Online Obituaries Template

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Obituaries TemplateUsing this online obituaries template will make writing a heartfelt obituary for your loved one easier. Simply fill in the blanks and you will have a professional obituary ready to use for a memorial website or submit to a newspaper.

We recommend that you use a template when writing obituaries. There are a lot of details that should be included in an obit and without a template you may omit important information. If you want to compare different styles of obituaries, we suggest you view some of our other obituary templates first, then begin composing the obit.


INSTRUCTIONS: Replace all of the items in RED below with the appropriate information.

[Full name], [age], passed away on [day, month, year] at [his/her home, name of hospital, other location] in [city, state]. [He/she] was born on [month, day, year] in [city, state] to [father first name] and [mother first name] ([mother maiden name]) [parent’s last name].

[First name] grew up in [city, state]. [He/she] graduated from [name of high school] in [city, state] in [grad year]. After high school he/she (include all that apply):

  • attended [college/university/trade school] at [name of school] in [city, state] where [he/she] received a [degree/diploma/certificate] in [achievement].
  • joined the [branch of military] in [year] and server for [#] years. [He/she] served in [war, etc.] and was the recipient of [medals, awards, etc.]. [He/she] was [discharged, retired, etc.] in [year], achieving the rank of [rank].
  • began work for [company name] as a [occupation] where [he/she] worked for [#] years. (Include as many jobs as you like) [He/she] retired in [year] after [#] years.

[First name] married [spouse’s name] in [year] in [city, state]. They were happily married for [#] years.

[First name] was a member of [fraternity/sorority, church, charity, etc.]. [He/she] enjoyed [list hobbies and interests]. [He/she] also received [awards and accomplishments].

[First name] was preceded in death by [his/her] [names of parents, siblings, children, etc.].

[First name] is survived by [his/her] spouse [first name] of [city, state]; [his/her] [sons/daughters] [first name of child, child’s spouse name in parenthesis, last name] of [child’s city, state]; [his/her] [brothers/sisters] [first name of sibling, sibling’s spouse name in parenthesis, last name] of [sibling’s city, state]; [his/her] grandchildren [grandchild’s name]; [his/her] great-grandchildren [great-grandchild’s name]; and [his/her] nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at [funeral home name] [address] at [time, date]. A visitation will be held at [chapel or funeral home name] [address] at [time, date]. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at [time, date]. Burial will follow at [name of cemetery]. (Include any other memorial services)

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to [organization name, mailing address]. Condolences may be left on [full name’s] online guest book at [website URL].



Jacob “Jake” Andrew Foster, 92, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 at his home in Chicago, Illinois. He was born on January 14, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland to John and Mary (Walters) Foster.

Jake grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Baltimore High School in Baltimore in 1937. After high school he attended university at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois where he received a degree in Accounting. He then began work for a large accounting firm as a auditor where he worked for 50 years.

Jake married Joan in 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. They were happily married for 66 years.

Jake was a member of St. David’s Lutheran Church and was very involved with the Rotary Club in Chicago. He enjoyed sailing, hiking, reading, watching football and spending time with his family. He also received a lifetime achievement award for his 50 years of volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Chicago.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Foster; his brothers Billy and David; his sister Joanne; and his son Frank (Mary) Foster.

Jake is survived by his spouse Joan of Chicago, Illinois; his son Frank (Julie) Foster of New York, NY; his daughter Susan (David) Rolland of Chicago, IL; his grandchildren Alexis, Robert and Dave, his great-grandchild Kim; and his loving nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at Jackson and Smith Funeral Home, 5934 51st Avenue NE, Chicago, Illinois at 10:00 am on March 21, 2012. A visitation will be held at the Funeral Home’s Chapel at 6:00 – 8:00 pm on March 20, 2012. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Burial will follow at Mountain View Heights Cemetery, 9384 West 12th Ave, Chicago, Illinois at 2:00 pm on March 12, 2012.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Rotary Club of Chicago, PO Box 555, 4929 East 15th Street, Chicago, IL 00000. Condolences may be left on Jake Foster’s online guest book at


The online obituaries template above provides you with what you need to write a heartfelt obituary. If you would like more assistance composing the obituary, we suggest that you view our other templates or read one of our obit writing guides.


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