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Known Deceased Members of the Class of '57

Lenore Abila Manning -  2007
Roy Armstrong
Al Banks - 2013
Ben Barber – 1992
Gary Barron – 2004
Clyde William Bartlebaugh - 2004
Dick Beauchemin - 2013
Elizabeth Beck Wolff
John Bennett
Bill Black
Diane Boisot Hardgrove – 1999
Jeanette Bristol McAtee – 1972
Jim Bryant - 2001
Barry Busby French - 2015
Garrilee Buster Reif - 2015
John Dennis Caparone
Betty Ann Case Braun – 1995
Jim Chilton - 2013
Harvey Chosen
Jean Cleary Lindemans
Lynn Cole Stubblefield - 2002
Joyce Consentino MacCartney – 1999
John Cowdell – 2010
Dale Daniel, MD – 1995
Mike De Orio
Jim Eaton - 2005
Michael Froehle - 1992
JoAnna Funderberg - c.1959
Frank J. Giambrone – 1992
 

Barbara Goldman Ajello - 2013
Jim Gorjans - Sept. 2014
Gale Graham McMunue
Jo Gene Griffin Hurley - 2012
Bob Hall
Clay Ward Hayes - 1982
Ross Heale - 2016
Jay Heckman
Dick Heilman - 2015
Frank Hejtmanek – 1990
Carol Huff Whalin - 2008
Karen Johnson Madden - 2006
Dave Jones – 2007
Jack Jordan - 2001
Robert J. Kelly
Bob Kerske - 2008
Tom King
Chris Klinger
Troy Dale Lemons - 2014
Robin Little
Gerald “Jerry” MacDonald - 2012
Judy Manly Demarest - 2010
Denny Marchand
Gordon Marlow
Larry Martin – 2004
Tom McKibben – 2004
John McQuarie - 2004
Ronald Miller – 1997
 

Valerie Lee Nelsen Johnson
Kenneth Nichols - 1976
John Nicolais - 1979
Fred Petersen - 2004
Joan Prestin Tunney – 1998
Judy Ramsey Shriver - 2008
Janet Reeve Jacobson -2014
Timothy M. Rife – 1999
Chuck Rose - 2007
Les Rush - 2008
Jim Samuelson – 1990
Colleen Schurter Jannuzzi -2013
Richard ‘Dick’ Solar - 2002
Pat Spencer Gruben - 2015
Bruce M. Spicer – 1992
Neva Stately
Graham Stubblefield – 1998
Ingrid Swenson Peterson
Linda Treece Saunders
Robert Tross
Barry Waylett – 1999
Edward Lang Wenzlaff – 1996
Charles Barry Williams - 2009
Laurie Ann Williams (Breckel) - 2004
Dale Wullner – 2005
Peggy Wunderlich Cline - 2011
Don Yost - 2012

 

OBITUARY NOTES:

Ross Heale - January 10, 2016, from heart failure. "While living in Thailand, Ross contracted a virus which led to meningitis and later other complications. His USA family brought him back to California with the hope he would recover. He was bed-ridden for over nine years." [Richard Bensen] See Class Notes ( June 2012).

Garrilee Buster Reif - May 2015, suddenly and unexpectedly. Garrilee moved in her junior year, but always attended our reunions, usually with her brother, Bob (Buz) Buster who was older and graduated from MAD (Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte). She was an elementary school teacher in Rialto. Her father built many housing developments in Arcadia, and later in the Redlands/Riverside area.
"Garrilee was an amazing, funny person and I will miss her. We were friends since 6th grade at Holly Avenue School." [Peggy Tremayne]

