A day after his wife’s funeral, the in-laws told his great-grandfather he should move out of his Westchester home – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – A great-grandfather from the western suburbs fears eviction on the horizon. He has already been told to leave his home, not by an unhappy landlord but by his in-laws.
Morning Insider Lauren Victory explains the unusual circumstances.
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“This is what keeps me going,” said Pete Weinrauch, sitting on his favorite stoop, scrolling through photos of his favorite person.
“Here’s another really good photo of her,” Weinrauch said, showing us a photo of him and his wife of 42 years, Rozanne. “She was a wonderful person.”
Shortly after putting Rozanne to rest this summer, a sticky situation came to light with his family.
“The day after my wife’s funeral, my sister-in-law came to the house and told me to come out,” Weinrauch said.
The Westchester house belonged to Rozanne’s parents and was bequeathed to her and her two sisters.
“’Get out of here. We’re going to sell the house,” Weinrauch recalls from the conversation with one of the family members.
A letter from his wife’s family explains that the property “does not generate income. Just expenses.
Weinrauch and his wife first moved there to take care of Rozanne’s sick mother. They ended up living in the house for the past 10 years without rent or mortgage.
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Weinrauch said he paid for a new oven, yard maintenance and utilities; and still share taxes and insurance in three ways with the two sisters of Rozanne.
“I would have hoped that they would give me at least a third of whatever they got for the house, so that at least I could pay for my wife’s funeral,” he said.
Instead, another letter arrived recently informing him that the house is under contract. He could soon have a new owner; but in reality, he doesn’t expect the buyer to allow him to stay. Deportation may be on the table.
The 79-year-old man is turn to online fundraising for help.
“I just don’t have a place to go and no money to pay for a place to go right now,” Weinrauch said.
He clings to straws while mourning his wife, who eventually battled Alzheimer’s disease.
“She would look at me and I would know it,” Weinrauch said, tearfully. “It’s just hard for me.”
A forced farewell to the place where they spent their last years together.
“I just miss having it,” he said.
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CBS 2 has contacted Rozanne’s family for comment on this story. We haven’t had any feedback.