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Of Parakeets and Freezers

Adam Bernstein

Washington Post obituaries will often include a person's hobby or interest. Often this means a vague enthusiasm for pets ("he liked dogs," "she adored lizards").

Today, I heard a vivid tale of animal bonding. Josephine Czapp, who died April 6 at 89, raised many kinds of pets. But she had a particular love for her parakeet Snookie.

She asked to be buried with the bird and told her family that if Snookie went first, he was to be placed in a tin box to be held in the freezer until she died. She told her family that if she went first, could they please buy a larger freezer and wait to be united with the bird?

Her daughter-in-law Cheryl Czapp wrote to The Post: "Sadly, Snookie died last fall and has, to the amusement of all of our friends, been in the freezer until last Saturday, when we put his small coffin under her rosaried hands for their mutual final resting place."

Why do I keep thinking of Monty Python?

By Adam Bernstein |  April 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Adam Bernstein
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Cheryl has been a personal friend of mine for years, and I think it's wonderful what they did for Grandma and Snookie! Hang in there Cz & Bob, I know they're missed! Bz

Posted by: Bonster | April 20, 2008 10:43 AM

Snookie is just pining for the fjords!

Posted by: Nell | April 21, 2008 8:24 AM

What a heart warming and touching thoughtful it was of Snookie to go first...insodoing, think of the electric bill she saved Bob and Cheryl...(not to mention saving them having to answer those annoying questions from pesky neighbors!)

Posted by: Martha | May 12, 2008 2:56 PM

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