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Born on April 4, 1961, in England and raised in Long Beach, Signey had an interest in religious vocation as early as the first grade.

In ninth grade, he entered Queen of Angels High School Seminary in Mission Hills, where he later served as spiritual director.

He was then promoted to dean of students at the seminary. Signey’s education included a master’s degree in religious studies from St. John Theologate, a seminary in Camarillo.


He also attended St. John College in Camarillo, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in English.

He taught confirmation and religious education classes to children and teenagers, and he was the former associate pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale.

Those who knew him also remembered his ability to make people laugh.

Margaret Sorthun

Burbank city elections and local politics in general were dealt a blow in early March when longtime Burbank resident Margaret Sorthun died.

Sorthun, who ran in the primary election for a seat on the City Council, died March 8 after a brief illness.

She was 71.

Sorthun had checked in to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with pneumonia just before the election returns on Feb. 27.

She finished in seventh place, with 341 votes.

Sorthun was propelled into city politics in 2006, when the City Council named her to a Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with reviewing interim standards on limits for fences, walls and hedges.

Her appointment came after she emerged as a strong voice in community opposition to new height limits that many residents argued would limit property owners’ rights.

Council members Gary Bric and Anja Reinke were sworn into office in late April with Marsha Ramos taking the mayoral seat on the council.

Sue Stamper

Known as the “Silent Saint” to many, Sue Stamper died Dec. 11 from complications following surgery at the age of 70.

As the first woman president of the YMCA and a member of dozens of community organizations, Stamper helped shape the trajectory of many social-action networks and was a constant source of altruism for many in Burbank.

In 2003, Sue and her husband Larry Stamper were honored with the Woodbury University Movers and Shapers Award for their service to Burbank and its residents.

As an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where her husband was a pastor, Stamper started a Sunday school music program, taught classes, started a book club and organized a Children’s Summer Club, where she taught crafts, music and games.

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