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Former Teacher of the Year, Jon Olin, Passes Away

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

olin191@gmail.com

Obituary: Alice Louise Allen

Alice Louise Allen, a Burbank resident for most of her 90 years, passed away peacefully on Oct. 22 after a life dedicated to family, friends and the pursuit of adventure, knowledge and laughter. She leaves two children, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and an immeasurable amount of kindness and generosity that touched all who were fortunate to know her.

Alice Louise Allen

Alice Nelson was born July 2, 1928, in Los Angeles and moved to Burbank as a child. She attended McKinley Elementary, Burroughs when it was a middle school and graduated from Burbank High in 1946 before attending Glendale College. She married Ira “Bill” Allen in 1954, moved to Myers Street in 1963 and lived in the same home until months before her passing. There, she and Ira raised two children as Kim and John grew up through Horace Mann Elementary, John Muir Junior High and Burbank High.

The connection to her hometown was seemingly endless. Alice worked in the office at Luther Burbank Junior High, gave her time and talents to the Autry Museum as a docent while especially cherishing the opportunity to share her knowledge with the children who came through, and served Burbank Presbyterian Church as an elder and a member of many committees. That was in addition to volunteering in the office at the Burbank Police Department, countless hours as a leader for Kim’s troop with the Camp Fire Girls and becoming a strong supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness with training to help at NAMI meetings.

Years at the Autry Museum helped feed a passion for Southern California history, especially the Old West, and the joy of reading any book she could find on a topic was part of a quest to never stop learning. That extended to her travels as well. Alice loved to visit museums and take tours in new places.

This was a woman who started competing in 5K races at age 84. And it was competing – once Alice was shown where to find her finish in an age group, she would check her time and place against the field. She was active into her 90s, moving from Burbank to Auburn, Calif., to share life with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the Sacramento area before pancreatic cancer quickly spread.

People were the true joy in a life of grace, consideration and smiles. Alice reveled in updates from family and friends, stayed connected with people out of the area via phone conversations, emails and her annual Christmas letter on stationary that cheered on the season. She looked forward to meals with friends and past co-workers as well as travels near and far. As the end approached, it was important to Alice that everyone knew how much the decades of warmth meant to her and how it brought her happiness and a sense of purpose. It’s similar to the family taking comfort in the cards that have arrived since the passing as a sign of how many people saw the true Alice Allen, messages that are a reminder of her character, wisdom, generosity, caring and strength. It was her love of life and those in her life that kept her going strong until the end.

Alice is survived by her daughter Kim (Greg) Thompson, son John Allen, grandchildren James (Kelly) Thompson, Elizabeth (Dan) Russell, and great-grandchildren Mason and Cooper Russell, and Margaret Joy Luck-Thompson. Ira Allen, a Burbank police officer for 32 years as a patrolman and detective, died in 2003.

A celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined.

Obituary: Hilda Greene

In loving memory

By Bob Greene, son

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Hilda Greene of Sherman Oaks passed away on July 17, 2017 at 97-years young.

Hilda was born November 29, 1919 in New York. Her legacy is that she was the most kind and caring mother and woman possible. As her son, I want to thank her for being my mom. May she Rest In Peace forever, as she will be forever in my heart and forever loved.

Services were held Sunday, July 23 at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in her honor. It is listed under: My Amazing Mother Hilda Greene.

Hilda Greene, 97

Longtime Coach, Resident, Ron Rossiter Dies

Ronald I. Rossiter of Burbank, CA passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Ron Rossiter0002

Ron Rossiter

Ron was born to Ira & Elizabeth Rossiter on August 26, 1941 in Flint Michigan. He was one of eight children. Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years Sharron, his children, Dianna Cromie (Dan), Jerry Rossiter (Mary Jo) and Tom Rossiter (Marie). He was the proud grandpa to 12 grandchildren and 5 ½ great-grandchildren.

Ron is also survived by his brother Jerry Rossiter and sisters Patricia Langosh and Carole Hash. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings and his granddaughter Madeline Jo Rossiter. His family was his greatest joy.

Ron was retired from the Burbank Unified School District.   He was a coach to his kids in various sports teams for over 45 years. His favorite sport was baseball where he coached in the Parks and Recreation league as well as for John Burroughs Baseball. At the time of his passing, Ron was still coaching his men’s softball team on Tuesday nights. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday January 16, 2016 at Real Life Church located at 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia, CA 91355.

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following Non- Profit Organizations:

Maddie’s Heart
27831 Lost Springs Road
Canyon Country, California 91387

John Burroughs Baseball Booster Club
2219 W. Olive Ave #269
Burbank, CA 91506

Obituary: DELBERT GEORGE DAVIS

DELBERT GEORGE DAVIS passed away Sunday February 2, 2014, at age 71. He was born on June 9, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was the son of Verleen and George Clarence Davis. The family moved to Modesto, California where Delbert was a star athlete in Junior and Senior High School in the 50’s and 60’s.

