Grid Experiments

An Incalculable Loss

May 27, 2020

I, like many others, was moved by how the New York Times was able to use graphic design to convey “the vastness and variety” of lives lost to Covid-19 with the newspaper's May 24th front page.

The six column, full page wall of text is a powerfully simple way to pay respects to these people's lost lives while also helping the viewer get an idea of the full picture of the situation.

I decided I wanted to get a feel for how much work it took to put together a cover like this, so I rebuilt the entire thing using Webflow's web design tools. It's fully responsive, and looks great on mobile as well as desktop. The whole thing is just text and div blocks so it's extremely fast loading. The New York Times logo at the top is an SVG pulled from Wikipedia, I would have used real text but Google Fonts doesn't have any old english fonts available, and I wanted to use the actual NYT logo anyway.

When I decided to recreate this NYT cover, I knew I wanted to hand type out the entire thing. Each person on the page had their life cut short, and I wanted to pay respects to that.

During the process, I read each of the 1,000 obituaries. All were powerful in their own way, yet some really stood out to me. Though I didn't time-track this project, I estimate that it took about eight to ten hours total over the span of a couple days.

I apologize for any typos I undoubdtedly made while making this. If you notice one, please let me know.

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“All the News
That's Fit to Print”

Late Edition

Today, morning clouds giving way to sunshine by the afternoon, high 65. Tonight, cloudy, low 54. Tomorrow, clouds giving way to sunshine, high 70. Weather map is on Page 23.
VOL. CLXIX . . . No. 58,703
© 2020 The New York Times Company
U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, an Incalculable Loss
They Were Not Simply Names on a List.
They Were Us.
Numbers alone cannot possibly measure the impact of the coronavirus on America, whether it is the number of patients treated, jobs interrupted or lives cut short. As the country nears a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths attributed to the virus, The New York Times scoured obituaries and death notices of the victims. The 1,000 people here reflect just 1 percent of the toll. None were mere numbers.
Patricia Dowd, 57, San Jose Calif., auditor in Silicon Valley • Marion Krueger, 85, Kirkland, Wash., great-grandmother with an easy laugh • Jermaine Ferro, 77, Lee County, Fla., wife with little time to enjoy a new marriage • Cornelius Lawyer, 84, Belevue, Wash., sharecropper's son • Loretta Mendoza Dionisio, 68, Los Angeles, cancer survivor born in the Philippines • Patricia Frieson, 61, Chicago, former nurse • Luis Juarez, 54, Romeoville, Ill., traveled often in the United States and Mexico • Merle C. Dry, 55, Tulsa, Okla., ordained minister • Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with "the most amazing ear" • Black N Mild, 44, New Orleans, bounce D.J. and radio personality • Michael Mika, 73, Chicago, Vietnam verteran • John Cofrancesco, 52, New Jersey, administrator at a nursing facility • Donald Raymond Haws, 88, Jacksonville, Fla. administered Holy Eucharist to hospital patients • Fred Walter Gray, 75, Benton County, Wash., liked his bascon and hash browns crispy • JoAnne Stokes-Smith, 87, Charleston, S.C., loved to travel and covered much of the globe. Ronald W. Lewis, 68, New Orleans, preserver of that city's performance traditions • John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, 59, Washington, D.C., member of a Franciscan monastery • Carl Redd, 62, Chicago, squeezed in every moment he could with his only grandchild • Larry Rathgeb, 90, West Bloomfield Hills, Mich., engineer behind the first 200-m.p.h. stock car • Alvin Elton, 56, Chicago, followed in his father's footsteps as a pipefitter • Arnold Obey, 73, San Juan, Puerto Rico, educator and marathoner • Donald J. Horsfall, 72, Rydal, Pa., co-wrote