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Burn-It-All-to-the-Ground Obituary: 'The World is a Better Place Without Her'

While a person’s life cannot be fully encompassed by an obituary, a death announcement is usually a good way for family and friends to commemorate their dearly beloved who has passed.

Kathleen Dehmlow of Minnesota recently died at the age of 89. Her obituary, at first glance, seems relatively standard, as it states when she was born and the names of certain family members. But after two short paragraphs, things begin to take an odd turn and it becomes blatantly clear that this eulogy will not have a happy ending.

A tweet by @randballsstu brought the obituary to light with a screen shot. The online version of the item is no longer available on the Redwood Falls Gazette website, where it originally appeared.

After the basic info in the first few lines, we learn that Ms. Dehmlow was impregnated by her husband’s brother in 1962, and moved to California. If that weren’t awkward enough, the obit continues: “She abandoned her children, Gina and Jay who were then raised by her parents in Clements, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schunk.”


It becomes clear that the deceased woman’s children are the ones who have paid to publish this obituary, and are determined to have the last word when it comes to their estranged mother. The final lines read: “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.”

The tweet about the obituary pretty much sums up the sentiment of Paragraph 5: “*airplane flies overhead with a banner reading WELCOME TO HELL MOM*”

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