP Gary

Debbie Torres Brey Bennett
OMG I’m in shock. Gary was my ex husband’s ( Jack Brey )best friend. We visited him and his wife Sonnie in Reno years ago. Recently reunited on Facebook. 😒 R.I.P. Gary. ❤️

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sue Finnegan Ratliff, BHS '65 (1947-2019)

Received the following sad email today from Trudie Lombard Hentze...

I am saddened to say that BHS 65 lost another classmate on Thursday, November 7th. Sue Finnegan Ratliff passed away from an apparent heart attack, according to Sue's half brother, Stam Hill, also a BHS 65 classmate.

Funeral arrangements are pending; however, cards can be sent to Sue's husband, Don Ratliff, at 1924 Manning St, Burbank, CA 91505.

RIP Sue.


Fred Ortega
Sue was one of the nicest persons you would want to meet. Rest in peace Sue

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
OMG she was my neighbor when married to Ron Franzen. We were very close and her family too. So sad to here this. RIP Sue you will be missed . Prayers to Kelly and all the familyπŸ™πŸΌ❤️πŸ™πŸΌ

Virginia Hamilton
My condolences go out to her husband and family. RIP Sue!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Gerald Coburn

Pam Kirkwood
Aw, so sorry to hear this sad news...Sue and I became friends after high school. She even came to the Senior Bulldogs Luncheon and brought her Mom one time. I hadn't heard anything from her in quite a while...God Bless Her and Her Family.

Lorraine Taylor

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Mary Boriso Jordan
So very sorry to hear this...I remember her beautiful face and sweet personality...God bless and comfort her family....❤️

Carol Forrand Tallakson

Lynda Rech Franzen
OMG, she hadn’t felt well for some time, but I would have never thought this would happen. We were great friends since the late ‘70’s. πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜­

Judy Torres

Susan PeΓ±a MacCaskey
RIP πŸ™πŸ™

Pat Bushman
My condolences to the family and friends. Rest in peace.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Donna Luce Veatch Neitman
Omg, I was just thinking about Sue not to long ago. The stories I could tell but won’t! Sue and I became good friends after our divorces. Hers from Ron Franzen and mine from Tom Veatch! She was a real spitfire and I will never forget her laugh and smile. She lived on the street over from me but we were also friends when we were married to our significant others. We also worked at Lockheed together. She was the only one I knew who was shorter then me! LOL. RIP Sue and you will always be in my ❤️

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Larry Marak, BHS '68 (1950-2019)

Lawrence Virgil Marak

Sadly, received word from Annette Dinolfo Bennett and Carol Sandors that Larry Marak passed away today.

Larry retired from the Burbank Water and Power in 2015.

RIP Larry.

Lawrence Virgil Marak
August 5, 1950 - October 23, 2019

Larry Marak was born on August 5, 1950 in Los Angeles County, California and passed away on October 23, 2019. Larry grew up in Burbank and graduated from Burbank High with the Class of 1968. Larry married to fellow BHS graduate Susan Melissa Williams on September 4, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. Larry and Melissa were married for 37 years.

Larry got a Masters from U.C.L.A. in ancient history, and had a teaching position lined up on the east coast when his wife Melissa had a stroke at age 27. Didn’t have health insurance then and that put them behind the financial for 7 years, and so he entered public service. Got hired with the city of Burbank.

Larry Marak, has had a long career at BWP (Burbank Water and Power). He was recognized for 35 years of service in a program at City Hall in 2015, in fact, he says he is known as ‘old man Marak’ because he’s “outlived everyone else who was working there when he started.”

Larry did a variety of field positions at Burbank Water and Power, Messenger Bill-Deliverer, mail room supervisor, meter reader, collector and senior field rep (doing new service connects and disconnects back in the days before smart meters). The last 4 years I’ve transferred over to the credit section and process payments for transmission to treasury.

Larry and Melissa got into the construction toy hobby about 8 years ago while looking for bargains to give to a Salvation Army Angel tree. We’ve supported the Angel trees for many years. We are lifetime members of Legoland and have done quite a bit of building over the years. Larry and Melissa transferred 10 years of parts to the Fort Erie and Burbank children’s libraries LEGO clubs. Virtually all you see at the Burbank Central Library, including the cases, came from the Marak's.

