"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"

Bill Hinkley

Folk musician and teacher -- via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The very first guest on "Prairie Home Companion."

Susan Wildman

 Second City house manager -- via the Chicago Sun-Times

Irwin Rosten

Documentary filmmaker expanded the genre's possibilities with movies such as "The Incredible Machine" -- via the L.A. Times