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Tag: The art of the obituary
From what I can tell, Cynthia Marie Thiel was like me. A passionate sports fan who just wanted her team to win a championship before she died. Read more →
You can’t go wrong with an obituary that includes fisticuffs with a nun. Read more →
Arvid Dalby, of Debs, Minn., is the sort of guy you wish you’d known, and we know that because his family and/or friends have written pretty near the perfect obituary, featured here in our continuing series on the subject.l Read more →
Since December 2010, Larry Englund has been capturing the jazz scene in the Twin Cities, a genre generally ignored around here, on his blog, Rhythm and Grooves. Read more →
Lovell Tims died a few weeks ago but good luck finding anything about him online, even though he was quite the iconic figure at the U.S. Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Tims was a shoeshine guy and obituaries cost money, so one was never printed nor published. Read more →
The obituaries editor of the Louisville Courier Journal was just looking out for the danger posed to the nation by a dead 87-year-old woman who didn’t much care for the person who is president of the United States.
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Opal Olson, 94, of Ortonville, died last Thursday. Her departure might have gone unnoticed, but for the fact she changed the world, or at least the piece of it that she could.
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The family of Thomas Kingsley Lawrence certainly had a difficult mission in writing the obituary for their son, who took his own life.
They met the challenge head on, and produced one of the most courageous and honest obituaries we’ve seen. Read more →
There are plenty of big, national problems that are too complex to make a dent in solving. Opioid addiction isn’t one of them. Read more →
Rick Stein’s family raised the obituary/death notice bar with their obituary in a Delaware paper.
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Once chocolate no longer tastes good to you, what’s the point of living? Read more →
Brandon Truhlicka, of Fargo, apparently took his own life last Thursday and his family wasn’t afraid to talk about it, penning an obituary that appeared in area papers today. Read more →
‘You can’t believe the dysfunction of the family,’ said Jay Dehmalo, who lives near Cleveland now. Read more →
Generally speaking, settling scores in an obituary rarely makes anyone look good. But, according to this obituary in the Redwood Falls Gazette on Monday, maybe Gina and Jay have been waiting a long time to exact their revenge. Read more →