SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
November 5, 2008
It is with a heavy heart that I report of Marie Wanke's passing.
Services for Marie Wanke
To all our friends and family,
We want to send our appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, and support with Marie's passing. Services will be held at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm.
In addition, a scholarship fund is being established in her name. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear Education Foundation at the following address:
Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear Education Foundation
Marie Wanke Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1529
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of friends and family.
On Tuesday, October 28 the following e-mail was received.
Marie was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and was supposed to
start treatment a couple of weeks ago. That treatment was postponed when
Marie developed problems with her left hand and arm. She had a CT Scan that
showed lesions on the brain. Yesterday's scan, although inconclusive, show
lesions in several other places in her body. She was transported to Desert
Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Her husband Gary is with her. As
of Monday, November 3: Marie will be moving to Big Bear and be in the
SNIF Unit at Bear Valley Hospital. Visiting information will be shared once
they get her settled in and the family has talked about it again. Please
do not call the hospital . We will try to provide an update when we learn
something new. Marie has touched so many lives in Big Bear through her job
as the executive secretary in the school district, her active role in
Soroptomist and as secretary to the Stephen G Mihaylo/Big Bear High School
Educational Foundation. Be in prayer for Marie and the family.
Note just received from Kathy Campell:
I am sorry to report that Marie Wanke
died at 8:38 p.m. last night in Big Bear. It was as if she was waiting to
get back here. Services will most probably be sometime this weekend. I'll
let you know.
The sports teams at Big Bear High are having another successful season.
Varsity football is set to make a run for the championship of the DeAnza
League this Friday evening, November 7 against 29 Palms. The big mews from
the football team is that Sutton Burnard received a major brain trauma a
month ago in the game against San Jacinto and was rushed to the hospital.
He was in intensive care for several days but has returned home and is
making progress towards getting back to school in January. A spaghetti
feed was held to raise money to assist Sutton's family. $10,000 was raised
at the benefit. What a great and supporting community. Sutton was cheered
loudly with a standing ovation when he was introduced before game time. His
injury really brought the Big Bear family together as we prayed for several
days that he would survive. Sutton was at the game last Saturday against
Desert Mirage and we won 43 to 27. It is so great to be part of a community
that pulls together when someone is injured. We have a wonderful caring
football group of coaches and they have earned the admiration all of the
parents, students and community.
Not to be forgotten is the boys Frosh-Soph football team. They are
currently playing for the DeAnza League championship. The 29 Palms game
this Friday will probably decide the champion.
The girls tennis team has also had a good year. They are currently in
second place in the DeAnza League. They play in the CIF playoffs this week.
The boys and girls cross country teams did great this year!!! (From the
Grizzly) -- The Bears finished first in both divisions in the previous two
league meets this year. The domination was so complete, the top five
finishers in each race were wearing the Big Bear jerseys. Senior Alex
Caballero won the first two varsity meets, with teammate Ryan Lambert close
behind. Lambert finished ahead of Caballero in the team's second-place
finish at the Mt. SAC Invitational Oct. 24.
In the women's race, the Lady Bears enter the final league contest in a
tie for second place with Twenty-nine Palms. Junior Sara Chatham leads the
Big Bear runners after finishing second in the second league meet and sixth
The girls golf team had a great year. Michele Hirshler was the leader of
the team. She is a senior and participated in the CIF golf meet.
The girls volleyball team won the DeAnza league and went undefeated in
league play and will be starting the CIF playoffs this month. The Frosh
Soph girls volleyball also won the DeAnza league. This might be the
beginning of some league championships for years to come.
On October 15, I opened the Press Enterprise paper and there was Chad Hall
in a featured article running for University of California Riverside. Chad
red shirted at Oregon last year so he is eligible compete in the NCAA track
this year. The UCR men's team finished third in their final meet and Chad
ran ninth in the meet. He is only a freshman so we know there will be more
headlines to come. The Hall family keeps stealing headlines in track and
representing Big Bear. Way to go Chad!!!
Not good news...
From the L.A. Times:
BIG BEAR, Calif.
Sheriff's deputies have arrested five teens on charges of
felony conspiracy for allegedly plotting to bring guns to school and attack
students and staff. San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Tiffany
Swanek says Thursday the teens were arrested after other students at Big
Bear High School overheard them making suspicious statements. The arrests
were made Wednesday. The names of the teens were not released. Swanek says
deputies found drug pipes and cash in the teens' homes, and gang-related
writings and photos. She says no weapons were found and it appears the teens
weren't serious. Two adults were also arrested on unrelated charges during
searches of the homes.
The sheriffs department did a fantastic job of stopping this event
before it could get started. Our thanks to these men and women who
protected out students from a possible incident.