Woman’s kids pen savage obituary that goes viral: ‘World is a better place without her’

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The obituary posted in the Redwood Falls Gazette begins well enough and then goes in on Kathleen Dehmlow. (Redwood Falls Gazette)

The say no one escapes karma and it appears one family is making sure their shady matriarch finally gets what she deserves.

When the the obituary for Kathleen Dehmlow (Schunk) appeared in the Redwood Gazette this week it started off like any other. First stating she was born on March 19, 1938, and resided in Springfield, Minnesota where she married Dennis Dehmlow in 1957 and had two children with him — Gina and Jay.

But after that, things went decidedly left.

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“In 1962 she became pregnant by her husband’s brother Lyle Dehmlow and moved to California. She abandoned her children, Gina and Jay who were raised by her parents in Clements, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schunk,” the obituary reads.

Say what now?

Usually people speak highly of the dead no matter how disastrous their actual lives may have been, but after that paragraph it became clear that her kids had a serious bone to pick with their mother. Better yet, they didn’t give a damn if the whole world saw it.

“She passed away on May 31, 2018, in Springfield and will now face judgment. She will not be missed by Gina and Jay, and they understand that this world is a better place without her,” it concluded.


This wrathful obituary has gone viral and has now been featured in media stories all over England and Australia as well as the United States.

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Despite the incredibly harsh sentiments left by her family, a few sympathetic strangers shared condolences on an online version of the announcement.

“The good Lord loves you more than anyone else ever could. You are in heaven now with our savior. R.I.P.,” one person wrote.

“What a life she lived. Hope you find peace,” another added.

Now word yet from either Gina or Jay as to why they chose to ether their mother in the afterlife. The folks in Dehmlow’s hometown, a 0.8-square-mile patch of Minnesota with fewer than 700 people, are probably having a field day with this.

Staffers from the paper are also now attempting to distance themselves from the controversy around why this questionable submission was even allowed to be published in the first place.

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