Grateful Seattle immigrant couple leaves estate ‘to America’

Grateful Seattle immigrant couple leaves estate ‘to America’
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[Ed. – Touching, if also, in 2015, profoundly sad.]

A married couple from Seattle, including a husband who had fled Nazi persecution, made it their last wish that Uncle Sam inherit their entire estate.

In identical wills, immigrants Peter and Joan Petrasek, who had no known relatives, left all of their money and assets to “the government of the United States of America,” ABC News reported on Thursday. Last month, a cashier check totaling $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of the Treasury.

Joan died in 1998 at age 79 from breast cancer. Peter lived another 14 years, dying in 2012 at age 85. It took a lawyer a few years to fulfill the couple’s request of donating their estate to the government.

“[Peter Petrasek] wanted to make a statement about how much it meant to him to be an American citizen,” said Peter Winn, an assistant U.S. attorney who handled the couple’s donation. The government deposited the money into its general fund.

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