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Lisa Burks (#46590262)
 member for 15 years, 10 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo I've been drawn to cemeteries for as long as I can remember, having often played among the old tombstones at Oxbow Lakeside Cemetery while growing up in White Lake, Michigan.

If you would like to leave a flower for my Dad, I'd really appreciate it. Please & thank you! :) December 10, 2016 will be his 32nd Angel Day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He was a wonderful person and parent.

My family genealogy names include Burks, Kerr, Ellison, Fitzgerald, Glazier, Vidlicka, Corley (Curley, Kurlick), Tomorackas and Tiscavitch. See my virtual cemeteries for more details.

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 I began exploring celebrity graves as a hobby and along the way have been just as moved by the neighboring "civilian" headstones that surround and outnumber them. I met like-minded grave hunters when The Hollywood Underground Yahoo group was formed in 1998.

I ran the GrandViewMemorialPark.info website from 2007-2015 in order to keep the public informed about the ongoing closure/lawsuit story happening there in Glendale, Calif. The cemetery is now under new ownership and I am focusing on chronicling its 100+ year history.

Volunteers still work on updating the Grand View FindAGrave page and fulfilling photo requests.

In late June 2014 I moved back to Michigan to become my aged Mom's primary caregiver. I continue to work remotely on West Coast projects, and explore local cemeteries here, as time allows.

Adventures in Grave Hunting is my cemetery-related blog. I haven't updated it in a while but the archives of old stories go back several years. I plan to resume updating it when Grand View gets back on its feet and I complete the book about its history. I have a huge backlog of interesting stories just waiting to be told when I have more free time.

My first contribution to Find A Grave was in August 2000, in honor of my grave hunting buddy Denis Svoboda.

I collect vintage photographs of grave markers and of people posing in cemeteries, wondering about the stories behind the snapshots. I like to match them with Find A Grave memorials that are already online, virtually reuniting loved ones whose pictures somehow ended up for sale here and there. See the evolving results here.

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**Vintage Photo Matches** (67)
> Family BURKS (19)
> Family FURBABIES (6)
> Family KERR (41)
> Family TISCAVITCH (11)
> Family VIDLICKA (13)
> Friends & Family (30)
> History WHITE LAKE TWP (3)
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Messages left for Lisa Burks (258)[Leave Message]
Romper90069
Morton Sollod
Hey Lisa,

Thank you for the wonderful obit on this man. I also wanted to acknowledge and thank you for all the work you have done at and for Grandview. I have been there twice in the late 60's with an elderly neighbor to visit her mother. I was in my teens. That is what got me interested in wandering cemeteries and reading the sentiments people place on headstones. I see you name, often, at many of the cemeteries I photograph and see how dedicated you are. Respectfully, James Mason
PS: I think we met once at Forest Lawn with Jayne?
Added by Romper90069 on Mar 16, 2016 10:10 AM
Bernard Johnson
Jack Stephan
Hi Lisa. Nice job with Jack Stephan's memorial. I was at IPC yesterday and got a current photo of his name plate with death date on it, but I can't add it because the 5 photo limit is met. Would you want to remove the one that doesn't have the final date on it so I can add it?

I saw some Burks above the Stephan family. Relatives of yours???
Added by Bernard Johnson on Jan 21, 2016 4:06 PM
LilyPondLane
Grand View Volunteers
Hi Lisa,
I received an email today from Andrea at Grand View Volunteers. Please contact me at my private email to let me know whether this is a spam email or whether I should open it. Her account may have been hacked. Thanks, Lisa.
Blessings,
Lynn
Added by LilyPondLane on Jan 20, 2016 6:35 PM
Love Always, Renee
Christmas Blessings
Wishing for you, a very blessed Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Added by Love Always, Renee on Dec 22, 2015 5:21 PM
Shirley
RE: Grand View, Burbank
Lisa

Gosh, I didn't know I could get message on Find A Grave, so I just noticed your message.

Thank you so much for letting me know the Cemetery is now open. I called them and told them how happy I was to learn that they finally were able to open again.

Again, thank you

Shirley
Added by Shirley on Nov 04, 2015 11:17 AM
Joette Bowman
Bruce Bowman Grandview
Thank you for the photos of the gravesite of our brother at Grandview Memorial Park. your help means a lot,
Added by Joette Bowman on Oct 21, 2015 1:38 PM
tunnelrat22
Thomas P Verdugo
Lisa,thank you for the transfer of Thomas P Verdugo.I happen to know the family personally,that is why I know about him.
Thanks
Added by tunnelrat22 on Jul 08, 2015 9:55 AM
Nancy Burcher Haney Wagner
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# 47485881
Abigail Cross and McDill Cross are my great grand parents. I would love to have a picture of their head stones. If that could be done I would appreciate it very much.
Nancy Burcher Wagner
gmaancy@att.net
Added by Nancy Burcher Haney Wagne... on Mar 19, 2015 9:56 PM
sandlotball
RE: Robert V Faris
A new photo is up.
The stone has aged poorly and is almost completely indecipherable after the cross and his first name.
Added by sandlotball on Oct 16, 2014 10:07 AM
sandlotball
RE: Robert V Faris
That's great that you found him & uploaded it. Sad that it was at a flea market, isn't it ? I wonder if that's his widow and sons. Too bad it's been up for 2 years and still no family have shown up.
You should add the caption of where you found it.
Added by sandlotball on Sep 01, 2014 9:23 AM
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