Larry and his wife have also done a lot of traveling, including seeing a total eclipse in the Amazon, climbing the Great Wall, making it to the top of one of the pyramids in Tikai Guatemala, and attending opening ceremonies of both the Los Angeles (1984) and Calgary (1988) Olympics. Larry also made an occasional television appearances.

Larry will be missed by his family and fellow classmates and friends. Funeral services are pending.


Dennis Gray
Yes, I remember Larry Marak as a knowledgeable and humorous fellow high school mate (BHS). I hate to think he's gone.

Dana Ardizzone O'Neal

Jodi Tillotson Huddleston
Talked with him at the reunion last year, RIP Larry.

Nicole Peterson
Rest In Peace, Bulldog.

Bernard Brady
I worked with Larry. Not a mean bone in his body. I’ve NEVER seen him angry.
Godspeed Brother πŸ˜₯

Don Ray
So sad. We talked several times on the phone in the past couple of weeks while he was in the hospital. He said that the procedure he was about to undergo was risky. He sounded as if he was prepared for the worst. Again, I’m saddened to learn of his pas…See More

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
Prayers to His wife and RIP Larry. A funny guy who worked for the city of burbank. Once a meter reader. Tried to attend most of our reunions. Would run into him at the 99cent store. πŸ˜ͺ

Brenda Rossie-soto
My deapest condolence

Betsey Nash
Oh, so sorry.

Robin Reens Morgan
I went to Miller School ❤️

Pat Bushman
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to his wife and family. Rest in peace.

Lisa Satel Thessen
Sending condolences to his family and friends.

Teresa Brown Grant

Michael Vidger
Larry was a regular customer at the Last Grenadier on the Golden Mall. He loved historical wargames, and was well read. He knew more then we did at the store, in fact. You didn't have to "sell" him on anything. He was the one who enlightened you. We also had Latin class at BHS in common, though years apart. Always a ray of sunshine when he came in the shop on his breaks. Honored to have called him friend. RIP Larry.

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Virginia Hamilton
I was surprised to hear about his passing yesterday from Carol. I thought he was getting better. My prayers go out to family and friends..Rip Larry.πŸ™πŸ™

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

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

George Frigerio

Deb Helsley Bush
Rest In Peace πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œ

Steve Raine
Very, very sorry to hear.

John Rocke
Larry was a great guy. He and my late Father were friends. My father taught at CSUN (then Valley State) and Larry had his class, and so their friendship began. It is a big loss for he was truly deserving of the name "wise man." He was never ostentatious or condescending despite having a brilliant mind. He will be missed as an icon, and as true gentleman and scholar.

Vicki Herrin Fields
in Peace

Linda C. Mustion

Sherrie King
My condolences to his family and friends. RIP

Robbin Moore

Tom Di Liberto
I'm sorry to hear this. I knew Bob Marak (class of '74), a very talented saxophonist at BHS and a really nice guy. Was that his brother?

Alice Ford
Lord, please comfort loved ones.

Lizzie Havens

Sandy Bryson Gohlich
So sorry to hear this sad news. I worked with Larry at the City of Burbank. He was a very friendly and knowledgeable guy. We had many interesting conversations. My condolences to his family.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Lynda Scroggie Bryant, BHS '60 (1942-2019)

Lynda Scroggie Bryant

Today, Vikki Royle Magness posted the following note on Facebook:
"Memorial service for Lynda Scroggie Bryant, Class of 1960, will be held in Burbank on December 28th. Place and time will be posted later."

RIP Lynda.

December 4, 2019 Update posted on Facebook by Vikki Royle Magness
The Memorial Service for Lynda Scroggie Bryant will be held December 28, 2019, from 2-6 P.M. at DeBell Golf Course, Sierra Room, 1500 E. Walnut, Burbank. It is a Celebration of her life.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sharon Musson Shoemaker, BHS '58 Passed Away in 2010

Sharon Musson Shoemaker

Today, Kathy Musson Bice, BHS '68, posted the above photo and the following notice on Facebook:

"BHS graduate; class of 1958 Sharon Musson Shoemaker passed away after a lengthy illness in 2010. Beloved sister to Karla, Kathy & Janis . Resting in peace ✝️❤️❤️❤️"

Sadly, the family lost another sister, Janis Musson Jardin, BHS '70, in 2017. Here are a couple of links::

RIP Sharon and Janis.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Peter Drost, BHS '65 (1947-2019)

Peter Drost
September 11, 1947 - September 30, 2019

Very sad news just received from close friend and classmate Eliede Drost Pounds, BHS '67...

