logo
 twitter.com/washingtonpost
twitter.com/washingtonpost

Adopted Woman Told Her Mother Died after Childbirth Is Reunited with Her 80 Years Later

Dayna Remus
Nov 04, 2021
10:00 P.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

Already in her old age, one woman believed her biological mother to be dead, devastated that she would never be able to meet her. However, what if the cure for her pain was just a few miles away?

Advertisement

For the first 16 years of her life, Joanne Loewenstern believed she was biologically related to the parents who had brought her up. However, when she hit her sweet 16 in 1954, Joanne was told that her birth mother had died during delivery.

However, something in her gut whispered otherwise. She eventually found out what the truth was when, in 2018, Joanne, who was 80 by that time, embarked on a strange yet revelatory adventure.

Joanne Loewenstern and Lillian Ciminieri. │Source: twitter.com/raulbrindis

Joanne Loewenstern and Lillian Ciminieri. │Source: twitter.com/raulbrindis

Advertisement

This all began when the 80-year-old's daughter-in-law Shelley Loewenstern chose to find out what truly happened using the DNA testing website Ancestry.com. Shelley stated:

“[Joanne] was in pain and I could see it. She was always saying I don’t know where I’m from."

She finally got a match with Samson Ciminieri, the son of the then 100-year-old Lillian Ciminieri, and the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place.

Shelley Loewenstern. │Source: youtube.com/ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast

Shelley Loewenstern. │Source: youtube.com/ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast

Advertisement

When Joanne did meet her 100-year-old biological mother, that same intuition that told her she was still alive instantly knew that Lillian was blood-related. She expressed:

"I look like her, the eyes, I knew she was my mother."

Even Joanne's biological brother Samson was astounded at the resemblance between the two. The most confounding aspect of this story is that Joanne's mom was told when she gave birth that her baby daughter had died in the process.

Samson Ciminieri.│Source: youtube.com/ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast

Samson Ciminieri.│Source: youtube.com/ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast

Advertisement

At this point, Lillian was residing in an assisted living center and had dementia. The second time the mother and daughter met, they colored in pictures together, making up for the lost time.

It was not difficult to meet up because, amazingly, the mother and daughter lived relatively close together. While Lillian resided in Port St. Lucie, her biological daughter lived in Boca Raton, with around 70 miles separating them.

Advertisement

Joanne was more than eager to visit and spend as much time with her blood-related mom as possible. With them living in such proximity, let's hope the daughter took advantage of every moment she was able to spend with the mom she never knew she had.

You May Also Like: Son Embraces Mother for the First Time Since She Gave Him up for Adoption over 50 Years Ago

Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson. | Source: twitter.com/NYDailyNews

Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson. | Source: twitter.com/NYDailyNews

Advertisement

As we can tell by the beautiful reunion between this mom and her long-lost child, DNA testing has become an all-powerful tool for those looking for unknown family members—two best friends found out just how powerful it is in the most mind-boggling of ways.

Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson met in 6th grade. Through playing football together and trying to beat one another at cribbage, they carved out a lifelong bond.

Advertisement

However, it turned out that this bond ran deeper than playing games together. This duo, almost six decades later, both matched on Ancestry.com. It turned out that they share the same birth mother and are not just best friends but brothers.

Just like Joanne and her biological mom, the pair chose to spend as much time as possible together, making plans to travel and retire with one another. While the search was over for both of these families, their adventures together had only just begun.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

20 Years after Newborn Daughter’s Death, Man Hears, ‘Dad, I Finally Found You’ – Story of the Day

March 05, 2022

Mother Discovers She's Been Raising a Stranger's Child for 55 Years

March 03, 2022

Young Woman Adopts an Orphan Boy and Finds Out He Is Her Biological Brother – Story of the Day

March 22, 2022

Woman Divorces Husband of 36 Years after Their Only Son Finds Out He Has a Brother – Story of the Day

April 10, 2022

Adopted Woman Finds Birth Mom to Ask Why She Abandoned Her in an Airport

March 31, 2022

After Abandoning Her Daughter 24 Years Ago, Mother Shows up at Her Wedding – Story of the Day

March 04, 2022

'I Can't Believe I Actually Found You!': Birth Mom Reunites with Son after 33 Years of Separation

March 04, 2022

Mom Gives up Baby Twins for Adoption, Sees Their Faces Again While Celebrating Her 80th Birthday

April 11, 2022

Sister Offers to Carry Her Long-Lost Brother's Children with the Blessing of Her Pastor Husband

March 27, 2022

Father Is Told That His Baby Daughter Died, Gets a Message from Her Many Decades Later

April 14, 2022

Mom Who Left Her Child on Stranger's Doorstep Finds a Baby on Her Own Doorstep 20 Years Later — Story of the Day

February 13, 2022

Little Boy Gets Lost in Busy Market While Looking for His Mother, Gets Approached by a Taxi Driver

April 20, 2022

Girl Given Up as a Baby by Grandma to Avoid 'Shame' Finally Meets Her Mom 48 Years Later

March 26, 2022

Man Sees a Guy Who Looks Like Him on TV and Discovers It's Actually His Brother

February 24, 2022