Joyce Werner reunited with wedding band after 40 years

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By Jill Glavan

GREENSBURG, Ind. (WXIN/CNN) - A woman is reunited with the wedding band she lost 40 years ago. Now, she and her husband are thanking the woman who found it and tracked them down.

A lot happens when you least expect it. In Rita Hellmich's case, the unexpected came in the bathroom she's remodeling.

"He said it actually just popped out like a spring on it," said Hellmich.

It was a contractor who found it. A wedding band that didn't belong to Rita.

"I could see the engraving," said Hellmich.

An engraving you can barely see. Initials and a wedding date. So she started digging, matched the initials to the home's builder, and, after a lot of calls, she found them.

Joyce and Paul Werner. They drove to Indiana from Cincinnati.

"We thought it was a joke at first, someone playing a prank," said Paul.

The Werners built this Greensburg house in 1971. It was their first, where they'd start their family, both wearing their engraved wedding bands.

Only at some point, Joyce, who worked as a hairdresser, lost hers.

"I just always told the story that I lost the ring in a beauty shop," said Joyce.

That was 40 years ago. She never replaced it, but always thought about it.

"I even said to them at Christmas this year, I really should get another wedding ring," Joyce said.

And that's what made this moment even more special.

"Look at this, it's like new! It's like new! Amazing. Let's see if this works, it looks like it fits just perfect. Look at that," said Paul.

A ring they never thought they'd find just in time. This weekend is their 45th anniversary.

For Rita, it was truly fate. She lost her husband, Charles, years ago and, at one point, lost his ring. Getting it back was a blessing.

"It just seems like it was meant to be," said Hellmich.

Both of the Werners bands are now back together, an unexpected gift from a stranger they can't thank enough.


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