Newspaper Obituary Template

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Newspaper Obituary TemplateIf you need to write an obituary for a newspaper, our newspaper obituary template provides you with the guidelines required by most papers. Below are 20 points that you should consider when writing the obituary. We recommend that you first use this template to gather the information for the obituary then write the obit.


1. Name and Age

– Deceased’s first name, middle name, nickname (optional), last name and age (optional).

2. Location

– City and state.

3. Date of Death

– Include the day, month and year.

4. Place of Death (optional)

– I.E. At home, in a hospital, in a nursing home, etc.

5. Cause of Death (optional)

– I.E. Passed away suddenly, died in his/her sleep, etc.

6. Education

– High school and graduation year. Can also include post-secondary school(s) and degree(s) obtained.

7. Occupation

– Job title, name of company and years employed. Include last job. Optionally include previous jobs.

8. Hobbies and Interests

– List hobbies, interests, volunteer work, associations, etc.

9. Accomplishments and Awards

– List all notable accomplishments and awards received.

10. Military Service

– List the dates and branches of service as well as the number of years served.

11. Marriage

– Spouse’s name and date of marriage. Optionally include the spouse’s maiden name and hometown.

12. Survivors

– Names and cities of survivors. Include parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

13. Predeceased

– Names and cities of relatives who previously passed away.

14. Funeral Service

– Name of funeral home, time, date and address.

15. Visitation

– Location, time, date and address.

16. Other Memorials

– Wake, Burial, Entombment or other memorial. Location, time, date and address.

17. Pallbearers

– Names of any pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

18. Contributions

– Address and organization to send memorial donations.

19. Final Words

– Thank you, significant verse, hymn, poem, etc.

20. Condolences

– Link to online obituary or memorial website where friends and family can leave condolences.



Abigail “Abbie” Samantha Hay, 82 of Fresno, California, passed away on April 3, 2012 of natural causes.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00am on April 6, 2012 at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Anaheim. Rev. Simon Jackson of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on April 5, 2012 at Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral at Mountain View Cemetery at 1:00 pm. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Smith and Sons Funeral Home.

Abigail was born in Anaheim, CA on January 24, 1930. She graduated from Anaheim Central High School and continued on to receive a degree in Education from the University of Northern California

Abigail was married to Michael Hay on March 23, 1970; they were married 42 wonderful years.

Abigail worked as a teacher for Fresno Valley High School for 40 years. She enjoyed coaching volleyball when she was younger, reading, gardening and spending time with her family. She was also actively involved in volunteering at a local woman’s shelter.

Abigail is survived by her husband Michael; brother, Michael (June) Morgan; son, Jimmy (Alexis) Hay; grandchildren, Jamie and Jordan Hay, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Abigail is preceded in death by her parents Bob and Maureen Johnson; her sister Betty Jones; her brother, Michael (Julie) Johnson; and a daughter, Jennifer Hay.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Fresno City Women’s Shelter, 594 West 41st Street, Fresno, CA 00000. The family of Abigail Hay wishes to thank the Fresno Hospice for their assistance and support. Condolences to the family may be left on Abigail’s online memorial website at


Our newspaper obituary template is likely all you require to write a good obituary for your local paper. If you need more help, we recommend that you view one of our other obituary templates or read our guides to writing an obit.


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