Here’s the latest work of the Webner family obit writer: Mom’s obituary, which was published today in the Columbus Dispatch and in the Akron Beacon Journal, Mom’s old hometown newspaper. Mom hasn’t lived in Akron for 40 years, but we know she still has good friends there who would want to know about her passing.
The on-line versions of the obits appear on legacy.com, which must be a kind of national clearinghouse for obituaries. The website versions of Mom’s obit also include links to an on-line “guest book” where people can give their condolences and share their memories, and directions to the funeral home where we will be having calling hours later this week.
The website also offers a link to ancestry.com and information about how many Webners were recorded in the 1920 census and fought on the Union side in the Civil War. Other links provide information on funeral etiquette, such as helpful advice that you shouldn’t wear flip flops or glittery clothing to a memorial service. It all shows how news websites are far more flexible — and provide far more advertising opportunities — than print newspapers. People die, but the wheels of internet commerce roll ever onward.
Our family would like to thank everyone who has shared words of encouragement and support and kind thoughts about Mom. They are all much appreciated.