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Sunday Obits: Favorite Words

The Spokesman-Review Sunday obituary section is the biggest of the week. Word is out that Sunday is our biggest circulation day, and now that families pay for the obits (handled by the classified section not by the newsroom), families can write anything they wish. Some are beautifully written.

Here was a favorite paragraph today in the obit of Maxine Rantanen, age 90.

Many of us have felt our waistbands expand under her famous homemade fudge, cookies and maple bars. There wasn't an outfit that she couldn't make or an alteration she couldn't do. She was head chef at the hunting camp, the nurturer of past ailing family members, the championship huckleberry picker and the thirty-card bingo player.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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