Albert ‘Bob’ Santoyo
September 13, 1928-November 13, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Albert “Bob” Santoyo shares his passing on November 13, 2020. Bob was born on Flower Street in Burbank on September 13, 1928, the 7th of 8 children.
He was a “Burbank Bulldog” from Burbank High and, upon graduation in 1946, went to Boot Camp at Fort Ord and served in Korea at the tail end of the Korean War.
When he returned home, he worked with his brother Benny at Ford Agency in Burbank, painting cars. He liked to bowl and that’s where he met his wife, Margaret, whom he married in May, 1964, and became a Dad to her 4 children: Pam Grant and Bill Roberts, both of whom predeceased him in death, and Beth and Robin Roberts. Within a year, Bob and Margaret were blessed with the birth of a son, Ronald Paul Santoyo, in 1965. Continue reading “Obituary – Albert ‘Bob’ Santoyo”
William (Bill) Raymond Adams was born in Glendale, CA on 9/19/1959 and passed away 10/1/2020 at the age of 61. Survived by his parents Bob and Jan Adams, wife Laurie, three children: Louis, Jas and Taylor, three grandchildren: Hailey, Addison, Everly and numerous other family members. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. They provided him with so much joy. Raised in Burbank, he attended Burbank schools. He was an athlete who played baseball, basketball and football. Football was the sport he enjoyed most. He was proud to be a Burbank High Bulldog. Bill was a family man, animal lover, an avid sports fan (supporting all his local teams). He had a strong work ethic, having spent many years working for the Applause Toy Company and Munchkin. He enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas with family and friends. Bill was laid to rest in Chatsworth. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Bob Lemke passed away on Saturday, October 31st, at Glen Terra Assisted Living, where he has resided for the past 15 months. He was 90 years old, just missing his goal of 91 by four days. Bob was born November 4th, 1929, in West Bend, Wisconsin, to Harvey Lemke and Viola (Alberts) Lemke. He attended McLane Elementary School and graduated from West Bend High School. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin. He married his childhood sweetheart, Marion Herman, on January 12, 1948. She preceded him in death on December 23, 2001. While living in West Bend, he worked as a dispatcher for the West Bend Sheriff’s Office and was City Assessor prior to his move to California in 1962.
On October 22, we bid farewell to our cousin and friend Diane, an elegant, creative and joyful lady. Diane was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Nelson, BC, Canada and grew up in Grand Forks and on the west coast. Diane loved art and fashion and opened her own store in Vancouver. She later moved to Toronto to pursue a career as a model and pattern designer for Simplicity. In the late ’70s, California called and Diane moved to L.A., working as a designer for Creative Circle. Here, she met her husband and artist, Bob Heiner. They lived happily in Marina del Rey until Bob’s passing. Diane then moved to Glendale, where she enjoyed entertaining, creative projects, gardening and especially her dogs Disney, Jack and Oreo. You are always loved and never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It’s been a year gone by since I lost the love of my life, Eva Clara Higgins, to breast cancer 1953-2019. She was an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary, which at the time was Communist-controlled. The Fabok family fled to Austria for two years, applying to the U.S with help of existing family members who were here who would sponsor them. The family settled in Montrose in 1967, where Eva attended Rosemont Jr. High, and graduated from Crescenta Valley High. It was in 1969, when I met Eva. I was hitchhiking with a couple of friends, when on a dare, this car pulls over with three lovely girls — the rest is history. I was smitten with Eva from that moment on. Later, I learned she has the same identical birthday as mine. To top it off, so does the driver of the car whose name is also Eva.
Al died peacefully on October 22, 2020, at the age of 70 after a two-year battle with cancer. Al was born to Betty and Ernie Moore in Burbank, California, and attended grade school, high school and community college in the area. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and honorably served his country. After the war, Al returned to civilian life and his adventuresome spirit took him around the world as a river rafter, where he gained many lifelong friends. Continuing his need to serve, he joined the Burbank Fire Department and met his firefighting family. He loved his work and helping the community. While a firefighter, Al married Anne Pugel, and his life was changed forever! Anne brought with her many siblings and Al grew to know and appreciate the chaos of large family gatherings. Anne and Al shared a love of travel and visited many continents in their 31-year marriage.
