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A woman who lost her wedding ring 50 years ago got it back on Valentine's Day

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Chicago woman who lost her wedding band nearly 50 years ago was reunited with the ring just in time for Valentine's Day.

(CNN)A Chicago woman who lost her wedding band nearly 50 years ago was reunited with the ring just in time for Valentine's Day.

Karen Autenrieth and her husband Robert, surrounded by their children and grandchildren on Valentine's Day, opened the package holding the long lost ring.

In a video taken by their daughter Michele, Robert Autenrieth is seen sliding the ring -- which he had given his wife on their wedding day nearly 55 years ago -- on her finger before he kisses her.

The improbable story began during an the winter of 1973, when Karen lost her wedding band at her grandmother's house in Chicago.

Despite her best efforts, Karen said she was unable to find the gold ring -- which had "RA to K. B. 4-16-66" engraved on it in honor of the day she and her husband married.

In February, a Chicago man who lost his own wedding ring posted on Facebook asking if anyone had found it.

In the comments section, Sarah Batka, a woman who lives in Autenrieth's grandparents' former Chicago home, said she had discovered a wedding ring "six to eight years ago" while she was gardening.

Flynn and Lamberty used government records, newspaper archives and genealogy sites to retrace the origin of the ring, Flynn wrote in a Facebook post.

Was this ring by chance hers?" Flynn wrote in the post.

She lost it 50 years ago in the snow at her grandmother's house!

She was amazed that it had been found all these years later.

After connecting, Flynn mailed the ring to Autenrieth, who held onto the package to open it on Valentine's Day with her husband.

And to think we'll be getting the ring back after almost 50 years. "

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