Skip to comments.Connecticut son reportedly wants to evict 98-year-old mother
Posted on 02/17/2012 9:05:08 AM PST by rawhide
A Connecticut mother reportedly received an unusual gift for her 98th birthday from her eldest son -- eviction papers.
Mary Kantorowski, who has lived in the same Fairfield, Conn., home since 1953, is now facing eviction from her yellow, Cape Cod-style home valued at $333,410, the Connecticut Post reports. Her son Peter Kantorowski, 71, a retired taxidermist, said he's doing it for her own good.
"She would be better off living with people her own age," he told the newspaper.
According to Probate Court records, Mary Kantorowski and her husband, John, agreed to transfer the house to a trust administered by Peter Kantorowski on the condition that Mary would live there until her death, and upon her death, the house would go to Peter and his younger brother, Jack, the newspaper reports.
In July 2005, however, Peter Kantorowski quitclaimed the house from that trust to another he and his wife control, giving him ownership of the house. Six years later, in Dec. 13, 2011, his mother's 98th birthday, Peter Kantorowski had his mother served with eviction papers.
"This is just a despicable situation," said Richard Bortolot Jr., a Stratford lawyer appointed by Fairfield Probate Judge Daniel Caruso to represent Mary Kantorowski. "Mary has been living here happily paying all the expenses for the house and now her son, Peter, comes along and is telling her, 'Get the hell out,' so he can sell it."
"My husband worked hard, difficult jobs to buy this house," Mary Kantorowski told the Connecticut Post. "He built the garage and did a lot of work on the house and he told me never to leave it."
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“Baby Boomer” SCUM!
The son is not a baby boomer, he is to old. (started 1946)
I’ll guess there is a special spot in hell for vermin like him. What he doesn’t seem to remember is that he is only about twenty years behind his mother.
At least he didn’t push her down the stairs. Yeah, she would be so much better off if he had her money in his pocket. Scum.
Taxidermist with a mommy issue, hmmm. Put her in the root cellar, boy!
This could end very badly. I think maybe she should get out while she still can.
Apparently, the older son served his mother eviction papers on her birthday.
From the article: “Bortolot, who is not being paid to represent Mary Kantorowski, said shortly after serving his mother with eviction papers, Peter Kantorowski attempted to put the house up for sale. He was stopped by subsequent Probate Court proceedings. During one of those proceedings, it was determined Peter Kantorowski had wrongly taken on his mother’s power of attorney, using her money for his expenses.”
Such hate. And greed.
wow, he’s COLD.
He could get a whole new spin from the press by saying that the house uses too many carbon credits. That darn old house needs to be sold in order to be upgraded with “clean enery” technologies.
“She would be better off living with people her own age,”
Most people of her age no longer lives in this world.
Looks like his morbid assumption was wrong and she has lived 15-20 years longer than he was planning on.
He sounds like the guy who tried to pick off Jeanne Calment when she was 90 and he was 47 with a similar deal. He died at 77 and she was still alive.
Sounds to me like self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty by the trustee [son]. I bet Mom has a good case to undo the conveyance to the second trust, and maybe to remove Sonny as a beneficiary of the first trust.
Just glad his name isn’t Norman.
It sound to me like he could be guilty of elderly abuse since he talk them into the trust then behind her back transferred it and at the same time used her money.He should be send to jail for this.
If he has children, they have a role model on how to treat parents when they get in the way.
We had a lady (age 90) here in town who did the right thing....gave the main house to her gandchildren and she lives in the tensant house. Was stunned...but she just wanted it to pass to the ones that needed it the most. An extraordinary woman!!
I saw this on the local news but didn’t realize it was a local story.
Such a beautiful woman. Such a jerk for a son.
I had three aunts live until ages 96, 98& 99, and two cousins who lived to be over 100, married 80 years. God bless this woman and her husband where he is.
Why does everyone here think they have enough evidence to convict the son of doing evil?
She was awesome. I remember reading somewhere around her 120th birthday that she said (translated from the French), "I only have one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."
