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obitAs “Grandmom,” she was the one making party hats out of newspapers and leading parades around the yard. She was on the floor coloring, painting, baiting fishing poles, paddling canoes, leading hikes, and reading. And reading. And reading.

Case Western Reserve journalism professor Jim Sheeler is a Pulitzer winner and co-author of “Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.”

* Sue Sheeler obituary (legacy.com)
* Telling stories of “ordinary people with extraordinary lives” earned Sheeler the 2006 Feature Writing Pulitzer (case.edu)

Recommended: NYT obituary writer Margalit Fox does a Longform podcast (longform.org) | “A fantastic ripping good yarn” from Fox (jimromenesko.com)

Update: Some of my Facebook friends also wrote their parents’ obituaries