Richard 'Dick' Heilman
- July 7, 2015, from complications of frontotemporal dementia. Dick earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from USC and did post-graduate work in England. He resided in London for 11 years where he met and married his wife, Lynne. They lived in San Marino, San Francisco, the San Diego area, and in 1997, retired to Pinehurst, NC. Dick served in the Navy, worked for a Wall Street investment banking firm, served as a managing director of Canadian American Merchant Bank in London, and for Bank of America in San Francisco. He was active in community affairs and served on various boards. Dick loved to play golf! Over the years, he belonged to several different clubs and after moving to Pinehurst became an active member in the Club Professionals Championship, the U.S. Open Championship, and the Men's Golf Association. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Jeffrey and Robert, a daughter, Christiana, and grandchildren, James and Courtney.
"Dick was a special guy when we were in high school and that clearly continued to be the case throughout his life." [Rene Caron]

Pat Spencer Gruben
- May 25, 2015. Pat had serious lower respiratory problems and was in poor health in recent years. [Bonnie Merry Booth]

Barrett Busby (Howe) French - January 13, 2015. After living many years in So. CA where she owned and operated a successful decorating business, Barry moved to NJ in December 2014 to be closer to her daughter and granddaughters. Not long after, she became ill and tests discovered previously undiagnosed health problems. Barry and her husband (deceased) had three children: daughter, Cee and son, Clark. Another son, Alden, died years ago. She was a loving grandmother, and was especially proud that her oldest granddaughter had been accepted to Interlochen Center, a highly competitive and prestigious high school in northern MI emphasizing the creative arts. Her Facebook family and friends posted many comments following her death reflecting on their appreciation of her unique style: "Barry was the bomb!"..."A class act!" You may recall that Barry's sister (close in age but not her twin as many of us used to think) is Binnie Busby Beaumont. The last we heard, Binnie was still living in So. CA.

James 'Jim' Richard Gorjans - on September 23, 2014 of cancer. Following AHS, Jim attended and graduated from USC. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rayma, a son, daughter and three granddaughters. He was a fan of Trojan football and NASCAR racing, and enjoyed golf and his granddaughters' sports activities. He was with Allstate Insurance sales for 45 years. (Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2014)

Troy Dale Lemons - May 9, 2014, after a short battle with leukemia. He was a resident of Danville, CA, admired for his gentle ways and quiet, good humor. Troy loved sports, and the outdoor life. He earned the highest ranking for Explorer and Sea Scouts and continued into adulthood mentoring others. He joined the computer revolution of the 60's and 70's, eventually becoming VP of Quantel Corp and traveling the world on business to India, Japan and Australia. After retiring, he and his wife, Roberta, enjoyed traveling the world for pleasure and to bridge tournaments in Mexico. He is survived by Roberta, his brother, three children, two step-children, and sixteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held in May at the Berkeley Faculty Club.

Janet Reeve Jacobson
- May 1, 2014 at Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, CA, after a period of illness. Janet studied Biology at Occidental College. Graduating in 1961, she received her teaching credential from USC and taught elementary school in West Covina and Arcadia. She married Tyland Jacobson in 1970. They were together 44 years and had two sons and a daughter. Janet was a talented and enthusiastic lover of animals, music, singing, square dancing, golf, her husband, and family. She is survived by Ty, her three children, a brother, two sisters and two grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held in Escondido on May 18.
Gay Ellen DeGero became good friends with Janet early on at Holly Avenue School..."a long time ago". Some of our other classmates continued a friendship with her during her college days and as alums of Occidental.

Judy Manly Demarest
- in approximately 2010, cause unknown. [Garilee Buster Reif shared this news with Barbi Knopp Wesser] Judy and Roger Willis were good friends at AHS, but over the years, he lost track of her.

