Obituaries

Alice Stoddard
B: 1959-05-18
D: 2018-09-14
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Stoddard, Alice
William Box
B: 1949-10-08
D: 2018-09-13
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Box, William
Robert O'Connor
B: 1930-12-31
D: 2018-09-06
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O'Connor, Robert
Janet Savickas
B: 1928-09-28
D: 2018-09-04
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Savickas, Janet
Charles White
B: 1927-08-25
D: 2018-09-03
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White, Charles
Marcus Organschi
B: 1952-09-12
D: 2018-08-31
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Organschi, Marcus
William Dranginis
B: 1945-09-21
D: 2018-08-25
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Dranginis, William
Gretchen Johnson
B: 1935-02-13
D: 2018-08-22
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Johnson, Gretchen
Florence MacKenzie
B: 1922-10-02
D: 2018-08-17
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MacKenzie, Florence
Chester Irwin
B: 1935-04-19
D: 2018-08-15
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Irwin, Chester
Tammey LaFountain
B: 1967-03-06
D: 2018-08-09
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LaFountain, Tammey
Paul Cooke
B: 1940-04-27
D: 2018-08-04
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Cooke, Paul
Frank Federico
B: 1928-07-03
D: 2018-07-30
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Federico, Frank
Eva Bodley
B: 1929-11-15
D: 2018-07-25
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Bodley, Eva
Judith Mo
B: 1934-12-26
D: 2018-07-23
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Mo, Judith
Jay Keefe
B: 1959-12-22
D: 2018-07-18
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Keefe, Jay
John Fabbri
B: 1954-10-04
D: 2018-07-17
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Fabbri, John
James Jones
B: 1962-02-28
D: 2018-07-15
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Jones, James
John Donohue
B: 1946-12-14
D: 2018-07-10
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Donohue, John
Harold Bunnell
B: 1923-04-15
D: 2018-07-09
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Bunnell, Harold
Dr. Mickey Wyse
B: 1961-09-29
D: 2018-07-09
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Wyse, Dr. Mickey

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Writing Down a Life: Crafting the Obituary

An obituary also serves as notification that an individual has passed away and details of the services that are to take place. But it can be for more than that. A well-crafted obituary can detail the life of the deceased, with style.

An obituary's length may be somewhat dictated by the related costs in the newspaper it is to appear in. All newspapers charge for obituaries these days and some are quite pricey. Remember that the obituary needs to appear in print a few days prior to the service. There are some cases where this may not be possible, therefore give some consideration to the guidelines below when composing the obituary.


What Should You Include?

Naturally, it is vital that the full name, along with the location and date of passing is included so that there is no confusion over who has died.

You may wish to consider placing a photograph with the text. There are usually extra charges applied if you are thinking of using a photograph.

If you wish, mention where the deceased resided. Do not include the street address, for security reasons; just mention the city and region/state/province/county.


In a concise manner, write about the significant events in the life of the deceased. This may include the schools he or she attended and any degrees attained; you may also include any vocations or interests that the deceased was involved with.

Add the Names of Those Left Behind…as Well as Those Who Went Ahead

It is common to include a list of those who have survived the deceased, in addition to those who passed away prior to the death of your loved one. The list should include (where applicable):

  • Parents
  • Spouse and children
  • Adopted children
  • Half & step children
  • Siblings
  • Half- & step-siblings
  • Grandparents

The relatives listed above may be listed by name. Other relatives will not be mentioned by name but may be included in terms of their relationship to the deceased. In other words, the obituary may mention that the deceased had 5 grandchildren, or 7 great-grandchildren or many nieces and nephews.  

Also, anyone listed as a special friend or companion is not normally included amongst the list of survivors unless the deceased's blood relatives request that it be so. The obituary's traditional purpose is to list survivors either related through the bloodline or marriage.


At this point list the details of the date, time and location of any services for the deceased: these may include the funeral, burial, wake and memorial service where appropriate. As well as any charities that you would like memorial donations sent to.


Tips for Crafting a Complete Obituary

If you don't know where to start, do read other obituaries to gain an idea of how personal and touching an obituary may be or download our Obituary Guideline Form.

Do use such terms as "visitation will be from" or "friends may call from". Do not say the deceased will "lie in state" as that only applies to a head of state such as the prime minister or president.


We will prepare laminated copies of the obituary for immediate family members so that you don't have to purchase several copies of the newspaper.
 

Final Considerations

If you plan to submit the obituary yourself, you will need to include attach a copy of the death certificate for verification.  Otherwise, we are very happy to submit the obituary to any and all newspapers on your behalf.

Seeing as most newspapers charge by the line when placing an obituary, it may not always be feasible to mention everything that we have stated in our guidelines. Use your own discretion and do not put yourself under any financial hardship.

Today there are online memorials, such as the Book of Memories™, where a longer, more in-depth obituary can be available for the cyber-community of the deceased to view. It is also a place where friends and family can leave messages of condolence, light a memorial candle, or share photographs and videos. If this sounds like a good option for your family, contact us to learn more.