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The closure of the McKeesport Daily News is going to leave a void in our lives in many ways. One concern I’ve already heard expressed is the loss of our local obituary page.
Besides the obvious usefulness of obituaries in letting a community come together to grieve the loss of our friends and loved ones, obituaries also provide a useful service to genealogists and historians.
So, this morning, we launched www.mckeesportobituaries.com -- also available at www.monyoughobituaries.com.
It is a free service that will be available to all licensed funeral directors formerly served by the Daily News.
Although the service is free, we hope that our local funeral professionals will support it with donations and advertising. Obviously, we also hope they will provide their obituaries!
I will send full details, including a log-in password, to local funeral professionals beginning the week of Jan. 4. Any local funeral professional who wants to participate may also contact us at McKeesportObituaries@gmail.com or call me at 412-614-9659.
While this won't replace our local newspaper, I am hoping it provides a public service, and that it will be sustainable. We think it's worth a try.
Originally published January 01, 2016.