The firefighter whose children paid tribute to their dad's sense of humor in his obit
The obituary begins: "William Ziegler escaped this mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the age of 69. We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election."
Ziegler's time in the Navy is mentioned: "he only stuck it out for one war," as is his 25 years as a New Orleans firefighter, which ended when "he suddenly realized that running away from burning buildings made more sense than running toward them."
Family, friends, and readers who never knew Ziegler expressed their appreciation for the kids' tribute. "He must be smiling to know that his children inherited his grand sense of humor and shared it so we could all smile together," said user Yoda-Yat in a comment on NOLA.com.
Currier said the reaction has helped her and her siblings deal with the loss of their father. (Source)
The children who wrote a vicious obituary to their abusive mother
"Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935, and died alone on Aug. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults, she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.
On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.
Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgivable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a 'humane society.' Our greatest wish now is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America."
Daughter Katherine Reddick shared the story of their severe physical and mental abuse after consulting with her brother, Patrick. They grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother's home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years. As children, they endured regular beatings, sometimes with a metal-tipped belt, and other abuse at the hands of their mother. Patrick later said the primary purpose of the death notice was to "to bring awareness to child abuse ... shame child abuse overall.” (Source)
The man whose wife and girlfriend posted separate notices in the same paper
The death notices appeared in the same edition of The Press of Atlantic City. In the first, Black was described as being survived by his “loving wife Bearetta Harrison Black,” while the second said he was remembered by his “longtime girlfriend, Princess Hall." The paper ran both because “the wife wanted it one way and the girlfriend wanted it another way." (Source)