Two more classmates lost

Peggy Hahn died 4-23-2020

We received word that our BHS classmate, Peggy Hahn passed away this morning.

Donna Canzoneri Wray send an email with this message:

Hi Kathy, Thank you for being our go to person for keeping our classmates connected. I just heard from Krista Sanders, Peggy and Greg Sander’s eldest daughter, that Peggy Hahn passed away this morning. She suffered for many years with early onset Alzheimer’s like her mother did. John and I double dated with her and her first husband and also our classmate,Greg Sanders in high school. Their daughter, Krista was the flower girl in our wedding, and Facebook has kept us connected when Peggy stopped corresponding with us. The last time we were together was at her home in New Jersey during Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005. A few months after that Peggy started to decline. She wanted to be known as Rhiannon as an adult, but to me she will always be Peggy.

Love your Forever Fan, Donna Wray

Yesterday Peggy’s daughter had reported that they had started hospice care since Peggy had refused any food for a week, but that she was at peace and not in any discomfort or agitation.

Our sympathies go to Peggy’s family. Please write remembrances in the comments section below.

Mike Shaw died in December 2019.

We also heard from Lynn Shaw, the sister of our classmate Michael (Mike) Lane Shaw, who passed away on December 16, 2019 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mike retired to Idaho Falls several years ago so that he could explore the countryside, fish and relax. We offer our condolences to Mike’s family. If any of you have memories of Mike, please also put them in the comments section below. 
Christine Teuber was kind enough to send Mike’s obituary as published in the “Post Register”:
Michael “Mike” Lane Shaw died in Idaho Falls on Monday, December 16, 2019, He was born in Glendale, California June 12, 1950 and lived most of his life in Southern California. A golf course superintendent, he became an expert in pumps of all kinds. Mike changed jobs from golf courses to selling pumps for several large companies. His expertise in pumps and Spanish allowed him to serve customers in both North and South America. In 2011, Mike decided to move to Idaho Falls, the town his Mother, Verna Geneva Fullmer, was born in. He immediately fell in love with Idaho Falls and the surroundings. Many days were spent driving around the area just to experience its beauty. He loved to quietly fish the local rivers, but always catch and release. Although a Southern California boy, Mike came to enjoy all four seasons of Idaho. Mike is and will be missed by his son, Taylor, his siblings Lynn, Eva and Ray, his cousin Jody and his many friends. We are very sad to have Mike leave us, but buoyed by the cessation of his illness.

Mike Shaw

Everyone in the Class of 1968, stay safe and healthy in this unprecedented time of the coronavirus pandemic. Already we are in the age group to be most at risk, so we urge you to follow this advice from New York’s senator, Patty Ritchie:
  • Even if you feel healthy, please try to stay at home as much as possible;
  • In public, practice “social distancing” by keeping a 6-foot distance from others;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after being in a public place and after you have coughed or sneezed;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze. After doing so, immediately wash your hands;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Take extra care to avoid exposing the elderly [THAT’S US!] and those with underlying health conditions to illness. Instead of visiting them, call; and
  • Be sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, keyboards, toilets, tables, handles, faucets, etc.

RIP Mr. Pete LiPera

I had Mr. LiPera for Western Civ — did you also?

Peter A. LiPera
January 27, 1930 – Riposto, Sicily ~ January 19, 2020 – Oro Valley, Arizona

Memorial Mass for Mr. Pete LiPera
Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:30 A.M.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
3801 Scott Road
Burbank, California

In lieu of flowers the LiPera Family asks you to support public education, and to Vote!

Peter LiPera was born in Riposto, Sicily on January 27, 1930, the youngest in the family. When Pete was just three months old the LiPera Family moved from Sicily to the United States. Pete was a longtime resident of Burbank. He attended Burbank High School, where he played football, and during his senior year he was the Student Body President. He graduated in the Winter Class of 1950 from Burbank High. Pete then attended Occidental College on a full scholarship for football. He left Occidental early to enlist in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving on the USS Jason as a Gunner’s Mate. Later on he returned to Burbank High School where he taught and coached for 31 years from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. During those years he taught European History, Western Civilization, Eastern Civilizations, and also taught Driver Training. He coached for 15 years of his 31 years at Burbank High, two years coaching “B” Football, and 13 years as the Varsity Football Coach. He had two championship teams during those years. After retirement Pete would sometimes spend entire days in his library reading, researching, and writing, and would stop just for meals. He modeled integrity and valued learning. Pete was a strong believer in “We The People” and in the responsibility of participating in our democracy. He often told people to “Be sure and Vote!” His love of Football also continued, in later life as a viewer each week during Football Season, dinnertime being during half-time!

