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'Very sad to lose her:' 73-year-old Milwaukee woman dies in south side home without heat

Posted at 9:36 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 23:13:15-05

MILWAUKEE — The dangerous cold could be to blame for a woman's death on Milwaukee's south side. A 73-year-old woman was found dead in an unheated home near Wilbur and S. 91st Street. Hard news for her neighbors to hear.

"That is so sad," said neighbor Mari Vargas.

"She was a nice lady, very quiet," said neighbor Coltan Antoniewicz.

Antoniewicz said he and others on the block shoveled the woman's driveway in the winter and tried to cut her grass in the summer.

"She never really asked us for help we just helped out when we could," said Antoniewicz.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said the electricity was working in the home, but the heat either was turned off or malfunctioning. Antoniewicz said his neighbor was not one to ask for help.

"She really wasn't that type of person. She was very independent. I know she had been living there for quite some time all by herself."

But he wished she would have told someone something was wrong because they would have helped.

"Very sad to lose her," said Antoniewicz.

If you or anyone you know needs help finding a warm place to stay or help with emergency furnace repairs, simply dial 2-1-1 for the Impact 211 hotline.

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