Kimberly Gilmour Bowser was born December 27, 1984 to Debbie and Andy Gilmour. The youngest of three, she loved her older brother, Steve Gilmour, and older sister, Jenny Gilmour O’Neill. She is survived by her husband Isaac and sons Jacob (4) and Caleb (1). Kim never fit perfectly into any category. Though easygoing, she was fiercely competitive in sports. She wore big bows in her hair (admittedly to please her mom) and came home with scrapes and bruises from taking falls while playing with the boys on La Cañada Elementary School’s black top. Kim played on a number of teams coached by her parents and loved playing tennis with her family. As fruits of her talent and dedication, Kim played on the varsity tennis, basketball and softball teams all four years. She loved winning, but loved playing with her teammates and family much more. She applied that same determination on the court to off-the-court activities too. She graduated La Cañada High School with a 4.5 GPA and fluent in Spanish, a skill that served her well in her missionary work later. She defined herself by her everyday interactions with people rather than trophies or plaques. From an early age, Kim was an angel on earth. She led a small group at La Cañada Presbyterian Church and mentored other young women. Kim joined trips to Mexico with LCPC and would return with an empty suitcase because she left her extra clothes with those who had less. She saw every gift as a gift from God and used the gifts and resources she had to help others. Her identity was rooted entirely in God and doing God’s work. She spent the first moments of every day with God in her closet, the quietest place she could find to talk and listen to God. Kim attended USC on an academic scholarship, joining her sister and brother, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents in the long line of Gilmours who attended USC. She joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and was actively engaged in church ministries. As just one example, she collected computers being replaced by the USC Business School in order to bring them to Nicaragua on a mission trip. In 2007 Kim graduated with high honors in Business and minors in Spanish and Religion. Kim joined Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance after USC graduation. She felt that this career choice would ensure balance between profession, ministry work, and a future family. She very quickly progressed to a senior account manager with enormous responsibility as a highly regarded employee. Her ministry remained active. In late 2012, she bought a large house and christened a new non-profit called the East Hollywood Community House (EHCH). The house became the center of life for her church community and neighborhood friends. In addition to community living, Kim and the residents of EHCH held countless birthday parties, engagement parties, quinceañeras, week-long summer kids camps and baptisms at EHCH over the years. Her Christ-centered life led her to meet her husband, Isaac Bowser. Isaac was an active member of Reality LA Church where he led a community group and played worship music. They quickly fell in love and were married a year later. Kim and Isaac were soon busy with their next ministry – helping start the East Hollywood Community Church, a hyperlocal neighborhood church. With no building and a modest budget, the Bowsers and church held their Sunday gatherings at an inner-city local park. Kim engaged the neighborhood through youth sports coaching, community clean-ups, young adult mentoring, and life skills coaching. She served as the church treasurer behind the scenes while the new church found its footing. That foundation has led to numerous baptisms and remains an active church. Kim and Isaac welcomed their son, Jacob, into the world in 2016. The birth sadly led to Kim’s sudden bout of postpartum mania psychosis, a mental illness that affects 1-2 out of every 1000 women. Kim’s subsequent bipolar disorder diagnosis led to four years of managed care. She later went back to work full time, juggling family, career, church and her community. In 2019, Kim and Isaac welcomed their second son, Caleb, into the world. Her bipolar disorder had ebbed until May 2020 when it manifested itself again, this time in the form of depression. She tragically died from her disease on October 14, 2020. The Kim that we all knew and loved was taken too soon, but she is restored to peace and in the loving arms of her Heavenly Father. The Kimberly Gilmour Bowser who loved her family and focused on the good of her community made this world a better place. Rest in peace, dear Kim, we will miss your smile. Kim is survived by her husband Isaac Bowser, sons Jacob (4) and Caleb (1); her parents Debbie and Andy Gilmour; her brother Steven Gilmour and his wife Phoebe, and their children Archie and Molly; her sister Jennifer Gilmour O’Neill and husband William and their children Aubrey and Sean; and her grandfather J. Douglas Gilmour. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins all in Southern California. Services will be held at Oakmont Country Club, Glendale, on Monday, November 9th at 1:45 PM. We will celebrate Kim’s life according to Covid-19 guidelines, outdoors on the golf course. People wishing to attend (or watch) the service on Live Stream, must RSVP to Rememberingkim2020@gmail.com by November 2nd. Walkups are regrettably not permitted. We hope to continue Kim’s legacy of doing Christ’s work in the city. Donations in her memory can be made to the Kimberly Gilmour Bowser Memorial Foundation through East Hollywood Community House. https://easthollywoodcommunityhouse.wordpress.com/
