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75-year-old Freeport woman meets her half-sister for the first time

Bonnie Weaver hugs half sister Dale Austein in first ever meeting between the two.
Bonnie Weaver hugs half sister Dale Austein in first ever meeting between the two.(wifr)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 9:49 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A 75-year-old Freeport woman, who only knew her half-sister existed for the last 18 months, gets to hug her for the first time.

23 News was at the Van Galder bus station in Rockford, Thursday, to capture that first embrace. Bonnie Weaver connected with her half-sister Dale Austein on 23 and Me about 18 months ago, and both were shocked because they had no idea the other existed.

Due to COVID 19, their long awaited reunion was delayed until Thursday; when Dale flew from Long Island, New York to O’Hare to meet Bonnie. The two share a dad but have different mothers, and quite a story to tell.

“He was wounded in the war,” said Austein. “He was in Walter Reed Hospital for about a year, and I guess that’s where he met Bonnie’s mom when he was recuperating. Then he was transferred from there once he was able to walk; he was transferred to Brooklyn.”

“My daughter encouraged me to do this DNA test, which I did,” said Weaver. “And lo and behold I find out I have a sister and it’s like, I can’t believe this! Meeting her for the first time is just surreal.”

Weaver plans on taking Austein to Galena while she’s visiting from New York.

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