STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Sue Paterno will inherit all of her late husband’s property, according to the will released by his family on Thursday.
Joe Paterno’s will has been sealed in Centre County court, but the family said it is petitioning Centre County court to make the documents public to “ensure maximum transparency and eliminate unfounded speculation.”
Paterno was relieved of his coaching duties in November after details emerged concerning the investigation of alleged child abuse by Jerry Sandusky, Paterno’s former defensive coordinator.
Paterno died in January at age 85.
“At the suggestion of the attorney managing Joe Paterno’s estate, the family filed a motion, which the court approved, to seal the contents of his will,” Dan McGinn, the Paterno family spokesman, said in a written statement.
“The request was entirely appropriate and totally consistent with the actions of other prominent individuals. The only objective was to preserve a measure of privacy for Sue Paterno, their five children, 17 grandchildren and other family members.”
In the original 7-page document filed in 1997, Joe Paterno decreed that his wife would receive his “automobiles, household and personal effects, and other tangible property of like nature” if she survived him by 60 days. That excluded cash or securities, but did include any existing insurance.
If the 60-day condition had not been met, their children — Diana Lynne Paterno-Giegerich, Mary Kay Hort, David Paterno, Jay Paterno and Scott Paterno — would have shared the estate.
Sue Paterno was appointed the personal representative of the will.
In addition, the will stipulated that the “residue” of Joe Paterno’s estate would go to the Joseph V. Paterno Revocable Trust. McGinn declined to elaborate.
McGinn said the Paterno family “will petition the Court to release the seal on all future filings.”