DELBERT GEORGE DAVIS

DELBERT GEORGE DAVIS

Later Delbert moved to the Los Angeles area where he met the love of his life, Madeleine Babcock. They married not long after and raised three sons. Delbert or “Big D” worked for the Universal Studios for 30 plus years. Delbert was a happy go lucky guy who lived life to the fullest. Delbert was a loving husband, father and uncle and is survived by his loving wife Madeleine, along with sons Tony, Jerry and Mike, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry Don (Carol) Davis, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Margaret (Ed) Reese, and brother-in-law Charles Babcock. He is also survived by his aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Delbert’s life will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m.:

VALLEY FUNERAL HOME
Directors (818) 845-3766

Obituary: Maryellen Teresa Baldaseroni-Breckenridge

Maryellen Teresa Baldaseroni-Breckenridge, 67, (May 5, 1946 – Jan. 3, 2014) passed away in Dayton, NV.

Maryellen Breckenridge

Maryellen Breckenridge

Maryellen was born May 5, 1946 in Oakpark, Illinois to John and Sarah Baldaseroni. Maryellen was a 1964 graduate of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School in Burbank, CA. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gary Lee Breckenridge.

Maryellen will be dearly missed by her five children, all living in Dayton, NV, Tara Burrows (Mike), Kerry Kordonowy (Rick), Brian Breckenridge, Kevin Breckenridge (Tracy) and Cory Breckenridge (Gina), her two brothers, John Baldaseroni of Burbank (Linda), Donald Baldaseroni (Sue) of Burbank; Two sisters, Jo Baldaseroni-Barrett (Ken) of Newport Beach, CA and Lucille Baldaseroni-Borne of Reno, Nevada. Fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

There was a funeral mass for Maryellen on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:00am at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Dayton, NV. Burial service followed at the Dayton Cemetery where Maryellen was laid to rest beside her husband, Gary.

OBITUARY — Harold “Hal” E. Wetherwax — Burbank’s Own Music Man

Harold “Hal” E. Wetherwax, formerly of Burbank, passed away on July 17 at his home at Silverstrand Beach near Oxnard. He was 89.

Harold "Hal" E. Wetherwax

Harold “Hal” E. Wetherwax

Born on July 13, 1924 in Bayonne, N.J., his family moved to Burbank while he was a teenager. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1942. At 17 he joined the Navy and was in the admiral’s band stationed in Trinidad. After the war he returned to L.A. where he formed a jazz trio that played at clubs and was the house band for the “Ralph Edwards Variety Show” on NBC.

For 60 years he taught hundreds of Burbank children music at St. Francis and St. Robert Bellarmine schools as well as privately in his home studio. He directed The Reflectors band, made up of school students, that played weekly on the Burbank Golden Mall.

He was a life member of Musicians Union Local #47.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Virginia; three sons Michael, Peter and Randall Wetherwax and daughter Leslie Davenport; three daughters-in-law Lynn Wetherwax, Carla Bengtson and Lydia Wetherwax; four grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Hal Wetherwax Instrumental Music Fund through the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, by mail to 348 E. Olive Ave., Suite D, Burbank, 91502 or online at

http://www.burbankartsforall.org/support-us/donation-form/ .

Robert L. “Lonnie” Melton

A memorial service for Robert L. “Lonnie” Melton will be held on Saturday, July 28.   Mr. Melton died July 18, after a brief illness.  He was 65 years old.

Mr. Melton was born in Glendale, and had been a life-long Burbank resident.  He graduated from John Burroughs High School in 1965, and was in the school choir.  A veteran of the U.S. Army from 1967-1969, he served in Vietnam.

As a teenager, Mr. Melton began working with his father, Robert S. Melton, in his dad’s sign business, S.O.S. Neon.  He was the original owner of Melton Signs.  He made banners for Burbank On Parade.

Mr. Melton is survived by his wife, Alanna; his two daughter, Holly Aispuro and Lesley Victorine; sons-in-law David Aispuro and Chris Victorine; and his grandchildren, Carter, Kylie, and Kayin Aispuro.  He is also survived by his mother, Dorris Melton; sisters, Laura Pomeroy and Linda Melton Damarjian; a brother, Les Melton; brother-in-law George Damarjian; and sister-in-law, Vicky Melton.  His father preceded him in death.

The memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Church where Mr. Melton was a member.   The service will begin at 3 p.m. on July 28.  The church is located at 438 E. Harvard Rd., Burbank