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Rest in peace Sir. You are now surrounded by peace and angels. So long.

Thanks for this, Lisa.

As someone who grew up and went to college just down the road from Westboro, I am well familiar with their antics. I have run into them on several occassions as they reminding me and my classmates that God hated our production of West Side Story. Heck, they even protested a concert that the campus Christian group I belonged to at the time put on. They're nuts. One of my friends' father was the first funeral they ever protested. His family and the Phelpses went back quite a ways and his mom and dad used to "infiltrate" their pickets with signs that read "God is love." The Phelpsies didn't like that too much.

It's unfortunate that they now have national notoriety.

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Happy long weekend!

FYI - went to visit Dio's grave today. The gatekeepers at Forest Lawn state it is the park's policy NOT to give out the burial locations of celebrities. They would not confirm or deny the above location under the mural of the 3 kids, however there is a huge red rose pallet of flowers on top of the tomb. The gatekeepers also state "it is the family's wishes to keep the fans away from the site and from leaving flowers here..." Direct quote! Wonder what RJD and WD would think of this?

These God squad people protest anything that they don't understand. Dio was an Entertainer thats it. His voice will be miss R.I.P Ronny.

Another legend passing on. Thanks for the music and the memories...

RonnieJamesDio Was The mostunique and talented musician on The Planet. i started Listening to His music @ the age of 12 and it was all over FRom there.I never missed a show,ive seen him perform 26 times.I can honestly say his music touched me in such a way it changed my life.i could feel and hear the roar of his powerful voice.and @ times the softer side with
"This is my life"That was a Very touching and beautiful song I only wished he did another of the same.it brought tears to "My Eyes" God Bless you RJD and Thank You For the great times and memories that will last a lifetime. RIP my freind if there is a thereafter i can only pray 2 meet Thank you for the memories. John M

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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.


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    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