OCEAN CITY, N.J. ⏤ Kathleen DelVecchio checked out her proper wrist and gasped. Her gold-link bracelet was gone.
Round nightfall on June 26, the just lately widowed 80-year-old raced again to the 55th Avenue seashore the place she assumed she’d dropped it, and frantically ran her palms via the cooling sand.
Her husband, Jack, had purchased her the bracelet at a jewellery store within the U.S. Virgin Islands about 30 years in the past. She’d worn it day-after-day since.
Jack, a retired Philadelphia cop, died of colon most cancers April 13. They’d been married for 58 years.
She simply misplaced Jack. And now, the bracelet, too?
DelVecchio referred to as her oldest daughter, Kathy Gregory, to inform her the information. When she pulled her seashore cover-up over her head, the bracelet will need to have caught on a gap within the materials and unclasped.
Gregory tried to downplay the loss.
“It’s only a factor,” she advised her mom.
However she knew higher. “It’s one other a part of my dad simply not there,” Gregory stated later.
DelVecchio and her husband grew up close to what’s now the sports activities advanced in South Philadelphia, however they didn’t meet and marry till their mid-20s. He joined the police pressure, she offered promoting for the Bulletin, they usually finally settled with their three daughters within the Northeast.
They spent their summers in Wildwood and Sea Isle.
“In Philly, that’s what you do,” Gregory stated.
Gregory posted a Fb message June 29 with a close-up photograph of the bracelet.
DelVecchio, who’s Catholic, began praying to St. Anthony, patron saint of misplaced issues.
They referred to as the police. They referred to as the seashore patrol, the place a guard stated misplaced gadgets can present up months later.
DelVecchio had no concept what the 14-karat-gold bracelet…