The adult children of Kathleen Dehmlow, who passed away at the age of 80 in Minnesota, wrote a harsh obituary in a local newspaper that expresses their lack of fondness for their mother. The obituary claims that Jay and Gina, her son and daughter, will not miss her and believe that the world is better off without her. This statement is quite startling!
1. It Was So Harsh, The Newspaper Had To Take The Obituary Down
The online version of Kathleen Dehmlow's obituary was removed from the Redwood Falls Gazette's website a day after it was posted because of the high number of complaints received. While it is clear that her children authored and published the obituary, there might be additional information to consider, isn't there?
2. Yes, They Really Went There
Although the obituary began conventionally by stating Dehmlow's place and date of birth, as well as her parents' names, it took a negative turn afterward. The obituary mentioned that she left her children, Gina and Jay, who were subsequently raised by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schunk, in Clements.
"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."
3. One Of Dehmlow's Relatives Did Come Forward To Attempt To Clear Her Name
Dwight Dehmlow, a relative of the family, stated that while what Jay and Gina included in the obituary was technically accurate, it was not a fully comprehensive representation of the situation.
"The sad thing about this is there is no rebuttal. There is more to it than this. It's not simple," Dwight, who lives in Minneapolis, explained. "She made a mistake 60 years ago, but who hasn't? Has she regretted it over the years? Yes."
Furthermore, he criticized Kathleen's children for choosing to end the obituary with negative sentiments, stating that they "decided to go out with hate," adding, "This is going to hurt a lot of people."
4. However, Kathleen's Kids Are Sticking By Their Story
After the criticism, Jay Dehmalo, 58, and his sister Gina, 60, responded by stating that no one can judge them because outsiders can never fully comprehend the experiences that Kathleen's children endured. Jay expressed that he and his sister were not aware that their mother had left them for several years and had relocated to California, where she had two additional children with her husband's brother.
"We didn't have so much as a card from her. I remember she came home twice and on one occasion she was showing pictures of her and her kids playing cards, drinking beers," he shared.
"Gina and I were standing in the room, just standing there and she didn't even acknowledge us. It's like we didn't exist … How can you do that to your own children?"
Jay also mentioned that if they had the opportunity, they would compose the same obituary once more.