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Fox Point woman bequeaths bulk of $3.1 million estate to Milwaukee County, remainder to state
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 1/23/09 | Steve Schultze

Posted on 01/23/2009 5:05:50 AM PST by Obadiah

Maxine Allen lived quietly with her husband Frank for years in their Fox Point home, and after Frank died in 2004, she rarely was seen outside the house.

She took the bus to her hairdresser and accepted help from a neighbor, who took her grocery shopping. Maxine Allen always used coupons, buying only sale and generic items, said neighbor Karen Wahlberg.

Frugal and independent, Allen "was a loner. Just stayed at home, day in or day out," Wahlberg said. "I thought she was penniless."

Allen, who died at age 85 in February 2008, left an estate worth $3.1 million - with about $2 million bequeathed to Milwaukee County in what may be the largest unrestricted gift ever given to the county. The State of Wisconsin will get the rest, after fees for lawyers and bankers are deducted.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: milwaukee; taxes; will
Wow. This is like giving your last full measure of devotion...to the government.
1 posted on 01/23/2009 5:05:51 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Obadiah

weird


2 posted on 01/23/2009 5:12:03 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Obadiah
Hundreds of real charities damaged by Bernie Madeoff, and she leaves millions to the gubmint ... except for the "fees for lawyers and bankers."
By the time all of them get done with it, I'm sure they'll be enough left for a new flower bed in the park (but it'll have to be a small one).
3 posted on 01/23/2009 5:14:01 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Obadiah

Sounds like this couple lacked imagination, and just couldn’t think of anything worthwhile to spend their money on, either while they were alive or for their estate. Whatever. It’s a free country.


4 posted on 01/23/2009 5:15:32 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Obadiah

I don’t think she’s in heaven.


5 posted on 01/23/2009 5:19:34 AM PST by Crawdad (Barack Obama hates black people.)
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Its only money.

If she got out a bit more, should would have realized the depression ended years ago, and she could have lived a little better.

I dont think this justifies not going to heaven, but my guess is that by not having children and living as a pauper her whole life she did not experience much of it during her time on earth.


6 posted on 01/23/2009 5:22:35 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

“Sounds like this couple lacked imagination,..”

It really does. Or maybe she made her will when her mental faculties weren’t what they used to be.
You’d think the lawyer who helped make her will would have suggested that she stipulate how the county should spend the money, ie: care for the elderly or something.


7 posted on 01/23/2009 5:27:18 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Obadiah

It’s her money and she can do with as she wishes but would not have hurt to leave something to her neighbor who hauled her butt all over town to shop. Three million will last about three minutes in the state treasury.


8 posted on 01/23/2009 5:32:58 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Obadiah

In other words, she saw that the money would go to waste.


9 posted on 01/23/2009 5:33:57 AM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Obadiah

Wow. This is like giving your last full measure of devotion...to the government

What a shame and what a waste. So many people could have been helped by this women money. Now it will just line political hacks pockets and buy votes.


10 posted on 01/23/2009 5:34:52 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: Obadiah

In other words, she flushed her money into the sewer.


11 posted on 01/23/2009 5:35:37 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Obadiah

Dying without a will would have had about the same effect.

...or setting fire to the money in the street.


12 posted on 01/23/2009 5:39:52 AM PST by MediaMole
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To: nuconvert

But her husband made the SAME will!


13 posted on 01/23/2009 5:48:11 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker

They sound like finalists in a “Dullest, Most boring couple” contest.


14 posted on 01/23/2009 5:54:22 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Obadiah

It’s a good idea, I mean, the governments of the world have proven over and over again, they’ll spend 3.1 million on worthwhile....things.


15 posted on 01/23/2009 5:55:46 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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She’d have been better off burning the money in a communal bonfire for her neighbors.


16 posted on 01/23/2009 6:00:33 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: ontap

“....would not have hurt to leave something to her neighbor who hauled her butt all over town to shop.”

Amen to that but you should have said “her SORRY butt”.


17 posted on 01/23/2009 6:00:47 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: Obadiah

Will the State of Wisconsin have to pay estate/death taxes on the contributions and if they do, which department gets it?


18 posted on 01/23/2009 6:04:07 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: Obadiah
Wahlberg said she was shocked to learn of the large estate left by her neighbor - and how she chose to dispose of it.

"I hope the county spends it wisely," she said.

LOL!

19 posted on 01/23/2009 6:13:12 AM PST by iowamark
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“Dullest, Most boring couple

Maybe they did not do much cause they were having sex all the time. Something that is very fun and doesn't cost a thing.

20 posted on 01/23/2009 6:41:59 AM PST by GUNGAGALUNGA
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This is the sort of incompetence the $20 million will be funding.
21 posted on 01/23/2009 6:51:00 AM PST by 6323cd (Loyal Opposition My Ass)
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To: 6323cd

Sorry, I meant $2 million.


22 posted on 01/23/2009 6:54:20 AM PST by 6323cd (Loyal Opposition My Ass)
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To: Obadiah

Sad that the woman lived so frugally for so many years and then gave the money she saved to a body that will spend it in 5 minutes.


23 posted on 01/23/2009 8:40:38 AM PST by beckysueb (Palin/Jindahl in 2012)
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To: ontap

If she didn’t leave anything, her neighbor should sue the estate for services rendered. I’ll bet he hauled her around thinking she couldn’t afford independent transportation.


24 posted on 01/23/2009 8:45:27 AM PST by Varda
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It’s her money and she can do with as she wishes but would not have hurt to leave something to her neighbor who hauled her butt all over town to shop

I don't see where the neighbor complained about it either. Now that person's going to heaven.

25 posted on 02/02/2009 9:26:32 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Somewhere In Kenya, A Village Is Missing It's Idiot)
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