The Minnesota Woman’s Obituary that has Gone Viral

Obituaries, especially for the elderly, are supposed to be a celebration of the life and times of the deceased, but Kathleen Dehmlow‘s (80 as at the time of death) is rather… different.

The writer of the obituary, published on Redwood Falls Gazette‘s website and print, took an ugly turn when the writer chose to air the Minnesota woman’s dirty laundry after her death.

It starts with the conventional notes: date of birth; family and relationships. The bombshell was dropped in the third paragraph which said: “In 1962 she became pregnant by her husband’s brother Lyle Dehmlow and moved to California.”

The obituary alleged that she abandoned her children, adding that she will not be missed by the children and “this world will be a better place without her”.

People are now asking where the kid(s) from the extra-marital affair is, and what her former husband Dennis Dehmlow‘s story is.

One relative Dwight Dehmlow who refused to specify his relationship with Kathleen told Star Tribune that the facts in the obituary are true, but “there is a lot of stuff that is missing.”

Dwight said the writer “decided to go out with hate,” adding that “this is going to hurt a lot of people.”

“The sad thing about this is there is no rebuttal. There is more to it than this. It’s not simple,” Dwight said, adding that Kathleen lived the last one year of her life in a nursing home.

He said her sisters were with her when she died.

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

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