The obituary for Dusan Saula, who directed a Serbian Orthodox choir and played in a tamburica orchestra, says: ***
Although Dusan's birth certificate contained the generic term “Baby Boy Saula,” he was anything but common; rather a shining, Serbian star was born.
The obit, which appeared in the March 30, 2011 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, provides many details about Saula’s musical career, wartime service and deep love for animals.
He gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to a chipmunk to save its life. On another occasion, he brought home a baby deer whose mother was killed. He kept it in the basement feeding it from a baby bottle until he was able to find it a suitable home.
I love the inclusion of his philosophy of life:
Dusan's life gives testimony to the statement "Ko Peva Zlo Ne Misli" (Whoever sings doesn't think bad thoughts).
This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.