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Canadian Eva Markvoort died just over a month ago, but the blog she kept about living -- and dying -- with cystic fibrosis is being kept up by friends. It's wrenching, and it makes you want to savor every moment of your easy-breathing life.

The vivacious redhead had been writing for four years about life with a terminal illness. She posted poems, prose and wordless grinning pictures of herself with friends, with stuffed animals, alone. She died March 27 at age 25.

Chicago's most famous maitre d', Arturo Petterino, lived more than three times as long. The dapper fellow, who estimated that he seated more than half a million diners in his career, owned more than 50 tuxedos and famously kept his cool when Frank Sinatra threw spaghetti at him at Chicago's Pump Room restaurant.

Mr. Petterino, 89, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke.

By Emma Brown  |  April 29, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
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