Editor writes news story to go along with her obit

Want to make sure the story about you that runs in the paper when you die is correct? Write it yourself.

That’s what retired Manitowoc (Wis.) Times-Herald managing editor Marge Miley did. The news story about her career — she last revised it a dozen years ago — was on file at the Reinbold Pfeffer Funeral Home, which made arrangements after Miley’s death on Tuesday morning. The lead: “Marge Miley has met her last deadline. It’s time to write ’30’ on the story of the life of Marge…”

She was a mediocre golfer but loved the game. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and had season tickets for 30 years.

Marge was in demand as a public speaker, especially after her retirement and entertained stories about her early days at the newspaper.

* Marge Miley reaches final “milestone”

The story that Marge Miley left at the funeral home is below:

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1 comment
  1. Richard Feyrer said:

    One time city editor of the old Milwaukee Sentinel, Robert Hamilton Wills, ordered all reporters to write their own obits. He became a legend for that and various other reasons, including having the newspaper publish a story, using public records, on how to construct an atomic bomb.
    While many of the staff objected to the obit assignment, I recall having fun chosing my own cause of death. And, long afterward when I became day city editor, I remember having reporters use the a-matter material several times for obituary stories.