Author Archives: Katie

About Katie

I joined in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.

Most visited obituary Guest Books of 2011

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most visited Guest Books of 2011.  For each, we’ve selected a condolence message that represents the common themes among the thousands of messages we received. “I grew up … Continue reading

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The magic of Santa Claus

My 12 year old son asked me this weekend if I believed in the magic of Santa Claus. I replied as any mom would: “Yes, I do!” Santa’s ability to bring joy, laughter, and hope to young and old alike … Continue reading

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5 condolences: Pearl Harbor survivors

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, we pause to reflect and to share 5 condolence messages for Pearl Harbor survivors:

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World War II Memorial Site

With the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor just two days away, World War II veterans have been on my mind. So I decided to spend some time reading obituaries and tributes in’s World War II Memorial … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: cute babies

Who can resist a picture of a cute baby? How about a slideshow full of pictures of cute babies? Whether it’s a picture of the deceased from the early 1900s, a snapshot of a proud dad showing off his new … Continue reading

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5 condolences: Unforgettable memories

People often write in our Guest Books about things they’ll never forget about the deceased – a warm smile, a welcoming hug, a twinkle in her eye, the smell of his cologne.  And sometimes they share some unexpected memories that … Continue reading

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What to do with a loved one’s ashes

We spend a lot of time here at thinking about the ways people memorialize their loved ones. When my grandfather retired from the steel mill, he moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, and started pier fishing. He spent countless hours … Continue reading

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Celebrating life through condolences

I joined as a part-time content screener nearly 10 years ago.  Though I’ve since moved to another position and no longer review condolences as part of my daily job, I reviewed more than one million condolence messages in my … Continue reading

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5 condolences: Veterans

With Veterans Day approaching, we pause to honor all veterans as we share condolence messages for veterans from five of America’s wars:

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Charitable giving via obituaries

Approximately half of all obituaries published by’s newspaper affiliates include a request to donate to charity in lieu of sending flowers to the family.  Sometimes the family selects a charity related to a particular disease or health issue, and … Continue reading

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