"We are devastated as we have lost our dear brother, husband, father, and grandfather from an apparent stroke or heart attack. My brother Peter Drost always gave of himself and shared his love for his family. He loved nature and hiking. He leaves a giant hole in our hearts."

"Peter was born 9/11/47 and died last Monday."

"The Drost family immigrated from the Netherlands in 1955 and Peter grew up in Burbank. He was a Marine and was going to Vietnam, so they sent him to Vietnamese Language School in Hawaii. He was an interpreter in Vietnam. He fell in love with Hawaii and lived there 40 years and came back to the mainland about 8 years ago. He lived close to me and my brother Henry in Oakhurst, Ca. His 3 kids went to the University in California, so Sara and he wanted to be with them."

"In 1976,  Pete rode with a group called the Bikecentenial, across the US, from Oregon to New York."

"Besides his beautiful wife, Sara, Peter leaves 3 children and 4 grandchildren."

Pete with his wife, Sara.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

RIP Pete.

Katharine Kekoa
Oh no, Lee!!! I am so sorry!!! This is shocking!!! Hugs and prayers for you!!!!!

Traci Black
Sending love to you. ❤️

Jim Grasse
Prayers on going for your BrotherπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Marie Burke
Oh Lee, I am so sad to hear this. Peter was a dear friend and classmate at Burbank Christian School. We had such a great visit with him and Sarah in Hawaii back in 1987. I haven't seen him since then, but will always remember his friendship, hospitality, and sharing teen years in the youth group at church. Praying for you and your family in your devastating loss.

Dianne Huffman
Oh Lee, I’m so sorry for your lossπŸ™

Pete Black
So sad for your loss. The love of God gives us everything.

Cathy Coyle
Lee, So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved brother. May God give you comfort & peace at this time and the years ahead.

Toma Newland
Lee, Terry and I send our deepest condolences. So difficult when it comes with no warning. Prayers for God’s peace in your time of grief.

Sophia Drost Howard
So sorry Lee! Praying for you all!

Linda Lee
I send my condolences and prayers for you all. I have found memories of him next door growing up in Burbank.πŸ™

Sophia Pobst Ewert
You were just together. So sudden. Cherish the memories but I am sorry.

Denise Teodosio Jones
I’m sorry for your loss.

Carol Nicholls Lebrecht
Sending condolences for the passing of your brother. May Gods grace surround your family during this sad time.

Henry Drost
My Brother will be truly Missed................

Catherine Walker
We’re so very sorry.

Delores Lautsch
We're so sorry to hear this sad news, Lee. You and your family are in our prayers.

Heidi Hoppen Lofgren
Sending you my thoughts, condolences, and prayers in your time of sorrow. πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ’–

Carla Rajnus
I'm so sad to lose our "Pete". He was a champion.

Shirley Krankenberg
Lee we are so sorry to hear this, I thought it can’t be. You and your family are in our prayers.

Gea Belgraver
I am so very sorry for you all. Our condolences.

Eileen Penner Isaac
So sorry to hear the sad news Lee. Your family will be in my prayers as you adjust to your unexpected loss. Eileen

Kathy Creighton
Lee, So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Kathy and Dennis

Elizabeth Zandbergen
I’m so sorry to hear thisπŸ™πŸ»

Jackie Harris Goforth
I’m so sorry. I love you guys and keep you close in prayer

Chester Pounds
So sorry for your loss

Cathleen Rainwater-Swenson
So sorry for your loss, Lee! May God cover you and your family with comfort and peace! πŸ™❤️

Chris N Mell Bradley
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you!

Lynda Siminske
Wonderful tribute and comments! I love this picture! Pete was an amazing and kind man.

Linda Rush
Our love and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dear brother.

