Woman's obit starts with "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead"
"Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" is a great tune from the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." It's probably not how most people would want their obit to start ... that is unless you're Johanna Scarpitti.
Before she died on August 1st, the 70-year-old Delaware resident had her children promise to include the iconic song lyric in her obituary, as she and her daughters loved "The Wizard of Oz."
Her youngest daughter, Asunta Lucy, told The New Journal there was nothing wicked about her mother -- unless you think that spoiling your grandkids rotten is wicked.
Lucy said, "[The obituary] was something between us and there was nothing that was going to stop me. Even if i ended up getting bad reports and people going against me, it had nothing to do with them. This is something she wanted me to do so i did it."
In fact, Scarpitti was even buried in ruby red slippers, though that proved to be more difficult than her daughters expected. Scarpitti died unexpectedly of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and her children hadn't purchased the ruby slippers ahead of time.
Lucy said, "I always thought 'yeah, I'll order them, I'll order them.' But I always figured I had time." They wound up ordering the slippers online.
Humorous obituaries seem to be something of a trend. Earlier this summer a Pennsylvania man decided to leave the world laughing, starting his self-penned obit with his most recent achievement, "[Kevin] McGroarty achieves room temperature!"
He says he left behind no children ... that he knew of. Check out the gallery below for a look at the obit that cracked everyone up.
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