Is Speaking Ill of the Dead a Thing Now? These Obits Don't Hold Back
An obituary published Monday in Minnesota doesn't hold back about how the women's children felt about her.
It starts out normal.
"Kathleen Dehmlow (Schunk) was born on March 19, 1938 to Joseph and Gertrude Schunk of Wabasso."
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But the fourth paragraph of Dehmlow's five-paragraph obituary takes a dark turn.
"She abandoned her children, Gina and Jay ..."
It goes on to say Dehmlow "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 obit had been removed from Legacy.com but mid-afternoon Tuesday.
Dehmlow's not the first person to have an obituary saying the world would be a better place without her.
Here's a look at three other obituaries of people who made others' lives miserable.
Charping's family started off with punches saying his life was "29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved" in the first paragraph and went on to describe why.
"At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive. Leslie enlisted to serve in the Navy, but not so much in a brave & patriotic way but more as part of a plea deal to escape sentencing on criminal charges."
The obit said Charping was abusive, killed family pets and had no "redeeming" qualities.
"Leslie's passing proves that evil does in fact die."
Johnson-Reddick had six living children when she died Aug. 30, 2013, but according to her obituary, she died alone.
The obit goes on to say that she tortured those children.
"While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit."
Her death gave her family a reason to be happy and also ask for a call to action.
"We celebrate her death from this earth ... Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America."
That's a cause most people should be able to get on board with, except maybe people like Johnson-Reddick.
Aguilar's family wrote in 2008 when she died that she made no contribution to society and had no hobbies but it sounds like being mean might have been her favorite past time.
The obit goes on to say that she "rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing."
"There will be no service, no prayers and no closure for the family she spent a lifetime tearing apart."
Let's hope they eventually found some peace without their mayhem making matriarch.