Richard 'Dick' William Beauchemin -
August 21, 2013 at his home in San Clemente, CA after a stroke left him helpless for over a year. He was a US Navy veteran, a graduate of Cal State LA, and had his own building maintenance business. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, two sons and grandchildren.
"Dick and I were neighbors during our formative years on 7th Avenue in Arcadia. He was proud of his '57 Chevy with the fuel injected engine and shut down a lot of other street racers with it. He was a natural athlete, a gift that kept him alive his last year in bed as an invalid. The last time I saw him was at our 50th along with class friends Don Bingham, Don Karotick and John Covey. Days gone by except some wonderful memories of our happy days in Arcadia." [John Heidtke]

Lenore Abila Manning
- June 3, 2007 in Pahrump, NV. Lenore was born in 1938 in Monrovia and lived for a time in Victorville, CA before moving to Pahrump. She married Donald Kirby in 1959 and they had two children, Donna and Ronald. She married Conrad Manning in 2001. She was a member of the Moose and the Sweet Adelines and attended Trinity Assembly of God Church. Her brothers Urban ('55), Harold and Leonard preceded her in death. She is survived by her children and four grandchildren. [Valerie Skoglund Harris '58, Ancestry. com.]
"We were with Bill and Molly Eldredge one night for dinner and afterward Linda (McClean '59) and I were talking about some Arcadia people in our past. Somehow Lenore's name came up. I remember her from my 7th grade class at First Avenue. She was always friendly but basically a quiet person. Her older brother, Urban, was something of a hood, or at least perceived as such. He probably really wasn't. I remember one time as a sophomore or junior having to talk my way out of getting my butt kicked by Urban for a perceived slight. Anyway, I remember Lenore with fondness even though I never knew her really well." [Myron Reichert]
 
Jo Anna Funderberg - c.1959, shortly after our high school graduation, in a car accident.
"Jo Anna was a flag twirler with me, a very kind girl with some sad problems in life. I feel sad that many people may not remember her." [Peggy Tremayne - thank you for noticing that we had no DOD listed for her.]

Jo Gene Griffin Hurley New Year’s Eve 2012, in Phoenix, AZ, following a courageous five-year battle with breast and ovarian cancer. She tolerated treatment amazingly well and until the last month or so of her life was able to enjoy family and friends. She celebrated her 73rd birthday on Christmas Day. Her chief passion and love in life was her family. She was married 44 years to Bob Hurley and had two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. She volunteered at the Heard Museum, her church and the Franciscan Renewal Center.
"Jo and I were roommates for the last half of our senior year at UC Berkeley, and then she stayed on another year and met her future husband. She was a wonderful friend, and I will always treasure memories of the summer we drove across the country to attend summer school at Harvard when we were elementary school teachers. We drove all over the state of MA and up and down the coast from ME to Cape Cod. I last saw her about two years ago. She had lost most of her hair from chemo but didn’t let that stop her from bravely going out to lunch and to the wonderful Phoenix Indian Art Museum." [Maria Siegel Watt]
"Jo Gene and her family were our next-door neighbors in Arcadia for several years. She was a super-special girl, with a great amount of inner strength and led an exemplary life. I was so fortunate to be able to re-connect with her after so many years. Our loss is heaven’s gain." [Jack Shuler]

Alan Lee Banksin late 2012 or early 2013 of leukemia. [If anyone has more news of Al to share, we would appreciate hearing from you.]

Colleen Alice Schurter Jannuzzi January 23, 2013, at home in Portland, OR, of lung cancer. Colleen graduated from UC Berkeley and became a 1st grade teacher. Later she received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and worked as a school psychologist. She went on to establish five businesses, all of which did well. Colleen was married to David who survives her and continues to live in their Portland home. Her brother, Bill, and sister, Carol, went to AHS and are still living. Colleen loved her family, friends and her garden, traveled near and far, enjoyed good food and wine, and bridge—duplicate or rubber.  In short, she loved life.
"Kind, super smart, genuine, beautiful, funny—these qualities and more were Colleen. I will always treasure our friendship—the one we had in high school and our more recent renewal. A very special person. [Barbi Knopp Wesser]
"One of the kindest and most thoughtful persons I have ever known." [Susan Cramer Peters]
"Colleen was a wonderful person. I’m so glad we had those moments to reconnect during and after our class reunions." [Megan Geffeney Wagner]  

Gerald L. “Jerry” MacDonald
– July 24, 2012 at age 72 of lung cancer and the complications of COPD. In the 1970s Jerry moved to Oregon where he raised his family and worked in home construction. He is survived by his three daughters, Terry, Kimberly and Vera, and four grandchildren. He and Gay DeGero remained friends over the years and she was kind enough to inform us.

