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47 Years After Woman Loses Her Ring, A Single Text Message Revealed Where It Was Hiding

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Buried treasure? In a high school locker room?

It would appear so. Thanks to Doug Ludwick, the athletic director at Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one woman has been reunited with a prized possession she lost years ago.

Angelita Olivares, now Kolodzieyczyk, graduated from Comstock High School 47 years ago. She was a transfer student from Loy Norrix High School, finishing out her final year in a new school.

But before the transfer, Angelina purchased a class ring from Loy Norrix and carried it with her to her new alma mater. “Put it in my locker, never thought anything about it,” she recalled.

When she returned from gym class, however, she thought a whole lot about that ring. She couldn’t find it.

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“It was gone,” Angelina said. “…To me it… meant a lot.”

She was heartbroken, and believed she’d never see the ring again. So it was truly unbelievable when Angelina received a text message informing her that the priceless item had been found.

But where had it been found? And why?

Turns out Ludwick had been taking down some old lockers at Comstock. As fate would have it, the ring simply fell from a locker onto the ground.

Shirley Doorlag, Ludwick’s administrative assistant, knew how it felt to lose something so special. When Ludwick showed her his discovery, Doorlag knew she had to act.

“We went through the archives,” she explained. “…went through all the yearbooks from ’68-’71. You felt like a detective.”

And their detective work paid off. Their search led them to Angelina, who still can’t believe she’s wearing the ring she lost all those years ago.

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“I was like, ‘This can’t be real.’” Angelina said. “I mean it’s been 47 years.”

If rings could talk, I wonder what this one might say of all the locker room conversations it has heard over the decades. Thankfully, the right people at just the right time were able to return this treasure to its rightful owner.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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English
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