It’s been a year gone by since I lost the love of my life, Eva Clara Higgins, to breast cancer 1953-2019. She was an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary, which at the time was Communist-controlled. The Fabok family fled to Austria for two years, applying to the U.S with help of existing family members who were here who would sponsor them. The family settled in Montrose in 1967, where Eva attended Rosemont Jr. High, and graduated from Crescenta Valley High. It was in 1969, when I met Eva. I was hitchhiking with a couple of friends, when on a dare, this car pulls over with three lovely girls — the rest is history. I was smitten with Eva from that moment on. Later, I learned she has the same identical birthday as mine. To top it off, so does the driver of the car whose name is also Eva. We married in 1972, just babe’s lots of bets on it lasting. Our daughter Jennifer was born in 1973, a beautiful addition to our family. We remained in the Crescenta Valley where Eva took on part-time work at J.C. Penney’s in Montrose and then Shreiner’s German Deli. She became an American citizen in 1981; because of the new immigration law on marrying an American there was a wait (She was a proud American and a great one!). She eventually found professional employment as an insurance broker with two firms, Marsh Mclennan and Willis Towers. Eva volunteered help to our older friends because giving back was always an important part of her character. Fight tooth and nail for cause and belief; “this too shall pass” was her model. Prior to retirement and after, we enjoyed traveling the U.S. as well as Europe and Hawaii. Eva loved to plan trips with our grandchildren, Kylie and Brodie, to New York, Chicago, Florida, New Orleans. Of course, no matter where Eva would go, you can assure there was walking involved — lots of walking. She enjoyed live theater and mountain hikes, bicycle rides along the coast, walks on the shoreline. With stage 4 cancer, our last hikes were Fern Lake, Parker Lake, and Walker Lake, finishing each one with a smile of confidence. Eva always had a smile; her smile was so full of life it brought life to life and a laughter to match. I thank God for the blessing of knowing and having her in my life for 47.8 years of marriage to a woman whom I am so proud of, in love with, the mother of our daughter and grandmother to our grandchildren and friend to friend. E’des szi’vem szertlek! — Your Husband Parents predeceased: George F. Fabok and Ilona Fabok. Survived by Terrance Higgins (husband), Jennifer VanderGeugten (daughter), Mark VanderGeugten (son-in-law), Kylie Rea VanderGeugten (granddaughter), Brodie Lee VanderGeugten (grandson), Klara Ruza (sister), Judith Solimar (sister) and Sarika Haklar (aunt).
One of Glendale’s most prominent citizens throughout the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s has died. Dr. Jim Perkins, a former Glendale dentist, a former mayor of Glendale and a past president of many civic organizations in Glendale from the Kiwanis Club to the Chamber of Commerce, and more, died just a few days before his 96th birthday in Pasadena, Ca., on October 10, 2020. James was born in Casper, Wyoming, the 3rd child and oldest son of Ruth and Jim Perkins. The family later moved to Nebraska where Jim attended grade school and was a graduate of Hemingford High school in Nebraska in 1942. He then followed his sisters out to Los Angeles and attended LACC from 1942-43 before enlisting in the Navy and serving in the Pacific theater during WWII. After the war, Jim moved back to Nebraska and attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and then the University of Colorado before getting the necessary credits to attend USC dental school in 1948. He married Sally Marie Sutherland, his wife of 70 years, in 1950 and anyone who knew them would agree that it was a 70-year fairy tale come true.
Allison Stefania Houser of La Cañada died peacefully at UCLA Medical Center with her mother by her side at the age of 20.
At birth, Allison was diagnosed with complex congenital heart defects, but she and her family made sure that this did not define her. Instead, Allison attended Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada High School and California State University Northridge full time, and led an active life.
Allison enjoyed cooking, Girl Scouts, dance, family time, and playing with her dogs. Early on, she took a keen interest in art and carried this passion to high school, where she enrolled in advanced art and completed her portfolio.
After graduation in 2018, Allison enrolled at CSUN. There, she joined SAEPi, a Jewish Sorority, where she thrived. She found a loving environment at SAEPi, made many wonderful friends, and enjoyed great experiences, including beach trips, roller skating and charitable events. Continue reading “Obituary – Allison Stefania Houser”