Peggy Wunderlich Cline – of renal failure on June 15, 2011 in Moab, UT.  She married Ernest Cline and became the mother of five children. Jean Ramage learned about her death on the Internet and shared this news with us. “Although I did not know Peggy well in high school, we were roommates in college at UC Riverside. She was a wonderful roommate.”  

Donald Edwin Yost
– June 5, 2012 after a valiant fight with cancer. Don’s dad started Yost Printers in Monrovia, CA in 1932. Don and his twin brother, Darrell, worked beside their dad and each other for over 50 years. For the past 10 years he was also a real estate agent and broker. Don served in the US Navy and fought in the Vietnam War. He was a long-time member of Kiwanis. Don is survived by his wife, Linda, his son and three daughters, nine grandchildren and his brother (our classmate) Darrell. Services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Monrovia on June 12, 2012.

John Stainley Cowdell – AFS exchange student from New Zealand, July 2010, from a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. His year in the US influenced him for the rest of his life. John enjoyed photography, read many books on American politics, and loved American cars. He bought a new Cadillac last year and was able to drive it for six months before his health declined. John is survived by his wife, Margaret, children Stephanie, Richard and Staury, and their children.
"John’s granddaughter, also an AFS student, made a scrapbook with her grandfather of his year in Arcadia. His parents kept all the letters he wrote during that year and they were like diaries." [Susie Cumins Newell]

Charles Barry Williams
– July 2009 of heart disease. “Barry became my friend in 1956 while attending AHS. We became interested in sports car road racing, and Barry became a seriously good, winning racer. Later he collected famous old racing cars and had a successful Porsche salvage business. His cars were featured in highly acclaimed auto magazines. While serving in the Marine Corp Reserve, he received shooting honors, and became a skilled hunter and fisherman, traveling all over the world to pursue his hobby. Another interest was the history of the Old West and Plains Indians. Barry’s wife, Ann, died 12 years prior. To quote one of his favorite sayings, knowing Barry Williams was ‘a bit of all right.’ I miss our old buddy.” [Ron Cummings]

Robert ‘Bob’ Kerske
- July 2008 of cancer. Rene Caron and other classmates were with him in the last few days of his life. He is survived by his wife of 44+ years, Evelyn. Bob and Evelyn came to the 50th reunion during the time he was undergoing cancer treatment. Bob served in the US Marine Corps, and a military funeral service will be held in Fullerton, July 26th. 
“Bob was a remarkable guy and a longstanding and dear friend. He will be missed by all of us who knew him and loved him.” [Rene Caron] 

Judy Ramsey Shriver
- April 2008 of cancer.  Linda Stewart Little spoke with Judy’s husband at First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia and told her the news. He was attending that particular Sunday, because he and Judy were married there 50 years ago, and he wanted to come in her memory. They have two grown sons and three teenage granddaughters. Thank you, Linda, for emailing us. (7/08)  

Fred Petersen -
June 2004 of cancer.  Fred had a successful construction estimating business and lived and worked in many parts of the country.  He and his wife, Vicki, were living in Cincinnati, OH when he died.  (Thanks to Gary Salyer, Fred’s “old best buddy,” for writing to tell us.) 

John NicholaisOctober 1979, Los Angeles, at age 39 of Hodgkin’s Disease.  At the time of his death, John was already considered among the youngest and best known of the world’s architectural photographers.  He spent most of his early years photographing buildings in and around Los Angeles, and developed a pictorial essay of the city.  Although he trained as an architect, professionals in the field found his photographs so inspirational that he began devoting more and more time to his pictures.  At the time of his death, he had more than 50,000 slides to his credit, which were in demand across the country.  He contributed to the architectural design work of the Otani Hotel in LA.  (Thanks to Tupper Petit who sent us John’s obituary.) 

