That’s the lesson that everyone is learning from a notice published in a small-town US newpaper. Kathleen Dehmlow died last Thursday in Springfield, Minnesota. On Monday, her obituary ran in the Redwood Falls Gazette.
It began with all the normal details – born Kathleen Schunk in 1938, married Dennis Dehmlow in 1957, had two children, Gina and Jay. Then it went on:
“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 judgement. She will not be missed by Gina and Jay, and they understand that this world is a better place without her.”
A relative has spoken up in Dehmlow’s defence. Dwight Dehmlow, who didn’t want to specify his relationship to the deceased, said the facts in the obituary were true, but there was “a lot of stuff that is missing”.
“The sad thing about this is there is no rebuttal,” the Star Tribune quotes him as saying.
“There is more to it than this. It’s not simple… She made a mistake 60 years ago, but who hasn’t? Has she regretted it over the years? Yes.”
The obituary quickly went viral on social media.
Paragraph 1: ok
Paragraph 2: ok
Paragraph 3: wait
Paragraph 4: OH
Paragraph 5: *airplane flies overhead with a banner reading WELCOME TO HELL MOM* pic.twitter.com/ppV45htrda
— Stu (@RandBallsStu) June 5, 2018