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Columbus Woman Reunites with Sisters After 73 Years Apart
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Jen French) -- After 73 years apart, three sisters who found each other online have met in person.
Mary Kidwell currently resides in Columbus, but lived in Toronto until her parents split up when she was 4-years-old.
After the split, Mary was separated from her two sisters, Joanie and Shirlie, who remained with their father in Canada, while Mary was brought to the U.S. by her mother.
"She said she was taking me to buy new shoes, but she never came back," Mary said.
Mary spent years searching for her sisters, with whom she lost all contact after her parents' separation.
"She's always talked about wanting to find them, said Mary's daughter, Cathy Senalik. I don't remember Grandma ever mentioning them, but Mom always did for as long as I can remember."
Mary's wishes were answered when a friend happened upon an online ad posted by Joanie and Shirlie, searching for their long-lost sister.
After verifying her sisters' identities, Mary boarded a bus for the Buffalo, NY-area town where her sisters currently live.
After more than seven decades, the sisters were finally able to catch up, looking at pictures and sharing information about their lives.
"Joanie has seven kids, Shirley has three boys," Mary said. "Our side of the family is pretty small. It will be great to have more family."
Mary and her daughters hope to host Joanie and Shirley in Columbus in the near future.
"Mom has the room for them, so it would be great for us to see them," Cathy said.
Mary says her mother never explained her reason for leaving her husband and two of her daughters behind in Toronto.