An Obituary Begins With “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead”

That is not the line that most people would select for their own obituaries, but 70-year old Joanna Scarpitti did just that. At Scarpitti’s request, the family wrote her obituary with the first line being a quote from the Wizard of Oz.

Prior to her death, Scarpetti made her youngest daughter promise that when she passed away she would have that particular phrase printed with her obituary, as the two shared a a love of The Wizard Of Oz and a great sense of humor.

You can read more in an article by Kristyn Clarke in the PCM World news at


I love it!! I’ve told my husband and both my children MANY times that when I die, I want to go out with Frank Sinatra singing “My Way” because anyone who knows me knows that’s how I’ve approached life. Not that I always had to have my way, but that when I had to make a life decision, I made it and lived with it. Yes, “there were times I bit off more than I could chew”, and “I took the blows”. But as an female who hated to be told I couldn’t do something because I was a girl (long before anyone ever heard of “feminism”), I can say “I did it my way”. :o)


Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was a fitting choice of mine for my husband’s memorial service at our home. My choice for my memorial service in the church is the rendition of “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears” by The Irish Tenors. It will be my own final salute to my immigrant ancestors and my way of honoring their courage and struggles, the last arriving from Ireland in 1848 and Scotland in 1951. I hope to include in the order of service a little dialogue written by me about my reason for doing so!


My sister-in-law insists that we include the word “notorious” in her obit.


Many people thought it appropriate when “Ding dong, the witch is dead” appeared on an obituary of Margaret Thatcher. I rather liked the inscription comedian Spike Milligan insisted should appear on his tombstone: “I told you I was ill”


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