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Lives Told Well: The Best Obituaries

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Lives Told Well: The Best Obituaries

When it comes to obituaries, celebrities tend to grab the headlines. But every day obituary writers around the world find the extraordinary in the lives of ordinary people. Here’s a sampling of some of the best obituaries we’ve read recently.

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Pioneering Tupperware manager Emma Lee Lewis Emma Lee Lewis was a closer. “Every woman out there can use something in my Tupperware bag,” she’d say. “I just need to find out what it is.” Read more

From U.S. internment to Korean War POW, Billy Kazuyoshi Hatano was a survivor “He spent seven of his first 23 years behind bars, first for being Japanese and then for being a U.S. soldier,” said his son, Brian Hatano. Read more

Frank ‘Boom’ Boomer used money to ‘pay it forward’ Sometimes when Erin Boomer was paying the bills, she couldn’t figure out why the checkbook balance was low. It turned out her husband Frank had dipped into the money to help out somebody who was behind on their mortgage or medical bills. Read more

Entrepreneur Elliott Royce was a remarkable retiree At age 96, Elliott Royce attended trampoline class three times per week. The hobby fit with his retirement routine of falling five times every morning — just for practice. Read more

Pioneering educator at Pittsburgh schools "Helen Faison was the woman we all wanted to be when we grew up," Pittsburgh public school superintendent Linda Lane said. "She was smart, she was kind, and she had a heart for children." Read more

School nurse Elva Reichenberger, 75, cared for needy children Kids would line up out the door to see their school nurse, Elva Reichenberger, who always took the time to let them know they were loved. Read more

Hotel owner created Christmas lights extravaganza, enriched charities Dick Richards was a successful businessman and hotelier, but his real passion was decorating for Christmas each year. Read more

Iva Withers, a Standby to the Rescue on Broadway, Dies at 97 If there were a Tony Award for best understudy, Iva Withers might well have won repeatedly during her nearly three decades on Broadway. Though she appeared in the first Broadway run of musicals like "Carousel," "Oklahoma!" and "Guys and Dolls," she never originated a starring role of her own. Read more