I would assume you all have read an obituary a time or two over the years.
Do you ever read obituaries of total strangers, and feel sad that you didn’t get to know that person while they lived? It’s the way the obituary was written, someone cared enough to take the time to tell the person’s story.
Providing a pre-written obituary to the newspaper goes beyond the birth, marriage, children, and death information that comes with the “canned” obituary form.
Pre-writing an obituary you have time to accumulate all the pertinent information, sharing the person’s likes and dislikes; education and specialties; hobbies and charity organizations.
A picture begins to develop of the person, your final tribute to a friend, or loved one.
Our November speaker is Mark Johnson, owner and director of the Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. since 1987. He has lived in Morton since 1972. Johnson’s wife, Kim, works with him at the funeral home.
He will discuss the history and anatomy of obituaries, and how obituaries have changed over the years.
Johnson has fun and interesting details about the final tribute we have given our loved ones over the years.
Join us at our monthly meeting of the Peoria County Genealogical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Peoria Public Library’s North Library – 3001 W. Grand Parkway.
The library is handicapped accessible, with ample lighted parking. Our meetings are always open to the public.
— Submitted by Betty Smith