Late real estate mogul’s $40M estate may have found heir

Court to decide on surprising claim that Roman Blum left everything to long-lost love

New York /
Jun.June 02, 2014 01:40 PM

The beneficiary of an alleged long-lost love of a Staten Island real estate mogul has come forward to attempt to claim a $40 million estate.

Roman Blum rose to prominence after constructing and selling houses in Staten Island after the development of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The Holocaust survivor died at age 97 in 2012 with no known will. But a will was filed in Staten Island Surrogate’s Court — one that Blum purportedly sent to Helen Pietrucha, a woman Blum meet in Warsaw in 1938. Blum and Pietrucha were separated during World War II.

Pietrucha had a miscarriage, and Blum spent five years in labor camps, the New York Post reported. After failing to reunite with her, he married another woman and upon attempting a reunion in the 1970s, found out that Pietrucha relocated to Australia and married someone else.

According to Teresa Musial, a longtime friend and caretaker of Pietrucha, Blum wrote Pietrucha a letter in 1987 that included a will in which he wrote, “I give all my estate after my death to my beloved Helen Pietrucha,”  Blum told no one about the will; the two witnesses listed on it have since died. And Pietrucha died in 1999.

Musial filed that will with the court last week.The Staten Island Surrogate’s Court will now decide the fate of the $40 million fortune. Former Congressman Vito Fossella is consulting with lawyers for Musial, the Post said. [NYP]Mark Maurer


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Workers at the location, 526 Gulf Avenue in Staten Island, are being told that they do not have to wear masks in areas not monitored by cameras. (Google Maps, iStock)
“Save us, Jeff Bezos!” Worker says Amazon contractor shuns Covid safety
“Save us, Jeff Bezos!” Worker says Amazon contractor shuns Covid safety
2385 Richmond Avenue in Staten Island (Google Maps)
Bob’s Discount Furniture to open on Staten Island
Bob’s Discount Furniture to open on Staten Island
Dov Hertz and an aerial of 1900 South Avenue in Staten Island (Photos via Adam Pincus; Google Maps)
Dov Hertz picks up Staten Island site for $65M
Dov Hertz picks up Staten Island site for $65M
Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Photo via Google Maps)
Staten Island waterfront redevelopment hits a wall
Staten Island waterfront redevelopment hits a wall
A rendering of the Staten Island Wheel (Rendering via Perkins Eastman)
Developer of the failed New York Wheel sues its contractor … again
Developer of the failed New York Wheel sues its contractor … again
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and City Council member Mark Levine (Getty; City Council)
Parts of Manhattan, Staten Island enter lockdowns, but is it enough?
Parts of Manhattan, Staten Island enter lockdowns, but is it enough?
New York Wheel (S9 Architecture|Perkins Eastman; Pixabay)
Going in circles: Dueling New York Wheel lawsuits emerge
Going in circles: Dueling New York Wheel lawsuits emerge
(iStock)
Petition to overturn indoor dining restrictions squashed by judge
Petition to overturn indoor dining restrictions squashed by judge
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...