niine books about computing • Kevin Charles Patz, 64, Seattle, active in the AIDS Foundation • Mike Longo, 83, New York City, jazz pianist, composer and educator • Walter Robb, 91, New York City, former General Electric Co. executive• Dave Edwards, 48, New York City, college basketball assist wizard • Dez-Ann Romain, 36, New York City, inovative high school principal • Laneeka Barksdale, 47, Detroit, ballroom dancing star • Carole Brookins, 76, Palm Beach Fla., early woman on Wall Street and a World Bank official • George Freeman Winfield, 72, Shelburne, Vt., could make anything grow • Harold L. Upjohn, 91, Burlingame, Calif., conducted clinical research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center • Terrence McNally, 81, Sarasota, Fla., Tony-winning playwright of gay life • Josheph Graham, 67, Chicago, school custondian • Theresa Elloie, 63 New Orleans, renowned for her business making detailed pins and corsages • Sterling Maddox Jr., 78, Camden, S.C., avid observer and participant in South Carolina politics • Gerald Anthony Morales, 91, Louisiana, an encyclopedic knowledge of old Hollywood • Landon Spradlin, 66, Concord, N.C., preacher and blues guitarist • Maria Linda Villanueva Sun, 61, Newport News, Va., organized food programs for children in the Philippines • Susan Rokus, 73, Hamilton, Virginia, reading tutor focused on student success • Freddy Rodriguez Sr., 89, Denver, played the saxophone at Denver's oldest jazz club for 40 years • Christine McLaurin, 86, Chicago, never at a loss for words • Peggy Rakestraw, 72, Matteson, Ill., loved reading, especially mystery novels • Wanda Bailey, 63, Crete, Ill., one of nine siblings • Rocco Patrick Ursino, 90, Bellevue, Wash., preceded in death by his wife of 65 years • Sandy Pratt, 92, Bellevue, Wash., engineer forever chasing the wind • Leroy Perryman Jr., 74, Hazel Crest, Ill., ultimate entertainer • Mary Virginia McKeon, 65, Chicago, devoured art in every medium • Roger Lehne, 93, Fargo, N.D., could be a real jokester • MIchael Sorkin, 71, New York City, champion of social justice through architecture • George Valentine, 66, Washington, D.C., lawyer who mentored others • James Quigley, 77, Chicago, rebel of the family • Sherman Pittman,61, Chicago, dedicated his life to his church and his neighborhood • Susan McPherson Gottsegen, 74, Palm Beach, Fla., loyal and generous friend to many • Andreas Koutsoudakis, 59, New York City, trailblazer for TriBeCa • Bob Barnum, 64, St. Petersburg, Fla., leader in Florida Pride events • Noel Sinkiat, 64, Olney, Md., nurse planning for retirement • Thomas E. Englin, 85, Cumming, Ga., created many wonderful memories for his family • Robert Manley Argo Jr., 75, South Bay, Calif., member of Del Amo Flyers • Michael McKinnell, 84, Beverly, Mass., architect of Boston's monumental City Hall • Huguette Dorsey,94, Somerville, N.j., coached several championship-winning junior high girls basketball teams • Lynne Sierra, 68, Roselle, Ill., grandmother who was always full of ideas • Louvenia Henderson, 44, Tonawanda, N.Y., proud single mother of three • Carol Sue Rubin, 69, West Bloomfield, Mich., loved travel, mahjong and crossword puzzles • Marion Lucille Kujda, 92, Royal Oak, Mich., would use chalk and oil paints to capture family portraits • Alice Chavdarian, 92, Michigan, loving, generous and adventurous spirit • Bassey Offiong, 25, Michigan, saw friends at their best but brought out their best • Bobby Joseph Hebert, 81, Cut Off, La., a 33-year career with the Louisiana Department of Transportation • Minette Goff Cooper, 79, Louisiana, loved big and told people she loved them all the time • Jessica Beatriz Cortez, 32, Los Angeles, immigrated to the United States three years ago • Marie Caronia, 84, Inwood, N.Y., iconic figure in the Inwood community • April Dunn, 33, Baton Rouge, La., advocate for disability rights • Cerdric Dixon, 48, New York City, police detective in Harlem with a gift for interrogation • William Helmreich, 74, Great Neck, N.Y., sociologist who walked