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Exercise 5: Writing Challenging Obituaries

INSTRUCTIONS:  Write an obituary from the information provided below. As you work on the obituary, you will find it involves several unusual problems. Write the obituary in Associated Press style and correct any errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Obituary: Tony Guarino

FULL NAME: Tony Allen Guarino

ADDRESS: 6139 Eastland Drive

AGE: 53

DATE OF DEATH: Late yesterday afternoon

TIME OF DEATH: The emergency room of Memorial Hospital

CAUSE OF DEATH: He collapsed at home after jogging.  An autopsy showed that his death was caused by arteriosclerosis.  His son, Chuck, said he jogged at least 3 miles every day after school and, yesterday, wasn't feeling well and had to stop and walk home, then collapsed and was found by a friend there, Jo-Anne Shoemucker.

TIME OF FUNERAL: 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon

PLACE OF FUNERAL: Pieper Brothers Funeral Home

PLACE OF BURIAL: Park Memorial Cemetery immediately following the services.  Burial will be with full military honors.

OFFICIATING CLERGY: Reverend Stuart Adler

PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California

PREVIOUS RESIDENCES: The deceased was born in Los Angeles, California, then brought here and raised by an aunt after his parents died in an automobile accident when he was an infant.  He lived here his entire life, except for 3 years he served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Colonial High School.  He then attended college here (at your school) on the GI Bill.

OCCUPATION: A biology teacher at Colonial High School for 26 years.  He taught sophomore biology and field biology in the school's international baccalaureate program, an advanced placement program for 11th and 12th graders.  He coached varsity boys' baseball, with a win/loss record over the years of 186-104, the best record compiled by any of the present coaches at the school, but he never won a state championship.   He received an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision and wanted to become a high school principal, applied numerous times, but was never selected for any of the jobs that became available.

OTHER: He served in the Army Reserves, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before finally retiring from it.  He was a former leader of Boy Scout Troop 122.  During the summers, when he was not employed as a teacher, and also some weekends and holidays, he worked as a driver for Safe-T-Cab Company to supplement his income as a teacher.

SURVIVORS: His wife, Anne, from whom he was separated.  Two adopted sons, Charles of Oakland, California and Tony Junior of St. Louis, Missouri.  A daughter, Linda Guarino in the St. Stephens Home for the Mentally Retarded, 8420 Hamilton Road.  The aunt who raised him, Belva Guarino of 84 Lakeland Avenue.

COMMENTS: "He was extremely popular among students and faculty at Colonial," said Jeanette Weinstein, a teacher who shared a classroom with Guarino for years.  "His classes were always full.  Students liked him.  He was always a kidder and a joker.  But if you really got to know him, he took his job very, very seriously, and he was terribly disappointed that he wasn't made at least an assistant principal.  He never understood why."
Instead of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be contributed to the Boy Scouts of America.


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