Plenty. In a former life as a Development Director, I would scour the obituaries in the New York Times looking for clues to people who might support the school I was working for. Obits expose family trees and thus are invaluable tools for genealogy research.
So nowadays I check the obits for anyone who is Greek, to see where they come from and whether by any stretch they are connected to someone I know or the towns that our forefathers came from -- and I always learn something regardless.
Sunday's Times (8-11-13), for example, told us about the sudden death of Dr. George Moutoussis, 65, who was from Athens and specialized in Geriatric Medicine and Nephrology. His promise was: "To practice medicine in the old traditional way, when the doctor was not the provider and the patient was not the client." Amen to that.
Greek Festival pastry booth -- once my mother Angeline's domain -- lost two devoted volunteers. Zoi se mas.