New York City • Harvey Bayard, 88, New York, grew up directly across the street from the old Yankee Stadium • Maxwell M. Mozell, 90, Syracuse, N.Y., founded the Association for Chemoreception Sciences • Timothy J. Liszewski, 60, Columbia, S.C., active member of the South Carolina Progressive Network • Eastern Stewart Jr., 71, Annapolis, Md., veteran with a gift for peacemaking • Freda Ocran, 51, New York City, nurse with a zest for travel and knowledge • Douglas Hickok, 57, Pennsylvania, military's first virus casualty • Luiza Ogorodnik, 84, Skokie, Ill., emigrated from Ukraine • Thomas A. Real, 61, Newtown, Pa., was at peace on his Harley • Julian Anguiano-Maya, 51, Chicago, life of the party • Sandra Piotrowski, 77, Tinley Park, Ill., worked as a meatcutter for Jewel supermarkets • Robert Rust, 88, Greensburg, Ind., competitive athlete, up until his last years • Melvin Pumphrey, 80, Chicago Heights, Ill., relished his role as a mentor • Angel Escamilla, 67, Naperville, Ill., assistant pastor • Marguerite M. Horgus, 86, Sweetgrass, Mont., her hospitality was known throughout Toole Country and beyond • Joseph Micajah Thomas II, 88, New York City, represented theatrical, TV and movie personalities • Beryl Bernay, 94, New York City, actress and children's TV host • John Joseph Reed Jr., 74, Edmonds, Wash., passionate about retaining his town's small-town atmosphere • Sidney Siegel, 92, Woodbury, N.Y., pioneer in the promotional products industry • Robert M. Weintraub, 96, New York, a long career in the import-export business • Joe Diffie, 61, Nashville, Grammy-winning country music star • Herman Boehm, 86, Florida, retired architect always eager to travel • Horace Saunders, 96, Mount Airy, Md., tailor • Gary Holmberg, 77, Mount Airy, Md., retired firefighter • Chad Capule, 49, Fond du Lac, Wis., I.T. project manager remembered for his love of trivia • Robert Garff, 77, Utah, former speaker of the Utah House, auto executive and philanthropist • Phillip Thomas, 48, Chicago, his Walmart co-workers were like family • Alan Merill, 69, New York City, songwriter of “I Love Rock 'n' Roll” • Peter Sakas, 67, Northbrook, Ill., ran an animal hospital • Joseph Yaggi, 65, Indiana, mentor and friend to many • Mary Roman, 84, Norwalk, Conn., shotput champion and fixture in local politics • Lorena Borjas, 59, New York City, transgender immigrant activist • James T. Goodrich, 73, New York City, surgeon who separated conjoined twins • Janice Preschel, 60, Teaneck, N.J., founded a food pantry • Jean-Claude Henrion, 72, Atlantis, Fla., always rode Harley-Davidsons • Joseph J. Deren Jr., 75, Turners Falls, Mass., retired meter-reader • Gerald Cassidy, 66, Peachtree Corners, Ca., owner of Shamrock Salvage & Appraisal Inc. • David Reissig, 82, Vermont, retired from the U.S. Customs Agency after 28 years • Angelo Piro, 87, New York City, known for serenading friends with Tony Bennett songs • Sandra Lee deBlecourt, 61, Maryland, loved taking care of people • Jose Vazquez, 51, Chicago, husband and father • Alberto Castro, 86, Melrose Parks, Ill., made time to create and listen to music • Jerry Manley, 58, Price Frederic, Md., retired police sergeant • Wallace Roney, 59, Paterson, N.J., jazz trumpet virtuoso • Cristina, 64, New York City, downtown New York singer with a cult following • Robert H. Westphal, 75, Fond du Lac, Wis., statesman in the construction industry • Clair Dunlap, 89, Washington, pilot still teaching people to fly at 88 • Marylou Armer, 43, Sonoma Valley, Calif., veteran police detective • Regina D. Cullen, 81, Shrewsbury, Mass., small in stature but strong in spirit • Sandra Santos-Vizcaino, 54, New York City, beloved public school teacher • Frank Gabrin, 60, New York City, emergency room doctor who died in husband's arms • Sterling E. Matthews, 60, Midlothian, Va., cancer survivor who served as a deacon • Alby Kass, 89, California, lead singer of a Yiddish folk group • Roger Eckart, 78, Indiana, retired firefighter and old-school barber • Martin Douglas, 71, New York