Pete and his first wife, Marilyn, had three sons, Donn, David, and Scott, who also grew up in Burbank. Marilyn passed away in 1972 after a long illness. Nine years later in 1981 Pete and Sheila Byrne were married and lived in Burbank for the next fourteen years. In 1995 after they both had retired they moved to Oro Valley, Arizona, near Tucson, where they have lived for the past 25 years. Pete passed away in Oro Valley on January 19, 2020, only eight days before his 90th birthday on January 27.

Peter LiPera is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sheila Byrne LiPera; his son Donn LiPera and wife Diane; his son Scott LiPera and partner Louis; and by countless friends, former students, and former players who have wonderful memories of this great man. Pete was predeceased by his first wife, Marilyn Tucker LiPera, in 1972; his middle son, Dr. David B. LiPera, DC, in 2009 (a 1976 BHS graduate); and by all of his older siblings.

Notice shared by Alan Landros BHS’70.

Mr. Pete LiPera

RIP Lawrence “Larry” Marak

Larry Marak, 1968

Larry Marak, 1968

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, after spending 43 days in the hospital. 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. He didn’t have health insurance then and that put them behind financially for 7 years, and so he entered public service and was hired by the City of Burbank.

Larry Marak 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 he transferred over to the credit section and process payments for transmission to treasury.

Larry Marak is the latest classmate to retire.

At Larry’s retirement

Larry Marak

Larry Marak

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 and have supported the Angel trees for many years. They 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 Maraks.

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 will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Burbank Faith Church of the Nazarene, 505 S. Sixth Street Burbank, CA 91501 (Corner of Sixth & Santa Anita) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burbank Faith Church Building Fund.

[Editor’s Note] I sat with Larry and his wife, Melissa at both the 45th and 50th Reunions. We made arrangements for them to visit me in Hawaii and it was just a little over a year ago that Larry, his wife Melissa, and Melissa’s sister, came to Oahu. It was Larry’s request that we visit the battleship USS Missouri together (where Japan signed the surrender documents, effectively ending World War II). Here are the pictures from that visit.

On board the battleship USS Missouri

Larry and Melissa

In my condo


Remembering Karen Jo Wallace Voralik

We are reposting Karen Wallace’s obituary as found on Linda C. Mustion’s blog, Memorial Page for Burbank High School friends that we’ve lost:

Karen Wallace

Funeral services for Karen Voralik will be held this Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Karen passed away at her home suddenly on January 31st. She was 64 years old.

Karen was born in Los Angeles, CA on September 17, 1950. After graduating from Burbank High School, she attended Los Angeles City College. Karen was married in March 1970 and then moved to Boulder Creek in 1974 where she was a resident of Santa Cruz County for 41 years.

Karen was a loving mother and raised six children. In addition, she helped her husband with the family owned Home Medical Supply store and Internet business. Karen loved music, entertainment, and long walks. She also enjoyed swimming, sewing, reading, gardening, antiques, camping, and spending time with her family. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of San Lorenzo Valley (now called Trinity Bible Church) where she served as a Deaconess, played the piano and hand bells, sung in the choir, and led Bible studies. Karen will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.

Karen is survived by her four sons; John (Julie) Voralik, Matthew (Maria) Voralik, Andrew Voralik, Mark Voralik, daughter Tara (Rick) Archibald, brother Phillip Wallace and sister Susan Heller. She is also survived by her four grandchildren; Dylan Voralik, Elijah Voralik, and Esther and Lydia Archibald, as well as nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her husband, David Franklin Voralik (2012), and her son, Paul Bryan Voralik (1998).

Funeral services for Karen Voralik will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21st at 12:00 pm at Trinity Bible Church, 7301 Highway 9, Felton, CA. There will be a graveside service to follow at Santa Cruz Memorial and then a reception back at Trinity Bible Church after the services. All are welcome. Interment will be at Santa Cruz Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Trinity Bible Church.

If you have any memories of Karen, please post them in the Comments section below.

