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Exercise 1: Writing Obituaries

INSTRUCTIONS: Write an obituary based on the information given below. Use your judgment, based on what you have read in this chapter, in deciding whether to use the most controversial details. Write the obituary in Associated Press style and correct any grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.


Identification: Veronica Dawn Blackfoot. Born in 1927. Address: 2045 Wentover Ave.

Circumstances of death: Died at 2:30 a.m. today in General Hospital. Blackfoot was admitted to the hospital almost five weeks ago and was being treated for breast cancer.

Funeral services: A memorial service at St. Agnes Non-Denominational Church will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. Graveside services scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Wildwood Cemetery. There will be no viewing of the body. The family requests no flowers and that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to St. Agnes Non-Denominational Church.

Survivors: Widower, Johnny. One daughter: Pamela of Oklahoma City, Okla. One adopted son: Robert of New York City. Three grandchildren.

Accomplishments: Born and attended elementary and high schools in Chicago. Graduated from the University of Illinois in 1949. Graduated from Marquette University law school in Milwaukee in 1952. At Marquette, she was editor of the law review journal. Opened an office in this city in August of that year. Elected city council member in 1958 and retained that post until 1964. Was head of the Chamber of Commerce from about 1975 to 1980. At the time of her death, was senior partner in the law firm of Blackfoot, Perez and Tinsel. She was a member of the County Bar Association (of which she was president in 1971), the American Bar Association, Overeaters Anonymous and the Defense Law Institute. She was director of a local bank and also on the board of directors of the hospital in which she was a patient when she died.

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