Date
18 August 2017
Johanna Scarpitti is surrounded by her husband and daughters. At left is the Wicked Witch which inspired her obituary.  Photo: MGM, Huffington Post
Johanna Scarpitti is surrounded by her husband and daughters. At left is the Wicked Witch which inspired her obituary. Photo: MGM, Huffington Post

How a woman’s obit got a wicked ring to it

Call it bizarre or ghoulish.

It’s more like wicked love and Assunta Lucy is pretty sure that’s how her movie-fan mother would have put it if she were to write her own obituary.

When her mother, Delaware resident Johanna Scarpitti died, Lucy honored her wish to include a tribute to the 1939 movie Wizard Of Oz in her final remembrance.

So, while most people would want to be remembered as a loving mother, a devoted wife, or a selfless friend when they die, Johanna Scarpitti will be remembered as a wicked witch, the villain in the Judy Garland movie, according to the Huffington Post.

The obit begins true to the script: “Ding dong the witch is dead” and that’s exactly what Scarpitti would have wanted, Lucy said.

Lucy wrote the obituary with the help of her sister.

“That 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,” she said.

To complete the scene, Scarpitti was buried in ruby red shoes, a replica of the pair Garland’s character used to get home to Kansas from the land of Oz by clicking the heels three times. 

A Delaware man who predeceased Scarpitti left a humorous self-written obituary, saying he had “gone to join the choir invisible”.

Last year, an obit stunned readers by naming a “back stabbing mother” among loved ones left behind.

Scarpitti’s husband would rather go quietly and be remembered in a more conventional way.

When his time comes, he does not want his daughters to write his obituary.

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