I can't rave enough about local historical societies and their willingness to help. I found the Dauphin County Historical Society, via a google search. I emailed the librarian if they conducted obituary research for the local newspapers, none of which are in national searchable databases up to now. They did. I wrote a check on June 22 for $28.00 and on July 2nd I received the two beautiful obituaries that were just previously posted. As far as turnaround time and cost are concerned--omg--what a bargain.
This goes along with the Westbrook (Me.) Historical Society, and the Swarthmore Quaker Collection, all of which have provided low cost, original research to me remotely (that is I didn't go there). This type of research is quasi-Internet research. I use the Internet to track down societies' web sites and addresses and I email them. After that, we take to snail mail, but these are original records we are talking about, and records that can be found nowhere else.
A further point on the obituaries. I already had the death certificates of Mr. and Mrs. Morrissey so I provided the librarian with accurate death dates. I would never ask for an obituary that was "sometime after the 1910 census," or even a date range longer than one to two months. Simply not fair.