RIP Bob Sanfilippo

From Linda Sanfilippo:

Dear Friends of Bob — It is with sadness that I let you all know that Bob has gone to walk with Jesus. He passed away this afternoon here at home in Idaho. It was the place that gave him peace and deep joy. Think of him today and smile for what he added to your life. God is good because he gave Bob to me for 35 beautiful years. Linda Sanfilippo

Just on May 12, classmate Jim Ranshaw wrote:

On our recent road trip, we had the pleasure of visiting my twin brother (from another mother). Notice the beautiful GTX behind us. It was a great time and he has a very nice house on the Spokane River with an awesome patio deck overlooking it.

Please share your remembrances of Bob in the comments section below.

Robert “Bob” Sanfilippo
SEPTEMBER 16, 1950 ~ JUNE 20, 2019 (AGE 68)

Robert “Bob” Sanfilippo, 68, of Jamestown, New York passed away at home on June 20, 2019 from complications of kidney failure. 

Born in Jamestown, New York, his parents Eva and Joseph Sanfilippo moved to Burbank California with their three sons when Bob was 1. Bob was the youngest of the three sons. Bob graduated from Burbank High School and the University of California Irvine. He opened and ran a tax and financial planning practice in Fountain Valley, California for 30 years. Following his official retirement, he and his wife followed his coworker and extended family to Post Falls, Idaho. 

He was amazed by the beauty of North Idaho and would sit for hours on his back deck and watch others enjoy the Spokane River as they floated by, or as they cast a line in the water. If you floated by, he was the one sitting on his “perch” waving as you passed. When asked by his Southern California friends, “Why Post Falls?” He would smile and tell them of his church home at St George Catholic Church, the friends he had from Knights of Columbus, the way an osprey hovers as it fishes, or the Idaho night sky which is filled with brilliant stars. “North Idaho is where God lives” he would say.   

Bob is best remembered for his strong work ethic, his dry humor, and his deep and quiet love for his family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda and two sons; Brian, a certified substance abuse counselor living in Jefferson City, Missouri and Ian, a Firefighter-Paramedic living in McKinney, Texas. He was blessed to have a beautiful daughter in law, Alexandra, added to the family May of 2017. 

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at St George Catholic Church: 2010 N Lucas St, Post Falls, ID 83854. A reception and Celebration of “A life well-lived” will follow the mass at English Funeral Chapel, Post Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Idaho Disaster Dogs or Guns and Hoses of North Texas will be gratefully appreciated.

Beloved teacher, Mr. Leon Frankamp

From the Leon Frankamp Family:

As some of you may already know, our dad, Leon went home to be with Jesus early Wednesday morning. After a courageous battle with cancer, our Savior has called him home. He passed peacefully in his sleep, at home, surrounded by family, holding the hand of his true love and our dear mom, Ramona. While our hearts are heavy and we miss him dearly already, we find so much peace knowing he is now in his eternal home.

Memorial services for this extraordinary man are as follows:

Tuesday June 11that 1:00 pm
Magnolia Park United Methodist Church
2828 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA  91505

Gathering in the Fellowship Hall will be held directly after.

There will also be a celebration of his life in Pine Mountain Club later in June. This will be held at one of his favorite places in the world, PMC Golf Course. Further details to come.

So many of you have already written such kind messages and we are so grateful for all the love received. Our dad was certainly a blessing to many, as he felt so blessed by you all, too. He will be dearly missed and loved forever.

All our love,

The Frankamp Family

(Ramona, Sue, Cindy and Kim)

When you look at a photo of a person, what does the photo say to you about the image? Does the photo show a moment of the person in time? Does the photo capture the personality of the person? Does the photo and composition move you to an emotional feeling? Well, this photo does it all for me.

Today, Mr. Leon Frankamp, my high school teacher, my photo mentor, and my friend, passed away. We called him Mr. Fran because he was the teacher that connected with his students (Burbank High School). He introduced my generation to the value of a photograph, an artistic expression of the person that sets the F stop, focuses the lens, and clicks the button. He always asked us to think about the composition that shares the moment. (Rubin Rodriguez)

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Frigerio!

Congratulations to BHS’68 classmates Tonia Szilagyi Mapston and George Frigerio who developed a romance 49 years after high school graduation and tied the knot last Thursday before family and many friends from Burbank High. Go back and read all about it here: A BHS Love Story and 49 Years in the Making.

