POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:35am
Mother and son separated for nearly seven decades find each other through internet search.
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."
Rymas and her husband went through a bitter divorce, and 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 decades of searching, Rymas almost gave up hope, 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 and Fantino sent a letter.
Turns 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 and they have children who have children of their own.
“I’m a grandma, and a -- what do you call it? -- I’m not used to that,” Rymas said, referring to her newly-discovered role as a great grandmother.