A Google Groups has a member complaining about the number of obituaries found in Google News, the local section. It is from there I learn, that generally, Google doesn't want obituaries in Google News.
Google News Guide Marcela said:
BonBon is right -- these articles generally shouldn't be included in Google News at all. If you send us the URLs to the sites, we can do a little detective work. Here's the form you can use to report these issues:
Thanks for your help!
I guess that is an editorial decision by Google News. But on the local front, would some people like to read obituaries? I personally have no interest in that but I am sure some people do.
Forum discussion in Google Groups.