'She will not be missed': Woman's abandoned children get the last word in savage obituary

A Minnesota woman’s children wrote a brutal obituary of her. (Photo: Redwood Falls Gazette)
A Minnesota woman’s children wrote a brutal obituary of her. (Photo: Redwood Falls Gazette)

It should be said that everyone deserves respect and peace when they are finally put to rest.

It should be said, but that doesn’t mean everyone abides by that ideal, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to this savage obituary for a Minnesota woman that has been making the rounds on Twitter.

May he who hasn’t fantasized about penning an epically brutal obit for one that he hates throw the first stone.

While only 105 words, the obituary serves as an incredible takedown delivered by the woman’s children, and it only gets more and more cold as it progresses.


The printed farewell starts off as most of them do — the reader is introduced to Kathleen Dehmlow (neé Schunk), who was born on March 19, 1938. At age 19, Kathleen married Dennis Dehmlow, and they had two children, Gina and Jay.

But then it goes off the rails completely. In 1962, four years after her marriage to Dennis, Kathleen became pregnant by his brother, Lyle Dehmlow, and moved to California, leaving her children behind.

Gina and Jay were raised by her parents, Joseph and Gertrude Schunk. Finally they write: “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.”

While it’s not a fitting way to be remembered, it may have helped the children get over their pain.

Dwight Dehmlow, a relative who wouldn’t reveal his relationship to Kathleen, told the Star Tribune that the assertions in the obit were true — but there was plenty missing.

“She made a mistake 60 years ago, but who hasn’t?” he said. “Has she regretted it over the years? Yes.”

Kathleen lived out her final year in a nursing home, and her sisters were by her side when she passed.

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