An amazing find was made possible by Don of the Queens Stoop who had been in the investigative department of the police. I had been trying to find a woman who was my best friend all through high school. We got our first jobs together. I had been in her wedding party shortly after we graduated. She had moved to Ohio and I lost track of her. Her maiden name was unique but her married name was as common as Jones. I had been searching for her for years. I didn't recall much about her family but a mutual friend reminded me she had a brother whom I had never met. With his unique name, he was able to track him but he was deceased. From there he tracked his widow living in Texas. Don didn't have my last name so all he was able to tell her was that Eleanore was trying to reach her sister-in-law and gave her his number to call. Within 3 days, I had a phone call from him telling me to call him back at a certain time..and then he put through a call from my lost friend. In the intervening years, she had six children. Her husband had died of a heart attack at 36 years old and she had remarried. We remained in touch and got to have a face-to-face in 2003. Shortly thereafter, she developed cancer and was undergoing treatment and she and her husband moved to Florida for her to recuperate. Only there a short time, he had a heart attack and instantly died. She was getting progressively worse and one day my email went unanswered. I have to assume that she passed but we had been lucky enough to have a marvelous reunion.
That's only two of the people among many others who ran across my name and reached out on FB.
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