They say to never speak ill of the dead, but there's really no better time to trash someone. They can't do anything about it! But if you're going to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about somebody, maybe don't publish it in your local paper, because it will be discovered and widely distributed by the Internet. Such is the case for Gina and Jay, who took the passing of their mother as an opportunity to hang out all their dirty laundry for the world to see in their local paper, The Redwood Gazette. It wasn't long before their tribute to mom went viral on Twitter:
Kathleen Dehmlow has died, and she left behind two seemingly very angry children:
Her obituary reads:
Kathleen Dehmlow (Schunk) was born on March 19, 1938 to Joseph and Gertrude Schunk of Wabasso. She married Dennis Dehmlow at St. Anne’s in Wabasso in 1957 and had two children Gina and Jay.
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 then raised by her parents in Clements, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schunk.
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.
Wow! Okay! People cannot believe this post-mortem dragging poor Kathleen is going through:
Though some see it as a warning to be good to your loved ones, because they can ruin your reputation after you can no longer defend yourself:
Some people were pretty upset to read such harsh words about a woman they never met who is now dead and has no idea that viral fame has finally found her:
In fact, there was such an uproar, the Redwood Gazette has now removed the obituary, according to the Star Tribune. It's still in the printed version, but no longer online nor on the obituary website legacy.com.
“Because the content standards of our newspaper partners are extremely high, we haven’t needed to implement independent standards in this area,” CEO and founder Stopher Bartol of legacy.com said in a statement Tuesday. “That said, we take very seriously the trust placed in us by our partners and the families we together serve, and we will review and re-evaluate our procedures as necessary.”
Relatives of Kathleen Dehmlow have come forward to say that some aspects of the obituary are true, but as you might imagine, it's not the full story.
Dwight Dehmlow, who wouldn't state his exact relationship to the deceased, told reporters, “The sad thing about this is there is no rebuttal. There is more to it than this. It’s not simple.”
“She made a mistake 60 years ago, but who hasn’t?” he continued. “Has she regretted it over the years? Yes.”
He added his regret that her obit writers decided to “go out with hate,” adding, “This is going to hurt a lot of people.”
It's true that it's hard to know what went down in the Dehmlow and Schunk household before Kathleen made a run for it, and it was 60 years ago.
Things were pretty different for women in small towns unhappy in their marriages back then, and there's no way to know what the custody situation was. The family is now willing to consign her to the flames of hell, which doesn't imply a loving home.
The only one who really knows all the detail of what went down is gone! But according to some Internet sleuths, this isn't being well-received in Wabasso:
My family lives in Wabasso. The population is only about 600. I'll definitely be asking them about Kathleen Dehmlow.— Brittany Maldonado (@MaldonadoBBC) June 5, 2018
Lmao yes. Everyone says she was a saint! Her kids better not step foot in Wabasso. People are pissed.— Brittany Maldonado (@MaldonadoBBC) June 5, 2018
All I can say is, I really hope everyone in this family finds peace!