Judy DeRosa
My dear Sara Drost Peter now knows what we do not. May his new journey be filled with the beauty and grace of his soul. Peace. <3 br="">
Kathy Dupree
So sorry for your loss, Lee

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Allen Miluso, BHS '63, Passed is Away Sept 30, 2019

Jon and Pam Kirkwood sent the following today:

We just received a phone call that Allen Miluso BHS '63 passed away last night (Sept. 30, 2019) as a result of complications from a recent surgery.

Allen was originally from the Bronx, NY...After graduating from Burbank High, he attended L.A. Valley College and graduated from Cal State University Northridge in 1970...

Allen was very active in Burbank High Activities. He played Varsity Football, he belonged to the Lettermen's Club, he was a member of Acapella, Dance Performance, he portrayed Marcellus in the Operetta Music Man, he was in the Senior Play and served on Legislative Council, as well as several committees during his years at BHS...Allen played an active part in his Class Reunions.

Allen and Maxine are the owners of "Napa Nuts"...

Allen was a "Larger than Life" kind of guy and he will be missed by so many of us...

Please keep Allen's Wife (Maxine) and Family in your prayers.

If anyone wants to send a card of condolence:

Maxine Miluso and Family
3371 Linda Mesa Way
Napa, California 94558

Found this great news article from 2007:

Going Nuts in Napa

Local mom-and-pop company has a worldwide reach

EAGLE EDITOR Dec 27, 2007

Going Nuts in Napa

Napa Nuts owner Allen Miluso packs a gift assortment of dried fruit, nuts and candy. The north Napa company imports exotic products from around the world to sell to chefs and restaurants nationwide.

Here’s a piece of trivia: Where do Brazil nuts come from? No, this isn’t a “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” question.

In fact, according to Allen Miluso, most Brazil nuts come from Bolivia or Peru.

Miluso ought to know. His Napa Nuts operation imports nuts and dried fruit from all over the world to supply chefs and restaurants both locally and throughout the country.

In 1990 Miluso and his wife Maxine bought ought Rosenthal’s, a company run from a north Napa barn that mainly supplied eggs, many of which were used in wine making. It’s a little known fact that egg whites are used to fine wine, that is remove solid debris after the fermentation process along with some of the harsher tannins. The process requires several eggs per barrel.

Rosenthal’s also sold a little bit of dried fruit and nuts, mainly as side business. When he took over the business, Rosenthal’s had a catalog of 40 items. Today Napa Nuts sells 300 items, including 43 different types of almonds. Products are sold to customers in 14 states, including New York, Florida and Texas.

Locally the company supplies gourmet eateries like The French Laundry as well as non-three-star-places like Rutherford Grill and all 17 Mary’s Pizza Shacks.

Some of the company’s products are grown in California, places as close as Suisun Valley and Gilroy. But a surprising number come from all parts of the nation and the globe. Napa Nuts brings in cherries from Michigan, blueberries and huckleberries from New York, Maine, and New Hampshire, cashews from Sri Lanka and Vietnam, blanched hazelnuts from Turkey, macadamia nuts from Australia, South Africa and Kenya, dried fruit from the Philippines and pine nuts from China.

Among some of the more exotic products Milusos carry are wasabi wrapped peanuts, hazelnut flour, and cranberry pomice, the remains of the fruit after the juice is squeezed out.

Far from being a little mom-and-pop business struggling to get by, the Milusos’ specialty enterprise has been seeing double-digit growth the past dozen years, a healthy growth for any company. Product goes out at the rate of 12-15 thousand pounds a week.

But what’s most surprising about the growth is the advertising and sales effort behind it.

Maxine handles the financial side of the business. When she took their books to a tax accountant a while back he had a question.

“He wanted to know where I put the advertising expense; the entry for advertising was zero,” Maxine chuckled.

She explained to him that it wasn’t an error, that the company spent nothing on advertising.

So there must be a phalanx of high-powered sales reps crisscrossing the country calling on chefs, restaurants, food producers, etc. Wrong. Napa Nuts doesn’t employ one sales person.

The Milusos rely on the best kind of advertising, word-of-mouth. Part of that grassroots buzz is the Napa brand name.

“People want to duplicate the quality of the Napa lifestyle,” Miluso said.

In today’s corporate restaurant environment, quality and consistency are the key goals.

“Executive chefs determine what goes into recipes,” said Miluso, “they want the same kind of quality required (by restaurants) here in Napa.”

