Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jason Sheftell,46, well-loved New York City journalist

He walked fast, talked fast, did everything fast. Jason Sheftell was a human whirlwind, racing through each day at 100 mph, savoring every minute of his existence. People like that usually have time for no one. Yet, Jason had time for everyone. And that is why, after news spread of his passing on Monday, the outpouring of emotion on social media was so profound, the grief so deep. (H/T Peter Elikann)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jeffrey M. Daly, a true Dr. Who fan

NEWTON - Jeffrey M. Daly, 67, of Newton, got in the TARDIS on June 17, 2013, and has left for places and times unknown. Expressions of sympathy may be made to, or any other non-profit organizations that Republicans term "Socialist" and that seek to keep banks, Wall Street, insurance companies, politicians and other traditionally greedy and untrustworthy groups in line. (H/T Jim Romenesko)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Janice “Jan” Louise Wendt Conner,

She became a devoted Southerner by choice when she finally defied the wishes of her mother (who was by all accounts and evidence, the Meanest Woman Who Ever Lived) by marrying and following “that hillbilly” back to Mississippi, where they lived happily until Mr. Conner’s untimely death in 1982, after which Mrs. Conner never gave so much as a thought to another man. ... and there's so much more. Scroll down after the jump for the full obit.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Norma Jean Dreimiller, 79, near-orphan enjoyed wealth of family and friends

As a youngster, she was uprooted and relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, when her father's local photography business struggled. She remembered fondly riding city trolleys, and she developed a life-long love of baseball in general, and fondness for the Cleveland Indians in particular. Tragically, when in fifth grade, Norma lost her mother to a rare heart ailment and was sent to live with grandparents in Ticonderoga. This was the greatest bit of luck she ever had. (H/T to Mike Dreimiller)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sue Sheeler, lived loud up to the end

The gnarled branches of a massive oak tree nearly scrape the roof outside Sue Sheeler's bedroom where the limbs hang low, visible from nearly every window. During construction of the home in 1984, builders suggested she remove the tree - they weren't sure how much longer it would live, they said, and uprooting it would make construction easier. No, she told them. No trees will be cut down. Build the house around them. Over the next decade the tree shaded her family as both expanded. Her children grew into adults under its thick branches. Its deep-grooved bark soon absorbed the laughs of her grandchildren.

Monday, June 3, 2013

John E. Holden, alias Jack, took the Deep Six

Jack was widowed ten years ago after sixty-one years of marriage to Elaine Ewing Holden. He has had a number of other wives recently, none of which were his.