City, maestro of a steel-pan band • Daniel Spector, 68, Memphis, mentor to other Memphis artists • Mary Minervini, 91, Oak Lawn, Ill., sign-language interpreter • Salomon S. Podgurskey, 84, Morristown, N.J., loved to figure out how things worked • Dale E. Thurman, 65, Lexington, Ky., tailor known for his exacting work and strong opinions • Ellis Marsalis, 85, New Orleans, jazz pianist and patriarch of a family of musicians • Richard Passman, 94, Silver Spring, , Md., rocket engineer in the early days of supersonic flight • David Driskell, 88, Hyattsville, Md., champion of African-American art • Bucky Pizzarelli, 94, Saddle River, N.J., master of jazz guitar • Tarlach Mac-Niallais, 57, New York City, Belfast-born fighter for L.B.G.T. and disability rights • Antonio Checo, 67, New York City social worker • Albert Petrocelli, 73, New York City, fire chief who answered the call on 9/11 • Adam Schlesinger, 52, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., songwriter for rock, film and the stage • Frederick Brown Starr, 87, Greensboro, N.C., liked the mental challenges of business • Douglas Alan Roberts, 69, Vancouver, Wash., authority on aviation • Muriel M. Going, 92, Cedarburg, Wis., taught her girls sheepshead and canasta • Beverly Collins, 83, Portland, Maine, longtime registered nurse and hospital volunteer • Scott Melter, 60, Wyoming, Minn., worked as an engineer with Comcast • Florencio Almazo Morán, 65, New York City, one--man army • Jennifer Robin Arnold, 67, New York City, Broadway costume dresser • John Nakawatase, 62, Lincolnwood, Ill., coach and Scout leader • Jesus Roman Melendez, 49, New York, famous in family circles for his birria beef stew • Ralph Plaisance, 87, Massapequa, N.Y., “we called him the Grand Poobah” • Audrey Malone, 68, Chicago, sang gospel music as a member of the Malone Sisters • Terrence George Driscoll, 87, Plymouth, Mich., father figure • Lucius Hall, 87, Chicago, dubbed the “pistol-packing preacher” • Ronnie Estes, 73, Stevensville, Md., always wanted to be near the ocean • Anita Fial, 87, New York City, marketing expert who brought exotic foods to green grocers • Patricia Bosworth, 86, New York City, actress who wrote biographies of famous friends • Azade Kilic, 69, New York, two-time cancer survivor • Marco DiFranco, 50, Chicago, police officer who was never at a loss for words • John E. Broadly, 84, Scituate, Mass., honored to march with the American Legion in many parades • Julia Maye Alexander, 81, Upland Calif., taught math, English and history for over 30 years • Bruce W. Sowalski, 68, Sand Lake, N.Y., found his special place at Big Bowman Pond • Samuel Kramer, 91, Potomac, Md., congregation's founding member • Sean Boynes, 46, Annapolis, Md., pharmacy manager with young daughters • Norma Hoza, 101, Wilmette, Ill., mom to six sons • Nancy Ferguson, 77, Chicago, true community activist • Hamrold L. Hayes, 96, Fort Wright, Ky., original member of the Navy's elite Underwater Demolition Team • Glenn Daniel Bellitto, 62, New York, town councilman • Robert Lee Amos, 66, Columbus, Ind., expert marksman and firearms instructor • Lula Fitzpatrick, 85, Dolton, Ill., part of a tightknit family • Judith Plotkin-Goldberg, 88, Massachusetts, noted voiceover artist for radio and TV • Coby Adolph, 44, Chicago, entrepreneur and adventurer • Steven J. Huber, 64, Jefferson City, Mo., loved creating perfect smiles • Charles Miles, 72, Chatham, Ill., retired therapist and mentor • Don Whan, 67, Indiana, sports fan who loved Purdue University • Albert K. Webster, 82, New York City, executive behind New York Philharmonic's economic growth • Kevin Masterson, 74, New York City, joined Goldman Sachs in 1975 • Randy G. Addison, 64, Carrollton, Ga., survived being shot in the line of duty in 1984 • Ronald Willenkamp, 75, Wisconsin, proud to have logged over five million miles behind the wheel • Lloyd Paul Leftwich, 91, Louisiana, inveterate harmonica player • Helen Molina, 85, Washington, all-around supporter of the Washington Huskies • Ronald Burdette