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Woman With Trash-Filled Home Dies

June 9, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A woman whose 20-year accumulation of trash and garbage in a rat-infested home forced authorities to move in and clear away 40 tons of debris has died from a stroke. She was 72.

Erleen Burman of Pomona was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on May 27 after suffering a stroke. She suffered a fatal stroke on Saturday, the hospital said.

The Pomona Fire Department last month had ordered debris removed from her home.

Miss Burman had entered into a house-cleaning contract with Dennis Dewald, owner of D and J Screen Co., and Curnelius King Sr. of King’s Gardening and Hauling.

Dewald said he plans to continue remodeling her kitchen free of charge, a project he had started as a homecoming present to Miss Burman.

″I liked her,″ he said. ″I’m not out for the almighty dollar.″

So far, he has installed a new subfloor and has ordered a new sinktop for the kitchen.

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