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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:16:16 :

Independent Journal
March 7, 1959

Daughter To Contest Father’s Will

BATAVIA, N.Y. – A daughter of the late millionaire Donald Woodward, heir to the Jello Co. fortune, filed a formal objection today to his will.

The objection, filed in surrogate’s court, stated that Mrs. Susanne Woodward Austin, of Larkspur, Calif., believed that her father “was not mentally competent when he signed his will 10 days before his death, and that fraud and undue influence were involved.”

(Efforts by the Independent-Journal to locate anyone by the name of Suzanne Woodward Austin in Marin County were unsuccessful today.)

Woodward died Jan. 10, at his home in Le Roy, N.Y., 10 days after signing the handwritten will of 30 words leaving his entire estate to his wife, Mrs. Adelaide Foley Woodward.

The amount of the estate has not been disclosed.

At Mrs. Austin’s request, the two witnesses to the signing of the will appeared yesterday, before Surrogate Philip J. Weiss. The witnesses are Harold J. Foley of Le Roy, brother of Woodward’s widow, and Mrs. Marion Brew, a domestic in the Woodward home.

Both testified that Woodward was of sound mind when he signed the will.

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