May 21st, 2010
06:53 PM ET

Man surprised to read his own obituary

Paul Schlegelmilch's neighbor in Rockville Centre, New York, had some good news and bad news for the World War II veteran. "You're in the paper, but you're in the obituary section of the paper."

The Rockville Centre Herald was supposed to run a story about the 94-year-old being the grand marshal in the city's upcoming Memorial Day parade but wrote the story as his obituary, instead.

When asked how it felt to read his own obituary, Schlegelmilch said, "It felt funny when I started reading. I couldn't believe that I had passed away."

Schlegelmilch isn't taking the situation too seriously.

"It's bothering more people than it's bothering me, to tell you the truth," he said. "People were concerned they hadn't been called; they hadn't been told where I was going to be laid out. It was a bad mistake, is what it was."

The paper, which is published weekly, apologized to Schlegelmilch and plans to print a correction in Thursday's issue.

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  1. Chanah


    May 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bon jovi

    it would make a great movie!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. neo


    May 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Dead man walking get out of the way.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stryfe

    hehehe surprised it didnt kill him when he read he was dead

    May 22, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. wjhernandez

    Wouldv'e been funny not to correct the mistake for a few days and just sneak around at night scaring people who knew him. Hahaha.

    May 22, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael Steinberg

    It must have been some sickie's joke, when it was seen he was 94....the rumor of death is greatly exaggerated....

    May 22, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. dorian canalizo

    It was probably Newsday........they are not know for always sticking to the facts.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Islander

    So then, would he be eligable to apply for the death benefit?

    May 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SmarterThanYOU

    Bet he dont read the obits anymore looking to see if he's in there!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |