Friday, February 26, 2010

Think I'll go with the last option ...

If you'd like, donations can be made in Olive's name to the Waterbury VNA, the Waterbury Hospital Radiology Department, the Leever Cancer Center or a charity of your choosing. Also, you could just buy a scratch ticket and ask Olive for luck!

Read about this delightful woman here.

Thanks to Lorrie Minervini!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sounds like a full life to me!

William had a very full life and most days could be found on his tractor mowing his beautifully cared for lawn.

This is from my early collection, before I started saving links. It appeared in The Day of New London.

"Died Monday"?

Ms. Ruth H. Arbogast: Retired from Kaman Aircraft
Edward J. Beers: Was school bus driver
Thomas J. Flanagan Jr.: Was Waterbury Elk
Ms. Verna Floyd: Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother
Ms. Irene Marie Sommer Gamble: Worked in Woodbury schools
Mrs. Ada Manfredonia: Leaves sister in Waterbury
Mrs. Ruby S. Meier: Owned The Middlebury Store
Thomas Parker: Died Monday
Mrs. Eileen Sarajak: Was Girl Scout leader

The "Waterbury Republican" lists its daily obits with a brief description of the person

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

40 years, 7 months and 9 days

Andy Rupf departed this plane to battle evil in another dimension.

Read more about his life here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Simply put.

"She was a discerning and intelligent woman who will be missed and mourned."

Read more about her here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

93 and 1/2

Grace Louella Nenninger, Lou, of Alamogordo, NM, passed away on February 15, 2010 at the extraordinary age of 93 (and ½).

For starters, take a look at Lou's photo here.

Now, for another perspective, go here!

She loved to have her gaggle of great grand children ... around, but especially when they were outside in the backyard and not under her feet.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"It was a full-time job just being Dan Bailey." I bet!

Daniel “Dan” Bailey died with his boots off surprisingly enough.

(H/T to Moon Pie Chronicles)

Read the rest of the story here. Search for "Bailey."

Monday, February 15, 2010

Retired on his 100th birthday!

After a mandatory retirement from his custodian position he continued working as a crossing guard until he retired on his 100th birthday.

I used to see him regularly when I drove my kids to middle school a few years ago. Read all about this nice man here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Betty Kenward, 94, Snobbish Chronicler, Dies

A snob and proud of it, Mrs. Kenward composed numbingly undramatic accounts of parties, with long lists of names preceded by unfailingly complimentary adjectives and with their relative importance encoded for her privileged readership by idiosyncratic punctuation.

Read this wonderful yarn here.

(H/T to Steve Slosberg)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Do you want a poke in the nose?"

Jim was a skilled wood crafter, an avid UConn women's basketball, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots fan. He also enjoyed bird watching and was known to many as "Grampy". Jim will be remembered for his patience, generosity, and kindness, along with his favorite quote, "Do you want a poke in the nose?", and singing with his grandchildren on the way to the Poppe Shop, the "Poppe Shop Song", a playful song he made up himself.

Read all about this loveable man here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Celebrating obituaries with style

And last fall, Nina Lentini's Life Without End was born.

A local columnist enthuses!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

If she didn't want one, why is this under "Obituaries"?

Times Argus, The (Montpelier-Barre, VT)
January 16, 2010
Eleanor Jane Albigese
WASHINGTON - Eleanor Jane "Casey" Albigese died on Jan. 13, 2010. She did not want an obituary. To honor her, you are invited to contribute to the causes that were important to her, since books and animals sustained her during life. Worcester Veterinary Care: The Mitzvah Fund, 10 Elmore Road, Worcester, VT 05682.
Calef Library, Main Street, Washington, VT 05675.

Copyright, 2010, The Times Argus

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"The passive voice is the enemy."

Writer of notes and wearer of pearls, she kept a framed photo of Henry James in her kitchen and a rosary on her night stand. She taught Trollope well into her 80s, and while sensible in the extreme, also had the most contagious sense of occasion.

Read more about Elizabeth Christman.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"He passed blissfully"

With little prompting, and sometimes none at all, he would launch into full length recitations of Shakespeare and other works of poetry, heedless of the interest level of the listeners.

Read more about Oliver P. Beckwith.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Artist, dancer, lawyer, professor -- all in one!

“The breadth of his talents was remarkable, the breadth of achievements was remarkable, and the breadth of his kindness was remarkable," said one who knew him.

“He was taller than most people and better spoken than most people, and he was better looking and had better manners," said another.

Read all about this most interesting person here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Well, there ya go!

She was the majorette of the NFA Marching Band in the 1949 Macy's Day Parade in Manhattan.

More here.