Once the chefs find an ingredient they like, the put the word out where to get it.

For example, the Chinese pine nuts are naturally rich in malic acid which gives them a buttery finish, Miluso said. They are used in pesto sauce and other recipes.

Naturally, many of their products are used in salads.

Napa Nuts also carries 60 confections to help create assortment gift boxes for the Holidays and other occasions. Word of mouth plays a big role there as well. It’s common that the recipient of a Napa Nuts assortment one year will order some to give the following year.

And retail customers pay the same wholesale price as the fancy restaurants. Maxine explained that having two price sheets was just too much bother.

As Allen Miluso explained, he and his wife have found a rich business vein in the food industry. He summed up their special niche in one sentence.

“Our products don’t make the dish, they help make it better.”



Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Steve Baio, BHS '70 (1951-2019)

August 16, 1951 – Chicago, Illinois ~ January 24, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada

Full Obituary:

Thanks to Rich Morrison, BHS ‘73, for locating the obituary and related information for Steve Baio.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
August 27, 2019

Stephen Baio

1951 - 2019

Stephen Baio Obituary
Stephen Baio, beloved father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend, died on January 24 in Las Vegas with his family by his side after a short battle with aggressive lymphoma. He was 67.

Stephen will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family and friends. Stephen was born on August 16, 1951 in Chicago and moved to Burbank in 1964. He attended Luther Burbank Junior High, Burbank High, and graduated from Burroughs in 1970.

(NOTE: He attended Burbank High for 10th, 11th and part of 12th grade.)

He studied stage design at Glendale College.Stephen married Toni Ann Celentano on February 15, 1975 in Burbank and they had a son, Andrew, in 1977. They divorced in 1981 and remained close friends until his death.

Stephen's career in the entertainment industry spans over three decades. During the 1980s, he worked as a stage production manager on the Sunset Strip, managing shows at the Whisky a Go-Go and The Roxy. Stephen also worked as part of the road crew for musical acts, touring with Los Lobos, Mr. Big, Rubber City Rebels, The Plimsouls, and The Rembrandts. He later worked as a production manager for Show Motion Design and oversaw projects for Disney, including the Indiana Jones Ride, and a laser maze game that took him to Japan. In 2003, he relocated to Las Vegas.

Stephen was respected and admired by all who knew and worked with him for his loyalty, passion, and sense of humor. He was dedicated to his family and treasured spending time with those he loved. He cherished and nurtured friendships from high school to the present and never forgot a holiday or life event. Friends say he had a heart of gold. He was most proud of his son and loved sharing stories of his accomplishments.

Stephen is survived by his mother, Teresa; son, Andrew and his wife, Ami; brother, Anthony; and grandson, Eliot.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church at 133 N. 5th St. in Burbank. Stephen loved to camp and fish in the mountains and has requested his ashes be scattered over the High Sierras in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen's honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Jan. 30, 2019


Brenda Rossie-soto
Rest in peace our deapest condolence

Susan Rudin
Very sorry to hear. Went to school with his brother, Anthony.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry to hear we lost another classmate from our class.
Rest In Peace Steve. ❤️

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Pat Bushman
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Steve.

Mike Signorelli
I'm sad to hear this news...Steve was one of the nicest guys I've ever known! I met Steve when I was about 14 or. 15 we became friends and worked together at Gelsons market on the corner of Hollywood way and Victory we were box boys! He got me the job …See More

Krenn Scott
Mike Signorelli, what a nice tribute! Rest in Peace, Steve.

Annette Dinolfo Bennett

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson

Kathy Bice

Judy Torres

Nancy Fischer

Deb Helsley Bush
Rest In Peace 😒

Steven Severeid

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Marcy Mason Green
RIP :(

Patricia Sorley

Michael Ruiz

Rick Farris
I remember him well, I can see his smile. Sorry to hear of his passing, but he's on to a new adventure.

