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It’s usually frowned upon to speak ill of the dead, but this savage obituary held nothing back.
Kathleen Demhlow passed away on Thursday at 80-years-old. Instead of the typical “beloved mother and friend” you’d typically find in someone’s memorial, her obituary in the Redwood Falls Gazette took a nastier turn.
The obituary starts out with Dehmlow’s birth in a small city in Minnesota, her marriage to Dennis Dehmlow in 1957, and the birth of her two children, Gina and Jay.
Then the bitter memorial exposes her scandalous affair. Dehmlow apparently got pregnant with her husband’s brother’s baby and abandoned her children for a cross-country move to California.
Gina and Jay were raised by their maternal grandparents. The obituary makes a point to say that the children were abandoned.
It ends with this kicker: “She passed away … and will now face judgement. She will not be missed by Gina and Jay, and they understand that this world is a better place without her.”
The obituary was taken down from the Redwood Falls Gazette but the photo of the printed version went viral. Dwight Dehmlow, Kathleen Dehmlow’s relative, told the Star Tribune that “there is more to it than this” and “it’s not simple.” Although he wouldn’t clarify how he’s related to Kathleen Dehmlow. He also said that “she made a mistake 60 years ago, but who hasn’t?”
A screenshot from the Redwood Falls Gazette Facebook page shows that even running the obituary was controversial.
Although the Redwood Falls Gazette declined to comment on the wayward obituary for Minnesota Public Radio, Dwight Dehmlow said Kathleen’s son Jay is the one who submitted it.
“He’s very upset,” Dwight Dehmlow said in the Star Tribune. “He decided to go out with hate.”
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