Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Daughters Begin Woman's Obituary By Saying "The Witch Is Dead'

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The family of a 70-year-old woman who recently passed away started her obituary with a reference to a wicked witch before they mentioned that she was a loving mother and a devoted wife.

However, her daughters said Johanna Scarpitti — whose obituary in The News Journal began with “Ding dong the witch is dead” — wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Scarpitti’s youngest daughter, who helped write the obituary, told the paper that her mother made her promise to include a tribute to the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.

“That was something between us and there was nothing that was going to stop me,” said the daughter, Assunta Lucy.

“Even if I ended up getting bad reports and people going against me, it had nothing to do with them. This is something she wanted me to do so I did it.”

She said her mother was even buried in ruby red slippers, which Lucy found online soon after her mother suddenly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a form of lung disease, on Aug. 1.

Read more: NY Daily News

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