Cleveland man reunites with sister after 53 years apart

Nelda Konieczny worked for months to reunite siblings

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter

CLEVELAND, Texas - After more than 53 years, a Cleveland man was reunited with his sister Wednesday thanks to a Facebook connection and a lot of hard work from his wife.

Nelda Konieczny has worked for months to reunite the siblings.

"Knowing that they've been separated this long, it's hard," Konieczny said, tearfully.

Another relative reached out on Facebook with information about Roger Konieczny's sister.

"I thought about her a lot, and then I got this exciting phone call and it's been phone calls every day ever since," he said.

The two had talked on the phone but finally met face to face Wednesday evening.

"I was taken away when I was 2½ years old, put in an orphanage and up for adoption... Didn't even know I had a brother, and here he is. I just want to bless the Lord," said Susan Kubiak Ferguson.

The family has a long weekend of catching up planned, including trips to Galveston and Space Center Houston.

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