Jodi Tillotson Huddleston said: “It was great fun to reconnect with friends from high school again since none of them had been able to make it to the reunion. I am so happy for Tonia and George to be able to find each other again and to make a new life for each other. I had a great time going to Waco with Tim Tolnay and his wife Kat Wyatt (both class of ’69). Tonia’s family are so nice and were very welcoming to George and all of the friends that came. A great time was had by all!

Burbank friends at Toni and George’s wedding. (L-R: Sharon Anderson McEntire, Thomas McEntire, Paul Hernandez, Tim Tolnay, Kathleen Wyatt Richardson, Janis O’Brien, Tonia Szilagyi Mapston, George Frigerio, Larry O’Brien, Jan DeJaegher, Jodi Tillotson Huddleston, Gary Marca, Teri Hill Clark)

Jan DeJaegher wrote: Attended a truly Hallmark Style wedding today! Old friends Tonia Szilagyi Mapston and George Frigerio got married in one of the nicest wedding ceremonies ever. Dinner and dancing followed. Many people from elementary school through Burbank High school were there, a wonderful reunion for all of us.

Since many of us wanted to be there but circumstances did not permit it, I asked Jan to send me her impressions of the celebration.

A whole bunch of us got to the hotel at the same time, and the staff was nice enough to let us commandeer the breakfast area and we just sat and talked for hours on the day before the rehearsal dinner. We left it neat and tidy so they couldn’t say anything!

The next morning, the date of the rehearsal dinner, they let us linger as long as we wanted to after breakfast. The lady that took care of the breakfast area was just so nice, and it turns out she is from Fullerton. She even made waffles for us! She has a daughter and grandchildren in Corsicana, so that’s where she is now to be near them.

The rehearsal dinner was a delightful affair, a sit down dinner provided by George’s mom. She’s a great lady and quite on top of things. We (Teri Hill Clark and I who collaborated on the quilt) presented it and Teri made us sing a song before the unveiling with Janis Bustrum O’Brien, who was my close neighbor growing up. We wrapped (the quilt) in brown paper and tied it up with twine.

Quilt made by Jan DeJaegher for newlyweds Toni and George.

George and Toni were quite surprised. After that, they gave out the groomsmen’s gifts and bridesmaids and attendants’ gifts.

The one thing that Teri and I were able to do was to take the booze from Mom Frigerio’s house and deliver it to both the rehearsal dinner site and the wedding site. Wel also delivered all the gifts for the attendants. We saved Toni about two hours of running stuff around, so she could concentrate on getting read. Toni is the total opposite of a bridezilla and hated asking anyone to do anything. We were so happy to have errands to run.

Wedding day was fun… The wedding was held in the observatory build of Navarro College. There was beautiful stained glass of those who looked to the stars: Galileo, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and John Goddard—impressive. We all sat anywhere we wanted as many of us were friends with both bride and groom. There were three ringbearers, one of whom was a baby (he wore George’s cowboy boots from when George was a baby) and two flower girls. Three bridesmaids, all of whom are Toni’s daughters, four groomsmen. Two sons-in-law walked Toni up the aisle. When asked who gave her away, they indicated that the whole family did! The vows were repeated and then everyone recessed. The reception was a buffet, and there was a champagne fountain as well as a chocolate fountain.

There were three wedding cakes. One was white with red roses cascading down, a birthday cake and a groom’s cake. There wasn’t any cake left at the end, I think! It was also Toni’s birthday so George won’t forget either date.

Kathy, this wedding was the best I’ve ever been to. We, the Facebook friends, saw this little spark start between the two of them, and it just kept growing! All of Toni’s family, including the grandkids, just adore George. They call him Papa Georgio, a combination of his first and last names. He’s a true romantic and Toni just adores him. 

Toni’s boots were a hit! They were sparkly as all get out, and a perfect color match to her beautiful red dress!

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If there were any other Burbank friends at the wedding, or if you wish to send your congratulations, write your messages in the comments box below.

Congratulations, Toni and George!




RIP Jerry Iggulden

Jerry Iggulden died in 2012

Our friend from Burbank High class of 1970, Alan Landros, wrote to tell me that yesterday he attended the funeral of teacher Bill North.

