A MAN SAYS A LOCAL FUNERAL HOME TOOK ADVANTAGE OF
HIS WIFE'S DEATH.
NOW, HE'S OUT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND CALLING FOR
OUR LEAH LINSCHEID SHARES HIS STORY.
So when wife Patricia died this spring - he came here.
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NAT - outside
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This is where Ed Pillow's heart lives.
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CLIP 0024 - "I knew her all my life 'n..."
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Surrounded by Wisconsin woods - it's where Ed and
wife Patricia put down roots - until he lost part
of his heart, earlier this year - when Patricia died
from Alzheimer's complications.
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CLIP 0024 - "We miss her.
Ah, well." :57
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RETURNED TO STATE OF WIS
Ed never thought anything of it - until he contacted
the state this summer.
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CLIP 0024 - "When I called down there [[cut out
part about $250]] 'we didn't get no 3790 dollars,
so' - and he said 'nor would we have kept it if we
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State rules stipulate that extra burial money *should*
be returned to the state - but - if the deceased
has a living spouse, that money should be returned
to them - in this case, Ed.
Except - Ed says he couldn't get ahold of the funeral
director to get that money back.
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CLIP 0024 - "He'd just stall and wouldn't answer
and wouldn't all me back" :16
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VTR 39 - LEAH PHONER - Steve: "It just so happened
that it fell through the cracks."
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Funeral Director Steve Mitchell told us that's not
his understanding of the law - and he was just holding
the money until he got direction from the state.
Months later - after Call for Action volunteers got
involved - Ed received that check from the funeral
home, personally delivered by Steve.
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VTR 39 - LEAH PHONER - Steve: "I've spent 20 years
of my life in this profession dedicated to this care
and caring for the families i serve and it's made
me sick to my stomach that mr pellow has made it out
that i'm taking advanqage of him."
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NAT - outside, shot of pretty trees or something