Culp, 84, Redding, Calif., helped countless people by providing housing support • Norman Walker Jr., 80, China Township, Mich., shared his produce with food pantries and his neighbors • Peter Bainum, 82, Bethesda, Md., former aerospace engineering professor at Howard University • Ann Kolb, 78, New York, leader in integrating schools • Helen Kafkis, 91, Chicago, known for her Greek chicken and stuffed peppers • John A. Bailargeon, 72, Dennisport, Mass., true outdoorsman • Viraf Darukhanawalla, 77, Hoffman Estates, Ill. worker at O'Hare International Airport • Chester Dwulet, 68, Burlington, Mass., proud Union Ironworker of Local 7 for 45 years • John Timpothy Barr, 76, Rochester Hills, Mich., trustee for the Retired Detroit Police and Firefighters Association • Julie Butler, 62, New York City, veterinarian who served Harlem • Lila A. Fenwick, 87, New York City, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School • Vincent Lionti, 60, New York City, Met Opera violist and youth orchestra conductor • Ann Youngerman Smoler, 87, New York City, had a passion for social justice • Thomas Waters, 56, New York City, armed the affordable housing movement with data and analysis • Luke Workoff, 33, Huntington, N.Y., his relentless passion was for his family and friends • Jose Diaz-Ayala, 38, Palm Beach, Fla., served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 14 years • Antonio Nieves, 73, Chicago, always seemed to be busy with some home project • Jeanne Hammond Byrnes, 97, Danbury, Conn., received numerous awards for her accounting skills • Alice Coopersmith Furst, 87, Kentfield, Calif., in the first class of girls admitted to the Bronx High School of Science • Bobby Lee Barber, 84, Buckley, Wash., Seahawks season-ticket holder • Thomas A. Adamavich, 78, Sheboygan, Wis., especially proud of his Lithuanian heritage, • Kyra Swartz, 33, New York, volunteered for pet rescue organizations • Rhoda Hatch, 73, Chicago, first in her family to graduate college • Regina Dix-Parsons, 75, Schedectady, N.Y., stalwart church gospel singer • Lakisha Willis White, 45, Orlando, Fla., was helping to raise some of her dozen grandchildren • Barbara Yazbeck Vethacke, 74, St. Clair Shores, Mich., she was known to many as Babs • June Beverly Hill, 85, Sacramento, no one made creamed potatoes or fried sweet corn the way she did • Kimarlee Nguyen, 33, Everett, Mass., writer who inspired her Brooklyn high school students • Kamal Ahmed, 69, New York City, hotel banquet worker and Bangladeshi leader • Raymond Copeland, 46, New York City, sanitation worker living his fullest days • Israel Sauz, 22, Broken Arrow, Okla., new father • Lester Eber, 82, New York, worked for over six decades in the wine and liquor industry • Harry P. Misthos, 87, San Fransisco Bay Area, Calif., loved the ocean and enjoyed swimming and boating • Leo Sreebny, 98, Seattle, preferred bolo ties to neckties, suspenders to belts • Robert Barghaan, 88, New York City, could fix almost anything • Patricia H. Thatcher, 79, Clinton Park, N.Y., sang in her church choir for 42 years • Howard Alexander Nelson Jr., 84, New Orleans, strong advocate for health care policy • Allan Joseph Dickson Jr., 67 New Jersey, loved the Jersey Shore music scene • John Cassano, 70, Palos Park, Ill., family jokester • Eugene Lamar Limbrick, 41, Colorado Springs, loved automobiles, especially trucks • Jim J. Wolf Sr., 72, South Holland, Ill., known as “Big Wolf” to the basketball players he coached • Robert LeBlanc, 87, Cambridge, Mass., worked in construction and served in the Army • Antoinette Marie Lutz, 91, Chester, Conn., candy striper at St. Raphael's Hospital • Vincent G. Frainee, 68, Redlands, Calif., owned Frainee Water Trucks for 44 years • Andrew Kowalczyk, 63, Coral Gables, Fla., a heart of service • Jana Prince, 43, Gretna, La., social worker who dedicated her lifeto others • Joseph Migliucci, 81, White Plains, N.Y., fourth-generation owner of Mario's restaurant, a Bronx institution • Reuben Gutoff, 92, New York City, founded Strategy