This was no ordinary obituary! It was an extraordinary one!
"Charles "Charlie" Clark Wheeler, 60, of Weare, kicked the bucket, bought the farm, and ate his last pretzel on November 16, 2014."
That's how the obituary for Charlie Wheeler began - a surprising and funny way to start in a forum usually reserved for somber tones and seriousness!
But Charlie's family, in Weare, New Hampshire, say that the beloved patriarch was a person who was very generous with his hilarious sense of humor, and they're pretty sure he would've appreciated their funny gesture!
Here's what Charlie's wife Annie Pleatsika said:
"We did it because we thought it was so appropriate to do something funny and humorous and to paint a picture of him. He had a beautiful smile. He was just hilarious."
The obituary has since touched scores of people from their town, and since going viral, has touched people all around the country.
Here's what his daughter Meredith Wheeler said:
"People say they were laughing, crying, laughing and then crying more. I think that's a better way to read an obit than crying the whole time."
We definitely agree that laughing is just as necessary as crying when someone dies. Both help a person heal!
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Another part of the obituary proves that Charlie's wonderful qualities have most likely passed down to his own family. It read:
"Raised and educated in Manchester, he was a graduate of Memorial High School, Class of 1972, and a graduate of Manchester Community College; HVAC, second in his class (he always reminded anyone of that)…Charlie lived life in his own way."
Well, his family is doing obituaries their own way, and their way is pretty hilariously grand!
Click to read the full obituary here.
And get more information on this inspiring story by watching the video (below) !!!
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