One of the four speakers was Mary Iggulden, BHS ‘74.  Afterwards I talked to her and asked her if Jerry was her brother, or if Scott was her brother.  She said Jerry was her brother, and Scott was their cousin.  She said Jerry passed away in 2012, and that he and his wife lived in Santa Monica when he died.  She didn’t volunteer any details other than that.  We all know that Scott Iggulden was killed in Viet Nam, probably from the latest class from BHS of those killed in Viet Nam, BHS ‘68.

Alan said that Jerry’s sister, Mary, especially wanted to get the message to our classmate Marty Gelbard, since “Jerry and Marty went through Thomas Jefferson together, too, and that the Igguldens lived near the school on Karen St., and I know back then the Gelbards lived on Eton Dr. near the school.”

Please share your memories of Jerry in the comments below.

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RIP Mr. Bill North

From BHS’70 Alan Landros:

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Former BHS teacher, Mr. Bill North, passed away yesterday, Sunday, February 24, 2019. Bill was in Colorado when he passed away. He was there for only two days to visit a friend.  He was on an airport bus going to the airport to come back home when he suddenly passed away. He was 82 years old.

Bill grew up in the 900 block of Cornell Dr. and was a 1954 BHS graduate. He taught Social Studies and English at John Muir Junior High for 15 years from 1960 to 1975. He then taught Government and Economics for 21 years at BHS from 1975 to 1996 when he retired. He was also the Ceralbus advisor from 1986 to 1996. Many will remember Bill’s use of “paper clips” for awards in his John Muir classes!

Bill married his John Muir colleague, Mrs. Barbara Bullock, and they enjoyed many happy years together. Barbara passed away in 2005. He continued living in Burbank until now, and had been doing well. Just last August he purchased a new Subaru wagon. Bill and former John Muir and BHS teacherClyde Richards, have been close friends over all these years.  Bill North attended the BHS ‘70 reunions in both 2010 and 2015.  He and Barbara were planning to attend the 2005 reunion, also, but the diagnosis of Barbara’s illness came the same week as the reunion so they couldn’t join us of course, and Barbara passed away shortly after that.

>When I’ve sent notices like this over the years for BHS ‘70 alumni and former BHS teachers I would almost always hear from Bill complimenting me on what I had written.  He would always tell me that when he died he wanted me to write his obituary!  We would laugh back and forth about that each time.  I NEVER thought that his passing would come this soon.  I even thought that he might outlive me.  Not to be.  This is a sad day for Burbank and for everyone who knew Mr. Bill North.

The icing on the cake

Some of you saw Nancy Frisch Silverman’s post on Facebook:

Yes, the Memory Books have been mailed—a fun souvenir of our 50th Class Reunion weekend together. It’s 36 pages, full-color throughout, and chock full of photos, submitted by some of you, but most were taken by my brother, Rick Au, a Burbank High graduate from the Class of 1980. He owes his photo expertise to teacher Mr. Leon Frankamp, who is still living in Minnesota.

Here are some more comments:

“Memory Book finally made its way to Colorado, it is awesome!” (Jodi TIllotson Huddleston)

“I agree!” (Louise Good Hernandez)

“I agree also. Pure icing” (Christine Heim Teuber)

“Agree, good job!” (Jeani Chiarolla Chambers)

“You all did a wonderful job on it. Special thanks to Kathy” (Karen Walther Berg)

“I got mine today and agree it is well done. Thank you all.” (Betsey Nash)

“What a great job! It is full of wonderful memories!” (Karen Watson Gillespie)

“Great job!!! Thank you all!!!” (Loanne Walker Ginchereaux)

“Thank you so much for all of your work on this book and the reunion. Your brother did a great job capturing the night in pictures, but it took your knowledge and talent to put this memory book together; it is a treasure and our reunion was one for the books.” (Patti Trish Molloy Vosper)

The Memory Book contains the contact information of alumni who either filled out the Reunion Questionnaire, attended a Reunion activity, or wrote to us about the Reunion but were unable to come for some reason or another.

The good news is that we have a very limited number of Memory Books left. If you haven’t yet ordered a copy, or especially, if you were not able to come to any of the Reunion events, you still have a chance to own one of these unique books, and see what everyone is talking about.

Go here to order your copy. It is only $10 and includes shipping.