An 89-year-old Illinois woman had an unexpected reunion when her stolen wallet was returned to her 75 years later. Pastor Seth Baltzell said a plumber working on a project to convert the former Centralia High School building in Centralia to a church discovered a stash of 15 wallets in the wall of a girls’ bathroom.
The wallets had been stripped of cash, but still contained school IDs that identified their owners as students from the mid-1940s
The pastor posted photos of the wallets to Facebook along with the names from some of the IDs in hopes they would be recognized by relatives.
The pastor was surprised, when one of the owners, Betty, was still living in the St. Louis area.
She said it was shocking to be reunited with the tattered red wallet, because the wallet contained one particularly sentimental item: A photo of her brother, who has since died, while he was serving in World War II.
“I was just so glad to get that, because I don’t have a picture of him,” she said.