Vicious obituary pulled from RGJ.com

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Updated: 9/14/2013 9:39 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – It's an obituary like you've probably never seen before. It’s about a woman who died and is survived by her children who, according to the obituary, spent her lifetime torturing them in pretty much every way possible. The obituary goes on to paint a picture of children who are grateful that their mother, Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick, is dead.

The Reno Gazette Journal President & Publisher John Maher tells News 4 the obituary was sent in via a self-service online submission. The obituary appeared in the print edition of the newspaper today, September 10th. The on-line version of the obituary has been removed as the newspaper is investigating the circumstances surrounding the placement of the obituary.

The obituary says Johnson-Reddick died September 30th. News 4 has confirmed a woman with that name died on August 30th.

UNEDITED VERSION OF THE SUBMITTED OBITUARY:
January 4, 1935 Sept. 30, 2013

Marianne Theresa John¬son- Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is sur¬vived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way pos¬sible. While she neglected and abused her small chil¬dren, 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.

On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively ex¬posed to her evil and vio¬lent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after¬life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviv¬ing children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.

Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can re¬vive our message that abus¬ing children is unforgive¬able, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “hu¬mane society”. 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.
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sjerzgirl - 4/21/2014 8:18 AM
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JustSaying - people raised in abusive environments often turn out to be abusers themselves. It doesn't make it right, but some effort should be undertaken to understand how it came about. Given the recent obituary posted by Pat and his sister, I would think some of that environment would be obvious now.

EddieMarriage - 3/27/2014 2:48 PM
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It's funny how so many Americans will do anything they can to stick up for a "mother" --- no matter how evil she is. Over in England [http://goo.gl/4xjGWF], the comments are the opposite --- they stick up for the kids. Maybe because Brits admit the truth: women can be just as evil as men. And maybe because they are not brainwashed like Americans are. We in America have the old "...flag, Mom & apple pie..." meme that is perpetuated in TV commercials. Also, we are controlled by feminism. So there is no way any of the media want to publish an obit like this, that goes against all that. And makes it hard to sell advertising.

mymomjoan - 3/23/2014 6:09 PM
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While I agree wholeheartedly that there should be more attention addressing abuse of any kind against children and the vulnerable I am saddened to hear the obit writer is "helping" others who have been through the same as described - the most healthy way to deal with any of this is to forgive the offender and move on without holding on to hate - holding on to hate is unhealthy - letting go and forgiving doesn't mean you condone - it means you will not let that evil rent all the space in your head - be well all!

Ktkt1955 - 9/24/2013 8:35 PM
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I have to agree with trying2survive, this has turned into a media circus. The children have only stated what they know from their own experience. No matter what the case the woman has passed away and her past need not come into light. She is not being hurt by her children, but her children are hoping to help locate and close abusive foster homes with their message. Granted it was truly harsh, but they are grieving as well in their own way. The public should allow them to grieve and stop chastising them for how they feel.

willowcougar - 9/18/2013 8:08 PM
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To correct my posts below, Marianne's maiden name was Johnson. She married in 1954 in San Diego, California to a Navy man with the surname of Reddick. At the time of her death, she was known as Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick. In 1968 she started an escort business at the 421 Court Street office building where she lived and where her children stayed on weekends away from the children's home. I have seen little mention that Marianne was raised by nuns and priests, leaving the convent when she married. It seems that no one cares that Marianne was an abused and abandoned child or that one of her children was beaten to death in a foster home. It was approximately the time that her child was killed that she moved from Las Vegas to the Reno area.

timvillareal - 9/17/2013 4:16 PM
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SPELL CHECK PLEASE !!!!

N8E PAIUTE - 9/17/2013 9:06 AM
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I never thought to write an obituary like that; but lately I have seen some that tell in detail about a person's life and I think that's what an obit should be about. Oh, and the very last line of my obit I want it to read, "See, Kurt, I died and I took your secret with me to the grave." (that should open an new can of worms...lol...least I won't have to worry about the drama that will unfold...LMAO!!)

JustSaying - 9/15/2013 2:02 AM
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Perhaps Patrick Reddick would also like to "stimulate a national movement" to address childhood bullying. After all, Patrick himself has first-hand knowledge as the bully who terrorized and beat up younger and/or smaller boys at the Nevada Children's Home where he and his siblings were sent. Below is a website that was set up for former residents of the home to discuss their experiences and to keep in touch. It makes for interesting reading. Granted the home was far from ideal and definitely had some serious problems, many children amazingly appear to have matured into decent, caring adults. Note especially the comments dated Feb.17, 2008 and May 23, 2010. Both boys recollect how the older Patrick Reddick physically abused them making their sad lives even more miserable. And the bullying continued up until he left to join the military. (Search for "Reddick" in the below website and read it for yourself.) http://aroundcarson.com/2006/03/23/nevada_state_childrens_home_then_and_now/ (If the website is blocked as a blog, just google "Nevada State Children's Home Then and Now | Around Carson")

willowcougar - 9/14/2013 9:24 PM
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Marianne was the owner of a secretarial service in Las Vegas. In 1962, she protested the firing of a Welfare office manager in that city, threatening that if his firing wasn't explained in a public meeting that she would start a riot with a group of citizens she headed who were opposed to the firing. In December 1963, Marianne was living in Reno at 252 East Liberty Street. She was cited for running a stop sign and running into another vehicle. In June, 1964, Marianne’s 16 month old son died in a Las Vegas foster home where he was found dead on the floor, having suffered numerous bruises and a blow to the side of his head. The foster parents denied any mishandling of the child. Marianne filed a $25,000 claim against the state, submitting it to the Board of Examiners, and it was referred to the Attorney General’s office. In 1965, she vied for the Nevada Legislature and pushed for the state to give up its sovereign immunity.

willowcougar - 9/14/2013 9:20 PM
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In 1966, she filed suit against the foster parents of her 16 month old son and the State Health and Welfare Department for negligence in placing her son in an “irresponsible” and “dangerous” foster home. She asked for $200,000 for the death of the baby, William Patrick (or William Joseph) Reddick. She asked for $175,000 in damages from the foster parents, Edward and June Jablonski, who were caring for her son when an accident occurred resulting in his death. She claimed that neighbors had reported numerous incidences about the foster home to the State Health and Welfare Department but that the complaints were not heeded. Also in 1966, she was living in Minden and had been living in Nevada for five years. She was running a secretarial service and filed to run for the State Assembly for the Douglas-Ormsby County District. She ran as a Democrat and lost the primary election to fellow Democrat, Graham Hollister, 520 over 100 votes. In 1967, she foiled a burglary at her place of business, Ace Secretarial and Printing Service, 421 Court Street, when she confronted two burglars ransacking through desk drawers in an office in the same building. She asked them what they were doing and that she was calling the police. Her call was received by the police at 11:14 p.m. The burglars fled empty handed.
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