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Minnesota Monthly editor dies

An editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine died unexpectedly of natural causes in her Edina home Thursday, the Star Tribune reported Friday. Carol Ratelle Leach, 43, started her career for a subsidiary of Dow Jones in New York City. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and had a rich background in reporting, book editing and, most recently, as a top editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine.

This article follows the basic formula for writing obituraries. The author of the obit leads with the person´s name and age, and also includes the cause of death and the day of death in the lede. The lede also includes why she is a noteworthy person. Then the obit moves into a short quote from her publisher about what a valued employee and person she was. Then the obit writer goes into more detail about her career and life, talking about where she went to college, where she started her career, other professional high points and, finally, her position before death. Lastly, in the last paragraph, the obit includes information about her family including her husband´s name, how many children she has and where they lived. I think this obit could have had more personal details about her life to make it more personal and interesting, but it sounds like the death was completely unexpected, which makes me believe that no one was prepared to reflect on this relatively young person´s life. I think the author did a good, respectful job, considering the abruptness of the death.