After 15 months, Winston-Salem woman doesn’t know cause of husband’s death

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Fran Wolberg poses for a portrait with a photo of her late husband, Mark Wolberg, at Leinbach Park. Andrew Dye/Winston-Salem Journal.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Months after her husband unexpectedly died last year, there are still no answers.

Francine Braun Wolberg’s husband, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s but was otherwise healthy, died in a Davidson County hospital, the Charlotte Observer reported.

An autopsy was performed the day after he died. But months later, there was still no death certificate listing the cause of death for Mark Wolberg.

So Wolberg, who lives in Winston-Salem, couldn’t collect survivor’s annuity payments needed to pay college tuition for the couple’s youngest daughter. She asked doctors what happened. But she couldn’t take legal action without a cause-of-death ruling.

More than 15 months have gone by with still no explanation.

The state medical examiner’s office finally issued a ruling in September that mark Wolberg died of undetermined causes. The results came soon after The Charlotte Observer began questioning why the case had been delayed.

“It has been cruel,” Wolberg said. “This should be an embarrassment to the governor, the legislature and the medical examiner’s office. I don’t know if this is malfeasance, but it is inhumane.”

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