Whitney Houston's funeral will be private, at her childhood church

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Forget the idea of a giant memorial service for Whitney Houston at Newark, N.J.'s Prudential Center, because the city's mayor says the family doesn't want one. But how will we make this tragedy into a Michael Jacksonesque network TV spectacle?

"The Houston family has no plans to set up a public viewing at the Prudential Center this Friday," Mayor Cory Booker's office told TMZ. "In compliance with the family’s wishes the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony."

Instead, the singer's family will have a private ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church, where Whitney's singing career began in the church's choir. The church seats about 300 people, the site says, and there is an invitation list, so don't worry about setting your DVRs. You could always try lighting a candle and peacefully saying a prayer to yourself instead of ogling the celebfest Newark was expecting. We hear funerals tend to be that way more often than not.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:06pm]

    

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