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a few months ago, my mother passed away. her name was DeSanka Stephan. Second wife of Jack Stephan, and all would say, his only true love. Jack was quite a guy, unfortunately it was DeSanka who had a great deal to do with this dude. it was her idea to put radio's in the trucks, and interestingly enough, if you would like to know the birth of the second company's name it goes like this. Dad wanted to open a company for DeSanka and her brother Bob (by the way, uncle bob (bob angelich) was the first to do the Adee commercials). the name came to play simply this way..."A" was at the beginning of the yellow pages, and dee was what everyone called mom, ergo, "Adee."

Michael Stephan (Dee's son and Jack's pain in the rear stepson who became a cop....plumbing, are you kidding)

I worked for the Stephan family for years. It was fun seeing Jack Stephan, Sr. coming into the offices and kissing his sons Jack Jr. and Russell on the cheek as they all left together for lunch. Sometimes Barbara would drive him to work. He was driving into his late eighties and was sharp as an eagle. I once gave him a plaque that said "Award of Excellence presented to Jack Stephan, Sr, for your courage, determination and commitment to building a strong company and for your commitment to family". I believe the plaque hangs in his living room. I made him quite happy that day. He is the kindest most loving family man I've ever met from what I personally saw. He was always trying to stay on top of things although he was retired for many years. He would call in to the office and also bring us the best donuts ever. Jack Stephan Sr. remains a hero to me and his family is among the sweetest and kindest people I ever met. Continued blessings to the Stephan Family!

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By Lisa Burks

  • Exploring History From The Ground Up!

    I enjoy spending time exploring cemeteries, reading and photographing headstones of celebrities and civilians alike, and learning about the lives and deaths of these so-called "permanent residents" of the graveyards and mausoleums. This blog chronicles those experiences.


    I am a proud member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits!

    May 2, 2009

    In addition to this blog, some of my older material is archived at Buried Treasures at LisaBurks.com

    One of the cemeteries I'm most interested in these days is Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. I wrote about its legal problems for the LA Daily News' community hub, ValleyNews.com from August 2006 to December 2008, when Valley News ceased operations. In response to reader requests to have one central source of information, I created and continue to maintain Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info.

    "We've gotten a front-row seat to all the twists and turns taking place at the beleaguered cemetery, Grand View Memorial Park, from an intrepid citizen journalist named Lisa Burks." ~ Jason Kandel, ValleyNews.com Editor, 12/28/2006