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Man tries to evict 98-year-old mom from family home

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    In a Feb. 14, 2012 photo, Jack Kantorowski, left of Fairfield, Ct., is photographed with his mother Mary, 98, at her home in Fairfield, Ct.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. >> A 98-year-old Connecticut woman facing eviction by her son says she’s upset and wants to stay in the home where she raised her children.

Mary Kantorowski has lived in her yellow Cape Cod-style home in Fairfield since 1953. She said Friday that the home means "everything" to her.

Kantorowski’s oldest son, 71-year-old Peter Kantorowski, says he’s concerned about her well-being. When he last saw her eight months ago, she seemed disoriented and was living in poor conditions, he said.

Peter Kantorowski, who owns the house, says his mother has rejected his suggestions to live with him or in a nursing home. A trial is set for March 2.

"I didn’t think he would do it," Mary Kantorowski said. "My husband worked hard, difficult jobs to buy this house. He built the garage and did a lot of work on the house and he told me never to leave it."

Her husband, John, died in 1997.

"This is just a despicable situation," her lawyer, Richard Bortolot Jr., told the Connecticut Post newspaper. "Mary has been living here happily paying all the expenses for the house and now her son, Peter, comes along and is telling her, ‘Get the hell out,’ so he can sell it."

Mary Kantorowski’s other son, Jack Kantorowski, told WTNH-TV: "There are no other words to call him. He’s just a scumbag."

Bortolot said a probate court stopped Peter Kantorowski from trying to sell the house after the eviction papers were served in December.

Peter Kantorowski says he’s just looking out for his mother’s best interests.

"I’m not throwing her on the street," he said. "At her age, at 98, I’m sure that she should be with people of her peers. She should have her meals on time."

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