Son explains his mum's brutal obituary that went viral


A woman's obituary went viral after its brutal contents were posted online and it is intense! Kathleen Dehmlow passed away last month at the age of 80 and her obituary was posted in her local newspaper. They probably should have read it before posting it.

A local read the obituary and posted it to Twitter, showing the world the ruthless write-up.

"Kathleen Dehmlow (Schunk) was born on March 19, 1938 to Joseph and Gertrude Schunk of Wabasso.

"She married Dennie Dehmlow at St. Anne's in Wabasso in 1957 and had two children, Gina and Jay.

"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 Celements, 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."


And now her son has spoken out about the ruthless write-up.

Speaking to Jay Dehmalo explained why he and his older sister, Gina, had felt moved to publish such an obituary.

"You can't believe the dysfunction of the family," said Dehmalo, who now lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. "They'll never know what we went through but it helped us [to write this]. We wanted to finally get the last word."

It was Gina's idea to write the obituary when she learned from a cousin that her mother was on her deathbed. She had no desire to see her but asked for a picture that was duly published along with the words penned by her brother.

Dehmalo, a father of one, admitted that he and his sister Gina had had "reservations" about going through with the obituary, conscious that it could stir up the ill feeling that has clearly stalked this family through the decades.

Dehmlow's surviving sister, Judy, has told that her nephew's obituary was "nasty" and had "hurt the family tremendously".

But Dehmalo replied: "Not important? Sure. They have no idea what we went through and back then, in the 50s and 60s, nobody talked about anything."

Dehmalo and Gina were left to guess the details of their mother's life and piece together vast portions of it years later.

They did not know that they had two half-brothers out of Kathleen's union with Lyle until several years after the boys' births.

To add insult to injury, Dehmalo said that while he and his sister were unhappily abandoned in Minnesota their mother was, "off having a great life in California with her other kids".