"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"

Anna Lou Dehavenon aka Rebecca Anna Lou Melson aka Anna Lou Kapell

Urban anthropologist -- via the New York Times.

Erwin Frankel

World music expert, radio host and concert promoter -- via the New York Times. Via WABC in New York, he did as much as anyone in America to expand our musical consciousness! Thank you, Erwin!

Joe Thompson

Folk fiddler -- via the New York Times.

Vince Dantona, and George

Ventriloquist, and his partner -- via Facebook.

Gerard Rinaldi

Actor, singer and comedian -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.