Shades of Steve Martin:
“I’m just so mad at my mother. I don’t know, she just, uh, she calls me up the other day. She wants to borrow ten dollars for some food! Can you believe that? I said, “Hey! I work for a living!” So I loan her the money. Yesterday, she calls me up and says she can’t pay me back for a while. I said, “Hey! What is this?!” So I worked out a deal with her. I’m having her, uh, work on my transmission. And, uh, move my barbells up to the attic. So that’s pretty good, huh?”
“Why does everyone here think they have enough evidence to convict the son of doing evil?”
I guess I’m missing the kind, Christian motivation behind serving a Mom with eviction papers on her birthday and immediately putting the house up for sale...
A $300,000 house in Connecticut could be a very small house, indeed, especially if it is in an historic part of town, since she is so long-lived. There are tiny cottages in Georgetown (DC) and Society Hill (Philadelphia) that once housed slaves or servants that are now worth $1,000,000, simply because of their location.
Why should anyone strip her of her rightful property, just because she is old? The article says she was examined on order of the judge and found competent.
We don’t know the whole story here. We don’t know if the 98 year old mother is physically and mentally able to take care of herself.
I know someone who has been trying to get his parents to move into assisted living quarters for the past few years. The couple in their eighties don’t get along, they lived apart for 20 years of their marriage and only got back together to save money. The woman never cooked, not even when her sons were small and survives on granola bars and things like that and the father doesn’t care to eat.
The father is a WWII veteran, who as a seventeen year old, was wounded in the invasion of Normandy, so severely wounded that he had no recollection of the events of the day. He came home from the war and went to college, earning a PHD in bio-chemistry. When he was in his seventies the war injuries started to bother him and brought back the memories of the invasion. He now has full PTSD and spends most of his time in his bedroom.
The couple has an older son that fried his brain on drugs and cannot hold a job, so they pay him to do light housework and maintenance, but he’s worthless.
The couple needs intervention and tough love. Maybe this is the case with this woman, as well.
What IF her 71 year old KID is correct?...
A cape cod isn’t exacty a baronial manor. I think she should stay as long as she wants to. This is still America.
Peter is probably an Obamabot — a self-appointed, one-man Obamacare let’s-take-care-of-an-old-lady-the-easiest, cheapest-way-possible death squad. I just hope this poor woman doesn’t have a living will with this guy making end of life decisions for her.
He does show an Obama-level of (non)concern for his family. This makes him not only sleezy enough to be a liberal, but he has that extra-special slime about him which qualifies him to be a relative of the Obamaloon and wench.
Wrong Mr. Vet, he's not a boomer. He's likely from your generation.
He is just scum period.
NOPE not mine(born 1961).
Sorry. The elderly individual makes that choice; not the collective majority through the government (as in England) and surely not a greedy, dishonest relative as in the case of the man in this story.
There should not be pressure from greedy family members to take the elders’ property or life before they are naturally in the grave. Some elders don’t leave their estates to their children and grand children.
If I had a psychopath in the family who expressed a sick and twisted attitude of entitlement with me and my property in my old age, she would not be in the will and she would not have any involvement in my life as I may become too weak to fend off her greed.
I kept looking for the sarc tag on your post. Are you freakin’ kidding me? The lady is well, is living in her own home and paying her own expenses. She’s got a piece of crap for a son. Why should she leave HER home because this guy wants the money.
He’s probably hoping that he’ll just break her heart and she’ll die faster. My mom was 83 when she passed away and we swore she’d never, ever be in a home. She wasn’t. I wish I had her as long as this piece of garbage has had his mother.
This one is a Cape Cod house that was likely built in the 40s or 50s - back when Fairfield was a more blue collar community. It almost certainly is less than 1500 sq ft - many Cape Cods of that era were less than 1000 sq ft.
So, even assuming that it was morally right to steal a house from an elderly widow if it was "too big", this is assuredly not too big.