Associates • Gerard Rosenberg, 85, New York City, retired New York Supreme Court justice • Marty Derer, 56, New Jersey, loved to referee basketball games • Harold Reisner, 78, Pittsburgh, took furniture repair to the level of an art form • Clark Osojnicki, 56, Stillwater, Minn., well known in the world of agility dog training • Kevin John Cahill, 83, New York City, directed Alba House Cornerstone Bookstore in lower Manhattan • Janissa Delacruz, 31, Haverstraw, N.Y., known for having a smile on her face • Clifford J. Williams, 81, Schaghticoke, N.Y., member for over 46 years of the Operating Engineers Union, Local No. 106 • Robert L. Crahen, 87, Waunakee, Wis., nicknamed “Boxcar Bob” for his luck in shaking dice • Elizabeth Batista, 56, Waterbury, Conn., unwavering faith and dedication to the Catholic Church • Timothy Branscomb, 32, Chicago, always busy looking out for others • Paul Warech, 86, Vineland, N.J., widely surmised he could have played Major League Baseball • Marlon Alston, 46, Chicago, bus driver and school security guard • Hailey Herrera, 25, New York City, budding therapist with a gift for empathy • James V. Walsh, 78, New Jersey, volunteered his time to church car raffles, fund-raisers and picnics • Liudas Karolis Mikalonis, 86, Berkley, Mich., immigrated to New York from a German refugee camp after World War II • Gene Zahas, 78, Oakland, Calif., fierce advocate for educational opportunity • Mario Araujo, 49, Chicago, Chicaco firefighter • William D. Greeke, 55, Massachusetts, thought it was important to know a person's life story • Beatrice Rubin, 96, New Jerskey, her size belied her strength and spirit Jack Butler, 78, Indiana, lived in the house he grew up in • Susan Grey Hopp Crowfoot, 97, Westwood, N.J., took great joy in writing leittle ditties under her pen name, Penelope Penwiper • James David Gewirtzman, 72, New City, N.Y., spent some of his happiest hours hiking in the Adirondacks • Henry F. Graff, 98, Greenwich, Conn., Columbia University historian of U.S. presidents • Mari Jo Davitto, 82, Thorton, Ill., people were here hoobby • Yaakov Perlow, 89, New York City, leader of the Novominsker Hasidic dynasty • Joseph F. Kelly, 81, New York City, did two tours through the Panama Canal to Antarctica • John Prine, 73, Nashville, country-folk singer who was a favourite of Bob Dylan • Perry Buchalter, 63, Florida, quiet hero • Monica Maley, 74, Rehoboth Beach, Del., loved animals, had dogs and cats, and rode horses • Thomas Tarbell Russell, 83, Longmeadow, Mass., mentored by the computer science pioneer Grace Hopper • Ruth Skapinok, 85, Roseville, Calif., backyard birds were known to eat from her hand • Faralyn Havir, 92, Minnesota, her favourite thing was meeting new people • Torin Jamal Howard, 26, Waterbury, Conn., gentle giant, athlete and musician • James O'Brien Johnson, 74, Joplin, Mo., pastor of Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ • Joseph W. Hammond, 64, Chicaco, stopped working to look after his aging parents • Morris Loeb,90, Northbrook, Ill., endlessly curious, never freally finished • Dante Dennis Flagello, 62, Rome, Ga., his greatest accomplishment was his relationship with his wife • Tommie Adams, 71, Chicago, moved antiques for more than 25 years • Myra Helen Robinson, 57, Detroit, more adept than many knew • Roger Mckinney-Wagner, 73, Lowell, Mass., professor at the Salter School • Sean Christian Keville, 47, New Providence, N.J., enjoyed talking sports with his family • John Herman Clomax, Jr., 62, Newark, one of the few African-American corporate bond traders on Wall Street • José Torres, 73, New York City, restauranteur favored by salsa music's stars • Stuart Cohen, 73, New York City, Brooklyn cabbie who found a home in Budhism • Johnnie D. Veasley, 76, Country Club Hills, Ill., teacher's aide • Mary M. Desole, 93, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., member of the Literacy Volunteers of America • Vera Flint, 97, Beverly, Mass., face behind the counter at a family-owned grocery store • Mike Field, 