Sue Basile

Nick Liosis
Memory Eternal πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Leeand Wade Thomas, BHS '70 (1952-2019)

August 8, 1952 – Pennsylvania  ~  June 6, 2019 – Washington

Leeand Wade Thomas was born in Pennsylvania on August 8, 1952.  He was always known as “Lee,” and sometimes when he was young he was known as “Leland.”  He grew up in Burbank the third of eight children in the Thomas family, who lived at 1021 E. Magnolia.  The eight siblings were Linda, John, Lee, May, Mil, Ray, Patrick, and Howard.  Lee’s older brother, John Thomas – BHS ‘68, passed away several years ago.  John’s widow, Sallie Shelton Thomas, is also BHS ‘68.

Lee Thomas had lived in Stanwood, Washington for many years.  He worked for Boeing, and had retired just a couple of years ago.  On June 4, 2019 Lee was having a heart procedure to use a stent, and he had a massive heart attack at that time.  He passed away two days later on June 6, 2019.

Leeand Wade Thomas is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Justin, a stepson and his family and grandchildren.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
August 25, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Kathryn (O'Brien) Galloway, BHS ‘47, Passed August 24, 2019

"Our Mom, Kathryn (O'Brien) Galloway, took her last breath this morning. Class of 1947. She is no longer in any pain and is at peace. The date of the funeral services are still pending."
Posted today, August 24, 2019, by Kamana'o Dennis Galloway

RIP Kathryn.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Jeff Paul (J.P.), BHS '64 (1945-2019)

Jeffrey Lynn Paul
Santa Paula, California
Oct 25, 1945 – Aug 14, 2019
Skillin-Carroll Mortuary Obituary

"My Dad Jeff Paul (J.P.) (Baskin Inthesun) Class of 1964 passed away August 14,2019 at his home in Santa Paula CA."
Posted on Facebook today, August 21, 2019, by daughter, Tamara Lee Paul

RIP Jeff.

Brenda Balogh Leicht
I’m so sorry for your loss

Anna Houston
So sorry for your loss. (Great looking “kid” πŸ₯°).

Donald Matthews
I’m so sorry. I played junior league ball with Jeff. Super guy with a great sense of humor! RIP, my friend.

Bruce Fossler
I remember him...very nice person...great smile.
Sorry to hear of his passing....R.I.P.

Debbie Torres Brey Bennett

Gina Ferguson
Sorry for your loss

Harold Maxham
RIP Jeff. Knew Jeff growing up. year behind me from grade school through High school. Yes he did play baseball at Burbank and was a good player. Sorry to hear about your loss.

Pat Bushman
So sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.

William Paul
Our deepest sympathy Tamara for your big loss!

Dale Levine
I'm sorry for your loss.

Ryan Vdk Buchanan
Inspiring Smile Mr.Paul!

Mary Lou Struck Shelton
So sorry for your loss- very nice guy

Sue Burnette
So sorry for your loss.

Susan Anderson Huggitt
Your dad was my very first boyfriend. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. So sorry for your loss. Jeff was a kind gentle man. RIP

Toni L. Wilkes
Susan I knew I remembered him. He was a gem.

Tamara Lee Paul
Susan Anderson Huggitt, he married a Susan and was married for 49 years.

Alan Landros
Tamara Lee Paul I was at your parent's wedding in 1970 in Glendale. I knew your grandparents, Chet and Margaret, and your great-grandmother, Bertha (loved Bertha!). I've always been in touch with Bill and Lois, and we've lived near each other since they moved here in 2004, (lived very near them in Burbank, too!).. So very sorry to learn this news of your dad's passing, I'm so sad for all of you. God's blessings to all of you during this sad time in your lives. (I'm BHS '70. I remember your mother since I was VERY young!)

Sharon Anderson McEntire
RIP Jeff.. πŸ˜₯

Pam Kirkwood
Oh no...Jon and I are so very sad...Jeff was my first date in high school. He and Jon both took aviation classes together at Glendale City College. We were always going to meet with him and his wife for dinner up in Santa Paula...just never did. So glad we got to chat with them at our 50th Reunion 5 years ago...Rest in Peace, Dear Bulldog Friend...Pam and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Rocco F Paolone
So sorry for your loss, Tamara. My condolences to you and your family.

Patricia Sorley
I am so sorry to hear the loss of your father Tamara. We were in the same class, he was a very nice person & quite handsome. There was a goodness in him.

