(PCM) It seem that our little state of Delaware is always making headlines with these crazy obituaries that have been popping up lately.
This is just the case with the obituary for 70-year old Joanna Scarpitti, which opened with the famous Wizard Of Oz catch-phrase “Ding dong the witch is dead”. However, before everyone gets their panties in a bunch about a “disrespectful” or “mean-spirited” remembrance, there is actually a really good reason behind the family’s use of the quote.
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.
Scarpetti’s obituary also went on to say that she was a loving mother and grandmother and “spoiled her grandchildren without complaint”. Scarpetti’s youngest daughter Lucy has received some backlash online for the printed obituary, but she claims that it was something that was special between herself and her mother and she was only following her mother’s wishes.
In addition to the printed obituary, Scarpetti’s daughters also promised to dress her in black and white stockings and red ruby slippers, which they delivered on as well and it has given the family a sense of fulfillment.
Scarpetti passed away unexpected during a vacation trip to her summer home in Fenwick Island, DE. While her death was sudden her family does seem to be keeping their spirits up, in fact her widow Joesph claimed that he was only an “innocent bystander” in the whole obituary printing and said his daughters would not be allowed to write his, however they joked that at the time he would have no say in the matter.