Fairfield, Conn. Fiasco Leaves A Family Torn Apart Over What Else? Money

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork)— A Connecticut man is in a court fight with his 98-year-old mother over possession of their family home. It’s an ugly family feud, with the 71-year-old son trying to evict his mom.

In a tale of two sons and their aging mother a younger son, Jack, stays close to the family home. The older son, Peter, is estranged and wants to take possession of the Fairfield house they grew up in. He had his mother, Mary Kantorowski, served with eviction papers on her 98th birthday.

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“I love it here,” Mary told CBS 2’s Lou Young on Monday.

Young: “You don’t want to leave?”

Mary: “No.”

Young: “Why do you think he wants you to leave?”

Mary: “Peter? … Money. What do you think? Money, money, money is their god.”

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau Reports. [audio http://newyork.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14578484/2012/02/scheidau-eviction.mp3|titles=Conn Man Seeks Eviction Of His Own Mother|artists=WCBS 880|type=audio]

When Mary’s husband died in 1997 she signed the house over to her elder son with the understanding she’d be able to stay in it as long as she lived. That was 15 years ago. She was 83. She’s 98 now and he is apparently tired of waiting.

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Jack Kantorowski agreed with his mother, telling CBS 2’s Young this is all about money.

The older son, Peter Kantorowski, lives in Trumbull with his wife. His mother and brother said his marriage and lifestyle drew him away from them over the past decade. Young left repeated messages for him, but got no response.

“I never expected he would do anything to get me out,” Mary said, adding when asked if she’s hurt by the maneuver, “Yes.”

The house is worth about $330,000, money Peter Kantorowski can’t get at as long as his mother lives here.

“He says he owns it and can put her out. I say she has life use and he cannot,” attorney Richard Borolot said.

And this whole thing goes to court next month.

If evicted, Mary Kantorowski said she has no money for a nursing home. She does, however, have one remaining son, four grandchildren, twp great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren to help her along.

Is Peter Kantorowski a bad guy or does he have his mother’s best interests in mind? Let us know in our comments section below…

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