Woman's Obit Begins With 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Most people would want to be remembered as a loving mother, a devoted wife, or a selfless friend after they've passed. But Johanna Scarpitti will be remembered as -- a wicked witch.

The Delaware mother's obit begins "Ding dong the witch is dead," and that's exactly what she would have wanted, her daughters say . Scarpitti's youngest daughter, who helped write the obituary, told The News Journal that her mother made her promise to include a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" in her final tribute.

"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," Assunta Lucy said.

Scarpitti so loved the classic film that she was even buried in ruby red slippers.

The bizarre obituary isn't the only one to make the news recently. Earlier this year, a Delaware man died, leaving behind a humorous self-written obituary, saying he had "gone to join the choir invisible." Another obit from last year surprised readers by referencing "back stabbing" (ahem) people who "still owe him money."

We're not sure what Scarpitti would have thought about all of the buzz surrounding her obituary... but one thing's for certain. Her husband says he doesn't want his daughters writing his.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misquoted the obituary in the last example.



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