Apple Valley, CA. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Emma Rymas, 94, last saw her only child, Robert Fianelli, 67 years ago.
"He was just a boy," said Rymas, who lives in Apple Valley, California. "A nice boyish boy."
When Rymas and her husband divorced, she moved to California with the understanding that her son would be joining her soon, but he never came.
“I was broken hearted, but I couldn’t do anything,” Rymas said.
After searching year after year, Rymas almost gave up, but last month her sister-in-law, Mary Fantino, went to a church leader for help.
“I said, well, give me the info you have about him and I’ll try,” said Father Nicholas Carpenter.
After some hours on Google, he found an address. Fantino sent a letter.
She found out, her son had been around the world with the Navy. Fianelli called his aunt, who broke the news to his mother.
“The look on her face was just, and I don’t want to cry, it was really something,” Fantino said.
“The first thing he said was 'Hi mom',” Rymas said. "It was tearful."
Fianelli lives in Nevada with his wife. They have children and grandchildren. .
“I’m a grandma, and a -- what do you call it? -- I’m not used to that,” Rymas said, referring to her new role as a great grandmother.
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