59, Valley Stream, N.Y., fierst responder during 9/11 attacks • Chianti Jackson Harpool, 51, Baltimore, social worker and then a political fundraiser • Conrad Duncker, 99, Chicago longtime dentist • Peter Kafkis, 91, Chicago, worked mostly factory jobs to support his family • Clara Louise Bennett, 91, Albany, Ga., sang her grandchildren a song on the first day of school each year • Ilona Murai Kerman, 96, New York City, featured in multiple Broadway productions • Muricio Valdivia, 52, Chicaco, waned everyone to feel welcome • Robert Dugal, 58, Oak Park, Ill., advocate for others with disabilities • Sharyn Lynn Vogel, 74, Aurora, Colo., photographer, gourmet cook, sparkling hostess and traveler • Robert Charles Bazzell, 88, Novi, Mich., helped drive the family car along Route 66 • Claudia Obermiller, 73, Nebraska, deep-hearted country girl • Reggie Bagala, 54, Lockport, La., Republican freshman in the state Legislature • Richard Joseph Lenihan Jr., 55, Pearl River, N.Y., man of faith and a proud Irish-American • Deyrold Arteaga, 66, Central Valley, N.Y., made friends everywhere he went • Estelle Kestenbaum, 91, Leonia, N.J., secretary to a New Jersey judge • Artemis Nazarian, 88, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., opened a Los Angeles preschool • Myles Coker, 69, New York City, freed from life in prison • Richard Alexander Ross Jr., 66, Boynton Beach Fla., lifelong karate instructor • Helen Boles Days, 96, Wynnewood, Pa., made what she had work for her • Marcus Edward Cooper Jr., 83, Louisiana, he loved his wife and said, “Yes, dear” a lot • Nelson Perdomo, 44, Middlesex County, N.J., veteran corrections officer and father of three • Rosemarie Amerosi, 87, New York City, retired bank teller • Timothy H. Gray, 66, Orleans, Ind., worked for the Orange County Highway Department • Tommie Brown, 82, Gary, Ind., security worker who died the same day as his wife • Doris Brown, 79, Gary, Ind., wife who died on the same day as her husband • Marie Scanian Walker, 99, Louisiana, never drew attention to herself • Frances M. Pilot, 81, Wall, N.J., known as Big Momma to all who loved her • George J. Foerst Jr., 99, New Jersey, called “The Captain” by friends and family • John B. Ahrens, 96, Newton, Mass., lifelong pacifist • Parker Knoll, 68, Indiana, a decades-long career in ministry • Kerri Ann Kennedy-Tompkins, 48, Garrison, N.Y., worked as a special education teacher for many years • Rosemarie Franzese, 70, Nevada, former hairstylist and avid New York Yankees fan • Bernard David Seckler, 95, Newton, Mass., math reader for Recordings for the Blind • Samuel Hargress Jr., 84, New York City, owner of Paris Blues, a beloved Harlem jazz joint • Michael Lee Jordan, 69, McLeansville, N.C., retired from Sears Outlet Stores as an assistant manager • Merrick Dowson, 67, San Fransisco Bay Area, Calif., nothing delighted him more than picking up the bill • Wesley Richard Fahrbach II, 69, Fremont, Ohio, known throughout Ohio for his knowledge of local history • Harley E. Acker, 79, Troupsburg, N.Y., discovered his true calling when he started driving a school bus • Arola Rawls, 81, Chicago, caretaker of her neighbourhood • Roger Liddell, 65, Flint, Mich., brought smiles to everyone he interacted with • Luther Coleman, 108, Evergreen Park, Ill., man who seemed to know everything • Denise Camille Buczek, 72, Bristol, Conn., loved writing birthday and holiday cards, powems and lists • Charles Constantino, 86, Menlo Park, N.J., worked 40 years for The New York Times • Ben Doherty, 83, Boston, stockbroker who founded Doherty Financial Services • John Horton Conway, 82, New Brunswick, N.J., mathematician known as the “magical genius“ • Stanley Chera, 77, New York City, developer and friend of the president • Robert Browne, 72, New York City, Realtor and philanthropist who socialized with celebrities • Wynn Handman, 97, New York City, acting teacher and a founder of the American Place Theater • Adam Kovacs, 72, New York City, cartoonist and an expert on musicals • Peter Brown, 53, New