MIDLAND PARK — A special delivery to the Midland Park Post Office helped to reunite a lost wedding ring with its newlywed owner.
U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Nancy Edsell discovered she was missing her gold wedding band on Jan. 8 while delivering mail on her route.
"My route takes about six and a half hours and I noticed it wasn’t on my finger at the last house," said Edsell.
Married only two weeks earlier on New Year’s Eve, Edsell said she was "devastated."
"I told my husband Richard what happened and he told me not to worry, we would get a new one," said Edsell. "We hold hands when we sleep and it was upsetting not to see my ring."
A seven-year employee at the borough’s postal branch, Edsell searched her route each day and told some of the homeowners about her misfortune.
Meanwhile. on Jan 10, borough resident Mary Ellen Lorenzo was called to her mother’s Spruce Street home for a medical emergency.
"One of the first responders found the ring on the driveway and I slipped it into my pocket during all the excitement," said Lorenzo. "When things calmed down and I had a chance to look at it, I knew it did not belong to my mother."
Lorenzo said she examined the ring for clues to its rightful owner.
"There were no initials or any inscriptions inside the ring," said Lorenzo. "I put it on my windowsill while I dealt with family matters."
Lorenzo, who has been married to John for 33 years, said she felt empathy for ring’s owner, having lost a diamond tennis bracelet years earlier.
"I kept thinking of how the person must feel and had to keep trying to find the owner," said Lorenzo.
She turned to social media, posting Jan. 17 on the Midland Parks Residents group page.
Within four hours, two posts followed, including one from Samantha Fairless claiming it may belong to a letter carrier.
"Nancy said she had just gotten married a few weeks ago and lost her ring on our route....the Pine Street/Spruce Street area. She asked us to keep an eye out and to ask our neighbors to do the same," said Fairless "She's a lovely girl ... always pleasant and starts a conversation ... whether it be about my dog, the weather, etcetera. I'm glad she reached out."
Lorenzo had to wait until Jan 19 to be reunited with the ring because the post office was closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
"I got to the post office when it opened at 8:30 a.m. and the post master called Nancy over," said Lorenzo. "She burst into tears and hugged me."
Edsell said she was thankful for Lorenzo’s honesty and the community’s support in helping her get her wedding band back.
"The people in this town are really wonderful," said Edsell. "I am very thankful."
Edsell said she hadn’t been wearing gloves on the cold day she had lost her ring, and when she took it to be refitted, the jeweler "told me the ring fits but the cold weather caused the ring to fall off."
"I think I won’t wear it to work while it is cold outside."