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Class Ring, lost in Germany 40 years ago, returned in the mail!

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  1. PonderingThings

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    http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8G5LO6G0.html

    Four decades later, lost ring comes back in the mail

    03/05/2006

    Forty years ago, Emma Benford may have taken off her gold college class ring to wash her hands, something nurses do quite a bit. At least, that's how Benford speculates that she lost the ring.

    She has the it back now. It arrived in the mail a month ago, sent by a German goldsmith who at one point planned to melt it down.

    The ring vanished while Benford was living on a military base in Germany, where her U.S. Army officer husband, Jewell Benford, was stationed from 1966 to 1968.

    She doesn't remember exactly when it went missing. "Most of the time, I wore it," she said. But in those days she had her hands full with a young son and daughter, and a job as school nurse at the American School.

    After the stint in Germany the family came back to the United States. The Benfords raised a family and moved many times over the years. Two decades ago, they retired in Astoria.

    Meanwhile in Germany, about a dozen years ago, Regina M. Jaene, a goldsmith in the town Schieder-Schwalenberg, purchased the ring from someone who brought it into her shop.

    She intended to melt it down, but didn't get around to it. So, she put it away in a box with other small gold objects.

    Finally, a few months ago, she took it out. She noted the blue stone and the engraving on the gold.

    It said, "BS 1957, Nazareth College, Louisville, Ky." There was a pelican, too, the symbol of charity used by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, an order of Roman Catholic nuns who ran the Catholic women's college when Benford was a student.

    Jaene tracked down the college on the Web, and school officials identified the initials inside the band — E.E.M. — as those of Emma Elinor Mayes. But the alumni office was having no luck tracking down Emma Benford.

    Finally, a college official turned to the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where Benford had grown up.

    A Dec. 27 story attracted the attention of a friend of Benford's sister, who lives in Louisville. That closed the loop.

    "Your ring is now coming back to you," Jaene wrote to Benford. "It's a great pleasure for me to return it."
     
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    I love stories like this. I hate losing things and can't imagine getting something back after so many years. How wonderful.
     

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