Eva, the judge presiding over this civil case personally visited her in her home and interviewed her, accompanied by a geriatric psychiatrist, in order to determine her physical and mental fitness. She passed with flying colors.
From what I read, I know enough that is shows the son to be an evil jerk. We, along with many other families, are struggling over similar issues.
My wife's mother is in her late 80s. My wife and I have always helped her, visiting weekly, taking her out shopping or for recreation, doing her bills, and working on her house - for 25 years since my wife's father died. Her sister is trying to get her sent to a senior care center. We intervened, and took her mom into our home to live with us. The sister is trying to paint the mom as incompetent and severely ill, while we find her vibrant and relatively healthy. The sister's lawyer boyfriend was trying to wrest control of all finances. Motive - greed to get the house, valued at $800G as well as cash holdings. We produced trust documents and amendments showing my wife is executor and in control. As it stands now, three siblings are still trying to wrest control from us and another sibling who is helping us. The three are greedy and broke, while the two including us are relatively well off and self-sufficient. No way will we allow them to put her in a home with strangers.
(1) He promised his mother she could live in her own home until she died. He broke that promise.
(2) He had a fiduciary duty as a trustee to handle the property in trust for the benefit of the beneficiary. Instead, he transferred the property to a trust of which he was the beneficiary. That's theft.
(3) He claims that his mother cannot care for herself, but has not visited her for 8 months. The judge visited the mother and saw for himself that the mother is quite competent and able. So he lied in order to steal from his own widowed mother.
(4) He had his flunky serve her with eviction papers on her own birthday. I'm not sure what else you would call that but evil.
What does the Bible say about those who oppress the widow?
The younger Kantorowski, who said he and his fiancee visit his mother twice a week, said his brother once told him he felt their mother had lived too long.
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Peter Kantorowski said he has invited his mother to come live with him, but she has refused.
"I have this big house in Trumbull and she is welcome to come live with me," he said. "I took care of my mother-in-law until she died in my house."
She's old, not stupid.
Well, if the judge visited the woman, we DO know the whole story. In the case that I was referring to, the woman seems to be agoraphobic. Her home if over flowing with collections (dolls) and purchases from the Shopping Channel, mostly not even unwrapped, even filling the old outdoor basket ball court. Some of the outside mess taken care of, after the neighbors complained.
No judge would visit the house and consider the woman to be stable, even though she is educated and can still hold a normal conversation. She doesn’t sound nuts at all.
Wonder how this POS’s health is? Hope his kids are taking notes.
“She would be better off living with people her own age,”
Who the hell is her age? I’ll bet she’s crossed off 90-95% of her phone book.
My friend, who just passed at 101, sure did.
It was a bitch to find anyone besides family to inform of her passing.
Hell, the last of her siblings, her sister, passed away two months before and we didn’t tell her about it.
Boy did she get a surprise when she got to heaven.
“What in the Sam Hill are you doing here? No one told me!”
Gawd, it would have been hilarious to see that.
This guy is pond scum and dog mange all in one.
Sacajaweau implied the “/S”.
Sheesh, even I got it and I’m in a hurry to get out of here and do money making things.
You got all that info from the very same media that, we all know, is crazy. They want outrage. They want the government to run our lives because mean men steal from their own mothers.
The son could be innocent of your charges.
Wow, this takes the cake and all !
I know my parents are in their late 70’s but to me, they own their property and it would NOT be right to pull something like this.
If my parents really needed to go to a full time assisted living place, I don’t know if I can bring myself to kick them out of their property and would instead try to find a way where they can get someone to come over to care for them.
Wouldn't that have violated the terms of the original trust agreement?
More here on this story along with a video of the mother.
Snips from the video:
The mother has a tidy house.
She talks pretty good for a woman her age.
She has a nurse that regularly checks in on her.
She has a younger son who visits her almost every day.
The older son who is kicking her out has not seen her in eight months.
He said the reason he has not visited her is because he does not have a key.
He is evicting her but has made no plans where she is to go.