Karen Johnson Madden – 2006, of lung cancer.

Laurie Ann Williams Breckel – March 25, 2004, of a heart attack.

Dale Wullner – July 24, 2005, of cancer.  On July 31st a memorial gathering of over 100 people was held in Marin County, CA for our dear friend and AHS classmate.  Dale fought bravely with cancer for five years, and until shortly before his death, remained busy and active--dreaming new dreams, designing plans and building homes.  His wife, Sharron, and his three children were with him at home when he died.  We will remember his irrepressible humor and personality, and David will miss his close friend of 53 years. (8/05) 

Gary Barron – July 17, 2004.  He attended our 40th reunion, and more recently the reunion of several AHS classes in Laughlin, NV.  He was a resident of Sacramento.  The following is taken from the Sacramento Bee obituary page, 7/22/04: Gary and his former wife raised three children.  Surviving him are his brother, his children and their spouses, and ten grandchildren.  Gary led an active life, serving on boards and volunteering his time for numerous charities and children’s athletic and educational endeavors.  Throughout the community he was known as a popular and charismatic emcee.  Memorials to honor his life can be made to the American Heart Association, Friends for Kids, and organizations for Cystic Fibrosis. 

Tom McKibben – April 24, 2004 at the age of 65, after a 1½-year battle with esophageal cancer.  He and Marylee Grant Goyan renewed an old friendship (from elementary school!) at our 40th reunion, and romance soon followed.  Marylee, his partner in the final years of his life, witnessed his valiant struggle, as did many of their friends who gathered around them. Tom ran the family travel business in Arcadia, and was active in the community. In 1998 he moved to Coronado, CA, eventually retiring in 2002. Along with Marylee, he embraced the sport of sailing with great energy and enthusiasm, and until shortly before his death, remained active on several committees at the Coronado Yacht Club. His ashes were scattered at sea from his beloved Catalina Capri sailboat, Aurora. He is the father of two grown sons.

Lynn Cole Stubblefield – September 4, 1992, from a rare form of cancer.

Jack Jordan – July 24, 2001, of multiple systems atrophy, a disease similar to Parkinsons.  He and his wife, Betsy (Barclay), lived courageously with the disease for some time, diagnosed shortly following our 40th year reunion.  His entire family, including grandchildren, was at home with him when he died.  A memorial service was held at Arcadia Presbyterian Church.

Jim Bryant - February 2001. Husband and AHS classmate of Marilyn Madinger Bryant. "Fun fact: Jim was elected to, and served 12 years on, the Arcadia Board of Education, at one point hiring Elbert Souders as Superintendent of the Arcadia School District. Mr. Souders was Vice Principal at AHS when we were students." [Marilyn Madinger Bryant, coordinator for the 40th reunion.]

Diane Boisot Hardgrove - of cancer, November 29, 1999.  Diane attended the summer reunion in Newport Beach in August 1999.  She was able to reconnect with old AHS friends following the 40th reunion in 1997, which she said gave her enjoyment and encouragement after many years of illness.

Joyce Consentino Macartney - of cancer in October 1999.  Joyce attended the 40th reunion.

Barry Waylett - in May 1999 of cancer.  The news was given to us by Denny Keyes Alspach.  Barry, who had been living in Riverside, CA, attended the 40th reunion with his wife, Dianne.

Joan Prestin Tunney - in 1998, after a long struggle with cancer.  Some of us were able to be in touch with her by phone, letters and cards before and after the 40th reunion.

Graham Stubblefield - November 10, 1998, of a heart attack.  He and his wife and classmate, Lynn Cole Stubblefield , attended the 40th reunion.

Frank Hejtmanek - on February 8, 1998.  Frank sent us a biographical sketch for the 40th reunion.


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