Mary Boriso Jordan
So very sorry to hear to the in peace, Jeff..❤️
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Bonnie Cullen Livingston
My husband and I both knew and liked your dad when we were all at BHS. He was so nice and friendly to everyone. So sorry for your loss of your sweet dad.

Loanne Walker Ginchereaux

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

Jennifer Nutt
So sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family

Ellie Nicole
Hugs. Sorry for your loss Tamara.

Alice Ford
Praying for comfort for family

Cindy Lamas Lloyd
My heart and prayers to the Paul Family. "Uncle" Jeff was a great man and loved his family unconditionally and will be missed.

Guy Gingell
I knew you Dad. Very good person and great friend. My condolences.

Chris Minassian
So sorry for your loss Tamara, to you and your family

William Paul
Will miss you dear brother, just knowing you were there to email and know you and family were doing well. My heart, love and prayers to all the family. πŸ’πŸ’See you in heaven one of these days my dear brother. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Ken Paul
Sending my condolences

Katie Sweeney Hightower
Nice, nice person. So sorry for your family.

Virginia Hamilton
Tamara, I'm so sorry to hear the loss of your Dad. My condolences go out to the family and friends.
RIP. πŸ™

Cory Oreo Butler
My condolences to you and your family πŸ™πŸ½

Judy Sturm Seay
So sorry for your loss.

Cathy Brown
So sorry to the family.

Allana Schwarz

Cindy McDaniel Herrin
Tamara, so sorry..
My sincere condolences to all who loved him!♥️πŸ™

Jay Walker
Deeply saddened by your great loss. Class’49

Grace Tabura Strong
I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was such a nice person.

Debbie Blatnik Roberson
So sorry for your loss 😒❤️

Julie Letts
Will miss my Uncle. So many wonderful memories as a child. Peace and comfort for Aunt Sue, Tamara and Brian. Also for my Dad, Bill and Uncle Gary. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜©

Bobbi Baldaseroni
My Deepest Condolences to the friends and family. RIP

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
My deepest sympathy to you & your family. May he Rest In Peace.

Kari Holmquist
Sorry for your loss. My mother, Susan Bush, was also class of 1964.

Mary Lou Johnson Anderson
I remember knowing Jeff during elementary school. Do you see him in the back row, one in on the right? I remember him being nice to me. So sorry to hear of his passing.

Chuck Blais
Didn't know Jeff well. It is always sad to lose a Class of 64 classmate!

Katie D Mellon-Edwards
Sorry to hear. Hugs to you and your family. πŸ’•

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Linda Still, BHS '61, Passed in 2004

Linda Still

"Linda passed in 2004. She died of respiratory failure. We had a lovely funeral at the First Presbyterian church in Burbank. She was cremated."
Laurie Still Dressler, BHS '67, sister of Linda.

Linda and Laurie's father, LaVerne Still, was also a graduate of Burbank High, Class 1931.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Jimmy Hernandez, BHS '81 (1963-2019)

James David Hernandez
September 17, 1963 – August 14, 2019
Valley Funeral Home

John Newberry posted these photos and this note on Facebook today:
"Class of 1981, We lost another friend Thursday. Jim (Jimmy) Hernandez. From Franklin Elementary to BHS he was always there for me. RIP Brother!"

A few Facebook comments:

Kim Correia Dettman
Ran cross country with him.

Cathy Christopher-Negron
Rip jimmy

Ron Caruso
Oh no, me too. Please post any details of the service.

Tim Lapp
RIP Jimmy

Rich Martin
So sorry to hear, remember him from BHS...RIP

Dan Davis
RIP Bulldog...

Tom Moriarty
So sorry to hear about Jimmy!

Chuck Asher
RIP Jimmy. I dont know if I have meet a nicer guy.

Scott Howard-Cooper
Will always remember a great guy with a big sense of humor who enjoyed just being around people. My condolences to his family.

Steve Wilson
RIP Jimmy

Jeff Dettmann
Rest in peace Jim

Joan Kieffer Giuliano
We ran on the BHS teams. Rest In Peace Jimmy!

Friday, August 9, 2019

2002 Photos of BHS Demolition

Recently on Facebook Ramiro Quinonez posted the following photos of the 2002 demolition of our Burbank High School.

Photos by Mike McDaniel.
More pics here:


Here are photos of the building in 1960 and then today...