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"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?"
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"By writing or reading obituaries,
we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"


"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Bad News Brown aka Paul Frappier

Rapper -- via the Toronto Sun.

Peter Alexander

Actor and singer -- via monstersandcritics.com.

Marie Wuczynski

[Photo courtesy Jim Newberry -- jimnewberry.com]
Bar owner -- via the Chicago Sun-Times. She liked people and made them feel welcome. That's a pretty big accomplishment!

Betty Garrett

Actress, singer, dancer , comedian -- via tvseriesfinale.com. She will be best remembered for her TV roles in series such as "All in the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley," but Garrett started out as a theatrical and cabaret actress/singer/dancer before World War II. She made it to Broadway, then in to movies such as "On the Town," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "My Sister Eileen." After a period of blacklisting of her and her husband Larry Parks during the Second Red Scare, she came roaring back.

Gladys Caroline Frazier Benbow

Dancer, singer, actress, writer -- via legacy.com and the Winston-Salem Journal.

Tom Carnegie

Announcer most noted for his long association with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- via indystar.com.

James Spruill

Actor, director and educator -- via boston.com.

James "Chops" Jones

Trumpeter -- via the Star-Ledger.

Ahmed Massiouni

Artist and musician -- via voy.com. Died from asphyxiation due to tear gas during Egyptian street protests.

Joan Bonham

Singer with the Zimmers -- via ledzeppelinnews.com. Also, the mother of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Bella Itkin-Konrath

Acting teacher -- via the Chicago Tribune.

Jesse Valadez

Godfather of lowriders -- via the L.A. Times.

Ernie Tyler

Umpires attendant for the Baltimore Orioles -- via baltimore.orioles.mlb.com. He worked for the team for 51 years, with a streak of 3,819 consecutive home games.

Barbara "Bookie" Weiner Grasgreen

An unique individual -- via legacy.com. This beautifully written summation of her life was found and pointed out by Alana Baranick!

Blanche Honegger Moyse

Conductor -- via sentinelsource.com. Often referred to as "one of classical music's best-kept secrets," she was considered the foremost interpreter of Bach in the world. Her concerts created deep new levels of meaning and feeling in their listeners.

David Sanchez Juliao

Writer and journalist -- via colombiapassport.com.

Michael Har-Segor

Historian -- via the Jerusalem Post.

Bo Carpelan

Poet, novelist and short-story writer -- via yle.fi.

Charles O. Perry

Sculptor -- via the New York Times.

James Blears Jr.

Surfer -- via surfline.com.

Steve Mancha aka Clyde Wilson

Soul singer -- via lineout.thestranger.com.

Edward J. McDonald

Set decorator for film and television -- via the Glendale News-Press.

Chuck Tanner

Major league baseball player and manager -- via MLB.com. An incurable optimist, he will be most noted as the last skipper to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series championship.

Bill Justice

Animator -- via the Los Angeles Times.

Tony Malinosky

Major league player for the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers -- via ESPN.At the time of his death, he was the oldest living major-leaguer.

Bob Monks

Cartoonist and humorist -- via the CBC.

Willi Dansgaard

Paleoclimatologist -- via icenews.is.

Along Sega

Tribal chief who fought to preserve his homeland -- via the Telegraph.

Peggy Rea

Character actress -- via legacy.com. Noted for her many prominent supporting roles in TV series such as "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The Waltons," "Step by Step" and "Grace Under Fire."

Bradley Livezey

Ornithologist -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Marvin Sease

Singer -- via spinningsoul.com.

Donald S. Sanford

Screenwriter -- via Legacy.com. A prolific writer for television, he also wrote the film "Midway."

Bill Foster

TV director -- via backstage.com.

Jorma Ojaharju

Writer -- via hs.fi.

Roza Baglanova

Singer -- via inform.kz.

Johannes Somary

Founder and music director of Amor Artis, acclaimed choral/orchestral ensemble -- via the New York Times.

Brian Jacques

Author of fantasy novels -- via the BBC.

Emanuel Vardi

Violist -- via the New York Times.

Per Grunden

Singer and actor -- via the Expressen.

Philipp Naegele

Violinist, violist and scholar -- via the Bennington Banner.

Art Guenther

Classical record store owner -- via Oregon Music News.

Jeff Coudriet

Gay rights activist -- via the Washington Blade.

Michael Habeck

Actor -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Marie Lillo

Actress -- via groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries.

Isaiah Stein

Political activist -- via the Independent.

Utpalendu Chowdhury

Folk singer -- via indiablooms.com.

Andree Chedid

Poet -- via the BBC.

Tura Satana aka Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi

Actress and force of nature -- via the Los Angeles Times. A WWII internment camp survivor, she was a nude model and exotic dancer, then an actress. Her signature role was Varla in Russ Meyer's "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Her iconic portrayal of a blatantly sexual, violent and tough "bad girl" resonated through film history, informing many subsequent strong female characters.

Gary Moore

Blues and rock guitarist and singer -- via the Mirror. He will be best remembered for his many stints with Thin Lizzy.

Woodie Fryman aka the Fleming Flame

Outstanding journeyman left-handed pitcher in the majors -- via the Ledger Independent.

Mary Cleere Haran

Singer -- via the New York Times.

Elsa Rady

Ceramic artist -- via the Los Angeles Times.

Eddie Fowlie

Film special effects man, prop master, location scout and troubleshooter -- via Westerns All'Italiana. More on his remarkable career from the Telegraph.

Ross Merrill

Art conservator and painter -- via the Washington Post.

Geraldine Court

Actress -- via Straus News.

Omir Amiralay

Film director -- via DayPress.

Alex Napier


Bassist -- via Austin 360.

Paul Olive

Journalist, Communist Party functionary and trombonist -- via the Guardian.

Dorothy Thompson

Historian -- via the Guardian.

Tony Levin

Drummer -- via Birmingham Jazz.