Seeing a few classic hearses for sale may not mean much to most people, but it was a dream come true for Oklahoma’s Susie “Lola” Palazzo.
Palazzo watched her uncle take his final ride in a 1972 Cadillac hearse in 1986. Even after 14 years of doing funerals, the classic hearse still looked like new because the small town in which the Wentworth’s Mortuary Service was located rarely had need for it.
But when that classic car went up for sale last year, Palazzo was excited. “I couldn’t resist it,” she said about the unusual ride.
Palazzo does more than just drive this hearse, though. She “pimped it out in the back” and rents it out to people in need of funeral cars. She also “fitted it with plump floor pillows and a champagne trough” for an extra touch of class and luxury.
Since she has been renting it out, the hearse has become one of the most popular rides in town. Recently, it took more than 10 people from her restaurant – Lola’s at the Bowery – to the Neil Diamond concert and back in a ride that surely grabbed everybody’s attention as it drove into the parking lot.
Palazzo is happy that the hearse that carried away her uncle is now bringing more smiles to her community than tears. Now there’s a “feel good” story for the week.
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