Newspaper deals with uproar after scathing obituary goes viral worldwide

The Redwood Falls Gazette pulled the obituary from its website on Tuesday.
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24 hours since the obituary heard around the world and the Redwood Falls Gazette is taking a hammering.

The small town newspaper has been inundated with comments on social media about its decision to publish a controversial obituary by the children of Kathleen Dehmlow that said "this world is a better place without her."

Many of those comments are criticizing both the children who wrote the obituary, as well as the newspaper for agreeing to put it in the newspaper.

A smaller number of commenters are defending Dehmlow's children Gina and Jay, who called their late mother out in her obituary for abandoning them as children after having an apparent affair with their father's brother.

"The truth isn't always popular.. but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be heard. Allowing her children to put their truth and actual facts out there.. to be acknowledged was the correct and fair thing to do in my opinion. I hope they feel a sense if justice and closure," Naomi Stensrud wrote.

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Bring Me The News reached out to the Redwood Falls Gazette on Tuesday to ask why it decided to run the obituary in the first place, and why it has since pulled it from its website.

We were referred to the company's general manager, who has not yet responded.

The obituary has also been removed from the website.

The facts contained within the above obituary have been broadly confirmed by a Dehmlow relative who spoke to the Star Tribune, but said "there is a lot of stuff that is missing."

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

He added that Dehmlow died with his sisters by her side.

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