LOUISE AND JOE ROBERTS
Fifty guests gathered to honor Louise and Joe Roberts on their
60th anniversary Feb. 1 at the Acapulco Restaurant in Burbank.
The Los Angeles natives were childhood sweethearts. They grew up
in the Echo Park/Silver Lake area and moved to Burbank in 1950.
The former Louise Watson graduated from Belmont High School, where
she was a cheerleader, honor student and valedictorian of her class.
Joe Roberts received his diploma from Marshall High School, where
he starred in football.
The couple were married Jan. 30 1943.
Joe held the rank of tech sergeant and served in the Army in the
Aleutians Islands and the South Pacific for two years during World
War II. He was involved in three island invasions with the infantry:
Attu, The Marshall Islands (where he received the Bronze Star) and in
the Philippines. It was on Leyte (in the Philippines) in October 1944
that he was shot by a Japanese machine gun and lost his leg. He
received the Purple Heart.
Louise served as PTA president, and worked closely with the
superintendent of schools on special committees. She was also a youth
director at her church for 20 years. Presently, she takes an active
part in various activities at American Lutheran School where her
daughter, Jill Roberts, teaches. All the children and parents know
her as “Aunt Louise.”
Also, the couple managed the first Ponytail Softball team in
Both still work with their son, Robb, at Joe Roberts Optical in
Burbank, where they still live.