As beneficiaries argued, woman remained unburied for 60 days

Sept. 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The body of a Chicago woman went unclaimed in the county morgue for more than two months even though she left an estate of more than $400,000, officials say.

People who were to benefit from her estate couldn't decide who would pay for her funeral, WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported Friday.

Virginia Komar, 94, was found dead in her home in Stickney May 12.

Her estate, which was to be divided among three beneficiaries, included $60,000 in bonds and $354,000 in a bank account.

There was a "lack of willingness" by the beneficiaries to pay for her burial, Cook County public administrator Nicholas Grapsas said.

While there was no legal responsibility for the beneficiaries to bury Komar, Grapsas said, "I think there's a moral responsibility there."

The beneficiaries eventually buried Komar, a staff member of the public administrator's office said.

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