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To place a death notice -- a classified advertisement with listings in alphabetical order -- call 856-5555. Death notices are usually handled by the funeral director. They typically name the next of kin and include information on funeral services, calling hours and donations.

In Memoriam (typically run on anniversaries and special dates) and Card of Thanks (notices that express appreciation to friends and relatives) are also placed by calling the Classified Advertising Department at 856-5555.

To arrange for an obituary -- a news story about the death of a local person or a prominent former resident -- call the general newsroom number, 849-4444. Obituary forms are available. As with all news stories, there is never a charge for an obituary, and the length and content of an obituary are determined by the editorial staff.

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