Jersey, manager of the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home • Irene Gasior, 94, Pennsylvania, great-grandmother with a flair for pizzelles • Stanley L. Morse, 88, Stark County, Ohio, trombonist who once turned down an offer to join Duke Ellington's orchestra • Margaret Laughlin, 91, Massachuseetts, had a mystic's direct sense of wonder and oneness • Cynthia Whiting, 66, La Plata, Md., retiree determined to spoil her granddaughter • Steve Joltin, 75, Rockville, Md., I.T. manager with “an eye for beautiful and unusual things” • Gerald Glenn, 66, Richmond, Va., police officer turned pastor • Maclear Jacoby Jr., 93, Washington, D.C., inspiring math teacher • Doris Mae Burkhart Kale, 98, Pennsylvania, excelled in the kitchen • Josephine Posnanski, 98, New Jersey, loved to dance • Phil Langley, 83, Frankfort, Ill., member of Harness Racing Hall of Fame • Vinton Timely Mason,86, Beaumont, Mich., co-owned the Bark-and-All logging company • Maria Garcia-Rodelo, 52, Nevada, would walk her children to school every morning • Fernando Miteff, 60, New York City, graffiti artist with a generous spirit • John Watson, 73, Philadelphia, anywhere he went, he took pictures • Joyce Posson Winston, 93, North Bergen, N.J., editor at the Ladies' Home Journal • John B. Lynch, 76, Wilmington, Mass., lifelong educator • Orlando Moncada, 56, Bronxville, N.Y., left Peru and grabbed hold of the American dream • John Schoffstall, 41, Terre Haute, Ind., volunteer youth football coach • Theodore Gaffney, 92, Washington, D.C., photographer of the Freedom Riders • Alan A. Potanka, 68, Berlin, Conn., collector of stamps and coins • Harold Davis Jr., 63, Chicago, radio host and youth advocate • Michael Giangrande Sr., 78, Bellmore, N.Y., “Mayor of Martin Avenue” • Timothy Ross, 68, Michigan, worked more than 30 years for General Motors • Sherell Stokes, 54, Chicago, active in her church • Larry Jones, 61, Chicago, longtime high school referee • Shirley S. D'Stefan, 90, Florham Park, N.J., reader of books on birds and other wildlife • Billy Ross, 53, Milwaukee, staff member and mentor at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission • Helen Silvia, 96, Brockton, Mass., known as the “fashionista” in her nursing home • Davis Begaye, 48, Cudei, N.M., worked at the Home Depot • Rose Mary Infantino, 88, Rye Brook, N.Y., daughter of Italian immigrants • Ann Sullivan, 91, Woodland Hills, Calif., animator for Disney films, including “The Little Mermaid” • Norman Gulamerican, 92, New Providence, N.J., art supply businessman with a romantic streak • Kenneth L. Jewel, 78, Mountain Lakes, N.J., exceptional radiologist • Jerzy Glowczewski, 97, New York City, last of the WWII Polish fighter pilots • Joan M. Heaney, 77, Upper Brookville, N.Y., built the family heating-oil business into a successful company • Delia Regina DiTullio, 91, Jamaica Plain, Mass., always put her children first • Jeanne Stone Rusnak, 84, Endicott, N.Y., classy lady with style and elegance • Anita Robinson, 94, Minnesota, shared her knowledge and love of reading • William U. Roulette Ill, 93, Stroudsburg, Pa., enjoyed being a waterman on his work boat on Chesapeake Bay • Antoinette Meyer, 95, Crownsville, Md., trailblazing deputy sheriff • Michael Wrotniak Jr., 92, Glen Cove, N.Y., brought the family to church every week • Marvin L. Thomas, 81, Sun Lakes, Ariz., a million-dollar smile • Edmon C. Carmichael, 79, Detroit, pillar in the Detroit community • Linda Nute, 61, Hazel Crest, Ill., home helper for many years • Lela Reed, 95, Country Club Hills, Ill., babysitter for the local church • Joan Cecile Berngen, 69, Burbank, Ill., known for her amazing sense of humor • Gwendolyn A. Carmichael, 72, Detroit, definition of love, loyalty, and the ability to serve others • James Lowell Miller Jr., 64, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, known as the bonfire builder • Dolores A. Vail, 89, Torrington, Conn., her hobbies included reading, especially
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