Several days after the fire, the bizarre obituary shown below appeared in the Wausau Herald announcing the passing away of Blacky Webber, Petroskey's nickname for the grill used at the fire. "Bad joke! Totally inappropriate even by Wausau standards", uttered General Manager Stosh Zilinsky of the Herald. "Whoever placed this obit had the intention of provoking our good citizens. Our people still remember the day that Weber closed up their Wausau plant leaving hundreds unemployed. This adds further insult to injury, kind of like pouring gasoline on an open flame. I'm not pointing a finger at Weber, but it sounds like something they'd do".
Although no one has stepped forward to take responsibility for the incendiary death notice, local authorities are pursuing a number of leads. Suspects range from local pranksters to several grill companies including Weber. Also under suspicion is a Chinese manufacturer of "knock off" Weber type grills. Close friends of Petroskeys, who know how he loved his grill, are being talked to as well. At this point, no one has been ruled out.
Here is a copy of the notice published on 6/4:
WEBBER , BACKY passi way tragicky 29 May just as grille season was just heat up. Last four cereal number say Black born and made on 5 May, 2009 in Xe Dung Pou Province, China. Backy live with Petroskey in Wauwau, Wi., USA and survive by Kettles with numbers B000110000000 - BB767445348990. Will be miss by all Webber's di xiong and jie mei.
"Remember though, we must be politically correct because we live in a global economy today, the Mayor rambled on. We have to pretend to accept differences, especially with them having all the money". One of the Herald reporters then posed a deep question of the Mayor, "Huh?"
Meanwhile, in related news a mass funeral service and memorial for the forty seven residents who perished in the Petroskey inferno is scheduled for 7 PM next week Friday at the site of the fire. Mourners are encouraged to head over to Gilly's Tap following. Free beer along with raw beef and onions will be served, and as usual Gilly's world famous all you can eat Haddock for $7.95.