The widow of Maine is reunited with the ring that was lost 47 years ago after it was found 3,700 miles away in FINLAND
A ring lost in the bathroom of a Maine department store in 1973 was found 47 years later in a small town in Finland.
Debra McKenna, 63, received high school ring from her late husband Shawn when she first started dating when she was 16.
But she lost it when she took it off to wash her hands after using the bathroom in a store in their hometown of Portland.
She assumed she would never see it again, but unbelievably it was found 3,750 miles away last month in Kaarina, a small town in southwestern Finland. Mrs McKenna does not explain how it ended up in Europe.
Sheet metal worker Marko Saarinen found the silver, blue stone ring with his metal detector in a park under eight centimeters of land.
Debra McKenna, 63, received high school ring from her late husband Shawn when she first started dating when she was 16
She assumed she would never see it again, but unbelievably it was found 3,750 miles away last month in Kaarina, a small town in southwestern Finland
He managed to find the owner because it contains the initials of Shawn, the name of Morse High School in Portland, where he was a student and the year he left, 1973.
Saarinen contacted the school that spread the message and then brought it to a delighted and surprised McKenna last week.
“There was a lot of crying when I heard that someone had found it and was struggling to reach me,” said McKenna, a retired barber whose husband died three years ago after fighting cancer.
From her home in Brunswick, she added: “It is very moving in this world of negativity to let decent people come forward and make an effort.
“There are good people in the world, and we need more.”
She said that Shawn, who was president of the higher class, had given her the ring before he went to college in Orono. The couple got married when she was 21 and had three children.
She said, “He first asked me on Valentine’s Day 1973. He left a note in my jacket pocket at school.”
They had their first date three days later, on a Friday night, to a party in the Phippsburg Grange Hall. She was 16. He was president of the upper class.
McKenna lost the ring shortly after she received it when she went to the Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co. department store. went.
She went to the toilet and pulled it out while she washed her hands and left it there.
The couple got married in 1977 when she was 21 and they had three children
She said: “I left my name and number [at the store] but never contacted by anyone, and that was it, I never saw it again. “
Shawn didn’t mind when he found out.
“He said,” It’s just a ring, “McKenna said. “He was cool with it.”
Mrs McKenna worked as a hairdresser, while her husband, with whom she had three children, was an entrepreneur and a deputy professor, Bangor Daily News.
“I feel very happy. I count my blessings every day. He was the kind of person who gave something, a very good person, “McKenna said.
McKenna says she would like to know how the ring ended up in Finland.
“I wish it could talk,” she said. “I would like to hear the story about how it came from here to there, and if anyone ever knows what it is, I would like to hear what it is. No judgment, only interest. ”
“Shawn used to say coincidence doesn’t exist,” McKenna said, but she is convinced that her deceased husband is trying to send her a message.
“He says I have to arrange my act. To get started for the rest of my life, “McKenna said.
McKenna hasn’t talked to Saarinen yet, but the alumni association sent him a Morse High School hoodie.