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Life Tributes

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How to Place a Paid Life Tribute/Funeral/Death Notice:

To place a paid Life Tribute/Funeral/Death Notice in the Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus Courier, and Sonoma Index Tribune, please e-mail the notice to lifetributes@pressdemocrat.com and include the following information;

  1. Your contact name, mailing address and phone number
  2. Your email address
  3. Name of the Funeral home/mortuary/cremation service for verification purposes only
  4. Date(s) the notice is to appear in the newspaper
  5. Typed notice as you would like it to appear (word document only, no PDFs)
  6. Photo in jpg format.

Note: Incomplete submissions may delay processing

Notices are also accepted in our Press Democrat office located at; 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 and our Sonoma Index Tribune office located at 117 W. Napa St., Sonoma, Ca. 95476.

Photos

Photos must be in a .jpg format and may be adjusted by the Press Democrat to accommodate for sizing. If submitting multiple photos, please indicate in which order you'd like them to appear. Photos may be in either color or black and white.

Emblems and Logos

Emblems and logos are available to include within the obituary for a nominal fee. Emblems and logos will be placed after the last sentence of the obituary. Only 1 emblem/logo per obituary. Click Here to view available emblems and logos (link opens in a new tab).

Payment and Proofs

You will receive an email with a proof and the cost of the notice prior to publishing. To complete and approve the notice as well as to apply payment, please call us at (707) 526-8694. For security reasons, approvals and payments are not accepted via email.

Press Democrat Petaluma Argus Courier Sonoma Index Tribune
Per Line/one day $6.50 $3.25 $4.50
Per line/2nd day w/in a week $4.75 $2.50 $3.25
Per line/3rd day w/in a week $2.50 $1.25 $1.75
Per line/4th + consecutive day $2.50 $1.25 $1.75
Photo/per day/per photo $50.00 $35.00 $35.00
One Time Set Up Fee $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
Note: A line consists of roughly 25-30 characters including letters, spaces, and punctuation

Suggested information to include in a Paid Life Tribute/Funeral/Death Notice

  • Full name
  • Age
  • City
  • Date of death
  • Preceded in death by
  • Survived by
  • Military Service, Memberships, Career history
  • Visitation information (day, time, location)
  • Service information (day, time, location)
  • Interment
  • Memorial preferences (if any)

How to Place an In Memoriam Notice

In Memoriam notices celebrate a remembrance, birthday or anniversary. To place an In Memoriam in the Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus Courier, and Sonoma Index Tribune, please e-mail the notice to lifetributes@pressdemocrat.com and include the following information;

  • Your contact name, mailing address and phone number
  • Your email address
  • Date(s) the notice is to appear in the newspaper
  • Typed notice as you would like it to appear
  • Photo in jpg format

Note: Incomplete submissions may delay processing

Notices are also accepted in our Press Democrat office located at; 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 and our Sonoma Index Tribune office located at 117 W. Napa St., Sonoma, CA 95476.

Photos

Photos must be in a .jpg format and may be adjusted by the Press Democrat to accommodate for sizing. If submitting multiple photos, please indicate in which order you'd like them to appear

Emblems and Logos

Emblems and logos are available to include within the obituary for a nominal fee. Emblems and logos will be placed after the last sentence of the obituary. Only 1 emblem/logo per obituary. Click Here to view available emblems and logos (link opens in a new tab).

Payment and Proofs

You will receive an email with a proof and the cost of the notice prior to publishing. To complete and approve the notice as well as to apply payment, please call us at (707) 526-8694. For security reasons, approvals and payments are not accepted via email.

In Memoriam Pricing

Please call (707)526-8694 for In Memoriam pricing

Deadlines

  • Press Democrat:
    • 12pm (noon) the business day prior to first publication date
  • Petaluma Argus Courier:
    • 10am Tuesday (for Thursday publication)
  • Sonoma Index Tribune:
    • 10am Monday (for Tuesday publication)
    • 10am Thursday (for Friday publication)

Note: Most major holidays carry earlier deadlines, please confirm prior to submission

Press Democrat Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, closed major holidays.

Sonoma Index Tribune Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm and Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm, closed major holidays.

Contact Us

  • Direct: (707)526-8694
  • Email: lifetributes@pressdemocrat.com
  • 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, closed major holidays.